If you’ve ever graced the aisles of a Toys ‘R’ Us or Duane Reade, then you know that the relentless pressure of gendered normativity is alive and well. Pink and purple products ranging from pens, earplugs, and Barbie dolls wrangle for female attention next to the more subdued, often blue or grey, products geared toward male shoppers.  The next frontier of gendered products has now appeared in an unlikely place: a hot pink pepper spray ... Read More
It’s almost April 19th and that means BUST Craftacular’s Primped is upon us. One of the amazing free events this year are Knit Parties with Wool and the Gang. Participants at Wool and the Gang’s Knit Party will be able to work on their gorgeous “Tender Loving Clutch,” an exclusive design created by this London based fashion production group. Knit, chat, learn—what could be better? If you’re not able to make it to Primped, ... Read More
Driving with the windows down on a road trip, feeling the wind flipping through your hair, or curled up in a ball on your bed after a terrible break-up... there is one thing that probably remains the same: a musical soundtrack. The musicians who affect us the most are the ones who get us out of dark times, see us through, and allow us celebrate our joy. It’s a beautiful feeling to find a female musician who can be your confidant and cheerleader; whose work ... Read More
Afghan women may not be able to ride bikes, but they can skateboard—and these girls could teach Tony Hawk a thing or two. Photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson’s compelling new photo series is bringing global attention to Skateistan, a non-profit organization that combines Kabul, skateboarding, and education. The program was founded by Oliver Percovich in 2007 and uses skateboarding as a tool to empower its students, while providing access to education ... Read More
Although the age of 49 does coincide with the generally accepted end of a woman’s child-bearing years, it does not signify the end of her life. So why do data collectors ignore older women? In a world in which decisions are made by conferring with polls, it is appalling that women above the age of 49 are completely left out of the equation. Most international data, which includes metrics on health, employment, assets and domestic violence, collects ... Read More
 Since 1999, thousands of people have flocked to a remote valley in Southern California every year in search of music, desert, and the timeless cool of Festival. It has become quite the maiden voyage for some young women—a journey and an event that has far deeper significance than any other weekend party or camping trip. Naturally, humans crave peak experiences, heightened awareness, and spiritual expression: music festivals are historically a motherland ... Read More
Spring has finally arrived! And naturally, it's just gotten us all the more eager for its sweltering buddy, summer. In anticipation, here are 8 beautiful maxi dresses we can't wait to wear, from the cheapest on up: Forever 21 Layered Southwestern Print Dress, $15.oo Buy it here. Sheinside Yellow Sleeveless Laced Chiffon Pleated Dress, $24.33 Buy it here.  Fashion to Figure Seraphina Tulip Maxi Dress, $36.50 Buy it here. Target Women's Racer Maxi Dress ... Read More
  “I’m sorry I don’t know more about you!” Ellie Kemper says, baring her perfect teeth in a broad smile as we wrap up our lunch at Little Dom’s, an Italian place near her part-time home in Los Angeles. “That’ll be next time.” But after talking for nearly two hours over bread, salad, and piping hot arancini, she does know about me, because she asked—about where I live, my family, my dog, how I got into ... Read More
  In case you had forgotten, Instagram is apparently not down with the fact that women menstruate. Artist and poet Rupi Kaur's photograph, which revealed her period-soaked sweatpants and stained sheets, was twice taken down, although Instagram later claimed it was an accident.  Right.  Instagram is just the latest in a series of media outlets that flagrantly censor what they deem "inappropriate" depictions of the female body. Never mind that mass ... Read More
Feminism. The term sometimes gets a bad rap because people don’t fully understand what it actually means. (side note: LOOK THAT SHIZ UP) Delve deeper into the various facets of feminism, and things can get even more convoluted. But fear no more! Akilah, Obviously, the mastermind behind the smoothiefreak channel on YouTube, has created a video that explains intersectionality in feminism. WITH PIZZA. It's fantastic and exactly spot on, so check it out, ... Read More
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