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The Walking Dead actress Alanna Masterson isn’t just great at killing zombies — she’s also an expert at murdering internet trolls.Masterson, who plays Tara Chambler on the show, posted a message on Instagram to the people who have criticized her body, something she says began when she gave birth to her daughter in November 2015. The message, posted alongside a photo of Masterson's daughter, reads: Dear Instagram trolls, body shamers, and the men and woman who think it's ok to comment on my weight: I hope that you don't… Read more
ALWAYS SHINEDirected by Sophia TakalOut December 2Rating: 3/5 Within the first 10 minutes of Always Shine, it’s clear that the film was directed by a woman. In the first scene, a beautiful, up-and-coming actress, Beth (Caitlin FitzGerald, Masters of Sex), auditions for a horror movie by taking her top off and saying the words, “I’ll do anything you want!” for some sleazy producers who inform her that the film requires “extensive nudity.” A few scenes later, Beth’s best friend Anna (Mackenzie Davis, Halt and Catch Fire)… Read more
Image via Tumblr/TheCriterionCollection Although women are not as recognized or celebrated in Hollywood as they should be, there are also directors around the world whose work is rarely shown and nearly forgotten. Larisa Shepitko, a Ukrainian-born filmmaker, is one of the many international directors who received critical acclaim during her lifetime but is not a name known to many today, even consummate film buffs. Shepitko was born in 1938 in Ukrainian territory controlled by the USSR. She attended the All-Union State… Read more
This week Texas approved a law that would require health care facilities to bury or cremate aborted fetal matter, as opposed to disposing of it as medical waste. Let's reiterate that to really emphasize the issue here: Texan women who want to get a safe and legal abortion will not only have to make the difficult decision to get the procedure done, but will have to face dramatic consequences to their tissue being removed, as it is essentially given a funeral. Before the law was passed, fetuses were considered tissue… Read more
In this winter of our discontent, an uncanny light shines from the warmer hemisphere. This Tuesday, the Brazilian Supreme Court decriminalized the use of abortion within the first trimester of pregnancy. Brazil has a strict ban on abortion except in cases of rape, anencephaly — when portions of the fetus’ brain are missing, or when the mother’s life is at risk. Though illegal, Galileu, a popular science magazine, estimates that about two thousand women get abortions everyday. More shocking is the statistic that between… Read more

Thousands Of Women Will Wear Pussy Hats To March Against Trump

By Emma Bredthauer  In Feminism  On Dec 01, 2016

Pussyhat Project artist @auroralady modeling her hat/snarling at the patriarchy Today in AWESOME: A coalition of L.A.-based knitters have launched an initiative called The Pussyhat Project with the goal of making 1.17 MILLION bright pink, cat-eared (“pussy”) hats to protest Trump’s inauguration! The hats will be given to women and allies to wear at the Women’s March on Washington, as well as to folks who can’t make it to D.C. on Inauguration Day who want to demonstrate solidarity. We're so happy to have the crochet… Read more
Mean Girls “We survived Ceausescu. We’ll survive this idiot, too.” My mother’s words sink in over the phone the morning after Trump is announced as President-elect. I feel bitterness, hope, anger, and resilience all at once. I want to believe that no single person can have that much influence on day-to-day life, on freedom. But the political is always personal. As a first-generation Romanian American, I’ve seen the consequences of red politics, communist and conservative, on women’s health and well-being. When Trump is… Read more

Put a Degree On It: 5 Careers To Fight A Trump Presidency

By Katie McBeth  In Living  On Dec 01, 2016

Scrubs Fellow disenfranchised readers: Are you at a loss on what to do after this whole Trump upset? If you’re anything like me, you’re not just burnt out on the constant flood of upsetting news since November 8th, but you’re also rearing to find a way to fight back. What if I told you there’s a way to do it and get paid?? BUST writer Patricia already covered a great list of ways to directly act out and protest Trump, but I would like to offer up some alternatives. These might be a bit more long-term — and some of them… Read more

The Julie Ruin at Irving Plaza, Two Days After the Election

By Marisa Crawford  In Music  On Dec 01, 2016

Photo by Shervin Lainez On Thursday, November 10th, two days after the election, I went to see former Bikini Kill frontwoman Kathleen Hanna’s newest band, The Julie Ruin, play at Irving Plaza in New York City. I had bought the tickets months in advance and planned to go with two friends who had both grown up listening to riot grrrl; I expected it to be fun and nostalgic. When I realized the show would be happening two days after the election, I thought it would be a sweetly celebratory experience to ring in the… Read more
Welcome to the newest edition of The Hotness, aka BUST"s Best Bets! We're listing 10 of the pop culture moments we're excited about for December 2016 and January 2017, including Hidden Figures, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, World Of Wakanda and The Trans List. Hidden FiguresAll eyes will be on Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe on January 13 when their hotly anticipated biopic Hidden Figures opens in theaters. Based on a true story, the film centers on a trio of brilliant African-American women… Read more
Trevor Noah earned his stripes Wednesday night, when he invited right-wing conservative Tomi Lahren onto The Daily Show and engaged her in a thoughtful interview on Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and immigration. As someone who is not known for his superior interviewing skills, the engaging debate is potentially Noah's best work on the show to date. Lahren hosts "Tomi," a political commentary on Glenn Beck's news network The Blaze, and is the so-called voice of millennial conservatives. You might remember her from… Read more
Earlier this week, a video speculating that Barron Trump has autism went viral on YouTube. Many people, including comedian and actor Rosie O’Donnell, have joined the conversation. I am by no means a fan of Donald Trump or his political agenda, but it is absolutely inappropriate to speculate about whether or not his 10-year-old child is on the autism spectrum. The YouTube video was made by James Hunter, who is autistic himself, and came from a place of empathy for Barron and a desire for public education about autism.… Read more

I Had A 'Gilmore Girls' Weekend With My Mom And It Was Fabulous

By Sidney Wollmuth  In TV  On Dec 01, 2016

When my mom recommended I try Gilmore Girls last year, I decided to give it a shot. Almost immediately, I fell in love with the witty banter, the corny theme song, the heaps and heaps of junk food, but most of all: the undeniable affection between Rory and Lorelai.It’s rare to see such a healthy relationship between a teenage daughter and her mother on TV. Most shows nowadays are revolved around teenagers sneaking around and lying to their parents, which makes for good entertainment, sure, but I can’t say I really… Read more

These Dolls With Natural Hair Are A Holiday Gift No-Brainer

By Kelly Walters  In Living  On Nov 30, 2016

This holiday season, instead of an American Girl doll, consider buying the young girls (and boys!) in your life a diverse doll created specifically to boost self-esteem. Dr. Lisa Williams created the Positively Perfect doll company to offer dolls that represented multicultural children like hers, and that reflected their beauty. Williams said that she launched the company to, "Encourage dreams, promote intelligence, challenge perceptions, and open [children's] hearts to all types of beauty." In order to reach a diverse… Read more
In the wake of the election, we’re searching for any sliver of a silver lining we can find, and Pun Champion Sam Corbin has seriously delivered with her “50 Powerful Lady Puns (in 120 seconds).” The spoken word piece is an anti-Trump tirade that works in the names of 50 awesome ladies from Meryl Streep to Malala Yousafzai and Shirley Chisholm to Sojourner Truth. Corbin is a writer and performer based in Brooklyn, and several-time winner of Punderdome 3000, ‘New York’s most puntastic’ monthly competition. Her piece,… Read more
In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this month, Evan Rachel Wood quietly came forward about her past experiences with sexual assault and how her own traumas have helped to develop her character in HBO’s Westworld. However, on November 28th, Wood decided to fully come out about her past on her Twitter account by publicizing a letter that she has sent to journalist Alex Morris after the interview had initially taken place. In the letter, Wood blatantly addresses the struggles that she continues to face… Read more
A popular clickbait caption last week read, “Trump Says He Is ‘Fine’ With Same-Sex Marriage.” Each article used this spin in their headlines discussing Trump’s recent 60 Minutes interview with Lesley Stahl. It wasn’t shocking to view a lackluster message to his bigoted followers, or a suggestion to reverse Roe v. Wade. The interview aired during the same span of time where he appointed his Chief of Staff, Steve Bannon, ringleader of the alt-right. Then there’s his vice president who believes gays can be electrocuted… Read more

This Google Chrome Extension Changes 'Alt-Right' To 'Neo-Nazi'

By Kelly Walters  In Living  On Nov 30, 2016

As the neo-Nazi organization that refers to itself as the "alt-right" continues to gain support in the U.S., media outlets and media consumers are struggling with what language should be used in reference to its members. As we at BUST have written in the past, the term "alt-right" is used in an attempt to rebrand white nationalism, and using it dangerously misrepresents the ideals of its supporters. That's why an advertising professional, who goes by the pseudonym George Zola, created a Google Chrome extension called… Read more
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews LA-based street photographer Michelle Groskopf Can you tell the readers of BUST Magazine what you do? And describe how you came to be the photographer you are today? My work is an almost anthropological account of how I see the world, or at least the faces and details that draw my attention while I go about my day. It’s me saying, “Look at this face, isn’t it striking? Look at these hands, look what they tell you about the person.”… Read more

Dear Dad, Why Aren’t You Listening to Me?

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Nov 30, 2016

Dear Dad, I hope you've been well since we last spoke. I know we got in that argument before the election and we haven't spoken since, but I figured it was time to reach out. To be honest, I haven't been feeling quite like myself these days and I want to tell you about it. There have been many events this year that have inspired me to look back into my past and pinpoint moments when I wasn’t okay. You might be wondering why I never told you about these experiences, but it wasn't until recently that I realized something… Read more

7 Holiday Gifts For Fashionable Feminists

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Nov 30, 2016

For your friends and fam who want to smash the patriarchy in style. Hellcats will love donning this T-shirt whenever they want to take a stand.CATS AGAINST CATCALLS T-SHIRT, $29.95, FEMINISTAPPAREL.COM They can look like a beast while getting ready to look their best with these cheeky Korean face masks that will transform them into a monkey, pig, dog, or cow, while soothing and nourishing skin.THE FACESHOP CHARACTER MASKS, $4 EACH, THEFACESHOPNY.COM Not only does this set contain 10 mini bottles of heavenly scents to… Read more

When Fortune Telling Could Land You In Jail

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On Nov 30, 2016

Question to the Cards by Édouard Bisson, 1889 “...every person pretending or professing to tell fortunes, or using any subtle craft, means, or device, by palmistry or otherwise, to deceive and impose on any of his Majesty’s subjects...shall be deemed a rogue and vagabond.” — Excerpt from The Vagrancy Act of 1824 Crystal gazing, palmistry, and other forms of fortune-telling were quite popular during the 19th century. Husband divination games were heavily featured at Christmas and Halloween parties in the rural… Read more

After Trump, Liberal Women Are Considering Buying Guns

By Patricia Affriol  In Feminism  On Nov 29, 2016

A few days after the election, Noel decided that she wanted to learn to shoot a gun—a thought that would have repulsed her before. “Guns are part of a violent culture that I wanted nothing to do with and had no reason to worry about. I have friends who offered to teach me to shoot guns over the years. And I scoffed. Why would I need to shoot a gun?” Now, however, the Wisconsin native is determined to take shooting classes. “I worry that strong women, like many others, will be walking around with an increasingly large… Read more

This Is How Tom Price Will Hurt Your Reproductive Rights

By Eleonor Botoman  In Living  On Nov 29, 2016

Donald Trump has appointed another cabinet member this week, this time appointing former Georgia Senator and House Representative Tom Price to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services. As the leader of the 80,000 person department, Price would oversee all of the major government healthcare programs including Obamacare, Medicaid, Medicare, the Children's Health Insurance Program, the FDA, the CDC, and the NIH (the list goes on). Price would also oversee different issues such as vaccines, medical research… Read more
BUST is excited to premiere LA-based songstress JoLivi’s new single, “Love Who You Wanna Love”! Featuring strong pop vocals and hip-hop inflected drums, the song is perfect for blasting in the car with your girls on a night out — but it also has a message. In an exclusive interview with BUST, JoLivi shares the inspiration behind the single: It's not easy to describe this song, because for me it has so many meanings. It journeys through a lot of different and difficult times in life, my romantic relationships, my varied… Read more
The Pirelli calendar is continuing its makeover! The luxury calendar, which was first released in 1962 as a promotional calendar for Italian tire company Pirelli, spent over 50 years producing highly sexualized, photoshopped, and usually nude images of supermodels including Kate Moss, Cindy Crawford, and Iman — including some underage models, such as a 16-year-old Naomi Campbell, who posed topless for Pirelli in 1987. Last year, the calendar underwent a major makeover. Annie Leibovitz shot a diverse and talented group… Read more

These Homemade Holiday Cookies Are (Almost) Too Adorable To Eat

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Nov 29, 2016

Make holiday cookies that are too cute to eat! Frosted sugar cookies are a holiday staple. But those green Christmas trees with grocery store sprinkles are kind of played. Why not create your own color palette, and give your cookies a little personality to boot? Brown butter and an extra touch of salt put a tasty twist on this cookie-swap standard, and adorable decorations make them as cute as they are tasty. Salted Brown Butter Sugar Cookies Ingredients 1½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces2 cups all-purpose… Read more
Anna Yocca, now 32, was arraigned yesterday on grand jury felony charges of aggravated assault with a weapon, attempted procurement of a miscarriage and attempted criminal abortion according to Circuit Court records. This case first began back in September 2015 after Yocca, in an attempt to "self-abort" her 24-week-old fetus with a coat hanger in her bathtub, was taken to the hospital by her boyfriend because she was bleeding excessively after the procedure. Although the baby survived, he sustained injuries from the… Read more
There is outrage in Morocco after a local television program ran a segment instructing women on how to cover up evidence of domestic violence using makeup. The show, Sabahiyat, brought on a woman with fake bruises on her face and had a makeup artist explain the best cover-up plan as if it were any other YouTube tutorial. From what face powder to use so that bruises don't show later in the day, to the best application to a sore face, the artist feeds right into the notion that domestic abuse should not be talked about… Read more

Korean Lawmaker Fights to Raise Consent Age

By Myra Pearson  In Feminism  On Nov 29, 2016

Kim Seung-hee, a lawmaker from South Korea’s ruling Saenuri Party, is backing a bill to increase the statutory rape age in Korea from 13 to 16. She hopes that raising the age of consent will help combat child trafficking of minors, which has been on a five-year rise. According to the Korean Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, the reported number of sex trafficking victims doubled between 2011 and 2014, with 48% of victims between the ages of 13 and 15. The average age of the victims was 14.8 years old; nearly half… Read more
While Barack Obama may have made history as the first President to have an active Twitter account, Trump may be the first President to have his account banned. From sexism to Islamophobia, Trump has shown that he has no filter when it comes to posting — and this Sunday’s tweet about election fraud is no exception. Trump’s tweet came after a firestorm of posts which referred to the Clinton campaign saying it would participate in a recount of the states that were headed by Green Party nominee, Jill Stein. In the tweet,… Read more
Searching for the perfect holiday gift for the girl who has everything? Well, look no further: Artist Orien O’ Neill has created a line of clit-themed jewelry that’s both elegant and anatomically correct! Inspired by the internal clitoris, the Clitoring is hand-crafted in Bushwick, New York to be a fun conversation piece as well as a gorgeous accessory. If its wishbone-like shape is unfamiliar to you, that’s because it wasn’t until 2009 that French researchers Dr. Odile Buisson and Dr. Pierre Foldès gave the medical… Read more
I watched the entire new season of Gilmore Girls on Saturday, and to be honest, I’m still processing. A Year In The Life definitely felt like the old Gilmore Girls....but the most frustrating parts of the old Gilmore Girls. Like when Rory stole a yacht or stopped speaking to Lorelai for an entire season. Or when the show implied that Rory was the “good kid” and got into Harvard because she was a virgin, while Paris was the “bad kid” and didn’t get into Harvard because she had consensual sex with her boyfriend. Of… Read more
Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old girl in Aleppo, has captured the world’s heart with her live tweets of war-torn Syria. Her Twitter account, managed by her mother, Fatemah, documents the unrelenting fear and terrifying violence she experiences on a day-to-day basis. Over the weekend, Bana’s tweets became increasingly heart-breaking. On Sunday, she tweeted that she was under heavy bombardments and wrote, “When we die, keep talking for the 200,000 inside of us. BYE.” She updated her followers hours after, with news that her… Read more

Always Remember Your First

By It's Not Personal  In Sex  On Nov 28, 2016

My first date with a real human occurred almost exactly a week after I’d lost my virginity to this person (yes, after). We’d met at a bar through a mutual friend, but the attraction didn’t immediately blind us both at first sight. My feelings for her were like a slow burn; I gradually felt that ache of longing you experience after you meet someone new, when you’re hoping that they’ll finally be the one to transform your entire existence. No matter how content you are with your life, sometimes you just want to take the… Read more

17 Adorable Accessories For The Feminist Fight

By Megan O. Andersen  In Style  On Nov 28, 2016

By now, a lot of us are starting to sober up, figuratively and literally, after the devastating outcome of the election. We deep-dived into the stages of grief, found solace in our safe spaces and communities, we jotted down our congressman’s phone number (find yours here) to make weekly calls that cannot be ignored. But the mind-blowing fact remains, that Donald Trump, a misogynistic reality TV show personality, is our president-elect. While we process stress in different ways, retail therapy can help us contribute to… Read more

I Have Resting Bitch Face, And There Is No Cure

By Grace Barker  In Living  On Nov 28, 2016

I’m studying in the library and look chillingly unfriendly, so they sit an extra table away. I’m walking down the hallway with an expression that makes me look like I could hurt someone, so they avoid eye contact. I often get asked, “Are you mad?” throughout my day.I am not perpetually peeved; I have a condition called Resting Bitch Face (RBF). According to Urban Dictionary, a girl whose natural expression is unintentionally hostile and mean-looking suffers from RBF.This girl has a stern brow that makes her look angry… Read more

BUST Craftacular London: Crafters And The Ink On Their Skin

By Alice Snape  In Living  On Nov 25, 2016

This article originally appeared on Th-INK. Ahead of Sunday’s BUST Craftacular in London’s East End, our editor Alice Snape interviews three vendors about their creations, why they love crafting and the ink they wear on their skin. With over 70 independent designer-makers featuring at ‘London’s coolest craft fair’ (Time Out) we knew there had to be some awesome tattooed folk in there too. Sarah Corbett, 32, Founding Director, Craftivist Collective, London based, works worldwide. “All of my tattoos help me on my journey… Read more
Monday morning, just minutes before the bank opened, 3 women chained themselves to the door of TD Bank in downtown Philadelphia. The protesters were locked together and blocked the entrance to the bank in a direct action against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Two additional women stood alongside them and held a banner that read “TD Divest Your Money Now From DAPL.” The Dakota Access Pipeline is a 3.8 billion, 1,172 mile long project that, if completed will carry fracked oil from North Dakota to… Read more
Jane Fonda has been a human rights activist since the '60s, and an all-around inspirational queen for just as long. This year she's spending her Thanksgiving supporting others fighting the good fight — serving dinner to some of the thousands of protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. The "Water Protectors Community Appreciation Dinner," named after the native people protecting the land, will be served by a group of 50 volunteers, including Fonda. The actress also donated five butchered bison and four… Read more
BUST’s December/January 2016 issue is out on newsstands RIGHT NOW, and we’re excited to share you a sneak peek at our cover story in which Amber Tamblyn interviews Rose McGowan about her transition from movie star to feminist troublemaker. This is Rose’s second appearance on BUST’s cover — her first was December/January 2006 — and those 10 years have made a big difference (and not just with her hair). Here’s a sneak peek of Rose’s interview — to see the full story, pick up BUST on newsstands near you (or subscribe!).… Read more
Did you know that cats can’t taste sweet things? Or that turtles breathe out their butts? How about that fire salamanders eat their own siblings? Writer and illustrator Brooke Barker collected these, plus about 150 other sad animal facts in a new book called, appropriately, Sad Animal Facts. Somehow they’ll make you say “Awww!” and giggle at the same time. We’ve brought you a selection of 10 images below. Now you know why your cat doesn’t like ice cream. _ More from BUST 10 Feminist Memes You Need In Your Newsfeed… Read more
Thursday, November 24th is Thanksgiving here in the United States. Originally a commemoration of the First Thanksgiving (a 17th-century feast between the Pilgrims and the Native Americans), it is now one of the major holidays and, for many of us, the official start of the Christmas season. There was no Black Friday or Cyber Monday during the 19th century. Instead, the Thanksgiving holidays were a time for family to gather together from near and far and share a holiday meal. This usually involved the women of the family… Read more
A legislator in Erie County New York has introduced legislation that would ban conversion therapy locally. The proposed law is great news for LGBT people in the community, but the icing on the cake is that it's named after Vice President-elect Mike Pence, a supporter of conversion therapy. Progressive AND petty, exactly how I like my elected officials. Patrick Burke has been fighting for a ban on this aggressive "therapy" for two years, and on Monday introduced new legislation with the title Prevention of Emotional… Read more
For the next few weeks in New York City, you can freely visit women in prison. Talented women, glamorous women, proud women, and regular women —they’re all there, as portraits by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The show, WOMEN: New Portraits, debuted in Chelsea on November 18th as a pop-up inside the Bayview Correctional Facility. It’s a recently shuttered women’s prison whose future will be as potent as its past when it reopens in 2020 as The Women’s Building, “a global hub for the girls’ and women’s rights… Read more

How I’m Reconciling Giving Birth in Trump’s New America

By Laura Leigh Abby  In Living  On Nov 23, 2016

I first noticed them weeks ago. While out walking my dogs I’d spot a small dead bird on the sidewalk near my building. Days would pass and then another. Then there were two in one day and I came back inside flustered. “That’s it,” I said to my wife Samantha. “It’s a bad omen.” I’m not one to look for signs, but I tend to believe in them when they appear. With our first child weeks away from his or her due date and an election looming, I tried to push the dead birds from my mind. I could not afford a bad omen at this… Read more

5 Things to Tell Yourself Instead Of “It Will Be Okay”

By Hannah Matthews  In Feminism  On Nov 23, 2016

(Because you know that in a lot of ways, it won’t be). So. We are all strapped into this spray-tanned, weak-chinned, bad-toupee-covered rocket, hurtling toward destruction, and it’s already on fire, and this is not the time for platitudes. You are probably feeling that lovely new cocktail of terrified, horrified, hopeless, enraged, and exhausted. Here are some things you can say to that JUST-GIVE-UP-FOREVER demon in your brain instead of that big lie, “It will be okay.”1. “This is not normal.”Never accept the media’s… Read more

Why Feminists Need Intergenerational Friendships

By Dena Landon  In Feminism  On Nov 23, 2016

“Can I see your ID?” the waitress asked. I fished it out of my wallet and handed it over, trying not to laugh. I hadn’t been carded in at least five years. When she scanned my date of birth she gave me a shocked look. No, the Botox isn’t that good. But I was ten years older than the friend sitting across from me. For some reason, people don’t expect a thirty-eight-year-old and a twenty-eight year old to be friends. While drinking our beers and picking at nachos, celebrating her first job out of grad school, we talked… Read more

This Turkish Law Would Make Child Rape Legal

By Patricia Affriol  In Feminism  On Nov 22, 2016

Turkey proposed a law that would pardon men of rape charges if they marry the under-age girls they raped. The bill would allow men, who have sex with girls under 18 (legal age of consent in Turkey) without “force, threat, or any other restriction on consent,” to avoid prison if they marry their victims, according to Slate. The bill was brought to the forefront by President Erdogan's Ruling Party (AKP) as a way to “protect” families and deal with the problem of child marriage. Marriages involving under-age girls is a… Read more
London’s coolest craft fair, BUST Craftacular returns this weekend filled to the brim with independent craft makers and DIY workshops. Bethnal Green’s York Hall will be decked with boughs of holly, bespoke screen prints and bags of present perfect treats as it welcomes back BUST’s carefully curated, bi-annual craft collective for another year. But no one likes a party with a poor soundtrack which is why we’ve made sure there’s more for you to shop and bop along to than just that snowy Pretenders track or The Waitresses… Read more