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  As a wee riot grrrl, I ran across a late night cable documentary that changed my perspective on porn. One segment featured a poetic leather dyke, and then appeared a bountiful fire-maned babe full of laughter — with her legs spread for the audience to examine her anatomy and the tongue-in-cheek title, Public Cervix Announcement, I knew I had just discovered the Mary Poppins of what I would later learn was sex-positive feminism. As a porn performer and prostitute in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Annie Sprinkle discovered how readily your supposed allies can also be your worst critics.
  You wouldn't know what you were about to dig into musically just by talking to Mothers. Sitting down with the group at the 4Knots Music Festival, a four piece made up by Kristine Leschper, Matthew Anderegg, Drew Kirby, and Chris Goggans, I found them to be incredibly friendly and cheerful.  On stage, things takes a darker tone — Kristine croons intense, empowering, and most of all, vulnerable words that hover over the crowd before the backing instrumentals knock them down, full force, onto the listeners.  Music like this must have a story behind it — and it does.
DC fans: get ready, get set, get hype. San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close, but it's left us with a treasure trove of teasers, including the first official trailer for Wonder Woman. Starring Gal Gadot as warrior princess Diana Prince, this movie, set to release in Summer 2017, looks like it's going to be a heart-stopping, action-packed whopper, featuring a multitude of classic Wonder Woman fixtures. We even get a sneak peak of her infamous Lasso of Truth being put to good, ass-kicking use. Directed by Patty Jenkins, this film is destined to be a feminist powerhouse.
  Tomorrow, our August/September 2016 issue officially arrives on newsstands — and it’s a major milestone for us. That’s right, this is our ONE HUNDREDTH issue, something we were never quite sure we’d see when BUST began in 1993. And we can’t think of a more perfect cover star for our 100th issue than Tina Fey, who we have loved for well over a decade. She first appeared on our cover back in 2004 when she was on SNL  — before she created Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, or so many of our other favorite TV series, movies and books.
Indie icon, musician, and writer Amanda Palmer is the latest woman to be featured in a video for "The What's Underneath Project." The project, which has been previously featured in BUST, was created in 2014 by StyleLikeU, and its message is absolutely beautiful. The goal of it all is to "uncover the power of genuine self-acceptance by stripping us down to open us up.
Whether you're lying out at the beach or chilling out in your own air conditioned apartment, summer is the perfect time to catch up on your reading. We've rounded up 11 of our favorite books of the summer, including Jessica Valenti's Sex Object, The Girls by Emma Cline and Modern Lovers by Emma Straub.     Sex Object: A MemoirBy Jessica Valenti (Dey Street Books) Rating: 5/5 Sometimes being a feminist can feel maddening.
  Diane Coffee came strutting into the press lounge at the annual 4Knots Festival at the South Street Seaport in Manhattan wearing red and white pinstripes and giant, circular '70s pink sunglasses. The image matches the performance — bright, retro, and flamboyant. Coffee later sported a thick stripe of metallic eye makeup across their face, as they wailed into the mic, truly putting on theatrics for the audience. A performer deemed "psychedelic Motown" by fans and friends, they truly bring an enthralling live performance, as proven by their set at the festival that July weekend.
Recently, you may have seen some of your favorite artists and musicians rocking merch that loudly states “GENDER IS OVER” in bold white letters against a black mesh jersey. And, as I was, you might be wondering what the deal is with that. Where are these jerseys coming from? Who made them? What are they for? And most importantly…where can I get one??? So, I decided to do some intense research – AKA, I Googled it – in order to find out what all of the fuss was about. It turns out, the jerseys are repping a project called Gender is Over (If You Want It).
  Patti Smith must be a divine gift to this world. Deemed by some the "Godmother of Punk" and others the "Punk Poet Laureate," I see her myself as "Goddess Patti." Seriously, after seeing this woman dance, chant, swear, banter, and of course, sing live on stage, I am convinced of her other-worldly nature.  Check out just a few of the reasons why I think Patti is totally a deity sent to us to empower and inspire us into creative action.
Punk pioneer Legs McNeil, and author and poet Gillian McCain are the masterminds behind Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk, a book that is largely regarded as the first and most comprehensive written piece on punk history. Please Kill Me is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with a re-release and a series of readings (well, more like parties with music, alcohol, and Michael Des Barres hosting). BUST spent some time with Legs and Gillian and talked about the book, the evolution of punk, and how the show Vinyl got it all wrong.
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