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

4 Times Kellyanne Conway Completely Misunderstood Feminism

By Samantha Mercado  In Feminism  On Feb 24, 2017

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
Natalie Portman has been nominated for the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Pablo Larraín’s impressive Jackie; her second-ever recognition in this category, having won in 2010 for the role of Nina Sayers in Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan. Curiously, Black Swan and Jackie showcase Portman is extremely similar ways, both thematically and formally, even if one film is a horror story about a fictional ballet dancer and the other is a character study of a former First Lady. Both movies grapple with questions of… Read more
“Favorite dogs are never welcome visitors in a drawing-room.” — Martine’s Hand-Book of Etiquette, 1866. In the Victorian era, etiquette books offered very specific advice on how to conduct oneself when paying a social call. In some cases, this advice differed from book to book and decade to decade, but in one respect all the etiquette manuals throughout the Victorian era seem to agree. When paying a call on a friend or acquaintance, one should never bring along one’s dog. As the 1840 book Etiquette for Ladies states:… Read more
Skater Cindy Whitehead's new book, It’s Not About Pretty: A Book About Radical Skater Girls, features the most iconic images of female skaters since that awe-inspiring Life magazine cover of Patti McGee in 1965.Founder of the Girl is NOT a 4 Letter Word movement, OG pro vert skater, and new inductee to the Skateboarding Hall of Fame, Whitehead epitomizes girl power. She became a professional skateboarder at the impressive age of seventeen and despite retiring at 22, she remains dedicated to empowering women and girls… Read more

How To Use Essential Oils

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Feb 22, 2017

An essential oils primer for smelling good and feeling fine Ever notice how inhaling a scent—of sliced orange, a rosemary sprig, or blooming lavender—can trigger a memory? Make no mistake: aromatherapy is real. The areas of your brain that process information from your olfactory senses—the limbic system and amygdala—are also involved in emotional learning and memory. In fact, the olfactory system is the only one of your senses that utilizes these two brain structures in this way. So perhaps it’s no surprise that the… Read more
Today in inventions nobody needed, a male chiropractor has invented a “lipstick” that glues your labia shut while you’re on your period. The product is called “Mensez” and is basically a glue stick for your labia. Ow. A viral Facebook post shows an ad for Mensez by its creator, Kansas chiropractor Dr. Dan Dopps. The ad reads: “Have you ever woken up with your lips stuck together? It didn’t hurt and it was kind of fun. All you had to do was wet your lips from the inside with saliva and they became unstuck. That is the… Read more
Imagine Big Brother, only with kittens instead of people. Or imagine a giant dollhouse, only with kittens instead of dolls. Or imagine your desktop computer, only with kittens instead of spreadsheets. That’s sort of like what watching the live stream “Keeping Up With the Kattarshians” is like, only NOT AS GOOD. Coming at you straight outta Iceland, the livestream lets you spy on a family of four nine-week-old kittens as they spend their day in a dollhouse made just for them, complete with chairs they can sit in, bunk… Read more

3 Cocktail Recipes To Help You Drink Away The Trump

By Rachel Withers  In Eat Me  On Feb 21, 2017

Are you consumed by an overwhelming desire to drink every time you look at Twitter these days? Same. Luckily, we've found some easy ways to make pisco cocktails that are the perfect blend of sweet, sour, and heat — perfect for the "enraged liberal snowflake." Pisco Chile, the Chilean grape brandy which you probably know from Pisco Sours, is deliciously versatile. Have you ever had a Pisco Hibisco? Or a Polola? Here are three pisco cocktail recipes you can make at home (or, if you're too blinded by rage to make them… Read more
Writer and activist bell hooks helps us process the post-election state of feminism, and tells us how to move forward in the era of Trump By Lux Alptraum // Photos by Jesse Fox 2016 was supposed to be a banner year for women; the year female voters helped Hillary Clinton finally break through that “highest, hardest glass ceiling” to reach the Oval Office. Instead, Americans woke up on November 9 to discover that Donald Trump, a ruthless personification of the patriarchy, had been elected president. As many… Read more
As you might already know, yesterday, video clips of Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos defending pedophilia went viral. Although Yiannopoulos has built his career on directing hate speech towards women, people of color, trans people, Muslim people, Jewish people, and pretty much everyone else who’s not a cis white man, this seems to have been the final straw. In response to the video clips, the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) dropped him as a speaker, and Simon & Schuster canceled his $250,000 book… Read more

How To Call Your Representatives In The Most Effective Way

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Feb 21, 2017

Call of Duty:Take Direct Political Action By Simply Picking Up The Phone By Emily Ellsworth Since November, one message has become clear: people don’t want to wait for the next election to act, and social media activism isn’t going to cut it. I worked for Congress from 2009 to 2014 in a state office. My primary role was to listen to constituents and make sure the representative got their messages. I learned that many people thought their tweets and Facebook posts had a more significant effect than they actually did. If… Read more

10 Of The Best Responses To The #SwedenIncident

By Leah Thomas  In Living  On Feb 20, 2017

Donald Trump sparked yet another social media firestorm, equipped with memes, gifs and a substantial amount of IKEA references, after his controversial allegations of a (nonexistent) terrorist attack in Sweden. #alternativefact At a campaign rally this past weekend, the “president” stated, “You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers, and they’re having problems like they never thought possible.” What… Read more
Thanks to Swedish nuclear physicist Elina Berglund, there is now an app that can replace your birth control. Berglund and her husband Raoul Scherwizl developed the app called Natural Cycles, together in 2015. After some issues with the Swedish Medicinal Products Agency and some resulting bad press (not by fault of Natural Cycles) the app lost its buzz. But now- coming out of the controversy stronger- the app is the first of its kind. Clinically tested, it is an alternative to other birth control methods. What the app… Read more

TV Still Can't Portray How Hard It Is To Have An Abortion

By Jen Pitt  In TV  On Feb 20, 2017

Earlier this year, we wrote about ANSIHR’s study of the appearance of abortion in TV plotlines and were surprised that more and more shows are dealing with the subject. However, in a follow-up study published in Feminism & Psychology which surveys abortion in TV from 2005-2015, “found that these plotlines often underrepresent the various difficulties, including legal barriers, financial constraints, and social pressures, that real women face in pursuing abortions.” Though more frequent, these depictions are still… Read more