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If you’re reading BUST, you probably already know that the Bechdel test asks whether a work of fiction 1) features at least two women 2) who talk to each other 3) about something other than a man. It is named for cartoonist Alison Bechdel, and it has sure inspired a lot of lists of films, particularly those that fail the test, but I’d like to look at works that pass it. Here’s a short list of YA novels to add to your reading list that both pass the Bechdel test and tackle some important subjects, including body image, sexuality, and mental health. 1.
Summer is the perfect excuse to try new hairstyles — especially the kind that will tame your hair AND look great with any outfit. Beat the heat with these braid tutorials: 1. Double Dutch Braid Bun This tutorial from Lauren Conrad is so cute and would work great with a summery dress on a day around town. 2. Twisted Side Braid We love this twisted side braid tutorial from Gal Meets Glam because this style gets the hair out of our faces all day long. 3. Flat Twist Bun This flat twist bun style from Romona Thomas is perfect for a hot summer day. 4.
On Tuesday night Alton Sterling was killed by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On Wednesday Philando Castile was killed by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Both of these men were innocent and both of these men were black. These are just two of over two thousand people killed by police since Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014.   Statistics have shown that black people are far more likely to be killed by police than whites. According to Vox, 31% of police killing victims in 2012 were black, even though they made up just 13% of the US population.
Following a comment from Dolly Parton about supporting a woman in office, the internet is not having it. The comment — published a few weeks ago in the New York Times — was that Parton thinks Hillary Clinton is "very qualified" and "might make as good a president as anybody ever has." The entire comment is below: Screenshot from a June 24 article from the New York Times After the article came out, many took Parton's comment as a Clinton endorsement, and her fans quickly jumped on her social media channels to express their disappointment, frustration, and in some cases, anger...
  What I want to talk about may seem overwhelming and scary but it happens sometimes and the more of us who know how to help, the better. Many people who have been sexually assaulted develop a condition called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD for short. The National Institute of Mental Health defines PTSD as “an anxiety disorder that can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which grave physical harm occurred or was threatened.” They cite personal assaults, natural or human-caused disasters, accidents, or military combat as experiences that can trigger PTSD.
Gertrude Stein was one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. Her circle of friends included the likes of Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Ezra Pound, and Henri Matisse, to name a few. Her wisdom was profound, honest, romantic, and sometimes a bit melancholy. She spent her life with her partner Alice B. Toklas, writing and collecting priceless works of art.
Famous feminist comedian Sarah Silverman announced on Facebook yesterday that she is “lucky to be alive” after a freak case of epiglottitis landed her in the ICU recently. The comedian said she went to the doctor for a sore throat and ended up spending several days recovering while under anesthesia. She thanked the medical professionals who cared for her as well as the friends and family who spent time with her in the hospital. In true Sarah Silverman fashion, she also told some silly penisy stories about her time in the hospital. You can read the post here. Ms.
Marvel released some cool news yesterday, informing the public that in the new Invincible Iron Man comic, a young black girl will be the star. The character, Riri Williams, was introduced in Invincible Iran Man #9  after she was kicked out of MIT for creating her own Iron Man suit—keep in mind she is 15-years-old. So, not only is the new character a black girl, but she is also portrayed as an engineering genius, something to be celebrated. And Riri isn't the first person of color or women to take the spot of a traditionally white, male comic character.
After six years of hiatus, the VH1 Hip Hop Honors are back, but this time they’ll be celebrating the work of all the women who have pioneered the genre over the past couple decades. At the center of all this is Missy Elliott, who will be honored at VH1 Hip Hop Honors: All Hail The Queens by many people she’s influenced and worked with over the years in the industry.
Photo Courtesy of WiseWear Want the function of a Fitbit without sacrificing style? WiseWear is a new tech brand making wearables that jewelry buffs actually want to wear. With a thumbs-up from fashion icon Iris Apfel—the face of the brand who’ll be designing future styles—the gorgeous line of chunky accessories offers activity tracking and mobile notifications. They’re not cheap ($395 at wisewear.
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