Curiosity cabinets gained popularity during the Renaissance, and are considered the precursor to museums. Originally, a “cabinet of curiosity” referred to an entire room filled with extraordinary items. Eventually, though, the term came to mean a single “curio” cabinet used to display a personal collection of objects—including (but certainly not limited to) preserved animals and bugs, bones, teeth, claws, feathers, horns, coral, stones, shells, plants, medical objects, drawings, paintings, interesting relics, and creepy doll heads. Read More
   The ubiquitous gyno tool is probably your least-favorite thing that goes in your vagina—so how did it get there? It’s a scary story By Johanna Gohmann Illustration by Maritsa Patrinos During a recent visit to my gynecologist (the too-perfectly named Dr. Fuchs), I realized I had been subconsciously crossing and uncrossing my legs as I waited for my name to be called. Read More
By Lisa Butterworth // Photographed by Annabel Mehran Styled by Marissa Peden // Hair by Brian Fisher // Makeup by Lucy Halperin For Bethany Cosentino, this might just be the year of the woman. It’s kind of destined, the 28-year-old Best Coast singer, guitarist, and songwriter tells me. “My best friend gave me a tarot reading in February and it was all about having a self-discovery thing happen,” she says. “And about women playing a really important role in my career.” So far, the cards are right. Read More
  Babeland is a feminist sex toy retailer started over 20 years ago in Seattle, WA, by two queer best friends, me (Rachel) and Claire. We’ve been allies with BUST for all these years, and because it’s Pride, which is a pretty sexy month, they invited us to do a blog post. Thanks BUST! Babeland and Pride go way back. I remember in June of 1993, Claire and I taught ourselves to screenprint so we could give our friends barely dry “Where is Babeland?” shirts to wear at the parade. We didn’t have a store yet, but we had a plan. Women wanted vibrators and dildos. Read More
A 30-something asexual woman reveals the truth about her oft-misunderstood orientation By Keira Tobias // Illustration by Emily Flake I remember it clearly: I was in the sixth grade, and my mom asked me which boy I had a crush on. I refused to give a name, but she pressed on, asking which actors I thought were cute. I felt acutely embarrassed by the question, and didn’t want to answer her, but I finally said Ethan Hawke (this was the era of Reality Bites) just to appease her, and then changed the subject. Read More
  In theaters now is The Wolfpack, an extraordinary new documentary by Crystal Moselle. Winner of the 2015 Grand Jury Documentary prize at Sundance this past January, this film—produced and edited by women, and with a mostly-female crew—tells the story of the six young Angulo brothers, who were raised in New York City with little to no contact with the outside world. Paranoid the “drugs and crime” of the city would harm them, the boys’ father kept the door to their Lower East Side housing project apartment locked at all times, a ladder wedged tightly against it. Read More
“OK,” says BUST photographer Ramona Rosales to actor/comedian Kumail Nanjiani halfway through their shoot at a bar near his home in L.A. “Now it’s time to bring the sexy.” Raising his extremely expressive eyebrows, the 37-year-old replies, “I thought I was bringing the sexy. That was my 11. Read More
TRU Hanika Beatty grips the bike. The waterfall hem of her black leather skirt drapes gracefully over the seat as her feet—encased in lace-up stilettos—work the concrete. She squeezes the front wheel brake and the back tire spins madly. Her bike seems to levitate, humming and hovering in place, until a burst of pink smoke erupts from the back end and wafts over the busted-up remains of New Orleans’ Magnolia housing projects. A crowd gathers. “Y’all really riding a bike with heels on?” someone asks. Read More
Brooklyn’s Shayna McHale is better known by her rap persona, Junglepussy, but the unconventional performer’s provocative name isn’t even the 10th most interesting thing about her. Though only 23, McHale has already reinvented herself several times, with time logged in fashion, art, and modeling. And she managed to acquire a devoted online following before she ever released an album. Read More
Cookie Never Crumbles in Her Flawless Wardrobe. If you’re a fan of Empire, FOX’s musical drama about a family of hip-hop royalty, then you’re probably obsessed with Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson)—and her killer look. Bite Cookie’s style with bold prints, curve-hugging dresses, massive gold accessories, big-brimmed hats, and a boss bitch attitude. Read More