Like most progressive feminists, I celebrated the moment during the congressional testimony of Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards when the particularly smug House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, produced an entirely slanted, politicized graph which he claimed he manufactured based on Planned Parenthood’s actual number of abortions. Ms. Read More
Q: Sex has always been painful for me. Right after I started having sex, I had an extensive yeast infection that resulted in vaginal nerve damage. Pelvic floor therapy worked wonders, and I learned a number of exercises to do on my own and with my boyfriend before sex, which included everything from massage to dilators. My then-boyfriend was very supportive, but we’ve since broken up. I’m hoping to start dating again soon, but I’m not sure how to approach sex with a new guy. Despite the progress I’ve made, sex remains difficult. Read More
It’s not a crime to steal the styles from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries   Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is the most feminist detective series on TV, thanks to its badass protagonist, Phryne Fisher. In gritty, glamorous 1920s Melbourne, Miss Fisher (played by Essie Davis) refuses to get married, drives a car, unapologetically takes many lovers, solves murders, and always looks damn good doing it. Cop her killer look here-—and be sure to catch the third season of the show on Netflix this September.   1. Joanna Hope Sequin Mesh Top, $71. Read More
It’s no secret that here at BUST, we’re all big fans of New Orleans rapper Big Freedia. The gender-bending star of the sissy bounce genre has been hard at twerk: the third season of her reality show, Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, wrapped up on Fuse this past spring, and her memoir, Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva! was released by Gallery Books on July 7. We asked the stylish rebel to tell us what’s in her makeup bag and she spilled her secrets for staying fabulous while sweating it out onstage every night.    1. Read More
Come for the devils and stay for the desserts in weird, wonderful Tasmania Mount Wellington Observation Center A strange and beautiful island, from which ships chart their course to Antarctica, Tasmania is a part of Australia like no other. Foodies flock to the “Apple Isle” to devour gorgeous produce that adorns the menus of some of Australia’s finest restaurants. Read More
Laura Little Curated, an art brand designed by photographer and visual artist Laura Little, is re-thinking art and fashion while putting a newfound crackle into the words "pop-up shop." Combining photography and a "love of music while chilling with friends" vibe, Laura Little Curated is energizing New York’s afterwork scene with a realm of ongoing pop-up shops. These hip, afterwork shopping retreats are designed for New Yorkers to mix, mingle, and shop for new and emerging brands. Read More
Looking to try some alternative healing, but squeamish about acupuncture needles? The ancient Japanese massage technique known as shiatsu is a perfect substitute, since it’s based on the same philosophy and medical theory and you can do it to yourself (sans sharp objects). Shiatsu utilizes the idea of pressure-points that stimulate energy channels in order to promote mental and physical wellbeing. Plus, the positions are so simple they can be performed almost anywhere. Check out these six soothing techniques and sink into a few minutes of pure bliss, free of charge.   1. Read More
Looking to get away from it all and don’t mind a little dirt under your nails? A work exchange program known as WWOOFing might be your ticket out of town. Here, a tried-and-true traveler shares her tips and tricks for working your way around the world. A day hike in the Colombian Sierra Nevada de Santa Maria In early 2014, after handing in my master’s thesis, I hopped on a plane and headed to Colombia. I wasn’t taking a post-grad beach vacay; I was traveling to a coffee farm to work. I wouldn’t consider myself a farmer, but I wasn’t a tourist, either. 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.   1. Faux-leather Filigree-Plate Necklace, $88, BCBG2. Felt Floppy Hat, $52, TOPSHOP3. Animal Bodycon Dress, $157, Miss Selfridge4. Belle Noelle Hexagon Bangle (Gold/Leopard), $62, 80's Purple5. Read More
This fall, explore your adventurous side with '70s-inspired jumpsuits, giant sunglasses, denim sneakers, cozy sweaters and an adorable fox-printed cardigan - mountainside setting not required.  Amber Byrne Mahoney shot fellow photographer Sasha Frolova in our favorite fall fashions against the beautiful backdrop of upstate New York. Stylist Lela Maloney and makeup artist Katie Mellinger for Tarte Cosmetics gave Sasha that perfect outdoorsy look. Read More