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UK sanitary product company BodyForm is tackling the period taboo in their latest advertisement by swapping out the stereotypical blue liquid for a red liquid when demonstrating the pads' absorbency. In an effort to end the period stigma, the commercial depicts several other 'period things': boyfriends buying tampons, blood dripping on a woman’s leg in the shower, and a woman in some comfy period panties. Theres finally a pad commercial I can watch without rolling my eyes thinking: Seriously? Who does that when they’re… Read more
María de Jesús Patricio Martínez is a Nahua woman from Jalisco and a practitioner of traditional indigenous medicine. This week, she began her campaign for the Mexican presidency in the southern state of Chiapas, backed by Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). She is the first indigenous woman to ever run for the presidency, and is competing with 85 other candidates in the lead up to the election in July 2018. Better known in Mexico as Marichuy, Patricio is campaigning… Read more

8 Up-And-Coming Women Directors To Watch

By Erika W. Smith  In Movies  On Oct 20, 2017

This past weekend, Bushwick Film Festival marked its 10th year this past weekend, showing feature films, documentaries, and short films over the course of four days. Founded by Liberian-born New Yorker Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Fest is far more diverse in terms of gender, race, and sexuality than just about any other film fest you can imagine — something particularly welcome in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Here at BUST, we always want to celebrate women film directors, because they are so… Read more

As A Sex Worker, Am I Allowed To Say, “Me Too?”

By Emily Smith  In Feminism  On Oct 20, 2017

When an escort first starts working, certain clients try to groom her. They ask if she can lower her rate, they try getting through an appointment without wearing a condom, they argue about what time they walked through the door and weasel out an extra ten minutes for free. They wear her down until either she submits, or ditches them altogether. When I first started escorting, I thought I had to submit. It’s not like women are taught that their bodies or time have worth. A new client convinced me otherwise. The hard… Read more

Jessicka Addams Of Jack Off Jill Accuses Twiggy Ramirez Of Rape

By Molly McLaughlin  In Feminism  On Oct 20, 2017

Since the allegations of sexual harassment began to surface against producer Harvey Weinstein over two weeks ago, a slew of powerful men across many industries have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. In solidarity, survivors are sharing their stories to spotlight the extent of the problem. By naming and shaming abusers, survivors hope to prevent women and members of other marginalized groups suffering in the future. As part of this flood of stories, Jessicka Addams, co-founder and singer of goth-punk band… Read more
I have always imagined that working for Broad City's Ilana Glazer would be hard, but fun, work, with lots of laughs, smoke breaks between takes, and probably tons of snacks. And now, I can add feeling safe in my workplace to that list! On Tuesday, Glazer responded to the widely trending #MeToo hashtag, where people have been coming forward and opening up to show the extent of the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. She revealed that in the past she has fired employees for violating codes of conduct. She posted… Read more
Lupita Nyong’o has shared her story of experiencing harassment from Harvey Weinstein in a brave and insightful op-ed in The New York Times. Nyong’o is now one of many women who have spoken up against Weinstein and his appalling harassment and abuse over the course of decades.In the essay, Nyong’o emphasizes that hearing other women’s stories has inspired her to publicly recount her own experiences with Weinstein: “But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I… Read more

How Much Do You Know About Judy Garland?

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Oct 20, 2017

A singing/dancing/acting triple threat, Judy Garland made the leap from the vaudeville stage to Hollywood immortality in films like The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Think you know how she got over that rainbow? Then take the quiz!Born on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, Judy’s birth name was _____.a. Norma Jeane Bakerb. Frances Ethel Gummc. Anna Mae Bullockd. Margarita Carmen Cansino When she was in her early 20s, Judy was forced to _____ by MGM Studios head Louis B. Mayer.a. divorce her first husbandb. get… Read more
I swear to GOD, I like to write about other shit too. But dammit all to hell if the motherfucking hits just keep on rolling. Have you seen this? Scott Rosenberg's... apology? If we're calling it that? Take a moment. Read it. Let it wash over you. Then take a shower and pour a scotch. I'll wait. I know this is old news. I saw it the day it came out. I skimmed it. I rolled my eyes. I moved on. But I revisited it today, and you know what? No. Nope. No. Is this another next-level rage stroke? I wouldn't call it that. I'd… Read more
Professor Marston and the Wonder Women is both less and more alluringly sexy than the trailers and promotional posters would have you believe. The sexiness is less overt in that there’s really only one sex scene proper amongst Professor Bill Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and his student Olive Byrne in the whole film. Set in the costume room in the backstage of a Harvard-Radcliffe theater, the tryst is dramatically lit for flair rather than intimacy, with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” booming in the background,… Read more
In the 1950s, Jane Goodall was a young secretary in London with a dream of going to Africa to live with animals. Her family was not able to afford to send her to university, but her mother told her that she could achieve anything she wanted if she worked hard enough. From these humble beginnings, she went on to become one of the most famous scientists in the world and an inspirational role model for women everywhere (although she doesn't know what all the fuss is about.) It all started when, through a friend, she met… Read more

Femmelody Wants To Make Classical Music Feminist: BUST Interview

By Jasmine P. Ting  In Music  On Oct 20, 2017

Mozart had a sister. She was just as good—if not better—than her legend of a brother. But not a lot of people know this. I didn’t know this until I spoke with feminist flautist Leanne Friedman. We met at Sundaes and Cones, a small ice cream shop in the East Village—not too far from the NYU campus, where she’s finishing up her double degree (BA in Flute Performance, MA in Music Education). She got a double-scoop cup with Lavender and Green Tea ice cream. The 21 year-old classically-trained musician has a long and… Read more
Yesterday, October 18th, 2017, Quebec passed Bill 62, which immediately forces people riding the bus to show their face. Or to take off their sunglasses if they're going to the library. Or pulling down their hoodies before entering the post office. It may sound ridiculous, like some old fashioned “it’s polite” rule your grandmother yells at you in a fancy restaurant, but now it is the law of the land for our upstairs neighbors. What the bill actually enforces is disallowing the “wearing of face coverings for people… Read more
With Hollywood in an uproar over Weinstein-gate, it’s clear that a line has been drawn in the proverbial sand, leaving us with some interesting results. Thankfully, some unexpected characters have emerged to remind us that decent and empathetic people still exist; of which Kevin Smith is a great example. Over the weekend, the Jay and Silent Bob star announced on his podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” which is recorded in front of a live audience, that he would donate future residuals from all his Weinstein-linked projects… Read more
As more and more women speak out against the gross men who use their power to take advantage of other people in what seems like every single industry, it has been heartening to see the solidarity shown to survivors who choose to tell their stories. The list of Harvey Weinstein's accusers has grown to over 30 women, as well as other men in Hollywood being drawn into the scandal, like Ben Affleck and Weinstein's brother, Bob. At ELLE's Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, Jennifer Lawrence became one of the latest… Read more

Week Of Women: October 20-26, 2017

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Oct 19, 2017

We’re back with the latest in women-centered pop culture. This week's edition of Week of Women features a new documentary about Jane Goodall, the return of the Walking Dead, Amy Sedaris' new show, and music from Margo Price. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to all of these ourselves, so if you hate them, don't blame us! But if we have reviewed them, we’ll include a link to the review, or refer to it if it’s in print but not yet online. MOVIES Jane Primatologist Jane Goodall tells the story of her… Read more

"Broad City" Recap: Season 4, Episode 5 — "Abbi's Mom"

By Danielle Corcione and Lindsay Patton-Carson  In TV  On Oct 19, 2017

This week on Broad City, Abbi’s mom comes to visit her in New York City, and the two go to dinner at the sushi restaurant Ilana works. Things get pretty heated pretty quickly, to say the least. Additionally, recapper Lindsay is in Las Vegas seeing Britney Spears, while recapper Danielle is pantless at home, on the couch (per usual). So pretend the following reactions are thoughts happening in Danielle’s head rather than a conversation with Lindsay. On Ilana’s “happy lamp”: What just happened? Oh, it's one of those… Read more

You Need To Stop Hitting On Your Server

By Mckenzie Schwark  In Feminism  On Oct 19, 2017

For women working in the service industry, the stories of sexual harassment, and even assault, seem to be never-ending. The issue is often explained away as “bar culture,” and workers are told there isn’t much that can be done to stop it. But is there really nothing that can be done? Why do we accept such lowly behavior from customers, and why is being in a restaurant environment, or adding alcohol, any excuse for a person to touch or verbally assault the person taking their order? On Monday, many women shared posts… Read more

7 New Albums To Get In Your Earholes Today: Playlist

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Oct 19, 2017

We're excited to share round two of our October/November 2017 music reviews — these 7 albums all come out this October and November, so get ready to rock out (or...Country out? Pop out?). We've put together a playlist of singles to help you out (at bottom). Check out part one of our reviews (for albums released in August and September 2017) here, and subscribe to BUST magazine so you never miss a review! COURTNEY BARNETT AND KURT VILELotta Sea Lice(Matador) Lotta Sea Lice is the result of indie-rock mainstays Courtney… Read more
As a feminist, shopping can be a real challenge. Some companies have manufacturing processes that exploit women and the environment, and it can be hard to find designs that reflect your values. However, there are tons of designers making great stuff if you know where to look. Here, we have gathered a non-exhaustive list of brands that are locally owned, ethical, female-friendly and also make amazing accessories. Win win! 1. I'm Fine Grave Enamel Pin by Girlypop, $12.00 Having a bad day but not willing to give up… Read more
Waves of women with signs, with their children, with raised fists, cover the walls of the entrance to the “Beyond Suffrage” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Like the exhibit itself, the entrance shows the varied stages of women’s fight for equal rights. With bright white walls, bold colors, and crisp displays, the exhibit travels through four eras of women activism: The suffrage movement of the 1920s, the behind-the-scenes political work of the '30s through '50s, the liberation movement of the '60s and… Read more

A Next-Level Rage Stroke About Harvey Weinstein

By Katie Anthony  In Feminism  On Oct 18, 2017

OK, SO QUICK RECAP. Harvey Weinstein sexually assaults women. If you are a woman and have been in a room with Harvey Weinstein at any point over the last 20 years, then it's likely that you have been pressured, pushed, manipulated, intimidated, literally chased, grabbed, groped, and bullied into compromising your safety and self-respect. Make no mistake, this man is a violent predator. When the news broke, I remember feeling something along the lines of: mm hmmwwwwwwwwwhat a prickyep As I scrolled down the list of… Read more

Dan Savage Has A New Podcast and It Is Sex Positive AF

By Jen Pitt  In Sex  On Oct 18, 2017

Dav Savage has come out with a new podcast Hot Mic, a curated, hand-selected, show made up of sex-positive tell-all stories and interviews. Like his advice column and podcast, Savage Love, Hot Mic contains Dan's tough love interjections and moments of truth. I got a chance to talk about what made Dan Savage one of the 21st centuries leading sex positive writers. What were the dinner conversations in your family? And what was that environment for you? Well, my parents were both raised in homes where children were meant… Read more
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
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
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