Back in the day, all men were referred to as Mr. (as in Mr. Burns), and women were either Mrs. (as in Mrs. Robinson) or Miss (Miss Hannigan), depending on whether they were married or not.  Actually, if you were a Mrs., you were really supposed to be addressed with either your husband's full name (as in "Mrs. James Franco") or just his last name ("Mrs. Franco") rather than your actual full name (Mrs. Michelle Obama would have been a no-no). Miss was reserved only for singletons, but also usually only using a woman's last name, not first (Miss Thing). Read More
Add this to your WTF files for today: Media Watchdog group Feminists United for Gender Equity in the Media (FUGEM) is demanding that HBO and Lena Dunham change the name of their popular show about 20-something females from GIRLS to WOMEN. "I think it's shameful," group co-chair Amy Wassernam states in a recent press release concerning the action. "Our generation fought long and hard to convince society to stop calling full-grown women 'girls,' but this younger generation is taking the movement a giant step backward. Read More
The December/January 2014 issue of BUST Magazine features Paramore's Hayley Williams, Rookie Mag's Tavi Gevinson, Great Gift Ideas (starting at under $5), How to throw a cookie party, amazing hot cocoa recipes, Patton Oswalt, Awkward Black Girl's Issa Rae, and a whole ton of stuff to guarantee you a cozy, sexy, cool holiday season. Read More
It's Freebie Friday, and BUST is teaming up with that adorable little shoppe on the corner, Good Manners, to give away this oh so sweet and lovely carry-all, the Carol bag, full big enough to fit all your essentials, including your laptop! Good Manners was started by Jennifer and Andrew, a visual artist and a literary artist respectively, to fill the needs of well mannered women and men who maintain a classical sensibility and taste. Read More
  First the good news: Lily Allen just released a new song that is most likely the most hard-hitting feminist anthem to come out since Helen Reddy's "I am woman, hear me roar."  Now the bad, bad, very bad news: In the video for the song, Lily is seen dancing, fully clothed,  among a gaggle of very thin, very underdressed twerking women of color.  See, the video starts out pretty okay. Read More
    Recently, NYC subway stops and bus shelters have been plastered with the faces of little girls in all their smiling glory. Printed over the image of each girl is the headline "I'm a Girl" and then, smaller, "I'm Beautiful the Way I am." In between those lines are listed the various ways that the girl is "beautiful": "I'm a leader, adventurous, outgoing, sporty, unique, smart and strong," for instance. Read More
Last year, when the farmer's market was looking sad with nothing but kale and onions and potatoes, I bought a sugar pumpkin, just 'cause it looked so cute. When I got it home I wasn't quite sure what I'd do with it. Unlike Jack-O-Lantern pumpkins, which really aren't the most delicious for cooking and eating, sugar pumpkins are much smaller, more round than squat, and they have flesh that is firmer, and less stringy and watery, than their larger sisters. That makes them perfect for cooking and baking. Read More
This heartwarming video, of a father helping soothe his 4-year-old little girl's fear of fireworks by singing a precious song with her, is guaranteed to make you happy, so watch it whenever you feel you need a boost.  But be warned: Side-effects may include instantaneous release of eggs from ovaries; overwhelming desire to locate sperm immediately; uterine weeping; blurred vision from tears of joy; uncontrolled desire to clutch at heart; sudden urge to say the word "DILF"; a feeling of warmth in your soul; and smiling that is painful or lasts for more than four hours. Read More
In today's extremely-important-you-really-need-to-read-this feminist news, various sources are reporting that elephants and dogs have been recently seen frolicking together.  We first received the news this morning, when the Huffington Post uncovered the story that Bubbles and Bella, an elephant and a dog, are totes besties. As revealed in the video below, they do indeed seem to be quite attached to each other.   Global Animal later confirmed earlier reports, with its news that a baby elephant once tried to wake up a dog with its trunk. Read More
In an effort to halt the "hypersexualization" of  young girls, the French upper house has voted to pass a proposal that would outlaw beauty contests for girls under 16, with penalties for breaking the law ranging from fines to jail time. The ban would put an end to events like France's Mini Miss contest, which, much like our own Toddler's and Tiaras, even has its own reality TV series.   (Although, from the images on the show's website, this particular contest seems to be more guilty of the ridiculouzation, rather than sexualization, of little girls. Read More