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It’s the 21st and the BED LIBS competition has come to an end. We’re not done having fun just yet! There’s a party to go to! The winning submission came from our new friend Eva Gantz, a marketing and publicity professional at the always-sexy (and good friends of BUST) Cleis Press - an erotica publisher. What a coincidence! A conspiracy? I’m investigating myself right now. Here’s her hilarious response to the email we sent her confirming the win and my request for a quote: “AHHHHHH!!!! WHAT?? Oh my...
Taara Tati, AKA Metal Mother, is an Oakland native whose music is anything but what you'd expect out of sunny California. Her industrial, avant-pop brings Enya to mind when you hear her echoing, supernatural vocals. The best way to describe her combination of experimental electronica and dark lyrics is as its own genre of "gloomcore." Metal Mother's expertly-produced "Doomdome" is off her latest full-length Ionika, an album full of eerie Game of Thrones soundtrack-esque songs. "Doomdome" takes you on ethereal ride full of danceable beats,...
The death of the actor James Gandolfini has raised an unexpected debate on weight. Sizeism, fat-shaming, and body acceptance are hot topics today, and can be found anywhere from feminist publications to health magazines to major news networks. As much as we love that these issues are being addressed, there is one major aspect that is largely being ignored: the focus on female body acceptance and ignorance of male weight stigma. Certainly there are many reasons for this: female bodies are more intensely scrutinized, women suffer from...
Barbra Streisand expressed her strong opinions on women's rights in Israel when speaking at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. On her first visit to Israel since 1984, the prolific and talented performer accepted an honorary Ph.D from the university. When accepting her degree, she spoke about the inequality of Jewish religious practices amongst women and men. This topic was addressed in light of certain incidents where ultra-Orthodox Jewish men have attempted to restrict Jewish women's rights. Some have tried to stop women from sitting in...
Jinan Younis is my new hero. At just 17, she started a feminist society at her school. She has since dealt with the reality that those who are vocally feminist are often met with violent displays of abuse and sexist sentiments. According to her well-written blog post on the Guardian, Younis decided to start the society after a confrontation she and some girlfriends had on a school trip. “A group of men in a car started wolf-whistling and shouting sexual remarks at my friends and me,”...