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Exile always seems like this forbidden place, a place for dangerous criminals convicted of human rights abominations, but this isn't the reality of the world we live in. In many cases, artists have been forced into exile just for making art. In many conservative governments, making art is seen as a crime against the regime when art provokes thought and critique, and God forbid a country's citizens have a different view from the country's ruling party. Many female artists have faced this fate, having been exiled...
Okay, Mark Ruffalo, you’ve caught my attention again. Aside from your beautiful face ( c’mon people, HAVE YOU LOOKED AT HIM?!), your support to end fracking has been so on point. And now you’ve lent your voice to reproductive rights. You gorgeous man, your political activism and sultry salt-n-pepa hair have done me in. (Sidenote: Sorry Ruffz for that objectification from me. It’s just really hard to reign it in when your face and your bod AND your politics are so lovely. Le sighhh. But back to...
Neko Case, BUST's upcoming October/November cover girl and crooning songstress extraordinaire, has a new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, out on Anti- September 3rd, and it's some of her most revealing stuff yet. Her unique, full voice ain't hiding anything on this record. Since her move to Vermont, Case seems to be showing a deeper side of herself to her audience. Once relatively private, her music has taken a turn for the raw and...
These days, I’m so benumbed to articles about what’s “wrong” with feminism that I don’t even bother to skim the headlines as they appear like fruit flies out of the ether of my Twitter feed. But this article (Blogpost? Feelpinion? Vague stab at polemic?) from IndyStar perked my ears up. Its subject? Why conservative feminists are the only real feminists – because “they don’t look for a handout.” The essay reads like a mad libs of trendy libertarian ethos and liberal-bashing, and contains such gems as “manufactured...
Three cheers for freedom! Bradley Manning, the Army private who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the organization Wikileaks, announced yesterday to Today.com that he no longer wants to be referred to as “Bradley,” and instead will live out the rest of his life as a woman named Chelsea. Manning was recently sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking nearly a million documents, including material related to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Guantanamo Bay. She has previously said that her sexual identity...