Besides being an actor, director, husband and father, Mark Ruffalo is also an activist. He is a member of both The Solution Project and Water Defense, working towards saving our planet. He is also an outspoken feminist. Last year, Ruffalo petitioned for a woman’s right to choose in a letter detailing his own mother’s experience with abortion that was read at a rally outside the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. More recently, Ruffalo shared a ... Read More
In a beautiful post on her personal Tumblr today, BUST cover girl Laverne Cox saluted Caitlyn Jenner’s bravery, character, and beauty — on the inside and out. Cox echoed commenters’ praise, love, and support for Jenner, while also adding her own perspective on the cis-normative beauty standards perpetuated by the media. “In certain lighting, at certain angles,” says Cox, “I am able to embody certain cis-normative beauty ... Read More
A couple of the inspiring Babayagas above.  After 15 years in the making, the Babayagas’ House — a feminist alternative to a retirement home — has finally opened in Paris. Named after the word “witch” in Slavic mythology, this incredible place is a self-managed social housing project run by a community of inspiring female senior citizens who want to keep their independence. “To live long is a good thing but to age well is ... Read More
If you haven’t seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet, you better go do it. It’s an incredible feminist spectacle of an action film, and it was made possible in part by Dayna Grant, the stunt double for Charlize Theron’s character. In an interview for Playboy with Bust contributor Jenni Miller, Grant says, “I’m happy to be alive, to be honest. There was just such a small margin for anything to go wrong, but why it didn’t was because they ... Read More
  Model Ashley Graham just gave an incredible TED Talk on the importance of loving your body and the discrimination she faces on a daily basis in the fashion industry. Addressing an audience of over 400 people in Valencia, Spain, Graham discussed her struggles as a model and how she came to accept her figure as it is. She spoke about how the term “plus-sized model” made her feel like an outsider in the fashion world, despite having a successful ... Read More
When I proclaimed myself a feminist in middle school, I tried my best to seek out feminist peers—they had to be somewhere, right?! Alas, at the age of 12 in my tiny town, there were no feminists to be found. Yet by high school, the term “feminism” was popping up beyond the little sidebar about women’s lib in my textbooks. Feminism was all over Tumblr and Twitter and even the social media of the mainstream: Facebook. Students and teachers ... Read More
After seeing the badass looks of the ladies of AfroPunk Paris all over the Internet, we just had to share some of their pics here, too. For those who don’t know, AfroPunk’s an annual music festival is hosted in different cities each year — the event features some of the most awesome artists around, most of whom are black and many of whom are women. On its site, the fest is described as “the best assembly of female musical talent since Lilith ... Read More
In news that will make you groan, people STILL get upset about women breastfeeding in public places. In Terre Haute, Indiana, for example, one young woman was publicly shamed by a man who took a photo of her (without her knowledge, yuck) breastfeeding in a T.G.I Friday’s. He then uploaded it to Facebook and Instagram. Alongside the photo, the man wrote, “I went [sic] to know if this is appropriate or inappropriate as I’m trying to eat my Fridays, ... Read More
  Vanity Fair released its July cover today, featuring the stunning Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce. The Olympic champion came out as transgender in a now-iconic interview with Diane Sawyer earlier this spring. “I’m emerging as myself. Isn't that great?” Jenner said at the time. Now the transformation is complete, though the journey is barely beginning. Caitlyn definitely did not disappoint with her debut: Not only does she look ... Read More
  This guest post was written by Shannon Carlin.   BEST COAST California Nights(Harvest Records)   The chord progressions are the same on Best Coast’s latest album, which, production-wise, falls somewhere between her perfectly flawed debut and its too pristine follow-up, but this time, Bethany Cosentino has more on her mind than just boys.   “Sleep Won’t Ever Come” is her prayer for a good night’s rest and chance to turn off ... Read More