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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; First edition (August 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140277749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140277746
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,196,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com Review

"In BUST we've captured the voice of a brave new girl: one that is raw and real, straightforward and sarcastic, smart and silly, and liberally sprinkled with references to our own Girl Culture." So say Marcelle Karp and Debbie Stoller, smart, sassy founders of BUST ("the magazine for women with something to get off their chests"), and editors of this funky, fabulous, neofeminist manifesto. The Guide to the New Girl Order collects the best of BUST, including thoughtful articles, personal essays, and racy rants about anything from abortion to the lameness of the Lifetime television network. In their own words, they address "that shared set of female experiences that includes Barbies and blowjobs, sexism and shoplifting, Vogue and vaginas."

Having started out as a hand-stapled zine, BUST swims with an in-your-face, grrrl power attitude that alternately taunts, encourages, and calls readers to battle. Contributors range from mysterious authors with names like Betty Boob and Scarlett Fever to such famous femmes as Courtney Love. Karp and Stoller organize the pieces into sections labeled "Sex and the Thinking Girl, "Men Are from Uranus," etc., offering introductions for each that provide humor, insight, and cultural context. And with selections like "Sex, Lies, and Tampax," "How to Be as Horny as a Guy," and "Bitch on Heels," this is not your mother's ladies' journal. Also included are such hilarious explorations of pop culture as "The Mysterious Eroticism of Mini-Backpacks," "My Keanu, A Fantasy," and "Bring Me the Head of Melanie Banderas." Whether you're intimidated or intrigued by such an irreverent approach to redefining the feminine, there's only more to come--and there's no place to hide. As the editors warn, "Wake up and smell the lipgloss, ladies: the New Girl Order has arrived." --Brangien Davis

From Publishers Weekly

In 1993, self-described "cubicle slaves" Karp and Stoller, along with their friend Laurie Henzel, produced the first issue of Bust, a smart, slick and often hilarious 'zine by and for women in their 20s and 30s who, after growing up with second-wave feminist mothers and Madonna, feel let down by traditional women's magazines. This anthology provides a healthy sample of offerings from the magazine, which is still being published.. Written under pen names ("Tabitha Rasa," "Simone de Boudoir"), the essays often start with the body and boy talk that is the clich?d subject matter of women's magazines, but they subvert the dominant media viewpoint with searing, deeply personal writing. Demonstrating that the personal really is political, the collection reflects a refreshingly egalitarian outlook, featuring the voices of young women of different races and classes, some more educated than others, but none too self-conscious. Arranging their material by topic (sex, men, becoming a mother, beauty, etc.), the editors introduce each section with simultaneously pithy and funny feminist analysis. Often controversial, the collection includes interviews with porn stars, happily adopts the term "do-me feminist" and uses the word "girl" to describe grownups. Ultimately, Bust supports women's right to pursue whatever they find fulfilling. Adeptly capturing its cultural moment, this vibrant anthology is a must-read for those who consider themselves versed in all things pop. Agent, Lydia Wills. 8-city author tour. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

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Since the many pieces within this book are written by different people, this book encompasses many topics and perspectives.
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This is a book for women of all ages and the guys that want to know what makes them tick.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By K. McGaughey on February 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
You must buy this book! This book is a "Best Of" compilation of articles that appeared over time in BUST magazine. I almost didn't purchase it because I thought it was a book strictly for teenagers. I'm glad I gave it a second look. This is a book for women of all ages and the guys that want to know what makes them tick. Subjects discussed include a woman's body, growing up, women in music, women in the media, sex, and more. This book does NOT talk about how to trap yourself a man by foregoing your own opinions and pleasure, how to diet until you look like Kate Moss, or anything else that masquerades in most women's magazines as empowering when all the time it is actually chipping away at your self-worth. This book will make you enjoy possession of those XX chromosomes!
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50 of 62 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Reading this book is a waste of energy. I was going to give it to my sister for her birthday, but after reading it I've changed my mind. There is almost no intelligent content. Oh! how naughty, they swear and they're in your face, but the content is the same tired catty, image-focused drivel. If you want to read yet another "I'm such a feminist because I wear dresses with Doc Martens and I know how to masterbate and drink til I puke and I live in New York or San Francisco and have no hobbies except shopping and painting my nails and gossiping about pop culture" book, then pick this one up. The pages are full of references to the most obvious icons of popular music, tv, and publishing, with nary a mention of female athletes, scientists, tradeswomen, etc (please! I might break a nail and I have a hot date with a totally f***able boy tonight). The book even insinuates that athletic women are anti-feminists who are thin "under the guise of good health"; only Roseanne is a "Real Live Girl." The BUST Guide is as vapid as Vogue, as clueless as Cosmo and more insidious than either because it thinks it's not. The only reason it got a star at all is for a few decent essays and short stories buried in the mess. Had I read those in a different context I would have enjoyed them more.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By yam child on January 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book, like the magazine that spawned it, is a very nice book that makes feminism very fun and acessible for girls. But I wonder if too many things have been sacrificed to make this book acessible. This book was written primarily by white middle-class women who stay away from controversial topics like the prevalence of Asian and Latina fetishism in American culture today. The book tries to appeal to more girls by promoting a feel-good version of feminism. The book encourages girls to have self-esteem, but often fails to attack the societal institutions that cause these girls to have low self-esteem to start with. This book is very good next to drivel such as Cosmos and Glamour, but there's certainly room for improvement.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 2000
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This collection of essays, rants, stories, etc. is fantastic. Every selection in it is a thought-provoking gem; some of the pieces inspired me to laugh out loud, others to reevaluate my views, still others to fondly or sadly recall girlhood, and some of them even made me angry, but there wasn't a single clunker in the bunch. After I finished my copy I immediately ordered one for my best girlfriend...I really can't recommend this book highly enough.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jennie on June 28, 2002
Format: Paperback
I love BUST, both the magazine and the book. Real women talk about their problems and experiences. Most of this time this book is a lot of fun and gives a lot of food for thought. That said, it's not written purely by academics. These are real women so there's not always an in-depth study of something or ground-shattering revelations. This book, however, is worth the read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sara C. Fuentes on February 6, 2006
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this book is a great new approach to feminism. although a lot of it is outdated---who wants to hang out with gwynth paltrow anymore? it provides an easy, yet self-empowering, way to introduce yourself to feminism. it clearly shows that not every feminist is the same, and that feminism does not have to mean man-hating, pop culture hating, or strict politics, the way so many people assume it does.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I loved this book and my only regret is I didn't get it sooner. I subscribe to Bust magazine... so I was fairly convinced I'd enjoy the book before I got it. I must say I had underrated my reaction. This book is terrific... I couldn't put it down. If you're a girl get it and if you know a girl get it for her.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 23, 1999
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I have been reading BUST magazine since it was a little bitty baby and it makes me glad to be a girl. I can't think of a better tribute to the readers and staff than to put out a book like this. It has a lot of essays that formerly appeared in the magazine (which I was happy about since I have passed around most of my back issues to girlfriends so much that I'm not even sure where some of them are - and back issues are hard to find - just try ordering them from their web site....most of them are sold out!)
This is a great book for teenage girls, young women, middle aged women, old women.... Women who read The Rules should be forced to read the BUST Guide for their own good. My nieces will all be given a copy as they turn 13.
Five great big kisses to the awesome women who thunk up BUST and this book!!!
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