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It’s 2018, and for the first time, a novel by an Equatorial Guinean woman is being translated into English. That woman is Trifonia Melibea Obono, a journalist and political scientist who researches women and gender in Africa; the novel isLa Bastarda (Feminist Press), a queer coming-of-age story that numbers less than 100 pages. Our main character is a teenage girl named Okomo, who lives with her grandfather, his two wives, and their children. Okomo’s mother died in childbirth, before Okomo’s father could pay a dowry, so Okomo is...
From our April/May print issue, here's our book review sidebar focused on three new nonfiction books about reproductive health — or, as we put it, "experts go deep on vaginas, uteri, clitorises, and feeling good under the hood." Ask Me About My Uterus: A Quest to Make Doctors Believe in Women’s PainBy Abby Norman(Nation Books) What if you were symptomatic every day with pelvic pains worse than menstrual cramps, but no one, health professionals included, understood what your body was feeling? In Ask Me About My...
The prolific painter Edgar Degas once said, “Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Certainly, to be an artist is to struggle — but there are ways to cultivate that struggle into great art, and live a satisfying, fulfilling life as an artist. LA-based art consultant Beth Pickens wrote Your Art Will Save Your Life (Feminist Press) to reach artists she cannot help on a one-on-one basis. Trump’s takeover of the White House was the final nudge Pickens needed...
tatiana de la tierra was a print-based activist, feminist dyke, and bilingual writer. During the '90s, tatiana founded, edited, and contributed to the transnational Latina lesbian zines esto no tiene nombre and conmoción. The zines, publishing work in English, Spanish, and Spanglish, featured contributors from all over the US, Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. They focused on feminism, multicultural identities, queer desire, colonialism, racism, and sexuality. de la tierra received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and a...
In each issue of BUST, Amber Tamblyn reviews a book of poetry. From our April/May 2018 issue, here's her review of "Open Your Mouth Like a Bell" by Mindy Nettifee: There's a sharp art in wielding dark humor and tender reality, and the poems in Mindy Nettifee's new collection, Open Your Mouth Like a Bell (Write Bloody), pierce like pointed, poetic blades. "There are many doorways," begins the title poem. "The eating sadness donuts on a frozen river in Vermont/doorway./The ecstatic yes doorway./The psychedelic healing in a...
Corinna Bechko is the first woman to write an Earth One title with Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1. In 2010, DC Comics decided to release the Earth One series, a re-imagining of the origin stories of their most famous superheroes like Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman. Our Hal Jordan, AKA Green Lantern, has been re-imagined with a new origin story, and the primary person creating this male superhero is a woman — let that settle in for a moment. Goodbye toxic masculinity, so long...
The book review setion from our February/March 2018 issue is right here, bringing you feminist-friendly literature. Read them all here, and check out our spotlight on black feminist writers' memoirs here.  From Here To Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good DeathBy Caitlin Doughty(W.W. Norton & Company)We’re all going to die. But Caitlin Doughty wants us to start thinking about what happens after. In the follow-up to her 2014 memoir Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, the death-positive mortician makes it clear that end-of-life planning is...
The new anthology Go Home! — edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, published by Feminist Press in collaboration with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, and out today — brings together writings by 24 different Asian diasporic writers. In the editor’s note, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan introduces the Japanese word “kaerimasu,” a verb meaning “traveling homeward.” She muses, “There is something so particular about a journey made toward home. The word has a beauty and a comfort to it. But what does it mean to go home?” Next, she...
Ruth Bader Ginsburg may be 84 years old, but she can probably do more pushups than you. The Supreme Court Justice has been working out twice a week with personal trainer Bryant Johnson since 1999, focusing on increasing bone density after being treated for colorectal cancer. In The RBG Workout, Johnson compiles some of the notorious RBG’s favorite stretches, strength exercises, and other workout moves. His instructions are accompanied by Patrick Welsh’s illustrations of Ginsburg weightlifting or doing squats—in a hoodie or T-shirt, not her famous...
You may know journalist Shaun King’s byline from his many articles on police brutality as Senior Justice Writer for the New York Daily News, and as a contributor to the Daily Kos. Or maybe you follow him on Facebook like more than a million other readers. It’s also possible you’ve seen him on your college campus, speaking about the social justice issues he so passionately covers. But, inside the Brooklyn home he shares with his wife, Rai, and their five children, he’s just Dad. “Nobody...