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Students swearing the Pledge on Flag Day in 1899, via Wikimedia Commons I still remember my discomfort as I stood from my desk every weekday morning. As I reached my right hand towards my chest, a hesitation lingered. With each familiar word, feelings of doubt manifested themselves, twisting the depths of my stomach and sitting heavy on my heart. I’ve always felt uneasy paying homage to our flag. Throughout elementary and middle school, I would force myself to proudly stand, place my hand upon my chest, and recite the (compulsorily) memorized lines of our Pledge.
“Then Sigmund Freud, the Number One enemy of the clitoris, invented the concept of the vaginal orgasm and decreed that a mature woman must find her pleasure exclusively through penetration. Thus began a wave of clitorial obscurantism.” Ah yes, the clitoris. Perhaps the most misunderstood part of female genitalia. Over the years, the clitoris has been the subject of numerous (mostly male-dominated) debates over its purpose and is usually kept out of conversations about orgasm and sexual health.
Amazon has released the trailer for Good Girls Revolt — and we get a look at the rampant sexism in New York's media industry in 1969. The series is inspired Lynn Povich's notable book The Good Girls Revolt, which details a sexual discrimination case in the 1960s.
  Finally, former BUST cover gal Jenny Slate is starring in a movie again, her first lead role since the brilliant 2014 film Obvious Child. In My Blind Brother — directed by Sophie Goodhart and out now — Slate plays Rose, a woman who dumps her fiancé only to see him get hit by a bus and die minutes later — and then she meets a new love interest at his wake. Soon, she finds herself in the center of a love triangle between two brothers, the loveable slacker/stoner Bill (Nick Kroll), and the arrogant, type-A athlete Robbie (Adam Scott). And, oh yeah — Robbie is blind.
Check out British director Sophie Goodhart’s IMDB page, and you’ll see quite a few credits under "Writer" and "Assistant Director," but under the “Director” heading, there are only two entries — and they have the same title. The first “My Blind Brother” was a short film Goodhart made back in 2003, inspired in part by her relationship with her sister, who has MS and uses a wheelchair.
Frida Kahlo didn't remove her facial hair The conversation about body hair started between my friend Alana and I one boring day at work. I was explaining to her how I had facial hair due to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome and I wanted to do laser hair removal. One year and several laser hair removal sessions later and we are on the cusp of opening our first-ever theatrical show, Do You Shave.
Sunday, October 2nd The Lady Parts Justice will be hosting their first live stream for The Golden Probes Awards from (Le) Poisson Rouge in NYC. Why shouldn’t you miss this? Because they will be hilarious! These awards were created to recognize “outstanding achievements in the fields of sexism and anto-abortion extremism” which means that they will be punching in the face all the terrible politics and laws that have been enacted across the U.S.
If you grew up during the '90s to early 2000s, you probably remember reading Girls’ Life, or as it was known back then, GL. Girls’ Life is a magazine for young girls ages 10 to 15. It’s basically the Bible for middle school girls these days and the precursor to Seventeen magazine, and then, later on Cosmopolitan. This is a magazine that has accompanied young girls for over twenty years, giving them the inside scoop on style, fitness, dating, and books.
This week, September 19th through the 26th marks bisexual awareness week; which is a week that aims to educate, inform, and inspire people about the bisexual community. Today, September 23rd, we celebrate Bisexuality Day, a holiday that was created eighteen years ago to promote bi-visibility. Bisexuality has become more common and according to a 2015 study by YouGov estimates that around 29% of 18 to 29-year-olds identify as not being 100% heterosexual.
VICE Magazine's 15th annual photo issue is featuring exclusively women photographers — and we think it's great! The visibility of female artist is something we value here at BUST. This photo issue puts together 38 compelling artists that depict diverse narratives from all over the world with such a compassionate touch, that it challenges the way we see our globe. It's an intimate and provocative 184-page celebration of art created solely by women. VICE'S photo editor Elizabeth Renstrom writes in the opening letter that women in the art field are certainly not a new phenomenon.
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