October 01, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order

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Women's Studies, Essays
We gave it a B+

This compilation of essays from raucous girl ‘zine BUST — created by Karp and Stoller in 1993 for ”women who couldn’t relate to the body sculpting tips of Cosmo or the eyebrow tweezing directions of Glamour…[and] wore ripped sweaters instead of the angora ensembles…in Vogue” — should find a place on every Intro to Feminism syllabus. Blunt, informative, and teeming with attitude, the pieces range from Courtney Love ranting on the perks of being naughty (”Bad Like Me”) to an interview with porn star Nina Hartley (”She’s Gotta Have It”). But above all, pick up The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order for ”Ladies’ Night: A Parody,” Wendy Shanker’s gut-busting spoof of Gwynnie, Minnie, Winona, Uma, and Claire.

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