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Trigger Warning: This post discusses the sexual assault of a minor. In a new segment called “This Sucks,” BUST presents this horrific news story, hot off the press: A Massachusetts minor was only 14 when 20-year-old Jamie Melendez raped and impregnated her. As if that weren’t horrific enough, it turns out that Melendez has sued for visitation rights with the child, rights which would force the victim into a 16-year relationship with her attacker. Astonishingly, he offered to drop his contest for paternal rights if his $110 weekly child...
Last Tuesday afternoon, school bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff of the Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy spent an hour on the phone with the Atlanta police as she faced gunman Michael Brandon Hill. With the police on the line, she calmly convinced Hill to surrender his weapon. Hill expressed to Tuff that he was off his medication, and in exchange, Tuff attempted to calm Hill with personal stories, counseling the man not to end his own life. AND IT WORKED. Tuff courageously put her life in danger to save...
Feminist writing can often be mislabeled as dull, preachy, overly political, and other eye-roll-inducing adjectives. (Just so you know: Betty Friedan is awesome! Simone de Beauvoir rocks! Gloria Steinem is cool as heck!) But while compendiums of that type of writing abound left and right, small, everyday kinds of feminism are lost right under our noses - on TV, on the radio, in the fiction stacks of your public library. This great list by Flavorwire racks up 50 examples of feminist required reading, viewing, YouTube k-holing...
Just in time for Women’s Equality Day on August 26, we've partnered with Open Road Media to give away a brand new Kobo Arc tablet stocked with classic works from some of the feistiest and most influential female writes of the past fifty years.  The giveaway includes one Kobo Arc tablet pre-loaded with the following ebooks: Fear of Flying by Erica Jong A literary sensation when first published in 1973, Fear of Flying established Erica Jong as one of her generation’s foremost voices on sex and feminism.        Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions by...
BUST was lucky enough to speak to Audrey Tautou, star of Amélie and Coco Before Chanel, about her upcoming film, Thérèse, due out stateside tomorrow, Friday, August 23rd. Based on the novel by François Mauriac, Thérèse tells the story of a 1920s French wife, played by Audrey Tautou, who becomes bored with her new life, husband, and family. Helmed by the late director Claude Miller, the film explores what marriage and the individual self in that time period meant to society, and to Thérèse. Her marriage is, at...