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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
After debuting her new Netflix special, Just Keep Livin'? last month, Jen Kirkman talked with BUST about the trials of being comfortable with oneself and navigating the world in one's body. We talked about her influences, the fuel behind her two successful specials, where wisdom comes from, and all the ways in which women are made to be afraid. In her new show, Jen reveals her Just Keep Livin' tattoo (a sage Mathew McConaghey quote), explains how we approach culture and spirituality, talks about women being able to… Read more

Lisa Frank Is Coming Out With a Makeup Line And We Are Freaking Out

By Samantha Mercado  In Style  On Feb 20, 2017

It’s here! Lisa Frank makeup is here, and this is not a drill! From the moment we first laid eyes on those rainbow colored coloring books and kitten stickers, we were in love. While Lisa Frank’s whimsical designs and products colored our childhood, many of us left that behind with our other childhood toys (regretfully). Thankfully, there is good news — Lisa Frank is fulfilling our dreams and coming out with a line of makeup products. Complete with unicorn rainbow brushes, the line only gets better by announcing it will… Read more
If you’re a film scholar, movie buff, or Hollywood enthusiast, you’ve probably already heard of Karina Longworth and her podcast You Must Remember This. Since the podcast launched in 2014, Karina has been fervently informing the public about Hollywood’s untold and forgotten histories. Her subjects range from well-known stars like Joan Crawford, Warren Beatty, and Jean Harlow to lesser-known players like Kay Francis, Dorothy Parker, and the first girl to kick off the newest season — titled “Dead Blondes” — Peg… Read more

Why It's Important To Keep Making Art Under President Trump

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Arts  On Feb 20, 2017

The past few weeks have invited a lot questions about the future, one of the most important of these being, what will our future look like in four years? Some days we want to hide in our snuggie tails and pretend we live under the sea; most days we feel a need to put our best protest gear on and march. With these feelings of anxiety over the future swirling, I have heard many artist friends questioning whether it is a good idea to continue to pursue a career in the arts or further their artistic education. Some even… Read more

Here's A Video Of Milo Yiannopoulos Defending Pedophilia

By Erika W. Smith  In Feminism  On Feb 20, 2017

How do we hate Milo Yiannopoulos? Let us count the ways. The Breitbart editor has made his racist, sexist, transphobic views crystal clear throughout the years, aiming hate speech and threats at women writing about video games during Gamergate, targeting Leslie Jones for daring to star in Ghostbusters, and publicly mocking a trans student at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee — just to name a few of his many, many hateful actions. And now there’s a new bullet point to add to the list. A video has surfaced on… Read more

A Primer On Women And Civil Disobedience

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Feb 20, 2017

They Fought The Law: A Primer on Women and Civil DisobedienceBy Amber Ramanauskas On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks, a seamstress and NAACP activist, boarded a bus in Montgomery, AL, taking a seat just behind the “whites only” section. When the bus filled up and the driver ordered her to move so a white man could sit she refused, challenging Jim Crow laws. Parks was arrested, inspiring a 381-day bus boycott and a case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which found bus segregation unconstitutional. “People always say… Read more
American Girl dolls have been popular amongst little girls in the U.S for a while now. I fondly remember visits to the American Girl Place in New York City when I was a kid. The company has a line of diverse historical dolls from different eras of American history, including Native American Kaya, Civil War-era Addy and Mexican-American Josefina. Now, the company has just introduced their first American Boy doll - a white boy named Logan Everett. "We do an enormous amount of research with girls and their parents, and… Read more
During a Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee hearing, a state Senator broke the glass of a table while banging his gavel in order to stop a NARAL intern from giving her testimony against one of the state's many controversial abortion bills. NARAL’s legislative intern, Maggie Hennessy, spoke about the dangers a bill like Senate Bill 415 could have on women’s health. The bill targets dilation and evacuation or D&E abortions, which are the safest and most common form of second-trimester abortions. The… Read more
It's been in the works for quite a while, and it's finally here! "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. In the first… Read more
For those of you who have frequently thought that Trump’s America is comparable to the Upside Down — prepare to feel validated by the United States government. Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island took the House floor on Thursday to compare the current climate of America to that of the fictional Upside Down, the creepy and demon-infested parallel universe of Netflix’s Stranger Things. “Mr. Speaker, like the main characters in Stranger Things, we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline began as he stood beside a… Read more
Kelly Reichardt is a good example of an indie filmmaker who seems to be edging towards wider recognition (at least where film critics are concerned.) Her films such as Wendy & Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff, and Old Joy often receive critical acclaim and are frequently part of the film festival circuit. Reichardt grew up in Miami, Florida, about as different a landscape as you can get from the lush flora and fauna of Oregon, where many of her films are set. She developed an interest in photography from an early age. After… Read more

To The Men That Tell Women To Smile

By Danielle Keating  In Feminism  On Feb 17, 2017

To The Men That Tell Women to Smile, Nobody. Fucking. Likes. You. You telling me to smile is basically saying, “Excuse me ma’am, but you have some SERIOUS resting bitch face going on.” Do you think that makes us happy? Cause if you do, please tell me your stretching routine. You must be pretty flexible to have your head so far up your ass. Saying “smile” only makes us ladies want to frown more. We might be having a bad day, and now we know that it shows. Receiving this command pisses us off even further and makes our… Read more

Why I'm Staying Sober Through The Trump Regime

By Annakeara Stinson  In Living  On Feb 17, 2017

We’re living in a nation where powerful women are told to sit down when they persist in quoting Coretta Scott King, and bigotry of every flavor is being loudly and systematically reinforced. There is a constant stream of alarming news and calls to action, and in case you need your hourly reminder, our president is a reality television star with the linguistic capability of a 10-year-old who hates to read. It’s a lot worse for some than for others, but it’s a chaotic time in general. A desire to “check out” is… Read more

Why I Said No To Being On MTV

By Rafaella Gunz  In TV  On Feb 17, 2017

Last year, I was harassed by a group of “Anti-Social Justice Warrior” trolls for my feminist beliefs. The trolls infiltrated the feminism Facebook group I admin and when I caught on and started to ban them, the harassment began. Messages soon flooded my Facebook inbox, and the trolls even began to migrate to other platforms including Twitter and email. I wrote about some of my experience for Ravishly, but after that article was published, the harassment got even worse — the trolls contacted my mom and my school… Read more
Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch is back on the silver screen, in a new movie released in the US this Friday, February 17th. Best known for her role as Luna Lovegood, Evanna plays the title role in My Name Is Emily, a beautiful story of love, loss, and redemption, directed by Simon Fitzmaurice. In an interview with BUST, the Irish actress talks about drawing confidence from the role of Emily, moving away from Luna, and the ‘bad bitches’ she hopes to play in 2017. My Name Is Emily follows a young woman, Emily (Evanna… Read more
In a rambling and downright bizarre press conference yesterday, Trump asked an African-American reporter if the Congressional Black Caucus were friends of hers. Having assured the public that he is “the least racist person,” Trump then responded to a question by April Ryan, a journalist for American Urban Radio Networks. She enquired about his campaign promise to revitalize the American inner cities and asked if he would be arranging a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss this. He responded: "Well I… Read more
Whore-o-Scopes Astrological Advice For Ladies Looking To Get Laid by Jonna Bond Aquarius: Jan. 20 to Feb. 18The new moon on February 2 will help you manifest the perfect sexual partner, so get your wish list ready. (This goes for coupled-up folks too!) Gird your loins for mind-blowing sex when Mars enters your sign on February 25. Beware: Venus will enter Taurus on March 16, so things may get serious with your lover; set the rules beforehand if getting mushy isn’t your thing. Pisces: Feb. 19 to Mar. 20Venus and Mercury… Read more
A United Kingdom
Directed by Amma Asante
Out February 174 out of 5 boobs A United Kingdom is, at its heart, a gorgeous love story about a two people from radically different worlds. But like director Amma Asante’s previous film, Belle, it’s packed with political subtext that’s all too relevant to today’s world. Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) is a law student in London when he meets Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike) at a dance; they’re instantly smitten, but there’s much more working against them than just the everyday racism… Read more

This Week's Edition Of: WTF Is Going On

By Leah Thomas  In Living  On Feb 17, 2017

Welcome to "What The Fuck Is Going On." Haven’t a clue? Don’t fret; neither has anyone else. It's been a week of colossal confusion and disorder that can only be accurately described by the above Mr. Krabs meme. Here, we have compiled a list of newsworthy happenings from Trump’s fourth week in office (yes, it has only been four weeks). The Michael Flynn Fiasco On Feb. 13, National Security Advisor Michael Flynn was asked to resign (AKA politely fired) after reports claimed he lied about the nature of phone… Read more
Anti-semitic hate crimes have spiked since Donald Trump’s win in November, and it’s only been getting worse. CNN reported that in January alone, 48 Jewish Community Centers spanning across 27 states and one Canadian province received nearly 60 bomb threats. The threats were grouped together, coming in the form of phone calls, in waves on three days: January 9, 18 and 31. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency released a recording of one of the bomb threats made; the caller told the JCC that a C-4 bomb was placed in the building… Read more
Since Election Day last November, Democrats have been lobbying for Trump’s impeachment with a list of grounds deeming him unequipped for office. Despite increasing numbers of people getting on board with them against this farce of an administration, the situation seems improbable. In usual fashion, the Full Frontal queen Samantha Bee stepped in to demonstrate this improbability in the most lucid of ways. Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, previously condemned any notions of extreme vetting or an executive order. At the end… Read more

Love Actually Will Be Coming Back, Turtlenecks And All

By Olivia Loperfido  In Movies  On Feb 16, 2017

On Wednesday morning, writer and director Richard Curtis cast a bizarre, Christmas-tree shaped beacon of light into our dark, crumbling world: Love Actually is coming back for a sequel. According to Curtis, the film's follow-up comes not as a feature-length movie, but as a short film for this year's Red Nose Day telethon, which raises money for the charity Comic Relief. Beginning in 1988, Red Nose Day achieves mainstream success annually in the U.K.; more recently, NBC has broadcast the telethon to U.S. viewers. The… Read more

Kesha Releases Body-Shaming Emails From Dr. Luke

By Elissa Sanci  In Feminism  On Feb 16, 2017

Kesha’s battle with her alleged abuser rages on as her legal team releases emails from Dr. Luke in which he allegedly body shames the pop star. Kesha has struggled for more than a year in court to break ties with the man who she says sexually assaulted and drugged her, yet her petitions have been continuously denied in court. Kesha has been open about her struggle with eating disorders in the past and has said that Dr. Luke has enabled them. The body shaming comments uncovered in these emails are just another look into… Read more
If, this past year, you've found yourself questioning whether America was the subject of a cruel and unusual Ashton Kutcher prank, you are not alone. FX's hit thriller series American Horror Story is planning to capitalize on this phenomenon with its upcoming seventh season. On Wednesday, AHS co-creator Ryan Murphy made a surprise announcement on Andy Cohen’s show, Watch What Happens Live, stating, “Well, I don’t have a title, but the season that we begin shooting in June is going to be about the election that we just… Read more
During appearances on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and CBS This Morning this week, Emmy-nominated actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox drew a striking parallel between a plot line in Theodore Melfi’s Hidden Figures and recent anti-trans bathroom bills. Cox stated on CBS This Morning: “What people should know about these bathroom bills that criminalize trans people... is that these bills are not about bathrooms. They’re about whether trans people have the right to exist in public space. If we can’t access… Read more
This sends a horrifying message: a woman seeking help escaping an abusive relationship was instead arrested by the ICE. According to the Washington Post, the woman had been driven to the El Paso courthouse by a victim’s advocate from a local shelter for a hearing to obtain a protective order against her abusive boyfriend. Instead, she was arrested by six Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officials. The El Paso Times writes that the woman is trans and an undocumented immigrant. El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne… Read more

Why These "Rape Prevention" Products Won't Stop Rape

By Rafaella Gunz  In Feminism  On Feb 16, 2017

Guess what? You now will never be raped or sexually assaulted... but only if you wear this rape prevention underwear! AR (Anti-Rape) Wear, described as “a clothing line offering wearable protection for when things go wrong,” had an Indiegogo campaign back in 2014. Though they exceeded their funding goal, it doesn’t seem as if the product has ever manifested past prototypes. And still, a video of the prototype demonstrations is being shared on Facebook to this day, despite the product being introduced 3 years ago. “The… Read more
From the final season of HBO's Girls, to the podcast Still Processing, to Lauryn Hill's latest tour, we're bringing you BUST's 10 best bets for entertainment in February/March 2017. Love them or hate them (we know you're divided on Fifty Shades Darker and Girls), it's what everyone will be talking about. Girls on HBO It will be hard for many of us to say goodbye to Hannah Horvath, the indelible main character Lena Dunham created for her groundbreaking HBO comedy Girls—returning for its sixth and final season February… Read more
2017! What a year, huh? If this year tried to be a beverage, it would be spoiled milk mixed with cherry cough syrup. If this year tried to be a person, it would actually just be a cartoon drawing of the devil. With cartoon flames. And here’s some really good news: It’s only February! If this year was a week, it would still be Monday! Want even more good news? Yes, I thought so, so I put together this little list just for you.1. When you finally die of a rage-and-panic-induced stroke at the sight of a headline, you can… Read more
A Politico/ Morning Consult poll confirms what we were all assuming: America is already ready to turf out Donald Trump in the next election. The good news? “Generic Unnamed Democrat Candidate” is likely to beat Trump in 2020, if things continue down their current trajectory. The bad news? Elizabeth Warren is not. 43 percent of those polled said they would vote for the as-of-yet undetermined Democrat at the next election, while only 35 percent say they would vote to reelect Donald Trump. But when the question was… Read more
In Orange is The New Black, Season 3, Laverne Cox's character Sophia is placed in solitary confinement. Photo via Netflix The Chelsea Manning case brought an incredibly important issue to light that is all too often overlooked — transgender prisoners and their safety. Prison is a risky and scary place on its own, but entering prison as a transgender or gender nonconforming person can make that experience even scarier. Trans prisoners are often immediately seen as targets by both inmates and officers. Chelsea Manning,… Read more
After bragging and talking up their latest diversity issue, Vogue has once again proved they have no idea what diversity really is. In a spread titled “Spirited Away” (RED FLAG) supermodel Karlie Kloss was made up in yellowface, draped in stereotypical geisha garb, and photographed prancing alongside a sumo wrestler amidst scenery that is so stereotypically Japanese it hurts. The piece, shot by Mikael Jansson, was reportedly supposed to be “an homage to a 1966 Vogue shoot by Richard Avedon of German model Veruschka,”… Read more
As we enter this new era of stranger than fiction reality, a new piece of news — more akin to a plot of Game of Thrones, more fit for a new Kill Bill sequel — occurred. Kim Jong Nam, Kim Jong Un’s half-brother, died at Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur’s International Airport early on February 14th. Many reports are going around that he was poisoned, but perhaps the most sensational line comes from The New York Post, which states, “two female assassins brandishing poison needles killed the casino-loving half-brother of North… Read more
BUST’s February/March 2017 issue — aka The Revolution Issue — is on newsstands RIGHT NOW. We’re excited to share a sneak peek into our cover story, featuring Nadya from Pussy Riot. To see the full story, pick up BUST on newsstands near you (or subscribe!). On how she felt on November 8th, 2016: “The day after my birthday this year, I was waiting for my gift, which would be the first female president. I went to the gym and my trainer made my butt hurt so much that I was suffering the whole day. You know how some people… Read more
It's February, which means — at least for BUST HQ in Brooklyn — that both the weather and the world can seem dreary and grey. And having some brightness and fun around you can help you feel a little bit brighter. These cute cushion covers definitely fit the bill. We're bringing you an excerpt from Tie & Dye: Colorful Clothing, Gifts, And Accessories by Lizzie King; it's already out in the UK and will be released in the US on March 7th (in the meantime, it's available for preorder here). Sunset Cushion Cover This is one… Read more
"As the supply alluded to is to be levied upon all old maids, beyond a certain age, and intitled to certain yearly or other income; I make no doubt but both Houses of Parliament will speedily manifest their hearty concurrence thereto." — The London Magazine, 1777. The 1777 edition of the London Magazine includes an interesting letter to the editor in which a gentleman — who signs himself as "A Friend to the Community" — has appended a proposed bill to levy a tax of "6d. in the pound" on old maids. He claims that this… Read more

Anti-Choice Lawmaker Says Women Are ‘Hosts’ For Fetuses

By Laura McMahon  In Feminism  On Feb 14, 2017

Unfortunately, we are not talking about Sigourney Weaver or the plot to Alien, despite wishing we were. We are referring to comments made by Representative Justin Humphrey of Lane who authored the controversial HB 1441. In Oklahoma this morning, lawmakers discussed the bill that would require women to provide written informed consent from the father when seeking an abortion. Perversely debated on the first V-day in this Trumpian dystopia, the bill would see women’s fundamental rights to autonomy over both their bodies… Read more
As may people have pointed out, Trump has seemed to nominate his cabinet based on loose facsimiles. For example, for the EPA, he nominated Scott Pruitt, who is actively trying to dismantle the agency. For Secretary of Education, he chose Betsy Devos, perhaps because she is a mother and to Donald, that is close enough to a teacher. And now he is nominating Andrew Puzder, the CEO of CKE Restaurants, which owns chain brands Hardee's and Carls Jr., for Labor Secretary. Puzder has many counts against him, including… Read more

Hillary Clinton Suggests A New Job For Michael Flynn

By Rachel Withers  In Feminism  On Feb 14, 2017

In case you missed it, Donald Trump’s controversial national security advisor, Michael Flynn, resigned late Monday amid reports he had misrepresented the nature of his December conversations with the Russian ambassador. Flynn is a controversial figure, not only because he obfuscated details of phonecalls with Russia held while Obama was still in office. He and his son also stoked the flames of #Pizzagate, the insane conspiracy theory positing that Hillary Clinton and John Podesta ran an underground child sex ring in… Read more
Upper management had requested last minute report changes, due the next day. I was crunching numbers on a calculator with my back to my cube’s entrance when I felt someone’s hands descend on my shoulders and start rubbing. “Go, Dena, go!” the senior manager urged me, laughing. I froze while his hands dipped lower. Greg (not his real name) had started at the company a few months ago, and from the beginning, his attentions had been marked. He always stopped at my cube to chat when walking by, or in the hallway. My female… Read more

     

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