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Here at BUST, spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’ve got one of our most exciting cover gals ever—comedy powerhouse Melissa McCarthy! Inside, we’ve got an exclusive interview with fashion rule breaker Patricia Field, a surprising photo essay featuring the glamorous nail divas of Newark, the true story of a mysterious woman who inspired art all over N.Y.C., and a guide to applying ancient erotic texts to modern sex. And get ready for even more spring fun, including: *Get your quiz on with Nicki Minaj *Femme fatale burlesque star...
@Femen_International You've probably heard about Femen, that female group of “topless warriors” who, with crowned heads of blonde locks and flowers, paint their naked bodies with slogans and carry out public protests. The international activist group was formed in the Ukraine in 2006, in an effort to battle the country’s desperate prostitution problem, stand up for women’s rights, and put an end to patriarchal dictatorship. Sounds cool, right? Well...maybe. In Ukraine Is Not A Brothel, an award-winning documentary that has only recently become available for streaming in the...
The legacy of Nora Ephron is impressionable. Her extensive reporting and work in her early career covering the Women’s Rights movement in the 60s credits her as an avowed feminist. She wrote the screenplays for films that have become defining for their genre, like When Harry Met Sally..., You’ve Got Mail, and Sleepless in Seattle. She is the reason that the Empire State Building is so goddamn romantic. Ephron had an incredible ability to work with vulnerability and conquer it with a sense of humor.Her...
Post-abortion therapy with a pro-life therapist — sounds like a contradiction, right?When I agreed to it, I knew there could be problems. How could a woman like me, a woman who’d had three abortions, even be in the same room with a pro-life advocate?But Maribel, the therapist, seemed so kind. With her bad perm and polyester pants, she appeared old-fashioned and wholesome. She promised the therapy would be non-judgmental and non-religious. She said she could "cleanse" the pain in my heart.I yearned to be "cleansed."...
"Oh my god/ You didn’t know I’d get ferocious," Thao Nguyen sings on her latest album, A Man Alive, out this month from Ribbon Music. These lyrics come from the album’s bass-heavy standout track, "Meticulous Bird," and it’s a declaration of the fearlessness she brings to her fourth studio album. It’s a tough, deeply personal, powerfully dissonant album, and it’s Thao’s strongest to date. She’s back, and she’s not pulling any punches. Adding grit and urgency to Nguyen’s songs is producer Merrill Garbus, better known as...
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