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Women’s History Month begins today, but last night Democratic women lawmakers kicked things off early. In a nod to the suffragette movement, dozens of representatives from the House wore white to Trump’s first address to Congress to make a powerful statement about women’s rights. A noticeable chunk of white in a sea of black and gray, it was a powerful and peaceful way to remind Trump and the rest of Congress that women are here and they are watching. We may not have a woman president but we have dozens of inspiring… Read more

The Best Kind Of Love

By It's Not Personal  In Sex  On Mar 01, 2017

When I was 15, I fell in love for the first time. And not the typical adolescent puppy love, but an intense can’t-live-without-you love. I was blind and codependent. I felt so void of love in my home life that any semblance of personalized attention or affection pacified me. It was a love of desperation, a love of attachment.When I was 18, I couldn’t afford college or take out student loans, so I chose to hop in my ’93 Toyota Camry and drive 26 hours across the country with my boyfriend at the time to live in Arizona.… Read more

ATTENTION: A Hello Kitty Plane Exists And It's Adorable

By Aoife Kelly  In Living  On Mar 01, 2017

Book your tickets! There’s a Hello Kitty jet and it’s beyond cute. Taiwanese airline company EVA Air teamed up with toy manufacturer Sanrio to design a "magic jet," totally decked out in our favorite cartoon kitty. Not only are the exterior of the jets themselves decorated with cute Hello Kitty images, absolutely everything on board, from tickets to toilet paper, are Hello Kitty-themed. Passengers check-in at a dedicated pink Hello Kitty area in Taipei airport, receive Hello Kitty baggage tags and boarding passes, and… Read more

23 New Albums To Discover This Spring

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Mar 01, 2017

It's March, and along with your spring cleaning it's time to revamp your listening habits! We're bringing you the 23 album reviews from our February/March 2017 issue, along with a Spotify playlist to accompany them. Read up on the latest from Laura Marling, the Flaming Lips, Cate Le Bon, Ty Segall and more. Staff Pick:CRYSTAL FAIRYCrystal Fairy(Ipecac Recordings) They’re called “supergroups” for a reason, and Crystal Fairy has certainly earned the title, with the Melvins’ Buzz Osborne and Dale Crover on guitar and… Read more
The most fundamental way we can fight for our reproductive rightsBy Amelia Bonow In early December 2016, Ohio lawmakers stealthily pushed two abortion bans through their legislative session. One, dubbed “The Heartbeat Bill,” would’ve banned abortion at six weeks, before many women even know they’re pregnant, with no exception for rape or incest. If not vetoed by Ohio governor John Kasich, it would’ve been the most extreme restriction in the country. Instead, Kasich approved a law that bans abortion at 20 weeks,… Read more
Last week, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler blogged about sexist and discriminatory treatment from her employer. Her detailed account, shared almost 22,000 times on Twitter, outlined each alleged occurrence of sexism by her superiors. She claimed that Uber’s human resources department refused to discipline her manager when he propositioned her on her first day, even though it wasn't an isolated incident. "It became obvious that both HR and management had been lying about this being ‘his first offense’, and it… Read more
Donald Trump will give his first address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, and his special guests — who will be sitting in the gallery with the First Lady — are likely to play a prominent role in his inflammatory rhetoric towards undocumented immigrants. Half of the President’s six guests are family members of people killed by immigrants living in the country illegally. Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver are the widows of Detective Michael Davis Jr and Deputy Sheriff Danny Oliver, California police officers… Read more
Black History Month ends today, but you really should be reading books by black writers of the past year-round. And you can add this one to your to-read list: Whatever Happened To Interracial Love?, a short story collection by Kathleen Collins that I recently read and loved. Collins was a black woman writer, playwright, and filmmaker working in the 1970s and '80s. She is best known for her 1982 film Losing Ground, with which she became the first black woman to direct a feature-length film in the US. Collins died in… Read more

Hite Dances Naked And Free In New Video 'Light': BUST Premiere

By Rachel Withers  In Music  On Feb 28, 2017

The new music video for song "Light" shows Georgia-born, Brooklyn-based artist Hite stripping off and dancing in the waves, by herself and for herself. Referred to as a "modern southern gothic lament through baroque pop and Appalachian folk," "Light" is part of Hite/Julia Easterlin's debut album Light Of A Strange Day, due for release in March. According to Easterlin: The song ‘Light’ bubbled up all at once as a stream of consciousness. I decided to keep all the lyrics and melody exactly as they came out the first… Read more

To The Flaps And Folds Between My Legs

By Enough/Enough  In Feminism  On Feb 28, 2017

This is a collection of letters written to our body parts. Enough / Enough is an anthology making space for trans and non-binary survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault to seek safety in impossible seeming places. Below is one of the first letters received in the open call: To the folds and flaps between my legs, You make me uncomfortable. Your shape confuses me and causes me to question who I am, what I am. You’re a jigsaw puzzle piece that doesn’t quite fit anywhere, but we manage to make it work. We’ve… Read more

10 New Books By Women To Read This Spring

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Feb 28, 2017

Happy almost-spring! We're bringing you ten books by women from BUST's book review section in our February/March 2017 issue, including The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang, A Separation by Katie Kitamura, and Un/Masked: Memoirs Of A Guerrilla Girl On Tour by Donna Katz. And stay tuned for a special section on the best new graphic novels by women, coming up soon! LIT PICK:The Wangs vs. the World: A NovelBy Jade Chang(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Charles Wang’s fortune is gone. All the makeup magnate has left is his… Read more
In some perfectly-planned timing, Calvin Klein released an underwear campaign starring the men of Moonlight the day after the movie won Best Picture at the Oscars. The photos feature Mahershala Ali (above), Ashton Sanders, and Trevante Rhodes in various stages of undress, plus 12-year-old Alex Hibbert fully clothed and looking adorable. “Since the beginning, Calvin Klein’s underwear imagery has always made big statements about masculinity,” Calvin Klein creative director Pieter Mulier said in a statement. “The… Read more

6 Women's Movements You Need To Know About

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Feb 28, 2017

A brief, inspiring list of women’s movements that forced change By Patricia Affriol Women have been shaking things up and creating real change all over the world for as long as the patriarchy’s existed. It’s a powerful thing when we put our minds together and speak out against oppression. Just look at these examples for proof and motivation. Washerwoman Strike In 1881, thousands of black laundresses working in Atlanta, GA, went on strike for higher pay. It began as a small protest of 20 women and quickly grew to 2,000,… Read more
Singer and rapper Lizzo makes it a point to preach self-love in her songs, and now she’s taking her advocacy and bad-assery a step further. Lane Byrant’s #ThisBody campaign is a body positivity movement promoting the launch of the Prabal Gurung x Lane Bryant collection. Female artists of color including Lizzo, Ashlee Haze and Akira Armstrong appeared in a series of photos and videos explaining how their bodies inspire them. Lizzo is comfortable showing off her style in the fashion world (which she proved in her… Read more

Women Working for Women - From Facebook To "IRL" Activism

By Rafaella Gunz  In Feminism  On Feb 27, 2017

Women Working for Women began as a Facebook group in response to the election as a place for women to connect to each other and inform one another. It has since turned into “IRL” groups in cities across the country. I attended the inaugural meeting of the New York City chapter on February 18th. The event took place in a cool Chinatown loft and featured wine donated by Vinfluence, a company that supports various nonprofits. “I was drawn to help build Women Working for Women because I believe in the power of women… Read more
Photographer Michele B.’s work can be seen wide and far. With over 80k followers on Instagram, this photographer has been catching our eyes recently. In her photos, she uses mirrors as a subject to take her viewers to another dimension.When we sat down to talk she had a raging cold but still took the time to talk about her love of horror films, her father, and her history as a pre-med student. We even got into creative thoughts and the label of "artist." Did you go to school, like college school? Yes, I went to UC San… Read more
The FBI released its file on Gamergate, an online movement that looks to stop feminist criticism of video games. How did they look to stop these types of critiques? With constant online harassment of avid female game journalists and bloggers, such as Brianna Wu and Anita Sarkeesian. ...and the FBI refused to prosecute these men, who went as far as to send death and rape threats, even when they confessed to the harassment. Because who cares about the safety of women, right? One specific incident, heavily referenced in… Read more

Marian Anderson's Legacy, 120 Years After Her Birth

By Jamie Bogert  In Music  On Feb 27, 2017

On an historic night in April 1939, Marian Anderson, one of the most revered singers of the twentieth century, captured an audience of more than 75,000 with her vibrant voice as it resounded across the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. But just a few weeks prior to the event that opened doors for many musicians to come, the same captivating star was denied permission to sing in Constitution Hall, then the largest auditorium, by the Daughters of the American Revolution — because she was black. Today, we… Read more

Over 100 Women Got 'Nevertheless, She Persisted' Tattoos

By Olivia Loperfido  In Feminism  On Feb 27, 2017

On Tuesday, more than 100 women lined up in front of Brass Knuckle Tattoo Studio in Minneapolis. Each one awaited a tattoo designed by artist Chelsea Brink: scripted letters of the already-storied quote from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's attempt to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren earlier this month. Explaining Warren's silencing, McConnell said, "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” Immediately following McConnell's condemnation of Warren, his words began appearing… Read more
“Now is really the time for people to speak their mind,” says Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney. “It’s a shocking difference to go from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. I hope younger musicians are inspired to get involved with politics.” At the onset of every wave of political strife, musicians worldwide have responded. The waves of punk music, particularly those of bands like Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Le Tigre, and Sleater-Kinney, have always responded to the infractions of civil liberties that… Read more

How To Take Your Jewelry From Scummy To Sparkly

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Feb 27, 2017

Take your jewelry from scummy to sparkly with DIY cleaning solutions. Jewelry can get grimy fast. Moisturizing, washing dishes, and even shampooing your hair will make your fave pieces lose their luster. It’s best to leave antique heirloom upkeep to the professionals, but you can clean the rest of your rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets at home with some basic kitchen supplies and no creepy chemicals.Most jewelry (except for pieces with pearls, opals, or other soft stones like turquoise or amber) can be cleaned… Read more

9 Best Memes And Jokes From The 2017 Oscars

By Erika W. Smith  In Movies  On Feb 27, 2017

We already rounded up the Oscars moments you should care about, including wins from Moonlight, Viola Davis, and Mahershala Ali. But we think you might enjoy an Oscars-related laugh as well. Here are the best memes from the 2017 Oscars: 1. And the Best Picture goes to... Twitter/Jen Lewis, @thisjenlewis When the La La Land/Moonlight switch up happened, a La La Land producer held up the Best Picture card to show that he wasn’t kidding when he said that Moonlight was the real winner. Now, people are photoshopping the card… Read more
Grab your phone — New Orleans Queen Diva and BUST fave Big Freedia has teamed up with Emoji Fame to introduce her own line of 64 custom emojis. Featuring some of her trademark sayings, some bouncing booties, and the Bounce Queen herself, the stickers are just what we needed to tide us over while we wait for Season 6 of her reality TV show Big Freedia Bounces Back (formerly Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce.) “We’re proud to say that The Queen of Bounce now has a set of emojis worthy of her title,” says Gavin Rhodes,… Read more

11 Oscars Moments You Should Actually Care About

By Erika W. Smith  In Movies  On Feb 27, 2017

If you watched the Oscars last night, you know that it was pretty predictable up until the final ten minutes, when everything went WILD. The producers of La La Land were in the midst of their acceptance speeches for Best Picture when they realized that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope, and Moonlight was the real (and deserved!) winner. But even before that moment, there were some highlights in the long, boring ceremony. Here are the things you should actually care about from… Read more

11 Crucial Organizations To Donate Your Money Or Your Time To

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Feb 27, 2017

Donate To Or Volunteer With These Crucial Organizations. American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org) Working through litigation and lobbying, the ACLU was created “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country.” Center for Reproductive Rights (reproductiverights.org)A legal advocacy group using Constitutional and human rights laws to advance reproductive freedom. EarthJustice (earthjustice.org) This environmental law agency fights for wildlife and land preservation,… Read more
Trump's right-hand minion Kellyanne Conway has some very particular thoughts on feminism that are not only offensive but unsurprisingly wrong and contradictory. Here are a few of our favorite moments: 1. “It’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in a classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male, and it certainly is very pro-abortion, and I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion,” — The Washington Post, Jan. 23 2. When asked about the Women’s March, she said, "I frankly didn't see the point.”- ABC This Week,… Read more
Mary Bowser is the greatest Civil War spy you never heard of. And her story is finally being told in Enigma Alberti and Tony Cliff’s new beginner's chapter book Spy on History: Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring. Mary’s story is marked by her intelligence and alleged photographic memory. Bowser was a black woman and was just a teenager at the time she began work for the Union. According to Civil War record resources, Bowser was born Mary Jane and freed from slavery by Union spy Elizabeth Van Lew, whose mother had… Read more
In response to the chaos surrounding recent town hall meetings held by Republican lawmakers, certain among them have refused to hold these events altogether. Rep. Tom MacArthur, from New Jersey's 3rd District, held a one-hour telephone town hall in early February rather than a formal meeting, telling North Jersey News that he didn't "want to be baited into having an an event that some outside group [could] just make a spectacle out of." MacArthur's constituents were invited to call in their questions to the… Read more

10 Songs You Loved In The 2000s That Show Internalized Misogyny

By Rafaella Gunz  In Music  On Feb 24, 2017

In a 2016 edition of American Psychologist, an article titled “Barriers to Women Engaging in Collective Action” was published by Helena R. M. Radke and Matthew J. Hornsey of The University of Queensland and Fiona Kate Barlow of Griffith University. In the piece, they discuss the concept of internalized sexism: “The fact that some women internalize sexism presents a problem, as it is substantially more difficult to identify and confront prejudice when the perpetrator is themselves a member of the group facing… Read more
Holy Jimmy Junior! The Bob's Burgers Music Album comes out May 12th and it is chock-full of our favorite indie darlings, such as St. Vincent and The National (who appear 3 times!), along with appearances by Aziz Ansari and Paul Rudd. I bet Tina is writing some erotic fan fiction about the line-up already. Of course, these stars are just a fraction of the delectable album which will feature 112 songs of varying lengths, many sung by our animated family; the Belchers. Oh, and remember when albums had secret tracks?… Read more
Several years ago, Debbie Deboo and Felicity McKee teamed up to co-found Chronically Fabulous, a body positivity project for the chronically ill. Both women are based in Northern Ireland, and they felt frustration at the way they and their chronic illnesses were treated by society and the healthcare system. They combined their talents — Debbie as a photographer, Felicity as a model — and created Chronically Fabulous. Debbie has been shortlisted for the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year award (as well as an additional… Read more
Starting tonight, join witches around the world as they put a binding spell on Trump! A Facebook event for witches, Mass Spell To Bind Donald Trump Feb. 24, vows to cast spells every waning crescent moon at midnight until Trump leaves office. “This binding spell is open source, and may be modified to fit your preferred spiritual practice or magical system — the critical elements are the simultaneity of the working (midnight, EST—DC, Mar-a-Lago, and Trump Tower NYC time) and the mass energy of participants,” the pinned… Read more
"Unicorn" is a term that doesn’t have the most positive connotations in the poly community. It’s used to describe a solo poly being sought by a poly couple, and if rules are set by the primary couple, it may not always be a relationship where everyone has an equal footing.Unicornland is a web series, described as a "dramedy" by its writer and producer Lucy Gillespie, puts the unicorn first. In a series of eight short but beautifully shot and scripted episodes, newly divorced New Yorker Annie, played by Laura Ramadei… Read more

How Racism Split The Suffrage Movement

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Feb 24, 2017

"Just like the men!" Cartoon. New-York Tribune, March 1, 1913 When African-American women demanded the right to vote, they faced resistance from racists, from sexists, and even from other suffragistsBy Sabrina Ford America’s recent presidential election was a painful one for many of us. But amid all the traumatic sound bites, one of the few highlights was watching women in their late 90s and older—born before the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote—gleefully casting their votes for a female president for the… Read more
Many of Mira Nair’s films often portray characters who are split between two cultures — Mississippi Masala, The Perez Family, Monsoon Wedding, and The Namesake — and through these films, she’s been credited with bringing Indian film and culture to America. Born in 1957 in Rourkela, India, Nair grew up with her parents and two older brothers. Nair’s family is Punjabi and is from one of the most prosperous, middle upper class regions in India. At 11, due to her father’s job, the family moved to Delhi. At 13, she left… Read more
Yesterday, officials gave protesters near the Dakota Access Pipeline an evacuation deadline of 2 P.M. While most demonstrators chose to leave, ten refused and were subsequently arrested, waving flags as they exited. An estimated 25-50 people still remained at the Oceti Sakowin camp this morning. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum told CNN that the remaining protesters will be given the same warning: leave peacefully or face arrest. The evacuation comes after President Trump ordered to allow Energy Transfer Partners to… Read more
Neuroscientist-turned-designer Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya is tired of the notion that the sciences are male-dominated fields. There are hundreds of female scientists whose work is integral to contemporary scientific innovation — take, for example, Marie Curie, the two-time Nobel Laureate whose work enabled the discovery of radioactivity — but these women often go unrecognized. Phingbodhipakkia’s project and graphic poster series Beyond Curie aims to change that. In an interview with Fast Company, Phingbodhipakkiya… Read more
The 2017 New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF), the largest film festival for children and teens in North America, will be running from February 24 - March 19. But it's not just for kids. The festival screens intelligent, thought-provoking feature-length and short films, and many of this year's films spotlight inspiring girls from around the world. BUST spoke with Maria-Christina Villaseñor, Programming Director for the NYICFF, about the festival's films and panels, and the future of women both in… Read more
Mel Gibson is enjoying a career Renaissance of the likes of Matthew McConaughey or Winona Ryder. The problem here, though, is that Gibson’s career isn’t recovering from a string of bad rom coms or a shoplifting charge — instead, he has a long track record of racist, sexist, and anti-Semitic statements, plus domestic violence charges that he plead no contest to. In an industry that constantly celebrates white male alleged abusers from Roman Polanski to Woody Allen to Casey Affleck (black men like Nate Parker don’t enjoy… Read more

The 'Kitten Lady' Hannah Shaw Is A Professional Cat Rescuer

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Feb 23, 2017

“Kitten Lady” Hannah Shaw Rescues Orphans The Shelters Won’t Take Hannah Shaw never planned on becoming a professional kitten rescuer. But she also never dreamed she’d stumble across a tiny, mewling orphan stuck in a tree. “I thought surely there was someone who would help this kitten,” Shaw, 29—aka “Kitten Lady”—says of the discovery she made in Philadelphia in 2008. “But I learned that nobody was going to help this kitten unless I helped this kitten.” Most super-young kittens like the one Shaw saved—who grew up into… Read more
Yesterday, President Donald Trump removed protections for transgender students that President Obama had put in place. These protections had allowed trans students to use the bathrooms that matched their gender identity, not the gender they were assigned at birth. According to the New York Times, Trump’s Secretary of Education Betsy Devos initially resisted the bill, while Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed for it. Trump himself had previously said that trans people should “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,”… Read more
Come Together: A Community Organizing How-To By Mikki Halpin There’s a saying in community organizing that if you want to be an activist, walk out your front door, go to your neighbor’s house, and start talking. It sounds simple, but that’s basically it. Community organizing is some of the most hands-on, sustainable, results-oriented kind of work you can do to change the world, and you can totally do it. Here’s how: Define community any way you want to. Maybe for you, “community” literally is the people on your block… Read more
Writer Kassi Underwood’s debut memoir May Cause Love: An Unexpected Journey of Enlightenment After Abortion follows her on a road trip across the United States as she takes part in healing ceremonies after having an abortion at nineteen. Graceful in its example of how one can turn a painful experience into a moment of inclusive activism, the book is now inspiring a new grassroots movement around open conversations about abortion. Underwood took some time to talk to BUST about the experience of writing the book, the… Read more
Princess Nokia performed three songs at a charity fashion show for Cambridge University earlier this week after experiencing an act of sexism. The New York born and raised rapper has been building a career for herself as an artist and as an ambassador for empowering young women of color in New York City. Her recent hit album, 1992, released in 2016 has made her a coveted act for festivals and the like. As Cambridge Universty's forum for women and non-binary people of color reports, the singer "is claimed to have… Read more
Trump isn't the only one who can call it like it is. Yesterday, Senator Maxine Waters of California went on MSNBC with Chris Hayes and called the Trump cabinet "a bunch of scumbags" who "are all organized around making money." Used to interviewees talking in circles, Hayes was taken aback and asked Waters to explain (though most of us can agree the term speaks for itself). Waters went on to say that we have to watch out for Rex Tillerson's proven cozy rapport with Putin, and Reince Priebus' attempts to quell the… Read more
With Trump’s order to continue the Dakota Access Pipeline, protesters near the Standing Rock Reservation have a hard deadline to evacuate their camps by 2pm today — but some are refusing to back down. Some protesters have vowed to remain at the Oceti Sakowin camp and are risking arrest and police force. According to a CNBC article, the Army Corps of Engineers is planning to remove all tents and teepees from federal land due to their concerns of “impending flooding." While some protesters are staying behind, others are… Read more

British Witch Invents Magical Color Changing Hair Dye

By Rachel Withers  In Style  On Feb 22, 2017

Finally, science has done something useful for us wannabe witches. Scientist, entrepreneur and self-professed occultist Lauren Bowker and her company The Unseen have developed the world's first color changing hair dye, FIRE Like a mood ring for your hair, this new hair dye uses a scientifically modified version of thermochromic ink (the one found in Global Hypercolor t-shirts in the 80's and 90's) to make the hair's color change with fluctuating temperatures. I mean moods. We all know mood rings are magically… Read more
Milo Yiannopoulos seemed to hit the peak of his “career” as an advocate for hate speech against women, people of color, trans people, Muslim people, Jewish people, and other non-cis-white-men this weekend. His book, Dangerous — for which he’d earned a $250,000 book deal — was months away from being released on a Simon & Schuster imprint; on Friday, he appeared as a guest on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher and got along splendidly with Maher, leading to plenty of media coverage; on Saturday, American Conservative Union… Read more
Emily Bell channels Kali, the Hindu goddess of destruction, in her new album. She evokes rising up and taking names in her new video "Can't Talk Back," directed by Bryan Poyser. The video features all-female tackle football team the Austin Raiders taking over a male football game to show these guys a thing or two about talking back (catch Boyhood actor Bill Wise as the coach) as Emily sings, "I'm the tremor of your earthquake/the sugar in you milkshake." Emily was awarded Best New Artist by the Austin Music Awards for… Read more
The Making Of A Movement:A Q&A with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives MatterBy Lisa Butterworth Patrisse Cullors was only 17 when she staged her first protest, after getting harassed in a park for being with her girlfriend. In 2013, in the wake of George Zimmerman’s acquittal for killing unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, she, along with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, helped found Black Lives Matter, an activist movement that now has more than 40 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the U.K. Here,… Read more