This Artist's Photos Celebrate Drag Queens And Queer Culture

By Jessie Askinazi  In Arts  On Jun 29, 2017

Multimedia artist Jeremy Kost has become synonymous with queer culture and its legacy. His salacious portraits, which capture the red-blooded eroticism of masculinity - as well as his narratives of iconic drag queens - explore (and push) boundaries of gender, sex, and identity. His artistic perspective externalizes the grandiose power of transformation. Kost recently self-published a collection of 66 archival painted polaroids entitled "Like One of Your French Girls," which incorporates his documentation of drag queens… Read more
“Learn Calligraphy” has been an item languishing on my creative to-do list for what feels like an eternity. But thanks to this handy starter kit from pro calligrapher Laura Hooper ($80, lhcalligraphy.com), I’m finally crossing that shit off (with a decorative flourish no less). With two pots of ink, a pen holder with three nibs, and a blank-page journal for cutting loose, this cute lil’ package has everything you need to master inky strokes in the privacy of your own home. The pièce de résistance is the intro guide,… Read more

Why This Whedonite Isn’t Surprised by That Leaked "Wonder Woman" Script

By Lindsay Patton-Carson  In Movies  On Jun 28, 2017

Wonder Woman is doing well for herself right now, kicking ass and shattering glass (ceilings, that is) both onscreen and off. Weeks after the eponymous film’s debut, money is still coming in at a steady pace for Warner Bros. Being a commercial and critical success is fantastic, but the power of Wonder Woman lies in its feminism. Its opening weekend was the biggest for a female director – a huge success for women in the arts. Content wise, a man doesn’t show up for a good quarter of the film, leaving time to focus on… Read more
“The fondness for violets increases with time, and many women of fashion will tolerate no other fragrance.” - American Soap Journal and Manufacturing Chemist, 1895. In 1893, a woman by the name of Margaret Gainer was arrested, charged, and ultimately sentenced to thirty days imprisonment for stealing a bottle of violet perfume from a hairdresser’s shop. The hairdresser had seen her take the bottle and slip it into her pocket, but when he gave her the choice of putting the bottle back or facing the consequences, Miss… Read more
“It was like can I take my clothes off? Where are the folds of my boobs and squiggles and random like nostril holes and weird shit that I can do with my body? I want to see some weird hairs,” Stephanie Guedalia says in the looping lilt her voice takes on when she becomes excited. I’ve only been talking to Stephanie for a few minutes before she begins to wax poetic about the delightful artistry of the body in all its imperfections. Stephanie is a multimodal artist and art model living and working in Bushwick, Brooklyn.… Read more

The X-Files Writer's Room Is Officially A Boy's Club

By Seeta Charan  In TV  On Jun 28, 2017

The X-Files has been confirmed for the 11th season that’ll be out in 2018, and they're already running into problems. Unfortunately, Chris Carter, X-Files creator, has filled the writer’s room entirely with men. That means that the fate of the iconic Dana Scully is in the hands of a bunch of male writers. On top of them all being men, a few of the writers seem a bit under-qualified. Chris Carter, Glen Morgan, Darin Morgan and James Wong, veteran writers of the show, will be joined by three new writers — two of whom… Read more
BUST has the exclusive premiere of Kim Boekbinder’s video for “Head Bitch In Charge (H.B.I.C.),” and this is sure to be your power anthem and fashion inspiration for the summer. Within the first 30 seconds, I was ready to throw on the weirdest shit I could find in my closet, sashay over to a warehouse party, and bless the dancefloor with limb-swinging moves. (So I’ve never actually been to a warehouse party, but I did watch that episode of Girls. I think it is my scene. Pls invite me.) "H.B.I.C." features a wildly… Read more

The Husband Hunt

By It's Not Personal  In Living  On Jun 28, 2017

I am originally from the Dominican Republic, and my family is somewhat traditional. I lived with my dad until I left home to go to grad school, and my sister Claire lived there until she got married at 23. She is now 33 and has a loving husband, a dog and two kids. I am 35, and sometimes it feels like my biggest personal accomplishment is that I once slept 12 hours in a row. Pathetic. But that’s not true. I have worked very hard to build a thriving career in this country and make it my new home. However, all this hard… Read more
Serena Williams is showcasing her strength, beauty, and baby bump on the cover of Vanity Fair, a recreation of Demi Moore's "culture-jolting" 1991 VF cover. Her glowingly-visible comfort in her skin and pride in herself and her unborn baby make her even more of a badass female role model, especially because she's had more than her fair share of people talking shit. From Romanian tennis player Ilie Natase, nicknamed "Nasty" for his on-court attitude in the '70s, spewing racist rhetoric about the skin color of Serena’s… Read more

18 Artworks That Highlight The Female Gaze In Erotica

By Seeta Charan  In Arts  On Jun 27, 2017

The Untitled Space Gallery in Tribeca, New York will be housing a show called “SECRET GARDEN” from June 27th until July 30th, and it really isn’t something to miss. “SECRET GARDEN: The Female Gaze on Erotica” is an exhibition of dozens of women’s art in all forms curated by Indira Cesarine. The purpose of the show is to remind the world that women’s bodies aren’t to be censored or regulated by anyone other than themselves, and to express female sexuality in a way that is free from judgement. According to the Untitled… Read more

Dear Mansplainers: I’ll Cut My Hair Short If I Want to

By Kate Harveston  In Feminism  On Jun 27, 2017

Dear “Roger Sterling, Jr.,”Your name and photo suggest you’ve seen Mad Men, but your post suggests you haven’t watched it — at least not really. Roger Sterling is transformed by the women around him. His daughter, Joan, Peggy — hell, even his ex-wife — help take the scales from his eyes. It makes sense that with a post like this you’d hide behind a fictional name and photo, but, here’s the thing — Roger Sterling would be embarrassed by you.You don’t know me, but I know you. You’re the anchor that’s holding America back… Read more
Q: My boyfriend won’t go down on me as often as I’d like. I’ve spoken to him about it, and he always promises to eat me out more, but never does. I know he doesn’t like being wet and/or sticky, and I’m a squirter, so maybe that’s why he’s hesitant. What can I say or do so that we can both enjoy oral sex? – Unlicked Pussy Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen: With all the stereotypical nonsense about guys liking to get dirty, it can come as a surprise that some are so fastidious. For some, the very best place to go down is in the… Read more
Annie Hart has announced her first solo album, Impossible Accomplice, to drop July 14. One of the album's eight tracks, "Run To You," can be heard for the first time here: “I am really pleased with how it turned out," she says of the track. "For me, it really combines that soft comfortable feeling of being with someone, and there’s music playing and this push and pull of emotions, the quiet of when they send you positive signals, and then the storm of torment that erupts when you realize it’s just not going to work and… Read more
An anonymous juror, who told the Philadelphia Inquirer last Thursday that Bill Cosby should be let off the hook because the poor guy/serial rapist already suffered enough, made further reprehensibly tone-deaf statements implying that Andrea Constand, Cosby’s "alleged" 2004 victim, was asking for it. According to the Inquirer, he stated, "Let's face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck? . . . [She should have] dressed properly and left the incense in the store." To… Read more
Check out these NY local bands at a city near you this summer. This playlsit features something for everyone from funk, jazz, hip-hop to heavy punk. The Skins: If you appreciate the essence of beautiful vocals, sensual beats that make you groove, The Skins are definitely worth checking out. They cater to several musical aspects creating a unique sound that hits the soul. Brooklyn Gypsies: Led by front woman Carmen Estevez Calero, the Brooklyn Gypsies are not only a vision, but an absolutely transportive experience.… Read more

Punk Musician Alice Bag Is Making Another Album - And You Can Help

By Brianna Kirkham  In Music  On Jun 26, 2017

When Alice Bag founded her Los Angeles-based band Bags in 1977, it became one of the first punk groups ever led by a Chicana artist. Now, she's reaching out to help fund her second LP following her 2016 self-titled album Alice Bag. In her Kickstarter campaign, she states, "I'm not a fan of corporate backing for the arts (especially when my music is critical of the establishment), but I do believe that a small, engaged community can achieve big things." After working with many bands and writing two books, Bag says… Read more
RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine had arguably the most competitive finalists in the show’s history, and perhaps the most diverse. Trinity was hilarious and quick-mouthed and stood out as a southern pageant queen with a killer body. Peppermint was outgoing and strong, always standing up for herself and dominating every lip sync challenge she was in, and proved drag is for trans women. Shea Couleé had a wide skillset throughout the competition and quickly became a judge-favorite through her impressive acting, dancing and… Read more
Carol Sanger, author of About Abortion: Terminating Pregnancy in 21st Century America and professor at Columbia Law School, is hosting a panel discussion of the state of abortion rights in America at NYC’s beloved bookstore, the Strand, on July 17, 2017 from 7pm-8pm, and we are here. for. it. If you’ve been watching the post-election push to rescind any type of social progress in horror like we have, you know that female reproductive rights are on the chopping block. Senate Republicans recently released a healthcare… Read more

The Regrettes: The Modern-Day Riot Grrrl Group In Concert

By Seeta Charan  In Music  On Jun 26, 2017

Earlier this year we got a taste of the Regrettes when they did an interview with us but I had the privilege of seeing them in concert and I couldn't be more impressed. It only took one song to fall in love with the Regrettes, and now I’m stuck waiting for more with only one killer album to keep me at bay. The Regrettes are a four-person punk band who use their music to push people to be honest about who they are and what they're feeling. Their first album, entitled Feel Your Feeling Fool!, is filled with songs where… Read more

Get Some Shade While Throwing Political Shade: DIY A "Resist" Hat

By BUST Magazine  In DIY  On Jun 26, 2017

At BUST, we love resisting the sun’s harsh rays as much as we love resisting gnarly regimes. This sunhat DIY encourages both! Wear it while planning for your next march, telling your representatives what you really think, or chilling near a body of water for some activist self-care. This project takes about one hour and not much skill, so let’s get crafting! Materials All found at your local craft store- Wide-brim straw hat (we got ours at Target for $5!)- Embroidery needle (it has a wide eye and a blunt tip)- Fabric… Read more

The Queer History Book I Wish I'd Had In High School

By Macey Lavoie  In Books  On Jun 26, 2017

It seems like the month of June is a time to wield rainbows and celebrate the LGBTQ community, but every other month out of the year the LGBTQ community is shrouded in darkness, with its struggles and history erased. I didn’t learn about the Stonewall riots until I was a sophomore in college, taking a diverse history course at the prompting of my girlfriend. Some words she used were “inspiring” and “eye-opening.” Up until then, it seemed like my entire history curriculum focused on dinosaurs, World War II, and the… Read more
Bill Cosby “wants to get back to work,” said his spokesman, Andrew Wyatt, on WBRC’s “Good Day Alabama,” and his upcoming project - a series of talks about avoiding sexual assault accusations - has most of us saying, “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?” Wyatt elaborated, “This issue can affect any young person - especially young athletes of today, and they need to know what they are facing when they are hanging out and partying, when they are doing certain things they shouldn’t be doing.” Wyatt said (with a chuckle) the issue… Read more

21 New Albums To Get Obsessed With This Summer: BUST Playlist

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jun 23, 2017

It's finally summertime, and along with packing up your bag for the beach, it's also the perfect time of year to update your playlists as well. Here's a list of 21 new albums BUST is listening to this summer, featuring Gorillaz, Blondie, Feist, Pom Poms and more. FEISTPleasure(Interscope/Universal/Music Group) FEIST IS BACK – and her first album since 2011’s Metals is an agonizing and thrilling experience, appropriately titled Pleasure. While it takes some sonic cues from early ’90s minimalist grunge (the fuzzy,… Read more
In case you need another backwards law to make you never want to visit North Carolina, here ya go. Apparently in 1979, the Supreme Court case State v. Way ruled that women do not have the right to withdraw from sex after they've consented. A 19-year-old woman discovered this first-hand when she was told her attacker didn’t break the law when he continued to have sex with her even after she said no. Aaliyah Palmer consented to have sex with him at a party, but after he started getting violent and pulling her hair, she… Read more
Ana Lily Amirpour’s debut film, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, was an “Iranian vampire spaghetti Western” that earned well-deserved critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase thanks to its memorable black-and-white visuals that walked the line between beauty and horror. Amirpour’s second film, The Bad Batch, is nowhere near as good. As the Bad Batch opens, we see a group of prisoners dubbed “the bad batch” being tattooed behind their ears with prisoner numbers as other inmates are warned against them. Then, we see our… Read more
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. For our latest episode, we recorded in front of a live audience on Saturday, June 10,… Read more
Women of a certain age may remember the all-lady wrestling show Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that aired from 1986 to 1989. Mixing wrestling, elaborate costumes, campy sketches, and really bad raps that announced each character, GLOW was over-the-top in every way. Now, it’s the genius inspiration for Netflix’s new Jenji Kohan– produced dramedy starring Alison Brie (premiering June 23). To prep for the series, we looked to the past for some off-the-ropes style inspo. Wanna get Gorgeous? Nab these picks to cop the ’80s… Read more

Watch Aubrey Plaza Get Stoned With The Weed Nuns

By Erin DeGregorio  In General  On Jun 22, 2017

The latest video from Cut’s “Strange Buds” YouTube series involves actress Aubrey Plaza smoking marijuana with the Sisters of the Valley, better known as “the Weed Nuns.” It was the perfect setting and topic for such a video, considering that Plaza, who smokes, is one the stars of the upcoming convent-set comedy film, The Little Hours. “I see you – I mean I have guilt because I’m Catholic,” says Plaza to Sisters Kate and Evie, five minutes after she takes her first hit of the provided “Purple Cream.” Though Kate and… Read more
As of today, Senate Republicans’ secret healthcare bill is no longer a secret. And, as we expected, it is not good at all. Via Planned Parenthood Action Fund, here are a few of the ways it will damage reproductive rights: The bill will also be devastating to people with disabilities, people who suffer from addiction, and low income people - among others. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told the Hill, “If this is the Senate’s idea of a bill with heart, then the women of America should have fear struck in… Read more

"Broad City" Shows Us How To Resent Your BFF On Smoothie Day

By Hannah Rose  In TV  On Jun 22, 2017

Look, if you have a BFF, you know that even though you love that bitch, sometimes you need to get some things off your chest. And what better way to air out the dirty laundry than via passive-aggressive smoothie making? Need some guidance? Broad City has you covered. We see our favorite babes mixing up millennial ingredients like kale, bee pollen (so you live forever), coconut water (like Rihanna, bitch), and maca. Don’t know what maca is? Neither does Abbi, despite the fact that Ilana has been talking about it for… Read more

"Wonder Woman's" Secret Superpower Is So Relevant For Us Today

By Ashley Crouch  In Movies  On Jun 22, 2017

People call it “box office royalty” and say it “breaks the glass ceiling” for women directors. Viewers say it “moved them to tears." Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman grossed over $435.2 million worldwide and received international acclaim from critics across the board. Jessica Bennett wrote in the New York Times, “there was something deeply visceral about it: a depiction of a hero we never knew we needed, a hero whose gender was everything but also nothing.” The film is a powerful clarion call for our times, but not for the… Read more

A Guide To Cultural Appropriation Vs. Appreciation

By Hoda Katebi  In Style  On Jun 22, 2017

What is Cultural Appropriation? Cultural appropriation is, in its simplest and most basic form, the act of an individual from a particular (usually privileged or dominant) culture adopting cultural/religious elements of a marginalized culture, insensibly. In doing so, valuable cultural practices or symbols are overly simplified, stripped of their meaning and significance, and can replicate systems of oppression. Yes, fashion can be violent too. This is most clearly articulated when a dominant or oppressive group takes… Read more
Fans know Kumail Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley, a frequent scene-stealer in Portlandia, and a standup comic - but the Big Sick, which Nanjiani both co-wrote and starred in, shows a new side to the comedian. (Which is not to say the film isn’t funny, because it definitely is.) Nanjiani co-wrote the Big Sick with his wife Emily V. Gordon, a journalist (and former BUST contributor!), TV writer, and author of SuperYou: Release Your Inner Superhero. The film, directed by Michael Showalter, is based on… Read more

This Website Is The Feminist Book Club Of Your Dreams

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jun 22, 2017

There’s a specific pleasure that comes from books: finding them, reading them, living with them. For bibliophiles, it’s a lifestyle. L.A.-based graphic designer Eliza Wexelman and N.Y.C. artist Payton Cosell Turner, founders and co-editors of the site Girls At Library (girlsatlibrary.com) understand this very well. Born of a bicoastal friendship with roots in trading favorite tomes, Girls At Library is a celebration and exploration of the literary lives of real women, with profiles highlighting subjects’ favorite… Read more

Men Who Catcall Women Say Women Like Being Sexually Harassed

By Miriam Mosher  In Feminism  On Jun 21, 2017

As a girl whose body could be described as womanly from a young age, I have had ample time to contemplate why men catcall. Do they think we like being sexually harassed? Do they think we will stop, delighted to be noticed, and hop in their car or hand out our numbers? Or is it simply a power play, a way to assert dominance? A new study offers some troubling insight on this rampant behavior pattern. U.N. Women and Promundo, a global gender equality advocacy organization, conducted a study where they surveyed almost… Read more
I won’t lie to you: the Destruction of Hillary Clinton, Susan Bordo’s methodical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s drawn-out ruination is a painful read. Bordo, a media critic, cultural historian, and fellow Clinton fan, uses her preface to acknowledge the “pain, anger, and frustration” she herself is still feeling at the time of publication — though impressively, this anger never overtakes her authoritative tone nor diminishes her argument. But amongst the agony of this book is a strange satisfaction. Here is a… Read more

How My Queer Femme Identity Is Shaped By Feminism

By Jacy Topps  In Feminism  On Jun 21, 2017

I identified as a feminist long before I came out as gay. My introduction to feminism was through the second-wave movement — Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. And while feminism helped me understand patriarchy, gender roles and oppression, the relationship between feminism and lesbianism has been a tumultuous one. The feminist movement was pretty hostile to lesbians during the 1960s. Not all women within the movement had such intolerant and homophobic views against lesbians, but some in the leadership did. Author and… Read more
“A dog is more difficult to dress than a lady, however capricious she may be.” - M. Vivier, Pearson’s Magazine, 1898. Wealthy and aristocratic ladies of the 1890s who desired to dress their dogs in the latest styles travelled from far and wide to visit the Paris salon of fashionable canine tailor Monsieur Vivier. Located in the Galerie d’Orleans at the Palais Royal, Vivier’s establishment welcomed dog owners from all over the world. He was famous for his canine haute couture. So famous that some compared Vivier to… Read more
Amarachi Ukachu, clothing designer - New Orleans, Lousiana Tell me about this outfit. I made this outfit myself. It’s actually a two-piece, the fabric was purchased by my sister in Uganda when she went to visit. The heels are from missguidedus.com and the necklace is from a New Orleans designer named Seth Damm, his company is called Neon Zinn. I’m all about supporting local designers and using my own pieces. I’ve been sewing since I was seven. All my sisters were always thinner than I am so they could basically wear… Read more

WILD THINGS Is S.F.s Best Pride After-Party

By Hannah Rose  In Entertainment  On Jun 20, 2017

San Francisco Pride is right around the corner, babes, and after the party is the after-party. Join WILD THINGS on June 24th, 2017 from 7PM-3AM for the year's most anticipated Queer Dyke March After-Party at Public Works! Live Performances by Uniiqu3, CupcakKe + MicahTron, DJs, Pop-Up Shop by Otherwild, nail art, free chair massages + more! CupcakKe - Badass bitch and a BUST fave Public Works is located at 161 Erie St. San Francisco, CA 94103 and is walking distance from Pink Saturday's activities in Dolores Park and… Read more
An alien bird invades the comatose body of a mildly sociopathic bully. An heiress with questionable morals and motives disguises herself in white and works as a vigilante at night. What do these two odd combinations have in common? They are both new, female-led comics: Mother Panic and Shade the Changing Girl. Both books are part of the new imprint Young Animal by DC Comics. Written for mature audiences, these comics deal with morality, revenge, sexuality, and highly flawed women. “Most readers I know, male or female,… Read more

Orange Is The New Black Mirror? We’re Here For It

By Avery Brese  In TV  On Jun 20, 2017

Though I’m sure we’ve all managed to binge season five of Orange Is The New Black by now, let us not forget about this little gem that Netflix teased us with before its release on June 9th. Two of Netflix’s most popular dramas, Orange Is The New Black and Black Mirror, came together for a parody of Black Mirror’s “San Junipero,” starring none other than Litchfield’s own Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks). In the video, Taystee falls asleep and is reunited with Poussey, in a setting similar to that of… Read more

Elizabeth Warren’s Fight Is Our Fight

By Rachel Withers  In Feminism  On Jun 20, 2017

It’s pretty clear why the GOP is coming for Elizabeth Warren next. With Hillary Clinton’s running days behind her, Senator Warren is the most high-profile woman in the thick of game for the left. She is overwhelmingly intelligent, fiercely capable, and can deliver her message clearly, making her an obvious symbol for the resistance. She’s ready to fight. Oh, and she’s persistent. The Massachusetts senator spoke to an excited Town Hall on Friday June 16 about her new book, This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle To Save… Read more
BUST has the exclusive scoop on Nadine Khouri’s new EP, Catapult (set to be released on June 30th, 2017 via One Flash Records), and - goddamn - get ready to feel some type of way. Khouri's sultry, melancholic voice has the ability to soothe your soul and break your heart at the same time. It pinpoints that stomach-lurching resignation you feel when falling both in and out of love. One of two exclusive B-sides off Catapult, Khouri's cover of “Bird On The Wire,” sees Khouri reverse gender roles to cover a classic song by… Read more
Legendary German band CAN (Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, and Holger Czukay) formed in 1967 and released their first album, Monster Movie, two years later. Since their debut, CAN has always pushed the limits of modern rock music by incorporating electronic, jazz, world beats, and modern classical genres. Their influence on future generations of musicians is wide, ranging from Joy Division, Pavement, PIL, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and Sonic Youth to the Flaming Lips, The Mars Volta, and Radiohead, to… Read more
When the 276 Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria in 2014, the world took notice. Rage, disgust, and terror permeated social media feeds; prayers and statements of hope were posted to those same media channels; with a single photo and a hashtag, Michelle Obama started the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Perhaps it was that such an enormous group of young girls were kidnapped that this incidence was given the world stage, but ultimately it was nothing out of the ordinary in northeast Nigeria, where violence regularly… Read more
One "Master of None" episode centers around a visit to Storm King Tiny towns both east and west of the mighty Hudson River are the escape for N.Y.C. babes (and anyone looking for a peaceful trip east). And if you’ve never been upstate, you’re missing the best of New York’s natural good looks. About a two-hour drive (or Amtrak ride) from Manhattan, Hudson Valley helps visitors shake off their stress and stunt on the ’gram with riverside sunset stories and Catskill mountain panoramas. But don’t worry about posing like… Read more
In the realm of indie music, Sadie Dupuis has become a household name. As the frontperson (or, as Dupuis jokingly refers to herself, "frontdemon") of the critically-acclaimed grunge-revivalist favorite, Speedy Ortiz, Dupuis is well-known for her complex lyricism, grittiness, unabashed passion for social justice, and overall admirable bad-assery. Considering that Speedy hasn’t released an album since 2015, it would be an understatement to say that fans/the music world, in general, were blessed the day she released her… Read more
In Virginia, the remains of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl, were found on Sunday. The man responsible was arrested soon after and has been charged with murder. Nabra and her friends had been at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society for a late night prayer, a common occurrence during Ramadan, and decided to get food before their fast. They had been returning to the mosque from IHOP in the early hours of Sunday. Nabra was wearing an abaya, a traditional Muslim dress-like garment, and talking outside the mosque… Read more