Beyoncé’s 'Lemonade' Reads Like Harlem Renaissance Poetry

By Megan Beauchamp  In Music  On Jun 28, 2016

On the surface, Beyoncé’s Lemonade is about infidelity, but if you get too preoccupied with Becky, you’ll fail to see Lemonade for what it is at its core — a meditation on what it means to be a black woman in America. With powerful visions of the South, haunting lyrics and politically charged imagery, watching Lemonade feels a lot like reading Harlem Renaissance poetry. If you look closely, you can find traces of the Harlem Renaissance’s influence on the film, from Langston Hughes’ blues-inspired poetry to Jean… Read more
Weary of the whitewashing in Hollywood, blogger Michelle "Mimi" Villemaire attempts to put the red light on yellowface by transforming herself into a long list of Hollywood's portrayals of Asian characters played by non-Asian actresses. And the result? "It felt sooooo good." In Get the Picture: My Adventure in Correcting Yellowface, Villemaire not only pays attention to race but takes into consideration what the characters have gone through and what they would look like. When transforming into Olan, a character from… Read more
After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, many Americans think it isn’t so far-fetched that Trump could win. But “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee explained why the outcome of Brexit—a campaign many believe was driven largely by racism and xenophobia—doesn’t mean Trump will win November’s presidential election. Bee said that the parallels between the UK and the U.S. aren’t as strong as they might seem. She noted that since the UK hasn’t dealt with large-scale immigration for most of its existence, it’s… Read more

SCOTUS Finally Sides With Your Uterus

By Amy Lappos  In Feminism  On Jun 28, 2016

I wasn’t born when the Supreme Court handed down their ruling on Roe v. Wade; I wish I was, I would have loved to have been there on the court steps cheering as they read “Prior to the end of the first trimester, of pregnancy, the state may not interfere with or regulate an attending physician’s decision, reached in consultation with his patient, that the patient’s pregnancy should be terminated…” I single that part out because this week, WOMEN won reaffirmation of this right from SCOTUS, and we are finally seeing action… Read more
Nobody’s voice splits us wide open and goes straight to the heart like Corrine Bailey Rae’s. We’ve been waiting six long years for the singer-songwriter’s new album, and The Heart Speaks in Whispers is finally here (see our review in the music section). To celebrate the collection of beautiful, aching neo-soul tracks, and the woman behind it, we asked Rae to open up her beauty bag, and share all her secrets about staying sane on the road and finding luxury in the little things. 1. Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth… Read more
Chelsea Handler revealed in an essay for Playboy last week that she had two abortions at Planned Parenthood when she was 16. The comedian—whose essay, titled “My Choice,” was published just days before the Supreme Court declared Texas’ abortion restrictions unconstitutional—opened up about how she’s grateful she could get a safe and legal abortion and how she thinks the U.S. is going in the right direction in the post-Roe v. Wade era. “I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an abortion legally… Read more
Pat Summitt was an incredible person. Known for her strength and her intensity, she had an amazing and influencial career in basketball. Today, she died surrounded by loved ones in a nursing care facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Though BUST doesn't usually cover sports, we decided to give a shoutout to this special lady. Summitt became head coach of the Lady Volunteers at University of Tennessee-Knoxville when she was just 22. When she wasn't coaching, she was competing on the U.S. team in the Olympics (1976) or… Read more

Women In Virtual Reality, So Far

By Daphne Stanford  In Feminism  On Jun 28, 2016

When’s the last time you heard about a woman in relation to virtual reality? I’m guessing you answered in one of three ways: a.) Characters in a VR/AR world, b.) VR gamers, or c.) VR programmers/content designers. This last point is of most interest to me, since the potential for immersive journalism, education, and arts-related applications is enormous. There are exciting developments taking place that combine technology and the humanities in fascinating, powerful ways. The media tends to cover VR as though it is just… Read more
Light reflects off Dad’s glasses onto my Skype screen. He looks worried. “You’re almost 50,” he reminds me. “You need to think about where you want to be living in the next 20 years.” Twenty years! It strikes me that at 83, he probably won’t be alive in twenty years. Will I? Recently, the New York Times published an article examining life expectancy and income levels in the United States. According to their report, the top one percent of American men and women live fifteen (men) and ten (women) years longer than the… Read more
Lucie Blush’s history starts like a bad coming-of-age movie. Girl grows up in a conservative, uncompromising household. Girl endures a slew of unremarkable relationships, sullied by unremarkable sex. Girl becomes a porn star. Blush is no cliche, though. When I spoke to her on Skype recently, the 28-year-old feminist porn director, actor and writer said she was drawn to the industry for pragmatic reasons. After years of self doubt, amplified by the vapid misogyny of her ex-boyfriends’ porn folders, Blush resolved to… Read more

How A College Instructor Sees The Campus Rape Epidemic

By Emma Faesi Hudelson  In Feminism  On Jun 27, 2016

I just finished my first year on the podium side of the classroom. Between undergrad, grad school, and now teaching, I’ve shared campuses with bright young women for almost a decade. They’re smart, discerning, and self-aware. They know how to avoid dangerous situations. They don’t walk alone at night, they carry pepper spray, and they take an Uber instead of driving home drunk. So why do so many — me included — end up an alcohol-related sexual assault statistic? Because being drunk drops women’s ability to resist like… Read more

These 1900s Nude Postcards Caused A Scandal In Denmark

By Robyn Smith  In Arts  On Jun 27, 2016

Mary Willumsen took scanty photos of women at the Danish bath Helgoland and sold them as postcards in the early 1900s before police began to show interest in the kiosks that sold them. Working since the age of seven (she was a papergirl), Willumsen grew up around Copenhagen. She began taking photos of women, who always had their identities concealed (even when their nipples were not), at the bath in 1914 and stopped when she was arrested in 1920. Though they were deemed pornography, most of them were not—women at the… Read more
As you probably know by now, we're very excited over here for the upcoming release of the film, Absolutely Fabulous. While the movie is still not due out for a few more weeks on July 22nd, we've brought you the movie's trailer and now we're bringing you a look at the fashionistas featured in the movie. For a little refresher for the BUSTies who are less familiar with the hilarious duo of Edina Monsoon and Patsy Stone, Absolutely Fabulous was initially a British TV series that ran from 1992-1995. Lucky for us,… Read more
In this morning's 6-2 Supreme Court decision, the crime of reckless domestic violence and abuse is now considered a misdemeanor that justifies firearms possession restriction. What does that mean? It means closing one of the many gaping loopholes in gun control legislation and cracking down on violent domestic crime. Most importantly, it means safer homes for those most at risk: women (especially women of color), LGBTQ+ folks, and children. The Voisine v. United States decision extended the previous ruling in United… Read more
Last night, the BET Awards were graced by the presence of our ethereal goddess, Beyoncé. I think it’s fair to say that any performance by Beyoncé is a golden-wrapped gift to the world, but this one, in particular, was an absolute blessing to humanity. For the first time ever, Queen Bey was joined on stage by Kendrick Lamar for a surprise performance of the song “Freedom,” which the two collaborated on for Beyoncé’s latest album, LEMONADE. The chill-inducing performance began with Beyoncé’s dancers parting the audience,… Read more

VICTORY! SCOTUS Rules 5-3 In Favor Of Texas Abortion Case

By Robyn Smith  In Feminism  On Jun 27, 2016

A mighty victory for abortion rights advocates has happened this morning! The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Whole Woman's Health — a case over a 2013 law that shut down all but nine abortion clinics that we broke down for you here on why it's such an inconvenience to rural women and women who live on the borders of Texas, or anyone who doesn't live in a big city. Just last year, 10 clinics would have immediately closed, leaving just nine centers doing the work of what used to be over 40, according to Vox. Amy… Read more

This Vegan Sushi Recipe Is Everything You Need

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Jun 27, 2016

Sprouted grains and fantastic fixings make this veggie sushi totally superior Forget the boring avocado roll at your local sushi spot. Making veggie rolls at home means you can up the fiber, protein, and flavor. Plus, there’s only one essential piece of equipment: a bamboo rolling mat (you’ll need two for this rice-on-the-outside roll), which is cheap as hell at virtually any Asian market. Show the world you’re a sushi crafting goddess! Good Stuff SushiMakes 4 rolls // Serves 2 to 3Sprouted Sushi Quinoa Rice¾ cup… Read more

Woman Killed on Train for Saying "No"

By Gabrielle Diekhoff  In General  On Jun 24, 2016

As a woman, my day doesn’t feel quite complete unless at least one graphic, unwarranted sexual comment is made about my appearance by some skeevy dude on the street. If a shadowy figure lurking outside of the subway station doesn’t shout “nice ass!” or “damn!” at me as I pass…did my day actually take place? Or did I dream it? Debatable. What I’m getting at here is that it’s nearly an unreality when a woman or female-bodied individual leaves the house and is able to feel safe and comfortable – or even as if we’re… Read more

Why Drafting Women Isn't Gender Equality

By Myra Pearson  In Feminism  On Jun 24, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14th, the Senate approved a military policy revision bill that included a provision requiring all able-bodied women 18 years or older to sign up for the draft, beginning as soon as January 1, 2018. Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-California), who has spoken out against women’s service in the past, introduced the provision to National Defense Authorization Act 85-13 to test his more liberal colleagues, then voted against it. He intended it as a “gotcha amendment” to call the bluff of those who support women as… Read more

Discover Radical Knitting Counterculture In This New Film

By Madelyn Sundquist  In Movies  On Jun 24, 2016

In her documentary, Yarn, Icelandic director Una Lorenzen explores the lives of five distinct artists who are revolutionizing perceptions of the craft of knitting and crocheting. Though the use of textiles and yarn has become increasingly accepted in the realm of fine arts, the concept of craftwork being too practical for the high-brow arena still exists. Lorenzen beautifully blends Barbara Kingsolver's prose with animation using yarn to frame the medium as it -- a complex and beautiful material for artistry. The film… Read more
Facebook has removed a page in support of Brock Turner, a man convicted of sexual assault of an unconscious woman, who also happened to swim sometimes. The group called “Brock Turner Family Support,” wasn’t actually run by Turner or his family, according to Turner’s lawyer, but many of its posts made it sound like it was. "It has been months and the accuser has yet to publicly come forward to face our son," one post reads. The page has been removed as of Wednesday afternoon, but some websites have posted screenshots of… Read more

Here's What It's Like To Work With Sloths

By BUST Magazine  In Entertainment  On Jun 24, 2016

Life In the Slow Lane What’s it like to leave the modern world behind to work with sloths in the jungle? Just ask kickass conservationist Sam Trull Sam Trull found out the hard way that you don’t want to get nibbled on by a sloth. “I’ve been bitten by a two-toed on my left ring finger, actually. Of course,” she says with feigned exasperation. “My nail will never be the same.” Between their insanely sharp teeth, long claws, and jaws that can literally chew through rocks, sloths are a lot gnarlier than your favorite… Read more
I don’t dislike this new Ghostbusters movie because they’re all women, that’s silly and ridiculous. I can’t believe that’s even a question, with my history. I mean, my mom and sisters are all women and I know them, so how could I dislike other women that are not them? It doesn’t make any sense and, frankly, it’s below the belt. I mean, how dare you? I hate the new Ghostbusters movie because my number one issue when judging a film is and has always been Hollywood finance reform. And frankly, I’m tired of all big… Read more
If you’ve ever watched The Valley Of The Dolls and wished for just a little more cannibalism, necrophilia, sexual violence, and mountain lions, The Neon Demon is the film for you. Director Nicolas Winding Refn's (Drive, Only God Forgives) begins the Neon Demon with a familiar story: Elle Fanning stars as Jesse, a just-turned-sixteen naïve, talented ingenue who is immediately signed to a major modeling agency; Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is great in a small but satisfying role as her agent. Soon, Jesse finds herself… Read more
Ava DuVernay is a name you heard a lot last year. DuVernay directed Selma, which chronicles the 1965 voting rights campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selma is the first feature film to be made about him and his work nearly fifty years after Dr. King walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. It was also the first film directed by an African-American woman to be nominated for Best Picture, although DuVernay herself did not earn a Best Director nomination. Selma is DuVernay’s third feature, but the 42-year-old… Read more
When I’d left my husband the thought of dating and sleeping with other men hadn’t even crossed my mind. I’d just wanted out of a marriage that had grown increasingly abusive and unhealthy. Before we’d started dating I’d shared details about my sexual past with my ex-husband. I’d told him, with the help of a half bottle of wine, about my childhood sexual abuse, my crazy religious family and their abstinence-only dogma, and about the rape in my mid-twenties. And then, over the course of our eight year relationship, he’d… Read more
Back in 2013, the Texas legislature passed House Bill 2 (HB2) concerning abortion and access to abortion across the state. Two of these laws—one that requires any physician who performs abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles and another that state’s abortion clinics must adhere to the standards set for ambulatory surgical centers (ASC)—have had the effect of closing 22 of the 41 state’s abortion clinics, essentially eliminating abortion options for women all over the state. The court case… Read more

How Director Anna Rose Holmer Made 'The Fits': BUST Interview

By Catherine Plato  In Movies  On Jun 23, 2016

Many of us remember early adolescence as a difficult social time: growing up, standing out, fitting in. In her new film The Fits, writer and director Anna Rose Holmer imagines a new, bizarre—and perfectly apt—rite of passage to illustrate these late childhood to early teen years. The film focuses on 11-year-old Toni (played by first-time actress Royalty Hightower), a precocious tomboy who spends her days training with her brother in a boxing gym in Cincinnati’s blue-collar, African-American West End. Between training… Read more
On Thursday morning during the House sit-in, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Dingell from Michigan took the podium to make an impassioned plea for the passage of gun control legislation.“I lived in a house with a man who should not have had access to a gun,” said Dingell. “I know what it’s like to see a gun pointed at you and wonder if you were gonna live. And I know what it’s like to hide in a closet and pray, ‘Do not let anything happen to me.’” Dingell has long used her own experiences to speak out against domestic… Read more
Alexandra Henry has worked for the past three and a half years on a feature documentary about the courage and creativity of female graffiti and street artists. The documentary, called "Street Heroines," follows artists across 10 different countries whose work offers solutions to issues such as gender disparity, sexual harassment and human rights violations. According to Henry on the project’s Kickstarter page, the artists’ “observations clearly reveal the struggle for creative space, and a lack of recognition faced by… Read more
There is a stereotype that curvy and plus size women can’t wear vintage lingerie due to sizing. I am here to tell you that is absolutely untrue! Just as hard as it is for a woman with a DDD or above bra size to find a bra at Target, it is not easy to find vintage lingerie that flatters all sizes, but it isn’t impossible! Below are some of my favorite vintage labels that cater to the busty and plus size market. Busty Brands Carnival is renowned among curvy beauties for their incredible body shapers and lingerie pieces… Read more
“No More Cutting”—an Amsterdam-based art project created by Papersmith Studio director, Mandy Smith, paper artist Oksana Valentelis and photographer Kyla Elaine—is demonstrating the diversity of vaginas and highlighting the dangers of female genital mutilation. This project celebrates the uniqueness of the natural female form and donates any of their profits to Equality Now, an NGO fighting for female human rights around the globe. As a project, they hope to “raise awareness, open discussion, and gain more support for… Read more

Free Tampons And Pads To Be Provided In New York City

By Becky Nash  In Feminism  On Jun 23, 2016

The city council of New York City made history on Tuesday with a unanimous decision to pass a bill that would guarantee free access to tampons and pads in all public schools, jails, and homeless shelters. This bill is the first of its kind in the nation. It goes without saying that menstrual products are a necessity and not a luxury for any person with a period. That is why we can’t believe it took this long for a U.S. city to start providing tampons and pads to the huge population of people who need them. We take for… Read more

8 TV Boss Ladies Who Will Inspire You to Get the Job Done

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Jun 23, 2016

Here at BUST we know a thing or two about running our own business. And though it's rewarding being in charge, every hardworking 'trep deserves an occasional break from the real-world grind. Whenever we need to recharge, we like to gain inspiration from these leading ladies: 1. Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope is the quintessential overachiever. Whether running for city council or throwing a funeral for a miniature horse, Leslie is 110% dedicated to every project. Her intense tenacity is tempered by a… Read more

5 Reasons Why Elizabeth Warren Is A Badass

By Madelyn Sundquist  In General  On Jun 22, 2016

Elizabeth Warren is a badass — no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts was elected to her seat in 2013 and we’ve been cheering her on from the sidelines ever since. It just so happens that today is this fabulous woman's birthday! In honor of her 67th, we’ve crafted a list celebrating a few of the many reasons why we are such fans of Warren and why we think she's the most badass Senator in Washington right now. 1. She’s not tied to Wall Street. Warren’s top contributors from 2011-2016 are… Read more

Rape Culture And Rate My Professors

By Veronica Popp  In Feminism  On Jun 22, 2016

Contingent professors are nearly 75.5% of the professoriate, according to one liberal study; they are 50%, according to more moderate ones. Most contingent professors are adjuncts or part time faculty; they do not have the flexible schedules to be available to their students. Therefore, they will receive vitriol online or offline from a student who received an “F,” blaming their inaccessibility. Adjuncts are typically not paid for office hours (and usually have no office!). They have no job security, no insurance and… Read more
Esmé Patterson is the true definition of an artist. If you can define an artist, of course. This may be an oxymoron, but give a listen to her newest album, We Were Wild, and you will know exactly what I am talking about. Patterson’s third solo album is her most thoughtful yet. This is understandable given the massive amount of change she was going through during the time she was writing. A Colorado native, Patterson recently made the move to Portland, Oregon. She has been a professional musician for a decade, but only… Read more

You Won't Believe What Victorian Women Used For Lipstick

By Mimi Matthews  In Style  On Jun 22, 2016

Attitudes toward cosmetics in the 19th century were notoriously negative. Queen Victoria herself denounced make-up as being “impolite” and mid-century magazines like the Saturday Evening Review declared that cosmetics were “insincere” and “a form of lying.” (Pallingston, 13) Even more damning, to most Victorians, make-up was considered the province of only two classes of women: actresses and prostitutes. Did this mean that no one but prostitutes and actresses colored their lips and cheeks? Not at all. In fact, most… Read more
I was once asked to finish the statement, "My feminism is…" It didn’t take me long to come up with an answer. I’m a gay, black woman. My feminism is intersectional. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not, your experiences in life are shaped by the intersection of class, race, gender, sexual orientation and identity. During the '60s and '70s, the faces of the women's right’s movement were white. But that’s not because black women weren’t part of the movement. Those just happened to be the faces that the media wanted… Read more
Tom Lenk has recently taken Instagram by storm; and not just because he played the character Andrew in the beloved television series, Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Lately, Lenk has been gaining followers as a result of serving fire #lewks, in which he remakes stand-out red carpet fashion using inexpensive, everyday materials. Check out some of his hilarious interpretations under his hashtag #LenkLewkForLess, below, and see even more on his Instagram. "Get that Brit Brit KRYSMUHS in the summer#LenkLewkForLess! STAHKINGS,… Read more
If you haven't seen it or heard about it by now, let me enlighten you: Last Wednesday, a mother shared a picture of her three-year-old daughter practicing how to hide from attackers in the bathroom. At first, when her mother saw her standing on the toilet, she thought it was funny—she was going to send a picture to her husband for some casual parenting LOLs. But then her daughter told her why she was standing on the toilet, and it sparked outraged sobs: "At that moment all innocense of what I thought my three-year-old… Read more

Hayley Williams Wants You To Dye Young

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jun 22, 2016

Hayley Williams is known for two things: being the high-octane frontwoman of the band Paramore and giving everybody #hairgoals. If you’ve ever brought a photo of the former BUST cover girl’s insanely hued tresses to your hairdresser, get ready to squeal. Good DYE Young ( is a vegan-friendly and cruelty-free collaboration with her stylist/makeup artist Brian J. O’Connor that features five highlighter-bright hair colors: blue, pink, red, yellow, and orange. You can mix the dyes or “pastelize” them with… Read more

6 Ways The Dixie Chicks Defy Stereotypes of Southern Women

By Becky Nash  In Music  On Jun 21, 2016

The Dixie Chicks have always been feminist country queens, and they are continuing to prove their feminist credentials on their current world tour. By showing preshow ads for Planned Parenthood, the Human Rights Campaign and Proclaim Justice, showing their support for the LGBT community, and performing in front of a yuuuge defaced picture of Donald Trump, the Dixie Chicks are turning their comeback tour into a progressive political statement. But let’s not forget about their long history of defying the conservative… Read more

Beauty And The Cattiness Myth

By Autumn Whitefield-Madrano  In Style  On Jun 21, 2016

Before I’d had a chance to ask a single question of Lara, a 28-year-old Virginian I was interviewing about her attitudes toward beauty, she let me know what we wouldn’t be talking about. “I’m probably not like other women you’re talking to,” she said. “Beauty isn’t about rivalry for me.” I was conducting interviews for a book about how appearance shapes women’s lives—our romances, our language, the way we take in media—and this interview in particular was about how beauty affected female friendships. I wasn’t surprised… Read more

Evan Rachel Wood Wants You To Dismantle Biphobia This Pride Month

By Madelyn Sundquist  In Sex  On Jun 21, 2016

Evan Rachel Wood has a message to share with you this Pride Month: Stop perpetuating misconceptions about bisexuality. Have you ever felt limited in this life by the constructs of gender roles and rigid sexualities that exist in our society? Evan understands. In a video, the entertainer expresses her frustration with the LGBT acronym itself, explaining, “There are these letters that represent these groups, but there are a very small number letters to represent a very large spectrum of people and sexualities.” She then… Read more

I Became A Mom At 15: BUST True Story

By Amy Lappos  In Living  On Jun 21, 2016

“Call me when your toes curl from the pain,” the doctor had told me. I was doubled over. Time to call. It was coming. I was 15 and about to have my first child. Although I could sense a change within me as she grew in my belly, it wasn’t until the moment I held her that my world ended and our world began; as if I too had been squeezed through a place of femininity into a bright, new, unfamiliar world. The fear of responsibility for another human was overwhelming. The self-pressure to be perfect was suffocating. But an… Read more
In the age of Seamless and countless other on-demand services, you can go online and get everything from kitty litter to breakfast tacos delivered right to your door. So, why not birth control?That’s where Nurx comes in. Nurx is an online service currently available in California and New York that lets users order birth control pills, patches, the NuvaRing, and Plan B online for home delivery—no doctor visit required. Once you set up an account on their website, all you have to do is choose your preferred method of… Read more
Samantha Bee nails it again with her latest video on the gun control debate and the ridiculousness that is the GOP. A 15-hour filibuster was hosted by the Senate Democrats on Monday, which let to a vote on four gun control measures. None of these measures passed, by the way, and Bee had something to say about it. On Full Frontal Monday night, Samantha Bee explained why these measures were voted down, despite the fact that the vast majority of responders in a CNN poll want expanded background checks, and a ban for those… Read more
JCPenney’s new body positive “Here I Am” video launched this weekend with an inspiring message for plus size people everywhere. The video features five key women in the body positive and plus size communities who share messages of inspiration and hope for anyone who’s ever been told they don’t deserve to take up space. In less than four minutes, these women show us how they “counter a lifetime of learned hatred” and how they continue to prove people wrong who tell them they can’t succeed, can’t participate, and can’t… Read more
Sunflower Bean has been labeled a band on the rise from multiple outlets, from Rolling Stone to Consequence of Sound, after the release of their first album Human Ceremony in February. Human Ceremony is like taking a walk back into the dreamy rock music world of the '70s. It's hard to believe that only two members of the band are barely legal, and one can't even buy a beer yet. We sat down with Sunflower Bean's Nick Kivlen, Jacob Faber, and Julia Cumming before their show at House of Vans in Brooklyn with The Paranoyds… Read more