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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 our latest episode, Julie Klausner, Difficult People's hilarious mastermind, shares her insights as a feminist media maker and...
This is one of those stories where each detail makes you a little more excited. Per Variety: 1. St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is directing a feature film.2. It’s an adaptation of an Oscar Wilde work. 3. It’s the Picture of Dorian Gray. 4. But it’s genderswapped. 5. So Dorian is a woman now. Also: Elle screenwriter David Birke will write the script, and there’s no word yet about the cast or release date. There have been a ton of Dorian Gray adaptations — most recently Penny Dreadful tackled the...
In some good news for your Friday, Bonnie Tyler will sing your drunk karaoke go-to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” during the actual solar eclipse. However, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” is in fact longer than the total eclipse of the sun, which will last for 2 minutes and 40 seconds. (There are several versions of “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” ranging from in length from 3 minutes 49 seconds for a 2005 re-recording to 6 minutes 59 seconds for the original album version.) No worries,...

Our new newsletter and column, Week of Women, is back — tell your friends! We’ve rounded up the 10 women-centered movies, TV, music, and books we're most excited for in the upcoming week. Happy watching, reading, and listening! Movies Patti Cake$   Australian actress Danielle Macdonald stars as Patti Cake$, a plus-size white girl from Jersey who’s determined to be a rapper. Out on Friday, August 18; see the Hotness. What Happened To Monday?   Noomi Rapace plays SEPTUPLETS, each named after a day of the week, in this dystopian sci-fi thriller,...

  1.Before I saw the cover of my second novel, I worried about it. My greatest fear was this: A woman, looking out to sea. Her back is to the reader. Her hair is thrown up in a vague style that if nothing else can be described as “timeless.” Her stance evokes a wistful, feminine longing — for a man, perhaps, or for a dinner she doesn’t have to cook.You know this cover. Hundreds of versions exist. There are covers that display only a woman’s head...

  As a straightish, cisgender female navigating an open relationship for over ten years, I find it rare when a piece of media portrays plural love in a way that’s not the butt of a joke. So imagine my surprise when a 30-minute dramedy called (yes, literally) I Love Dick helped clarify some concepts I’d long considered, but never quite articulated, about my own nontraditional, not-entirely-monogamous relationship. The Amazon show (created by Jill Soloway and based on the cult feminist novel of the late ‘90s of the...
In the title essay of her new collection, Girls Gone Old, Fiona Helmsley writes of using her appearance to sell books: “I was a bit of an exhibitionist, but with an agenda. But the thing about this kind of exhibitionism, especially if you’re a woman, is that it has a timestamp. You’re trying to bait assholes. Eventually they won’t want to look.” It is a brave statement — to so explicitly admit to exposing oneself for consumption. But it is also indicative of Helmsley’s keen ability...
When Trump’s disturbing “grab ‘em by the pussy” tape surfaced last fall, author and screenwriter Kelly Oxford made a request of her nearly 800k Twitter followers: “Women: tweet me your first assaults. They aren’t just stats.” Oxford got the ball rolling by recounting being grabbed under her skirt by a man on a bus when she was 12. Thousands of women replied with their own stories beside the hashtag #NotOkay. “Sharing my experience and having so many people respond made me feel like I was...
INGRID GOES WESTDirected by Matt SpicerOut August 114/5 BUST rating Ingrid Goes West is an uncanny portrait of how social media allows users to curate their lives beyond recognition. Aubrey Plaza stars as Ingrid, a mentally unstable millennial whose mother recently died. After a stint in an institution, she finds she’s inherited enough money to move to the West Coast and remake herself in the image of Taylor Sloane (Elizabeth Olsen), an Instagram tastemaker who’s basically Coachella personified. Taylor’s got it all – the artsy husband,...
A giant, inflatable chicken that resembled President Donald Trump took center stage in the White House’s backyard yesterday. And in case you haven’t seen it yet, the chicken had swooped golden hair, a disapproving facial expression (with those eyebrows, too!), and raised wings that mimicked Trump's hand gestures. The inflatable originally stemmed back to China's Lunar New Year celebration during the end of January. Since it was the start of the Year of the Rooster, blow-up versions of a Trump rooster were all over China. Slate...