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  After a recent round trip into the murky world of dating, I’ve arrived back with an assortment of souvenirs such as a mildly wounded pride (from the guy who implied I was fatter in real life than my photos online indicated), an empty purse (from all the drinking I had to do to get me through the bad dates) and an acceptance that I'm much better off single.Of course, like on every good trip, I definitely learnt some new things about the world around us. Like any night spent in a hostel dorm room, you’ll meet some pretty cool people with interesting life stories.
  Rad ladies of Los Angeles, get ready. Lisa Butterworth, West Coast editor here at BUST, will be featured at a Lady Boss event at Segovia Hall in Los Angeles on June 16. Lisa will give an enlightning talk (or as Lady Boss calls it, “blitz wisdoms”) about having more awesome times in professional life. She will partake in their peer-to-peer flash mentoring exercise, a Lady Boss networking activity.
  If you haven’t heard of Negin Farsad, you are in for a treat because this woman is brilliant. Just like her inspirations, Farsad is unbound by genre. She’s an Iranian American who blends comedy with social justice. Negin is stand-up comedian, sketch writer, documentarian, filmmaker, former policy advisor and Ted Fellow. Her first book, How to Make White People Laugh, a memoir of essays, was recently published and her fourth film, 3rd Street Blackout  (co-created with Jeremy Redleaf), premiered at Tribeca Film Festival April 29th.
Spoiler Alert! Marvel’s Agent Carter was one of the several shows that got the axe from ABC last week. Thanks to the wonderful, loyal Agent Carter fans, a petition to get the show to return through Netflix was created almost immediately, and already has over 100,000 signatures, and #SaveAgentCarter is trending on Twitter. We are not ready to let go of one of Marvel’s few and most amazing heroines! Here are 7 reasons why Netflix really, absolutely, 100% needs to pick up Agent Carter. 1.
Simone is in her early twenties and looks like any other university student. She's pretty, but in ripped skinny jeans and trainers, you'd never guess what she did for a living. Simone works for a high-class escort agency in Europe, making more money in one night than most students will earn in a month. Five minutes into a conversation with her, you can tell she's incredibly intelligent, talking knowledgeably about current political and economic issues — not what you would expect from the stereotype of a girl in her profession. "I'm me first and an escort second," she says.
Like many female standup comics, Maria Bamford has a joke about wanting to get married. But her take on it is, well, different. “I do wanna get married. It just sounds great,” she begins in her naturally high, girlish voice. “You get to go grocery shopping together, and rent videos, and the kissing and the hugging underneath the cozy covers. Mmmm!” And here her voice gets a little deeper and slower: “But sometimes I worry that I don’t wanna get married as much as I’d like to be dipped in a vat of warm, rising bread dough.
  Garbage's first single off their upcoming album Strange Little Birds (dropping June 10th) sounds like Garbage. That's a good thing, too, because the band's ability to stay true to their heady, hard-rockin' sound all the way up to this, their sixth studio album may just be the key to maintaining their devoted fan base.  Maybe it's intentional:  Rolling Stone quoted the band's frontwoman, Shirley Manson, from a statement where she admitted "To me, this record, funnily enough, has the most to do with the first record than any of the previous records.
Here at BUST, the summer music season is in full swing and the heat is on! To celebrate, we’ve got riot grrrl pioneer and timeless badass Kathleen Hanna gracing our cover. And inside, we’ve got an exclusive interview with OITNB’s awesome Uzo Aduba, a surprising photo essay featuring a woman who left the world behind to work with adorable sloths in the jungle, a true story of our staffer’s dating app adventures all over N.Y.C., and a guide to getting birth control for free online.
Photo by Danielle Lurie  Angelenos, story-makers, film buffs, and women who put women first, be sure to catch the last dates of the completely free UCLA Film Fatales series on May 24, 26, and 31. Also worth your time is one of the seventeen Film Fatales’ entries into the LA Film Festival coming up June 1-9. Do not miss your chance to see what these wise ladies are up to. Consider the stark statistics. According to a recent study conducted by USC Annenberg, 77.4% of show creators are men. Only 17.1% of television directors are women. 28.
Emma Greenwell has something in common with Colin Firth, Jonny Lee Miller and Carey Mulligan: They’ve all starred in multiple adaptations of Jane Austen novels. But Greenwell has a familiarity with Austen mania that none of these other actors can claim: She appeared in two Jane Austen movies in the same year.Currently in theaters, you can see Greenwell play Catherine Vernon, the sweet sister-in-law of the conniving Lady Susan (Kate Beckinsale) in Love and Friendship, which also stars Chloë Sevigny.