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    BUST magazine Aug/Sept 2005: p. 38, Vice City

    I have a subscription to BUST. I like BUST. I can get past the gushy giggling because it's the Men We Love issue. I'm having some trouble wrapping my head around the "Vice City: Goods to help you be bad" editorial. Beer holster? Okay. Flask? Alright. Pony-fur cigarette case? Really not my style, but whatever. Inflatable bong? I know that this is about "being bad" but wait, there's: the coke snorting ring? WTF?!?

    "If you don't see nothin' wrong with a little bump or line, then powder your nose using the sterling silver tube on Tam Aura's Mary Mac Ring ($125, www.tamaura.com)."

    This really bothers me. I know this editorial piece is about vice accessories, but it seems to me to be going a bit too far. Am I overreacting? Is there, in fact, "nothin' wrong with a little bump"? I can flip through most magazines and just say eh, not for me (how about the review of butt-boosting lingerie on page 39?), but seeing fancy accessories for illegal, highly addictive drugs just pisses me off.

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    Another reason to keep me from being subscribed to Bust. I think you can be a feminist magazine (if Bust still calls itself that anymore) and decide to write about the men you love without being, I don't know, tempted to put cocaine accessories on there. I don't even understand the gendered perspective of all of that. They do a Vice spread when men are the focus of the issue?

    Way to forget about all the women "powdering their noses" in the bathroom.

    Okay, that was a bit of a digression.

    The point is that drug abuse is not cool, is not something to parade, and the fact that it's promoting a 125 dollars sterling silver tube for snorting coke just shows that, besides being wrong on so many different levels, it's pandering to people with more money now. That could be a stretch, actually, but it does seem sketchy (like I said, on many different levels).

    Call me a prude.

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    Even if they put the coke snorting ring in there as a tongue-in-cheek sort of thing, it still strikes me as a very irresponsible thing to do! I'm with you...I don't find anything funny about promoting a product for an activity that's illegal.
    Bet they'll get a whole mess of letters and e-mails in protest! (At least I would hope so!) I'm just trying to figure out how something like that would get past the editors of the magazine, who should know better!

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    That wasn't cool, but there was a line in the porn review column that bothered me more (not meaning to trivialize the coke thing, btw): "Somebody get me a towel, because I'm sweatin' him so hard, I totally want to have his abortion." (page 101)

    I'm struggling with this one, not sure why it bothers me so much, because on the one hand I'm pro-choice. On the other hand, it's trivializing something that really doesn't need to be trivialized. You know? Am I losing feminist cred here?

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    i don't care if cocaine is illegal, i care that it fucks people's lives up beyond repair. maybe i'm a little sensitive because my mom almost died of a coke overdose before she got clean, but glamorizing a drug that KILLS PEOPLE just isn't okay with me. i don't know, maybe it's feminist to support drug cartels that kidnap and torture Colombian farmers now, and i'm just behind the times. that was sarcastic.

    and moon_lemming, that abortion thing is pretty tasteless. that's the kind of shit that just gives more fuel to right-to-lifers, also.

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    a friend of mine knows someone who works at Bust, and she said they're getting a LOAD of shit over how crappy their editorial content has gotten.

    i'm glad people are calling them on it, but in a way, it makes me so sad, because i really used to love Bust! i used to feel really good about being a subscriber and supporting them, but now? not so much.

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    I have to admit to having done a bit of a double take when I saw that page- I always find it funny that I read Bust, Bitch and Vice magazine all at the same time- but I kind of like my magazines to keep their content to themselves. And again, I did a double take over the 'want to have his abortion' line.
    Am I just getting old?

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    "I want to have his abortion" is so demeaning! Aside from trivializing abortion, there's more focus on female sacrifice for the sake of men. Go through a painful, emotional procedure because some guy knocked you up because he was hot? HOW WRONG is that.

    Maybe we should have a letter-writing campaign so that Bust knows that this isn't what we need right now.

    And even if third wave feminists suddenly started doing cocaine ("Relive the 80s! Career women aren't afraid to powder their noses!"), wouldn't it be the magazine's responsibility to take a critical look at that, instead of promoting it? I'm still just horrified by that. I might go skim the magazine at the bookstore this week (AND NOT BUY!)

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    What's next, gold plated hypodermic needles so you can "shoot yourself up in style!?"
    Who ever printed that one up needs a reality check. Trivializing something like coke isn't cool, and certainly is not responsible.
    "Look! We have accesories, you can be trendy and glamorous while high out of your mind on illegal substances that could possibly kill you too! Woohoo!"
    Totally lame.

    If I actually read that magazine, I would so write them a letter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moon_lemming
    That wasn't cool, but there was a line in the porn review column that bothered me more (not meaning to trivialize the coke thing, btw): "Somebody get me a towel, because I'm sweatin' him so hard, I totally want to have his abortion." (page 101)
    You know, I missed that column, so I went back and read it.

    Oh, there's going to be a letter in the mail, and I'm thinking a cancelled subscription too. Yeesh.


 
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