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. Read More
Thank you, internet gods! What, I ask you, is better than cat videos? (Yes, I know: good sex, BUST magazine, coffee.) And what if someone, some genius, were to combine all the best cat videos from one month into a convenient video you could have on repeat all day? Thank you, mother Russia! Not only do you have a theatre with cat performers (check out MCAT here), you give us our cat fix of the month. Read More

The Myth of the BFF

BY Darcy Sturges in General

Friendship is awesome. I hope that every reader can relate, that every reader currently has friends—a best friend, even (besides BUST, I mean). There’s a strong mythos around best friends as well. Throughout TV and film female friendship is core, unshakable thing in a sea of bad boyfriends, family drama, children, health scares, and careers. Yet the curtain is starting to lift, showing that friendship is like any other relationship: there are problems and sometimes it takes a lot of work. In 8th grade my best friend, Liz, stopped talking to me. Read More
Caroline Heldman’s talk, “The Sexy Lie,” at TEDxYouth in San Diego tackled the very prevalent issue of sexual objectification—specifically, the idea that being sexually objectified is empowering. TED talks have gained a reputation for showcasing intelligent people presenting various enlightenments and challenges to their listeners, and Heldman does not disappoint. Her twelve-minute talk is concisely accurate without losing any of its poignancy.   Heldman starts by defining sexual objectification. Read More
Inside Amy Schumer might just be BUST’s current favorite show, and Amy herself is definitely one of our favorite comedians. Thankfully we don’t have to wait any longer to know if the hilarity will keep coming - Schumer tweeted on Monday that she’ll be back for a second season! Woohoo! If you haven’t seen Schumer’s sketch show on Comedy Central, you’re missing out. A lot. Read More
Oh my God. I need all of these. Fab.com currently has a swimwear collection from Mr. Gugu and Miss Go (an amazing, hyper-graphic clothing company we featured in our June/July issue) that features—stay calm—cats, giraffes, panda bears, burgers, and spacemen.  These adorable suits are perfect for anyone. Worried about having a bikini body? Take this good advice, then go to Fab.com and buy one or five or all of these! I plan on mixing and matching bandeau tops with giraffes and bottoms with pandas, as well as buying the amazing space cat suit. Read More
She's pretty much everything we love. If the name “Mary Lambert” sounds familiar, it’s because you may have heard her on a little track called “Same Love." Her vocals (she wrote the chorus) were featured on the song by Ryan Lewis and Macklemore (yes, the Macklemore of “Thrift Shop” fame). Hailing from Seattle, the lesbian-slam-poet-songstress sings haunting ballads of loving one’s self and overcoming pain. Read More
At five weeks old, Justin was found in North Pennsylvania on April 26 after being purposefully doused with an accelerant and lit on fire. On fire. A small, tiny, adorable kitten. I don’t understand this. Look at this face! Who could viciously attack this cuteness? While I may not be partial to the name Justin (hello, ex-boyfriend!), this particular Justin has my heart all ooey and gooey. I want to love him and hold him and feed him and care for him forever. Whoever abused him makes me angry and so very, very confused. Read More
Women at the Western Wall wearing prayer shawls on April 12. Good news! A court in Jerusalem just ruled that women who wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall aren’t doing anything illegal. Before now, women would be arrested for wearing the shawls at the Wall, because that item of religious garb was considered exclusively menswear. Talk about gender policing. According to Time Magazine this is a really big win, as it sets the stage for more equality at this major holy site. Read More
  As a rather recent transplant to NYC, I learn new things every day. Today I learned that Coney Island hosts a parade of mermaids in the summertime! What’s more, these mermaid parades have been happening for the past 30 years! WHAT. So cool! It sounds like a slice of nirvana, like a little sliver of Burning Man (which I went to and loved and talk about whenever I can—but back to Mermaids!). What is this parade, you ask? It is a parade of mermaids—and so much more. Read More