Celebrate! The day began in 1992 when Mary Evans Young, a British feminist, decided something needed to be done about eating disorders and the huge diet industry. The point is to raise awareness of fat-phobia and size discrimination; fight the idea of the ''right'' or ''ideal'' body shape; fight the diet industry; and honor the victims of eating disorders and weight loss surgery. The blog Body Love Wellness has a post listing 16 reasons not to diet (ever). Some include: -Diets have a 90-99% long-term failure rate. Read More

Rape IS Serious

BY Web Intern in Feminism

We all know that the way the criminal system deals with rape is inadequate, to say the least. But Nicholas Kristof's 'Is Rape Serious?' op-ed in The New York Times on April 29 opened my eyes to just how dismal the situation really is--and to the fact that we need to do something about it. Read More
  In case you were caught unawares, we are currently 4 days into National Masturbation Month . This begs the question . . . how are you celebrating the party in your pants?  Make May your excuse to take some time out to up your solo game. There are plenty of toys to be had. Cisco based women's sex-store Good Vibrations originated the National Masturbation Month.  They also have an online treasure trove of sex toys, gadgets and gizmos. Read More
St. Vincent will be performing live at the Union Square Virgin Megastore on 14th St in Manhattan at 7 pm on May 5. Her new album comes out the same day.   There are also going to be listening parties in Austin and Omaha. Check out St. Vincent website for details. The party in Austin will also feature the newest Camera Obscura album. St. Vincent also has several tour dates on her website, including one in NYC at Webster Hall on May 20. Read More
Shu Okada has lived in Tokyo, studied at Central St. Martins in London and is now living it up as a Brooklyn artist. Her illustrations have an eerie sophistication beneath a childlike mask. She uses a unique white-line style which creates strange, fragmented tension and adds to the mystery of her work. In addition to being an illustrator, Shu is also a photographer. Her photographs and watercolors both portray the contained, luminous energy captured in still moments of life. Shu talks to BUST: If your art was music/food, what would it sound/taste like? Chai tea. Read More
BUST's Spring Fling Craftacular is just around the corner and we have some seriously awesome vendors lined up. Check out this shiz. Margaux Lange makes unique handcrafted jewelry out of Barbie doll parts. There are plastic chests molded into heart-shaped necklaces; eyes and lips and hands as earrings. They are absolutely fantastic. You can also keep up with her at her blog, Midge's Mind. She has an Etsy shop, but you should really come see her stuff in person at the Spring Fling Craftacular on May 17 from 12-7 at the Warsaw in Brooklyn. Read More
The Knitta Please installation in Brooklyn Heights is coming up soon! The installation is May 13, and the deadline to submit a piece of work is May 5. Even if you don't live in NYC you can participate by sending your items to the Montague BID. If you do live in NYC you can also send in items, plus you can go out on the 13th and help install the pieces. Details behind the jump. You can also check out the Facebook event and the Knitta Please and MontagueBID websites. -Liza Magda Sayeg's Instructions for Community Knitters Each piece is a rectangle of knitted material. Read More

It's Buy Indie Day!

BY Web Intern in General

It's like May Day, but with more books and fewer poles. Probably less dancing, too. OK, so, nothing like May Day. May 1 has been declared Buy Indie Day by IndieBound.com. Go to your nearest independent bookstore and buy at least one book! The day is supposed to be for books, but why stop there? Go out and support your favorite indie artists, clothing designers, jewelry shops, record stores and whatever else you want, too. -Liza (Photo via flickr. Read More
Michelle L'amour and the Chicago Starlets will take the stage at the Music Box Theater in Chicago tomorrow night. It's their annual benefit for the Burlesque Hall of Fame. It's a special edition show of ''Belles and Whistles'' that will feature Nadine Dubois, Ophelia Flame, Tatah Dujour and Fannie Spankings. They will also be raffling off items worth over $3000. Read More

Learning How I Roll

BY Web Intern in General

Remember back when one of our lovely interns posted about Bike Chic ? It got me thinking - can everyone on the planet ride a bike but me? I know; it's a little embarrassing. I'm 25 and I can't really bike. Oddly, in a city where a 20-something without a driver's license is fairly common, not being able to ride anything but the stationary in my gym feels shameful. The last time I tried to ride something with two wheels I was about 14. Let's just say it didn't go well. I went careening diagonally across a parking lot (I only made it about 5 feet) until I tipped over. Read More