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The New York Times’ live performance and speaking series “TimesTalks” most recently featured the glorious Ava DuVernay on the eve of the release of her new film, A Wrinkle In Time. Audience members literally jumped out of their seats as soon as the iconic filmmaker walked on stage for the event. Interviewed by New York Times editor Jazmine Hughes, DuVernay spent the next hour and fifteen minutes talking about her new movies, her life, and what it means to be a black woman in the film industry. Hughes and DuVernay… Read more
My name is Fiona O’Neill. I am an undergraduate majoring in Biology at the University of Pennsylvania. The woman in this article, Rose, is my sister. My perspective and overall awareness regarding some of the issues in the women's prison system expanded immensely through her experience. She is my greatest inspiration. She survived her time in prison with resilience and strength because she had the support of my family, yet she still has a lot of psychological damage. Not all women are fortunate enough to have strong,… Read more
Hey Snapchat, Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny In one of the most tone-deaf moves of 2018, Snapchat recently featured a “Would You Rather?” advertisement that asked a disturbing question: Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown? The question was a barely-veiled allusion to the 2009 domestic violence incident in which Brown bit, punched, and choked the famous singer, eventually sending her to the hospital. After their stock fell 5% (and the company faced internet-wide backlash), Snapchat issued an apology for… Read more
She was blamed for the death of 50,000 French soldiers in World War I and has gone down in history as the ultimate femme fatale. Mata Hari’s legacy has been turned into books and documentaries; even the famous starlet Greta Garbo portrayed the infamous dancer, who was convicted of being a German spy during WWI and executed. History has a way of painting women who are sexually and financially independent as a threat to society. Mata Hari’s rich and enticing story is no different. But, what happens when contemporary… Read more

10 New Feminist-Friendly Books To Read This Spring

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Mar 16, 2018

The book review setion from our February/March 2018 issue is right here, bringing you feminist-friendly literature. Read them all here, and check out our spotlight on black feminist writers' memoirs here. From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good DeathBy Caitlin Doughty(W.W. Norton & Company)We’re all going to die. But Caitlin Doughty wants us to start thinking about what happens after. In the follow-up to her 2014 memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, the death-positive mortician makes it clear that… Read more
Pussy Power House, a new L.A.-based arts group dedicated to presenting “interactive events and experiences by a community of women standing together to promote self-love and personal expression,” has been making waves in L.A. since they began throwing parties last March. Pulsing with music, art, comedy, and live performances, their events follow a new theme each month—like “self-care,” “personal growth,” and “selfishness”—while also providing attendees with opportunities to learn about herbs at a medicine bar, shop… Read more
Women’s magazines—love ‘em or hate ‘em, these publications have been bossing women around for over 300 years. But centuries later, its still hard to tell if they are a harmless form of entertainment or an insidious method for advertisers to undermine the self-esteem of an entire gender in pursuit of profit. And what even is the role of lady mags today in a world now ruled by Instagram? Helping us unpack all this and more on the latest episode of BUST’s Poptarts podcast is Molly Simms, Senior Editor at O: The Oprah… Read more

Week of Women: March 16-22, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Mar 15, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the premiere of Love, Simon; new music from Pussy Riot; and two buzzed-about debut novels. As a reminder, we haven’t read, watched, or listened to everything here, but if we have, we’ll include a link or a note. MOVIES Love, Simon A big-budget teen romance with a gay couple at its center — we need more movies like this. Nick Robinson stars as Simon, with a supporting cast including Katherine Langford and Alexandra Shipp as Simon’s friends and Jennifer Garner and… Read more
Women’s History Month is almost halfway over, but we continue to celebrate with abandon. It’s a time to celebrate contemporary, living, kickass women. The photo series “Change Makers” does just that. Inspired by the spirit of the Women’s March on Washington, these portraits by Jena Cumbo, accompanied by written profiles, feature 33 women leaders of different backgrounds, races, sexualities, ages, and statuses. They’re activists, creators, and standouts in male-dominated fields. Two of the women featured are Jessamyn… Read more
Why Is R. Kelly Immune To #MeToo? BuzzFeed recently published an interview with Jerhonda Pace, one of the women who has come forward about being abused by R. Kelly. Pace is frustrated and hurt by the lack of recognition she and R. Kelly’s other victims have received in the midst of the Me Too movement. Despite multiple allegations of abuse, R. Kelly remains celebrated and relatively unscathed, unlike many of the other people accused of sexual assault and harassment. Tennessee House Won’t Recognize Neo-Nazis As… Read more

"Jessica Jones" Season 2 Seems Tailor Made For 2018 And The #MeToo Movement

By Lindsey B. Anderson  In TV  On Mar 15, 2018

A lot's changed since the first season of Marvel's Jessica Jones aired, in November of 2015. At the time, Harvey Weinstein was wrapping up work on Quentin Tarantino’s latest blood-soaked cinematic spectacle, The Hateful Eight. Brock Turner was awaiting trial, hoping for a lenient judge to serve him a lax sentence. And Hillary Clinton was putting in 12-hour days on the campaign trail, fighting to become the first female president of the United States. Women, in other words, had as much to be angry about then as they do… Read more

The Surprisingly Subversive History Of Beauty Pageants

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Mar 15, 2018

Since the 1960s, feminists have been protesting the sexism of beauty pageants. But others have chosen to subvert these competitions from the inside, entering as a form of activism. On a Saturday morning this past September, Anita Green walked across a stage in a black cocktail dress and pink lipstick to become the first trans woman to compete in the Miss Montana USA pageant — ever.Already well known in Montana as the state’s first trans delegate, Green entered the pageant, in part, as a political statement. “I don’t… Read more
Claire Foy Didn't Get Equal Pay On The Crown Vanity Fair reports that Claire Foy, who plays the Queen of England on a show about the Queen of England, got paid less than Matt Smith, who plays her husband on the same show. Notorious for being one of the most expensive television shows in history, The Crown has a $7 million budget per episode but was only paying Claire Foy an estimated $40,000 per episode. The #NationalSchoolWalkout Is Happening Right Now NPR reports that high school students at least 3,130 schools… Read more
Jessica Jones is “female first in its DNA,” according to Rachael Taylor, AKA Jessica’s best friend Trish, and any show that has female best friends kicking ass and taking names is a fierce feminist dream come true. The second season of Netflix’s hugely popular series Jessica Jones debuted on International Women’s Day, and did I mention that every episode this season has a female director? Yeah, Jessica Jones isn’t scared to be fiercely feminist and truthful about women’s lives. Navigating family, friends, mental… Read more

The Rare Dog Breed That Queen Victoria Loved

By Mimi Matthews  In Entertainment  On Mar 14, 2018

In his 1825 novel, The Talisman, Sir Walter Scott famously refers to the Scottish Deerhound as “a most perfect creature of heaven.” A truly noble and majestic breed, the purebred Scottish or “Scotch” Deerhound was a rarity outside of Scotland throughout much of the 19th century. Those that did reside in England lived under the auspices of Queen Victoria. Early in her reign, she had a favorite Scottish Deerhound named Hector (seen in the above portrait by Landseer). By the 1870s, there were several Scottish Deerhounds… Read more

The Classic Vegan Cookbook "Veganomicon" Gets An Update

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Mar 14, 2018

Many vegan home cooks have a well-thumbed copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook in their kitchens. First released in 2007, it was written by formerBUST food columnist Isa Chandra Moskowitz and current BUSTfood columnist Terry Hope Romero, and it became an instant classic. In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the pair has released a new edition with some major updates, including 25 new recipes (such as black-eyed butternut tostadas with chipotle pumpkin seed salsa and eggplant and bread crumbs fettuccine) and… Read more

National Geographic Addresses Its Racist Past: Link Roundup

By Emalani Artiss  In Living  On Mar 13, 2018

National Geographic Confronts Its Racist PastAfter 130 years and ten editors, National Geographic is finally confroting its racist history. Current Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg has released an editor's letter about the magazine’s racist past coverage of people of color. Historian John Edwin Mason was hired to examine the magazine's history of coverage of people of color both in the US and abroad. “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture,” stated… Read more
The new anthology Go Home! — edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, published by Feminist Press in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and out today — brings together writings by 24 different Asian diasporic writers. In the editor’s note, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan introduces the Japanese word “kaerimasu,” a verb meaning “traveling homeward.” She muses, “There is something so particular about a journey made toward home. The word has a beauty and a comfort to it. But what does it mean to go home?” Next, she… Read more
The G-Motion Rabbit Wand might just be the last sex toy you ever need to buy. Brought to you by EvesToys.com, this double-ended toy is a powerful rabbit vibrator with a separate G-spot massager on one end, and a maximum intensity vibrating wand on the other. Clitoral stimulation is covered three ways with seven-speed rabbit ears, a gently pointed shaft tip, and the forceful magic wand stimulator. Meanwhile, the independently controlled G-spot massager at the shaft tip mimics a gentle up-and-down fingertip motion in… Read more
Actress and singer Mandy Gonzalez’s voice is spectacular. I was fortunate enough to jump on the phone with her one recent Thursday afternoon as she got ready for her performance in Hamilton on Broadway, in which she plays Angelica Schuyler. Before our call, we met at her CD signing at Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Upper East Side. Mandy Gonzalez epitomizes the working actor, one who has embraced the unpredictable business she’s built her life around. She’s worked actively in television and film and has replaced… Read more
If you have yet to listen to Shannon and the Clams, you’re missing out on a band that is unapologetically themselves. They get their inspiration from vintage sounds, and unlike others who may just borrow from older genres, they make music that sounds like them. I spoke with singer, bassist, and Shannon part of the Clams, Shannon Shaw. When asked what it is about the sounds of yesterday that inspires her, she points to the honesty that the music conveys. “I was raised listening to oldies and have always identified with… Read more

How To Make An At-Home Hair Mask With Just 3 Ingredients

By BUST Magazine  In DIY  On Mar 13, 2018

If your hair needs a little extra love, look no further than your own kitchen. With a few basic ingredients, whipping up a rejuvenating hair mask is a breeze. These two super-simple recipes start with a base of coconut oil and honey. Coconut oil is great for your skin, and when used on your hair, it not only adds moisture but also prevents breakage and restores luster. Honey helps seal that moisture in. Plus, it smoothes, softens, and shines. You can add different ingredients to this base depending on your hair type.… Read more
Imagine This Productions will be holding its Imagine This Women’s International Film Festival on March 24, 2018 at the Media Center by IFP in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn, NY based film festival organization is dedicated to providing aspiring women storytellers and filmmakers a space to encourage and develop creative projects by women. Imagine This Productions (ITP) supports women by sharing their work with the public, promoting equal opportunities, encouraging professional development, and serving as a resource informative… Read more
Lynda Carter Shares Her #MeToo Story Lynda Carter — the iconic actress behind the mid-'70s TV version of Wonder Woman — recently disclosed that she had been sexually harassed both on and off Wonder Woman’s set. Although she didn’t name her most serious harasser, she did disclose one horrifying incident, in which a peeping Tom cameraman drilled a hole in her dressing room wall (seriously?!). Her story is a reminder: 2018 may be a year of cultural reckoning, but sexual harassment has been harming women for decades. Read… Read more
If you don’t know much about activist Wilma Mankiller, now’s the time to change that. The documentary Mankiller, directed by Valerie Red-Horse Mohl and executive produced by Gale Anne Hurd, is airing on PBS stations around the US in celebration of Women’s History Month. Promotional materials for the film have the tagline “Activist. Feminist. Cherokee Chief,” and Red-Horse Mohl — who is Cherokee herself — powerfully shows the story of Mankiller’s life and her political and activist career. We begin with Mankiller's… Read more
You know Helen Keller, right? The deaf and blind girl who overcame early 20th century societal expectations to get a good education and become a humanitarian? Now, many people know Helen as an "inspiration," the stuff of milquetoast Saturday morning educational TV, with approx 2000 sappy TV movies about her. BUT if Helen Keller knew about the saccharine way she’s been remembered… well, I’d watch out. See, Helen was one of history's baddest bitches! She is actually reading a book on kicking the shit out of arse hats… Read more
A musty odor fills my 160-square-foot bedroom. A small box heater is rumbling gently in the corner, fighting the 32-degree temperatures right outside the window. Sunlight attempts to break through the dark gray curtains but is unsuccessful. Swaddled in a deep blue comforter, I lay, now mid-afternoon, and stare at the barren off-white walls. My head, encompassed by the caseless pillow, is pounding slightly. I can hear water droplets falling outside my window, plummeting from the balcony above onto the concrete ground… Read more

Get Ripped With Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Workout Plan

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Mar 12, 2018

Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be 84 years old, but she can probably do more pushups than you. The Supreme Court Justice has been working out twice a week with personal trainer Bryant Johnson since 1999, focusing on increasing bone density after being treated for colorectal cancer. In The RBG Workout, Johnson compiles some of the notorious RBG’s favorite stretches, strength exercises, and other workout moves. His instructions are accompanied by Patrick Welsh’s illustrations of Ginsburg weightlifting or doing squats—in a… Read more
This weekend, you had better be bingewatching the new season of Jessica Jones. Netflix blessed us with season 2 of this women-centered, badass show on International Women’s Day. I went to the New York red carpet premiere the night before to get the scoop from the cast and creative minds behind the feminist series. The carpet was actually purple. And yes, all the actors I asked said they would consider themselves feminists. Everyone I spoke to said we should be very, very excited for Season 2. Janet McTeer (can’t tell… Read more

How Prozac Helped Me Step Back From The OCD Ledge

By Hannah Rose  In Living  On Mar 09, 2018

I started taking Prozac in December because, quite frankly, I was in the midst of a “nervous breakdown.” This an old-school term that is no longer used in psychiatry, but I have yet to find another one that more accurately conveys the process of losing your marbles, so I’m bringing it back. After a three-day Adderall stint (prescribed, for the record) to study for an exam last September and a particularly traumatic trip to Big Bend National Park (which is, in itself, a long story for another time), I found myself… Read more

The Problem With Dan Harmon’s Apology

By Kalina Nedelcheva  In Feminism  On Mar 09, 2018

Dan Harmon is known to the public as the creator of Community and the executive producer of cult favorite animated series Rick and Morty. In January, Harmon was confronted with and forced to address sexual harassment allegations against him. While Community was being produced, Harmon had taken advantage of his position in power and repeatedly sexually harassed Megan Ganz, a young writer who was just starting her career in the entertainment industry. Without a doubt, Harmon shook Ganz's perception and confidence as a… Read more

7 New Albums To Listen To This March: Playlist

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Mar 09, 2018

Welcome to the second half of our music reviews from our February/March 2018 issue! (See the first half here.) March brings us new albums from the Breeders, the Orielles, U.S. Girls and more. Read our reviews here and listen to the playlist below. THE BREEDERSAll Nerve (4AD) Upon hearing there was a new Breeders record coming out after nearly a decade, my excitement was tempered with reservations. What can we realistically hope for without getting set up for disappointment? Nearly 30 years and four albums (plus a few… Read more
Mississippi Legislature Passes 15-Week Abortion Ban This Thursday, Mississippi lawmakers voted to implement the most restrictive abortion ban in the US, and the governor is expected to sign the law early next week. This no good, very bad bill would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks, even in cases of rape or incest, and would only provide exemptions when the life of the mother or the fetus is at risk. Similar 20-week bans have been shot down in other states, and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic plans to sue. Read more… Read more
Alejandra Pablos, a prominent Latinx activist, has been detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) in retaliation for her immigrants’ rights work. The Phoenix New Times reports that Pablos was detained Wednesday morning by the Tuscon office of ICE in relation to trespassing charges filed against her during a peaceful protest at an ICE office in Virginia in early January. An ICE officer in Virginia specifically called Pablos' deportation officer in Tuscon to single her out for her role in that protest,… Read more

Week Of Women: March 9-15, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Mar 08, 2018

A Wrinkle In Time is finally here! This week in feminist-friendly entertainment also includes the premiere of the final season of Love, new music from Sade, and a Feminist Press collection by Asian diasporic writers. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to everything here; when we have, we’ll include a link, or a note if it’s in print but not yet online. MOVIES A Wrinkle In Time Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of the classic 1962 Madeleine L’Engle sci-fi novel is finally here! With a cast including Oprah, Mindy… Read more
Thoroughbreds Written and Directed by Cory Finley Out March 9 In Thoroughbreds, upper-crust teens Lily (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Amanda (Olivia Cooke) renew an old friendship despite how wildly different their lives have become. Amanda is an unblinking social pariah who can rattle off all of the various DSM diagnoses psych doctors have been trying to pin on her since a particularly troubling incident a few years prior. Lily, on the other hand, is all sleek hair, wide eyes, boarding school exams, and fancy internships. As… Read more
An art exhibit in Brooklyn is exploring the politics and realities of breastfeeding this Saturday in honor of International Women’s Day. As a magazine called BUST, we had to share it. Tara McPherson “The Art of Breastfeeding: Modern Narratives of Motherhood” features works by two dozen international artists based on their own experiences breastfeeding their children. No matter what choice parents make when feeding their children, they can face pushback and stigma. New parents already face challenges in the dearth of… Read more

On Consent And The "Gray Zone"

By Amanda Sileo  In Feminism  On Mar 08, 2018

The New York Times recently announced that editors are seeking stories from college students on the topic of “Navigating Sex in the ‘Gray Zone.’” With the current climate of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, debates have sparked over what constitutes consent. The idea of a “gray zone” is often referred to — meaning sex that isn't completely consensual, but isn't sexual assault, either. In googling this so-called “gray zone,” another term comes up: “unwanted sexual experience." The word “unwanted” is glaringly obvious… Read more
McWomen’s Day, Anyone? To celebrate International Women’s Day, McDonald’s took an interesting stand against the patriarchy by turning the trademark golden arches upside down at a location in Lynwood, California, and all over social media. Toygar Bazarkaya, the chief creative officer of the agency that helped pioneer the idea, said that it is “as simple as it is bold” in a statement. Many people are rightfully criticizing the company for celebrating women through a bizarre performative campaign instead of, you know,… Read more

Gyrl Wonder Empowers Young Girls Of Color In High School And Beyond

By Clarrie Feinstein  In Feminism  On Mar 08, 2018

“Be Uncommon, Change History” are the words that greet you in large black font as you enter the Achievement First Brooklyn High School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. It is exactly the message Tola Lawal, the director and creative force behind Gyrl Wonder, is instilling in young female students of color. The initiative, now in its third year, aims to empower and support those students to excel in their studies after graduating high school. During the school year, the Gyrl Wonder Mentorship program focuses on teaching… Read more
La Luz, the all-women surf noir band, are back with their latest album, Floating Features, out later this year. You may have already seen the music video for "Cicada," the first track off of Floating Features, which was released in early February. Today, we’re proud to be one of the first to share another track off of Floating Features, the sunny, reverberating "California Finally." Singer/guitarist Shana Cleveland tells BUST of the track, “We moved to California as a band right before we started work on this album,… Read more

There’s Now A Frida Kahlo Barbie: Link Roundup

By Elizabeth F. Olson  In Feminism  On Mar 07, 2018

Frida Kahlo Gets Her Own Barbie Just before International Women’s Day, Mattel has revealed their plans to release 17 new “Inspiring Women” Barbie dolls, based on real-life women icons including Katherine Johnson, Gabby Douglas and Frida Kahlo. Remezcla reports that some fans of Kahlo’s work and legacy are criticizing Mattel for erasing much of what made her a barrier-breaking woman from her doll, including her unibrow and her disability. Read more about the new line of dolls at CNN. Michelle Obama Meets The… Read more
If you scroll down to my bio real quick, you’ll see I attend the University of Tennessee. Good Ol’ Rocky Top. On Saturday, February 17, white supremacists came to my school. The Holocaust-denying organizer of the Charlottesville rally came to my school. And my fellow students refused to remain silent in the face of hatred. Honestly, the Nazis chose the wrong group of people to mess with, because UT students have had a lot of practice standing up to bigotry. Matthew Heimbach has been called the next “David Duke,”… Read more
To her 2 million YouTube subscribers, Anna Akana is an ultimate role model, comedian, and probably your dream best friend. But as icy, power-hungry Farah Cutney on Youth & Consequences, out on YouTube Red on March 7, Akana takes on a new role altogether. “[Farah] believes in power, and she believes in having this front,” Akana tells BUST. “I really love the juxtaposition of being sort of ruthless, but deep down, your intentions are actually good—and you don’t let anyone know that.” The eight-episode show, produced by… Read more
Florencia Manovil thinks the film industry has an ego problem — a big, masculine ego problem. The Argentinian director has felt this way since 1998, when she first started film school at Boston’s Emerson College. Working sets on and off campus, Manovil said, she was routinely demeaned and patronized by male co-workers with less experience. “It was very toxically sexist,” she tells BUST, her naturally high voice turning sour. “That’s a very common thing — the big egos, that you have to serve and tiptoe around.” Her… Read more
Sharice Davids, a former White House Fellow and all around badass, is running for a Kansas Congressional seat. If elected, Davids will not only be the first Native American woman in Congress, but also the first openly gay Kansas representative, reports The Seattle Times. She is a member of the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin. "As a woman and a Native American, I know how to stand up and fight for equity," Davids writes on her campaign website. Her first priority as a Congressional representative is increasing gun safety,… Read more
Recently, I was groped on the subway staircase. A man stumbled up to me and put his entire palm on my skirt, right above my pelvic bone. I turned after him and yelled, “Are you f**king kidding me?” (eloquent, I know) and off we both went, me struggling not to pass out from my stress reaction and him, I don’t know, likely not thinking about it ever again. But here’s what I’ve been thinking about: It didn’t end there for me. On the train, I dissociated, nearly missed my stop, and could barely stand up I was so dizzy.… Read more
Most of us dressed up as a beloved Disney character at least once in our childhoods, and some of us have carried our love for our favorite Disney movies well into adulthood. Now, we can channel that love without digging that way-too-small Cinderella dress out of our parents’ attic or buying a tacky “Sexy Ariel” costume. It’s all thanks to a phenomenon called DisneyBounding.Simply explained, DisneyBounding is the creative use of fashion when visiting Disney attractions in an effort to pay tribute to Disney characters… Read more

Victorian Pleasure Gardens Were Surprisingly Dangerous

By Mimi Matthews  In Entertainment  On Mar 07, 2018

When thinking of nineteenth century pleasure gardens, most of us instantly conjure up images of Vauxhall. But those in the Georgian era weren’t the only ones to enjoy a pleasure garden in London. In 1830, Cremorne Gardens was opened in Chelsea. Over the decades that followed, it offered concerts, circuses, dancing, and fireworks. It also offered military exhibitions and feats of dangerous daring, including high-wire acts and balloon ascents. Though many of these feats were successful, earning acclaim for various… Read more
Swedish-American artist Michele Pred is known for promoting social change through her work, whether she’s tackling consumerism, the workforce, or reproductive rights. And just last weekend, Pred’s work made it to the 2018 Oscars. Her latest line of handbags — or, in Pred’s words, mobile art pieces — is aptly titled The Power of the Purse, and you’re about to become obsessed. Each vintage purse is individually sourced, and words or phrases are created using electroluminescent wire. The text ranges from “MY BODY, MY… Read more