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Be still, our activist hearts. On June 16th, Gloria Steinem and Samantha Bee will rally together for a night of feminism festivities in New York. Ms. Steinem will host Spare Rib, a reproductive rights celebration on at the Society for Ethical Culture. The event will open with Samantha Bee, followed by a reading from Winter Miller's play Spare Rib by Elizabeth Marvel, Marin Ireland, Mamie Gummer, Mozhan Marnò, Deirdre O'Connell, Kate Rigg, and Vella Lovell.
“America isn’t ready for a two-woman ticket.”What. The. Fuck.That may be YOUR reality but it is not ours. If you believe two women aren’t capable of winning on the same ticket, don’t kid yourself, you’re a misogynist and we see it.When women run for office, women win just as often as men. According to PoliticalParity.org, “Most studies of the performance of women candidates demonstrate that women fare the same as, if not better than, their male counterparts in similar types of races.
  In 2000, Electronic Arts published The Sims, starting a franchise that would become one of the best-selling video game series of all time and occupy hours (who am I kidding, it’s days) of my future time. In the original simulation game and its three sequels, players can create virtual people, called Sims, and customize their appearances, their personalities, and their aspirations. Gamers lead their Sims through a virtual world and control their everyday lives, from decisions as large as what career paths they choose, to those as small as what they will eat for breakfast.
The ever fabulous feminist comedian Samantha Bee unleashed her frustration last night about the lack of action to address mass shootings in the United States. She refused to follow what she called “the standard operating procedure after a massacre” of delivering a sweet and well-meaning message of love. Instead, the host of TBS’s Full Frontal went on a rant that questioned why in hell a man with a history of wife beating, homophobia, and extremist views was able to legally buy a gun that shoots forty-five rounds a minute.
With another election cycle upon us, it’s inevitable that the phrase "lipstick on a pig" will be trotted out amidst the political rhetoric. According to Slate, the exact idiom was coined in 1985, relatively recently so far as idioms go.But before there was "lipstick on a pig," there was "Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks": a sculpture commissioned by a small crew of Yalies behind their administration’s back. It was, and is, as far from the ivy and brick aesthetic as an artwork can veer. And it too has something to teach us about American politics.
Call it what you like—a tragedy, a massacre, an act of terror—but acknowledge the shooting in Orlando for what it inarguably is: a hate crime targeting the LGBTQ+ community. It's no coincidence that the shooting, the deadliest in American history, took place in Pulse nightclub, which is often referred to as the hottest gay nightclub in Orlando, FL. It’s also important to note that the massacre took place during “Latin Flavor,” an event specifically set aside to celebrate Latinx members of the LGBTQ+ community. As a result, the vast majority of victims were POC.
The following excerpt from BUST contributor Alison Flowers's new book, Exoneree Diaries: The Fight for Innocence, Independence, and Identity, out June 7, features Kristine Bunch, a woman wrongly convicted and exonerated of the murder of her 3-year-old son, who perished in a home trailer fire in Indiana. The book explores what happens to innocent people after the state sets them free and tosses them out into an unfamiliar world:  Wrongly convicted women face a unique set of challenges. Sexism lurks at every stage of the criminal justice process.
YouTube superstars Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart, who have a combined following of more than 10 million fans across social media and more than 430 million views on YouTube, star in the movie Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, the female-driven superhero action comedy remake of the ’70s cult classic with the same name. The movie puts a modern twist on the original, which starred Sid and Marty Krofft.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to pray and meditate on the horrific massacre at Pulse Orlando from Saturday night. There is nothing wrong with reflecting and sending good thoughts to the loved ones of victims from the deadliest mass shooting in American history. But there is something very wrong with sending your prayers out to those affected by Saturday’s violence when you are a politician who is in bed with the NRA, and when you have voted against gun control that could prevent tragedies like this mass shooting.
Photo by Gray Malin “It absolutely feels like a swimming sisterhood,” says Mary Jeanette Ramsey, the executive director of the L.A.-based Aqualillies. “It’s really special.” If you’ve seen the Coen brothers’  movie Hail, Ceasar!, you’re already familiar with the kaleidoscopic performance capabilities of this synchronized swim team. If you haven’t, imagine  women decked out in matching swimsuits performing gorgeous, gravity-defying feats in water—all while keeping perfectly in sync. What started in L.A.
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