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  Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. In the latest episode, Callie and Emily are joined by the hilarious hosts of the podcast "By The Book," Jolenta...
    Back in the late 1970s, New York City was still an affordable, gritty, and edgy place to live — very different from the shopping mall New York has morphed into. Influenced by the prevailing Warholian concept of High Art meets Low Trash, The Mudd Club was the happening place to dance and hang out. Artists, writers, musicians, actors, performance artists, and scensters of all persuasions created a mix that has been emulated by downtown denizens to this day. It was the anti-Studio 54, but had...
  I had a fraught relationship with feminism growing up as a young adult in the early 2000s. Although I was drawn to many of feminism’s tenets, I felt disconnected deeply from its general view on sex and pornography. Unlike many of my fellow teenage feminists, I trusted (and still do) that women can make the active choice to enjoy and engage in sex work, whether that’s watching pornography or acting as a dominatrix. I thought (and still do) that we have the power to turn...

Traveling is an experience that should be open to everyone, but often women are told that it is “too dangerous” for us to go into the world alone. (Which is ironic, because walking the streets in our own cities is also dangerous when it comes to sexual harassment and assault, as is literally staying inside our homes.) And that's not even taking into account the additional obstacles women of color and minorities can face while traveling. Despite this, women are increasingly embarking on their own...
It’s not every day you get a post-reality generation device delivered to your home. It’s even rarer to find a list of product features included with the device (everyone knows that most post-reality generation devices come without any owner’s manual other than a sheet of paper that reads “Use At Your Own Risk”). Product features, according to Topside Press, vendors of this device, include “Twenty-Five (25) Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Stories,” and “430+ Pages of Fresh Work from Trans Writers.”That’s right, these are the...
  The past three weeks been difficult. The rise of white supremacy, the recent rescinding of DACA, and natural disasters such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have made immigrant and Latinx populations the most vulnerable we have seen in recent history. US history, however, does have a time when the government created even worse atrocities on American soil. That time was World War II, when the United States interned between 110,000 and 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry. It would be naive to think that a literal Wonder...

Our book reviews from BUST's August/September issue are now online! Check out our picks, including Hunger by Roxane Gay, Sour Heart by Jenny Zhang, and Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.  The Girl in the Show: Three Generations of Comedy, Culture, & Feminism By Anna Fields (Arcade Publishing) Comedy nerds, 20th-century history buffs, and pop culture junkies, rejoice! The Girl in the Show is your jam. Author Anna Fields has compiled facts, first-person interviews, and cultural criticism to make a simple-yet-compelling argument: women are funny. That these three words...

Go undercover with these three books revealing women's secret lives, from a social history of everyday Tudor women, to the secret love lives of American Muslim women, to a secret that's so stigmatized it's rarely spoken about — regretting motherhood. Check out these and more reviews on BUST's August/September print issue — on newsstands now. The Hidden Lives of Tudor Women: A Social HistoryBy Elizabeth Norton(Pegasus Books) Historian Elizabeth Norton presents England’s Tudor period (1485–1603) through the eyes of its women in this “collective biography” of female...
Teaching girls about creative, personal writing isn’t always the first priority for under-resourced educators working in struggling public schools. Which is why the nonprofit Mighty Writers (mightywriters.org)—a Philadelphia-based afterschool program powered by passionate volunteers—is such a valuable resource. Their free classes teach kids not only how to really write, express their own thoughts in their own voices, and love doing it, but they also expose students to inspiring writers like Maya Angelou, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, and more, along the way. Mighty Writers’ “Girl Power...
  Once upon a time, there was a woman who fought monsters. Not big or bloody ones — the emotional kind. One day, she created an alternative version of herself through a game. The game helped her deal with her issues and inspired her to tell others about her love of gaming. That woman was the delightful Felicia Day, and that story was The Guild. First launched as a webseries in 2007, the Guild has also become a series of comic books and even a few music...