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Recently, while researching, I came across a “Spinster’s Numeration Table” printed in the 1837 edition of the New Monthly Magazine. This table lists out the various ages of an unmarried woman and corresponds them to certain characteristics. It is meant to be humorous, but—as with all humor of this sort—there is a grain of historical truth to be gleaned from the descriptions. The table gives us insight into how spinsters were viewed and at what age unmarried women were deemed to be past their prime. According to the New… Read more
#MeToo has, in just a few days, become an inspirational and important way for people across social media to share their stories of sexual abuse. Public accusations of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of movie executive Harvey Weinstein have sparked a necessary discussion of abuse committed by men in power. McKayla Maroney, former US gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, has shared her own story of sexual abuse. Maroney published a statement on her Twitter, where she says that former US Gymnastics doctor Larry… Read more
It was about eight years ago that a friend gave Angela Robinson a coffee table book on Wonder Woman. The director had been a lifelong fan of the female superhero, and it was a perfect gift for her. But what she found on those pages triggered an immense desire to make a film about the man who invented Wonder Woman. The Harvard educated psychologist William Moulton Marston hid a polyamorous relationship with his wife and mistress from the public, and therefore led a double life. Robinson began extensive research, and the… Read more

3 New Books By Trans Writers To Read Right Now

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Oct 18, 2017

Trans Authors Speak Up And Reach Out From our October/November 2017 print issue, we're bringing you a sidebar on three new books about gender, all by trans writers. Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?By Heath Fogg Davis(NYU Press)Even with increased visibility, acceptance, and legal strides, transgender people still face pressure from a society that wants to sort everyone into a masculine and feminine gender binary. Author Heath Fogg Davis, a professor of political science at Temple and a transgender man of color,… Read more
We sat down with mama BAE, DJ, yoga teacher, meditation leader, and all-around badass, Reem Abdou and talked about her collective BAE. The BAE community has quickly spread across several creative spaces creating an environment that feels safe and inclusive. The collective celebrates their one year anniversary this Thursday at Lot 45. The event sponsored by BUST Magazine will feature an all-female and female-identifying lineup of curated music, crafts, immersive experiences and more all in the name of divine feminine… Read more
As if the calorie–counting frenzy that's been around in every Starbucks, Chipotle, and Le Pain de Quoutiden for years hasn't been enough to make us feel guilty about our (often perfectly normal) eating and drinking choices, Google Maps is the newest addition to join the team of often eating disorder–triggering, strategies diguised as strategies to make us lead "healthy lifestyles." In the past days, the tech–giant rolled out a feature for its Google Maps app, which would count the calories you burn by walking to places… Read more
Continuing the trend of the cinematic past finding its way back into our hearts as revitalized and revamped versions of its original self, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is now a Netflix series, and the trailer was released this past weekend. The feature film that launched Lee’s career was notable for its revolutionary portrayal of black female sexuality. Cherishing her freedom and central character, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) juggled three men and experimented with monogamy. The trailer reintroduced us to the… Read more
A 17-year-old undocumented immigrant is living in custody of federal government in Texas and is being denied her abortion rights by the Trump administration. The American Civil Liberties Union says the Central American unaccompanied minor, being referred to as Jane Doe for her privacy, is being detained in a private Brownsville shelter contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACLU has launched a suit that seeks for an emergency order from the court to block the federal government from obstructing… Read more
Carrie Fisher, our ever–lasting Princess Leia, keeps proving to be the (sh)ero and friend we all need, even after her death. Constantly crushing patriarchy and standing up to sexual abusers and harassers in the most genius, badass of ways. Fisher's friend, producer Heather Ross, said in a radio interview with Arizona station 94.9 Mix FM that she was once sexually assaulted by a famous Oscar–winning producer (not Harvey Weinstein) when she had just moved to Hollywood in 1999. The producer had forced himslef onto her… Read more

If You Can Only Orgasm With A Full Bladder, You're Not Alone

By BUST Magazine  In Sex  On Oct 17, 2017

We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexlogist Dr. Carol Queen. I have trouble reaching orgasm unless my bladder is full. There are nerves that just don’t get stimulated any other way. G-spot stimulation helps me get there, but feels like nothing without that added pressure. I’m in my 40s and have been too embarrassed to ask anyone this question ever, even though I’m super comfortable talking about sex and masturbation in general. (I even took Betty Dodson’s Bodysex seminar and… Read more

La Borinqueña Is The Puerto Rican Superhero We Need Right Now

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Books  On Oct 17, 2017

Puerto Rico needs a hero right now. Before Hurricane Maria struck, over 200 schools had closed due to the fiscal crisis, and there were water shortages and electrical shortages — and now, all of these issues are being exacerbated. We need a hero, a voice, and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has created that hero, a puertorriqueña named Marisol Rios De La Luz, also known as La Borinqueña. Miranda-Rodriguez incorporates Puerto Rican history both from the island and the diaspora to tell the story of La Borinqueña, a fictional… Read more
Helen McCookerybook isn’t exactly a name you’re going to forget in an instant, is it? Especially if it's been bandied about on the UK’s punk scene since the 1970s. Growing up in the North East of England, a young Helen Reddington headed south to study at Brighton Polytechnic where she joined motley bunch The Chefs on bass and vocal duties. And this shift from the river to the sea feels very poignant for an artist who released a record of the very same name — the Sea — earlier this year. This evening, however, she is… Read more
We're excited to share this letter from Monica Helms, an excerpt from the book To My Trans Sisters. Edited by trans activist Charlie Craggs, To My Trans Sisters gathers letters from 100 trailblazing trans women, inluding Laura Jane Grace and Isis King. Monica Helms is the creator of the transgender pride flag. She donated the flag, which she created in 1999, to the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Monica served in the US Navy for eight years and is the founder and former President of the… Read more
I started working in fashion when I was 19. Two months into my first position as a stylist's assistant in New York, I was sexually harassed for the first time. A well-known male photographer who worked frequently with my boss invited me to his bedroom after a shoot, which was, conveniently, located right next to the studio portion of his live–in studio. I was squatting down onto the floor as he towered above me; I was busy trying to sort through shoes and clothes, and was startled by his question. Startled and… Read more
The dream of all dreams in 2017 is the impeachment of Donald Trump. If the miraculous were to happen, we would face a new problem. With Trump out of the White House, Mike Pence would step up to take the reigns. The scary thing is Mike Pence is mildly competent at politics, at least much more competent than Trump. An article from the October 23rd issue of The New Yorker, titled “The Danger of President Pence,” compiled a history of Pence’s personal and political legacy. Here are six of the most bewildering, horrifying,… Read more
The New York Times blew up the internet with a bombshell article exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual assaulter/harasser — and the dust has not fallen yet. It seems like every day more and more famous Hollywood movers and shakers are coming out to comment on Weinstein, accuse Weinstein, or sympathize with the women accusing Weinstein, as well as defend/explain/comment on Weinstein’s character. Campaigns like Alyssa Milano’s “Me Too” remind us all just how close to home this is. But Woody… Read more

5 Nightmare-Fuel Spooky Stories To Read This Halloween

By F Yeah History  In Books  On Oct 16, 2017

Tis the season to get spooky fa la-la-la la-la la-la-AAAAAAARGH. Now call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing nicer than curling up with a ghostly short story in front of a fire. BOOOOOOO MUTHAFUCKERS! Traditionally, in Britain, ghost stories are a Christmas activity, with those morbid Victorians telling their most chilling tales whilst roasting chestnuts on an open fire (so the song goes), and if the BBC doesn’t show a ghost story drama over the festive period, it fucking ruins Christmas for us. BUT, we also love… Read more

Amy Sedaris' 6 Batshit Tips For "Enjoying The Outdoors"

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Oct 16, 2017

Amy Sedaris is a living legend. Perhaps you know and love her from her twisted TV-series-turned-feature-film Strangers With Candy. Or maybe you adore her for her off-kilter DIY books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. Either way, this fall, fans of both her on-screen persona and her loony lifestyle brand will be flocking to her new truTV series, At Home with Amy Sedaris (premiering October 24), a surreal show that looks like what would happen if the producers of The… Read more
Comedian Margaret Cho opens her set at the Gramercy Theatre in New York with a rant about Harvey Weinstein. Like women everywhere, she seems both disgusted and confused by how he could have gotten away with such blatant abuse for so long. Her response is to ridicule him, to take away his social power by pointing out how gross he is as a human being. It is a pattern that repeats throughout her show, as she laughs at Woody Allen, Donald Trump and even herself. Her comedy is subversive, dealing in stereotypes and taboos… Read more
I'm disappointed. Dear Ms. Bialik, I'm a busy mother, wife and writer, so I often skim past news pieces unless I see something that strikes me. I saw that you wrote an op-ed in the New York Times about being a feminist in light of recent events regarding Harvey Weinstein and the sexual assault and rape allegations. I've been a fan of yours since Blossom. In fact, you helped me through my awkward stages. I was not popular. As I got older, my baby fat returned to parts of my body that were harder to hide. I took solace… Read more

Embracing Self-Love In A Time Of Hate: A Flowchart

By Samantha Mann  In Feminism  On Oct 16, 2017

Making healthy choices that stem from a solid sense of self-worth isn’t my strong suit. Treating myself with kindness out of sheer self-respect and believing my body is a temple isn’t my nature. Historically, the idea of self-care has always been an elusive concept for me, falling somewhere between seeming too cheesy and not knowing if I’m entitled to participate in acts that appear self-indulgent. Recently and without much effort, however, I realized I’ve been engaging in more self-care and doing so without the usual… Read more

More Than "Me Too": What Will It Take For You To Hear Us?

By Hannah Matthews  In Living  On Oct 16, 2017

Once, in college, I relayed the horrifying story of a classmate’s rape to a male friend. “But did she really get raped,” he said, “or did she do that thing that girls do where they just call something rape?” Instead of knocking him out, or telling him to fuck off, nineteen-year-old me dutifully went on to list the girl’s various physical injuries, to assure him that the police had also called it “rape,” to swear that she had been a virgin at the time of the assault.Only then was he satisfied. Only then did he consider… Read more

BUST's "Poptarts" Podcast Asks, "What's the T on Cardi B?"

By Emily Rems  In Music  On Oct 16, 2017

Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. The latest episode is allllll about Cardi B! She recently became the first solo female… Read more
Sophie Strauss is a singer-songwriter on the rise, characterized by her lush sound and witty, poetic lyrics. BUST is premiering her newest music video, “Quiz in a Magazine,” a short, incisive song about sexism and the murky, confusing nature of girlhood. "I wrote 'Quiz In A Magazine' as a way to capture the internal dialogue that girls and women have as we try to rationalize away the experiences of quotidian sexism and abuse," Sophie tells BUST. "I wanted to get at the little things that we shrug off—or are told we… Read more

Giveaway: Everything You Need To Learn Hand Lettering

By BUST Magazine  In Sponsored  On Oct 16, 2017

Hand lettering is back. Despite the ease and accessibilty of modern technology, artists and creatives continue to rely on traditional techniques to create gorgeous, contemporary designs. Whether it's inspirational quotes on Instagram or fancy AF birthday invitations, lettering is the latest and greatest way to make your life beautiful. Many people find lettering meditative, and it is a skill that can be used in basically any situation. Hand lettering is both pretty and practical, and once you get started there are… Read more
The nightmare of sexual predators in positions of power seems to be never ending. Prior to the Weinstein case, women who have come out against their assailants were met with harsh criticism and immense doubts. In fact, the accused were often left facing little to no repercussions at all. For example, Bill Cosby was unconvicted in numerous sexual assault charges, and both Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes left Fox News with millions in severance packages. Even the U.S. President Donald Trump was seemingly unscathed by… Read more
Belly dance has become a popular style practiced by women all over the world. Many women are drawn to the style because of the expressive movements that are intimately connected to the body's form, and the supportive dance community that surrounds it. We sat down with belly dance expert Salit Cohen-Cheng and talked about the history of belly dance. Salit is one of the many amazing instructors you can catch at the BUST Holiday Craftacular December 9th and 10th for an introduction to belly dance. So how long have you… Read more

Princess Nokia, Armed With Soup, Fights Off a Subway Racist

By Lianna Remigio  In Feminism  On Oct 13, 2017

Chicken Soup for the racist’s soul? Earlier this week, a video surfaced of a man yelling racial slurs while riding the Brooklyn Bound L train in N.Y.C. Fed up, passengers confronted the racist and kicked him off the train. Someone also took it upon themselves to throw a container of soup at the man. N.Y.C. native and rapper, Princess Nokia, AKA Destiny Frasqueri, took to Twitter and revealed she was responsible for this badass act of bravery. Princess Nokia is well-known for her activism, being a voice against racism… Read more
When a new high-profile sexual assault or harassment accusation hits the press, you can rest assured the backlash machine will kick into overdrive. Victim blaming, followed by victim shaming, rounded out by a Greek chorus of “whys?” Why didn’t she come forward before? Why didn’t she say just ‘no'? Why didn’t she tell anyone, go to the press, press charges, stand up for herself? Af if the easiest thing in the world is for a woman to stand alone in a public arena, one already starved and braying for her blood, and face… Read more
Many people are unaware of one of the main inspirations behind the beloved 1930s cartoon character, Betty Boop. The famous sex symbol actually got her signature “boop” from a black Harlem singer named Esther Jones, otherwise known as Baby Esther. While almost everyone can immediately picture the wide-eyed, baby-voiced character that is Betty Boop, the name Baby Esther doesn't tend ring any bells. The visual inspiration behind Betty Boop, a Max Fleischer Studios creation, was actually a popular white actress and singer… Read more
I remember when I first heard the term “menstrual equity.” It was in February of last year, while writing a feature for Broadly. At the time, New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland wanted to make tampons and pads free and accessible to public school students in the five boroughs. My article delved into her efforts, and why it’s vital that students who menstruate have easy access to personal hygiene products. And it was for that piece — one of the first in a series I would write Broadly on menstrual equity… Read more
In the wake of the ever-increasing number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood, it has been reassuring to see the overwhelming support for Rose McGowan and other survivors sharing their stories. Men and women from all backgrounds are listening to survivors who have come forward, and are holding perpetrators and their enablers to account. We should continue to amplify these voices. However, as the firestorm over Rose McGowan’s suspension… Read more
"Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it. Not now." — Hillary Clinton I am one of the millions of Hillary Clinton supporters who joined the “secret” pro-Clinton Facebook groups during the 2016 presidential election — and I regret it. I understand the purpose they served and why they flourished, but in retrospect, the unintended role they played in Clinton’s loss is clear — and there’s a lesson to be learned from acknowledging it. Pantsuit Nation was the first secret group a well-meaning friend added… Read more

This Woman Is Creating A Space For Black Women In Yoga

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Oct 13, 2017

It’s no secret that the wellness world is overwhelmingly white. Thankfully, Lauren Ash, 29, is changing that. The Chicago entrepreneur’s multifaceted lifestyle brand, Black Girl in Om (BlackGirlInOm.com), is all about creating the ultimate happy place, online and IRL, for black women to practice self-care through holistic health. “Unfortunately, the wellness space is not immune to discrimination, prejudice, and racism,” says Ash. “Many women of color entering a yoga studio face things they shouldn’t face anywhere, but… Read more
Our weekly roundup of women-centered pop culture is here! Scroll down to read about the 10 movies, albums, TV shows, and books created by or starring women that we’re most excited about for the upcoming week — this week, we’ve got a different kind of Wonder Woman movie, new music from St. Vincent, and the return of Jane the Virgin. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to all of these ourselves, so if they're bad, don't blame us! But if we have reviewed them, we’ll include a link to the review, or refer to… Read more
With all of the countless accusations against Harvey Weinstein now at the forefront, the public was keen to hear what those closest to him would have to say. After good friend and colleague, Ben Affleck came forward to disassociate himself with Weinstein, things quickly went left. Long-time Weinstein whistleblower Rose McGowan called foul recalling a memory of the time where she told Affleck about Weinstein’s conduct. She alleged that Affleck was definitely in the know: Her firestorm of allegations landed her in… Read more
Actor Rose McGowan, who has always been a major badass on film and in real life, has gained a huge following on Twitter in recent days for her fearless advocacy of survivors of sexual assault. McGowan has made her own accusations of harrassment against producer Harvey Weinstein and has also called out the culture of silence and tacit acceptance that surrounds abusers in Hollywood. She has specifically targeted the board of the Weinstein Company, Matt Damon and Ben and Casey Affleck for protecting Weinstein. She came… Read more
Amy Sedaris’ new Tru TV series At Home With Amy Sedaris is no doubt going to be a break-out hit this year since no one can stop talking about it! You can also see Sedaris from our newest edition of BUST Magazine, where she explains the proper technique for chopping wood, hiding from bears, and how to build a fire (pro tip: lighter fluid). She’s been all over our TV screens recently, from BoJack Horseman to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – you could recognize her sharp wit anywhere. She will not be your new Martha Stewart… Read more
In our Fashion Nation series, we talk to women about their sense of style. Audrey Mabry, Makeup and Special Effects Artist, Brooklyn, New York Tell us about this look.The leather jacket I got from Buffalo Exchange, it’s motorcycle brand FMC. The studded sleeve cuff and the Comes (a hardcore Japanese punk band from the ’80s) T-shirt are from Addicted to Chaos on Etsy. The bondage choker is from another Etsy shop I love, Mourn the Living. The rosary is from the Brooklyn store Schafmayer & Company, where I also work and… Read more

Dick Sticks: Sexism In Snowboarding

By Sue Ferguson  In Feminism  On Oct 12, 2017

I started snowboarding in 1990 and was hooked from the moment I started. Back then, the percentage of women participating in the sport was at just 3%, and we were such a small market, there wasn’t even female-specific clothing or equipment. Fast forward a decade, and through a combination of talent, fortitude and luck, I ended up being short listed for a senior sales role at Burton Snowboards in 2011. By 2011 female participation in the sport had risen to almost 20% (thanks in no small part to its inclusion in the… Read more

"Broad City" Recap: Season 4, Episode 4 — "Mushrooms"

By Danielle Corcione and Lindsay Patton-Carson  In TV  On Oct 12, 2017

This week, Broad City returns with a trippy, partially-animated episode appropriately called "Mushrooms." When they’re making the shrooms: Lindsay: What are they making? Food or drugs?Danielle: Are they putting the shrooms in the food?Lindsay: I don’t know any of these names they’re saying. Danielle: Oh no. where are they going? … oh, like a drug trip. Because “Mushrooms” is the name of the episode.Lindsay: Ew. They just ate mushroom yogurt. When they become cartoons: Danielle: She has no feet! HOW ARE THEY IN PUBLIC… Read more
Why didn’t she report it? Why didn’t she come forward sooner? Why did she stay silent? These are the questions that are inevitably raised in response to survivors making accusations of sexual harassment and assault. Women are interrogated for speaking out and for keeping quiet, grilled for ulterior motives and personal details. But the question we should be asking is: Why did this man think he could get away with it? In the latest scandal, men in Hollywood have denounced Weinstein as one bad egg, claiming they had no… Read more
Gold bracelets and bangles were popular throughout the Victorian era. They came in a variety of styles, including thin bracelets, heavy bracelets, and bracelets adorned with jewels. Most were fairly commonplace in appearance; however, in the late nineteenth century, a new style emerged on the scene in the form of gold bracelets made to look—and sometimes function—like handcuffs. As the 1879 edition of Godey’s Lady’s Book reports: A gold handcuff, presented by a gentleman, and locked on the wrist of the fair recipient, is… Read more
"Mad as hell" is an apt way to describe being a woman in today’s world. Meg Remy, as U.S. Girls, channels those frustrations and disappointments with current politics into a disco-pop number that is both critical and inspiring at the same time. “We can never know the hands we're in, until we feel them grip / Choking off our air supply but I don't cry / Every day I look, every day I see / That good war music still getting written for me,” she sings. With Trump and Co. working to take women’s rights away (amongst other… Read more
In the wake of the avalanche of information about serial sexual assaulter Harvey Weinstein, many celebrities have come forward with their own stories of support and survival. Most of those speaking out are now are calling for men to speak out against violence they see perpetuated by their male friends, family and colleagues — arguing that it’s time men step up to the plate with the women who have been fighting against sexual assault for decades. Then, Terry Crews shut everyone up. Not only did he explain his own story… Read more

Ride Like A Girl: 5 Women Motorcyclists Redefining Adventure

By Egle Gerulaityte  In Living  On Oct 11, 2017

Women motorcyclists aren’t the rare unicorns they once used to be: according to the USA Motorcycle Industry Council statistics, 25% of American riders are women, and this number is constantly growing. The UK statistics on bikes and motorcycle license holders says there is now over half a million women who hold full motorcycle licenses in Great Britain; in Australia, the number of women riders is a little less — somewhere around the 14% mark — but there, too, it’s growing exponentially. Women riders tend to be younger… Read more

Get Weird At "Vampira" In A Bushwick Art Studio This Weekend

By Amanda Brohman  In Arts  On Oct 11, 2017

"Vampira is dripping blood and joy. Her face dripping carnage, her robes splattered, and her hands distorted, as she leads you into her world where you are digested into a world of meditative art." If that was the first paragraph of any pre-Halloween read, we would have been ready to settle into our reading nooks all weekend. But when it turns out to be the invitation to a Saturday night in the Bushwick art studio of artist Michael Alan, featuring artist Jadda Cat's one-woman performance VAMPIRA (her female… Read more
This Saturday October 14th at noon, Brooklyn Public Library and If You Want It are hosting Genderful!, an event that creates a space for kids ages 6-12 and their caregivers to learn about gender through a variety of activities and performances. Genderful! will feature: Kid-friendly set by Laura Jane Grace, a transgender musician best known as the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of punk rock band Against Me! Workshop with performance artist ray ferreira & the Octavia Project, which empowers girls and… Read more
As his alter ego Christeene, Paul Soileau is pushing the boundaries of drag It’s rare to encounter an artist who calls audiences from all walks of life to the dance floor while challenging them to think about gender, sexuality, performance, and even bodily orifices in new ways. But self-proclaimed “drag terrorist” Paul Soileau, 41, has been doing all that and more for the past eight years in the guise of his on-stage alter ego, Christeene. A larger-than-life rapper/performance artist who combines the horror-show… Read more

Donna Karan Says Weinstein's Victims Were "Asking For It"

By Amanda Brohman  In Feminism  On Oct 10, 2017

In the wake of revelations in the New York Times about Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long sexual harassment of women (from actresses to assistants) famous voices have been raised in support of the allegations. Additional reports are being published, adding more victims and detailing the increasingly disturbing frequency and intensity of sexual assaults that Weinstein has allegedly committed consistently throughout his career. On the other hand, some prominent figures continue to defend Weinstein. Powerhouse fashion… Read more