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We can’t look away from these gorgeous images of masculine beauty. They’re part of the Kinsey Institute and the World Erotic Art Museum (WEAM)’s first US exhibit, “Protected Beauty.” The exhibit, co-curated by Kinsey Institute manager of traveling exhibitions Rebecca Fasman and WEAM director Helmut Schuster, showcases images of masculine beauty from 1890 to 1982; the show is described in a statement as “an examination of controversial ideas about masculine beauty and sexuality in art.” Featured artists include Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Cadmus, Andrey Avinoff, Michael Miksche,...
I have an addiction to buying journals. My latest purchase was a beautiful blue and gold number I found at The Strand over a year ago. I have written on exactly three pages. Since then, it has sat on a shelf next to other partially filled journals gathering dust. Recently, I pulled several of these journals out and read them. Some of them had entries that went back more than a decade. I was such a naive babe in the woods! I made a mental...
Tuesday night, tattoo artist Ryan Ashley Malarkey became the first woman in eight seasons to win the coveted title of Ink Master. Prior to this season of Ink Master, women had yet to dominate and time and time again, male artists ended up on top. However, Malarkey defied the odds by proving that gender has nothing to do with artistic talent and feminism can make a positive difference in a competitive setting. It is important to recognize that although Malarkey is an extremely talented artist as...
For the latest in our series on women photographers, Lady Shooters, Tara Wray interviews LA-based street photographer Michelle Groskopf Can you tell the readers of BUST Magazine what you do? And describe how you came to be the photographer you are today? My work is an almost anthropological account of how I see the world, or at least the faces and details that draw my attention while I go about my day. It’s me saying, “Look at this face, isn’t it striking? Look at these hands, look...
For the next few weeks in New York City, you can freely visit women in prison. Talented women, glamorous women, proud women, and regular women —they’re all there, as portraits by legendary photographer Annie Leibovitz. The show, WOMEN: New Portraits, debuted in Chelsea on November 18th as a pop-up inside the Bayview Correctional Facility. It’s a recently shuttered women’s prison whose future will be as potent as its past when it reopens in 2020 as The Women’s Building, “a global hub for the girls’ and women’s rights...
Artist Amy Camber is graciously allowing us to share her comic, "How It Felt To Follow The Election As A Survivor Of Sexual Assault." We think it speaks for itself: Amy Camber writes about everything from feminism and parenting to periodontal disease and professional sports. She's been publishing comics online since 2011 and her work has appeared in the Seattle Weekly and The Huffington Post. Amy is also a longtime art and media literacy teacher and is the parent of two wild, young children. After 20...
Meat Swimmer In a new feature, we're expanding our "Parting Glance" portrait from BUST magazine!  In our October/November issue, we feature the glorious painting "Meat Swimmer" (above) by Penelope Gazin as our "Parting Glance" (FYI, if you don't subscribe to BUST —  you should, and you can do it right here, right now — the "Parting Glance" is a full-page feature of a work of feminist art that appears in every other issue.) Penelope shared a few more of her paintings with us for you to gaze at online...

I can’t recall when the lump fully developed. It’s not visible in its shadow, but it follows me the way uncertainty follows a curious mind. In the United States, nearly 1 in 8 million women will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. This year, 246,660 cases will be diagnosed in women, along with 61,000 new cases of women with carcinoma, the non-invasive form of breast cancer. My mother is one of 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Her sister, Amalia, conquered the same malicious...
Art has long been used as a means to express a culture's current political ideals—for example, most Americans are able to recognize the Barack Obama "Hope" poster that iconized Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency. This piece is iconic because it sparks an emotional response for change, progress, and invention, however, Obama is not the only candidate whose values have been captured by visual artists. Just yesterday, Polish-born fiber artist, Crocheted Olek, debuted her latest masterpiece—an enormous crochet billboard dedicated to Hillary Clinton and her...
Scroll through Hannah Hill's Instagram feed and you'll find body positivity and delightful embroideries galore. The 22-year-old London-based artist has been developing a following through her artwork over the years, but it was her feminist Arthur embroidery, inspired by the all-too-relatable Twitter meme, that took the Internet by storm. As a woman of colour, Hill has decided to use her new-found viral fame to talk about the issues that matter to her. Most recently, she's spoken about her struggles with mental illness and she uses her...