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When former governor Mitt Romney wanted to add women to his cabinet, he asked his staff to find qualified female candidates. What they brought back, Romney would later explain during his 2012 presidential bid, were “binders full of women.” That comment inspired an Internet firestorm, but also an annual conference: Bindercon.  On paper, Bindercon is a two-day summit on November 7 and 8 gathering women and gender-nonconforming writers in NYC to explore the “tools, connections and strategies they need to advance their careers” and promote a...

We here, we’re horny, and we’re texting about it. Yet, we’re left sending emojis of eggplants and whales. “Why?” you might ask a millennial. Because the tech world seems to be denying that, like it or not, our sexualities are going to intersect with the soft glow of our smart phones and computer screens. Flirtmoji is here to rescue us from rigid conservatism and bring us into the limitless sexual future with emojis featuring vaginas, penises, boobs, and yes, bunny rabbits fucking. The vaginas display a...
The entire Democratic debate on CNN was an intellectual oasis in the desert of nonsense that is the Republican primary. Aided by Anderson Cooper’s sharp moderating, the candidates managed to step outside their talking points, and talk like humans with nuanced thoughts on complicated issues. Though we are still fairly set on Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton, we here at BUST were unable to come to a consensus on a “winner.” But we have plenty of time to decide. So for now, let’s all just...
Get ready to rave with dAKOTA rAE dUST's super-embellished designs. Based in Bristol, Bec opened dAKOTA rAE dUST in 2014, ten years after graduating from a degree in surface design. She then worked in the womenswear industry for five years, designing prints and embroideries. She says: “dAKOTA rAE dUST allows me to continue... my passion for pattern and texture in fashion. I definitely take colour inspiration from my current job at a ravewear company, where I work a lot with UV-reactive fluoro rubbers and paints!" Bec makes incredible clutch purses...
Lucie Beeston loves “bright colours, loud noises”, which she translates into her “bonkers” hand-cut wooden jewellery brand Lucie Ellen. Lucie started out making jewellery just for herself and her friends. Originally a graphic design student, she quit to get crafty, making jewellery and homewares from smashed and chipped ceramics. She then turned to her favourite materials - wood and paper - to make jewellery and cute things for your home. Lucie moved from the Suffolk countryside to East London, set up a little studio in her back garden, and has...
In the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school, it is sickening how the feelings of fear and helplessness come over us in a familiar way. Every time I read a headline about a shooting, I have the same reaction: my hands go cold, my stomach drops, and I shove the lump in my throat away like I'm dry-swallowing a big pill.  Portland-based community college instructor Melissa Duclos has had enough with politicians and their lack of action to protect the safety of our country....

  Thursday morning, at least ten people were killed  and several more wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter was a 26-year-old male student who, according to Slate, died in a firefight with police. This is old news. Everyone in America knows it is old news. President Obama reminded us in his speech yesterday  that this is old news. That this situation, his own response, the rest of the country’s response, all of it is “routine.” “We’ve become numb to this” was Obama’s refrain.   Predicting...

  Bill Nye acted in solidarity with women’s reproductive rights when he released a short video condemning the misinformation used to fuel anti-abortion arguments. He also offered some great life advice to white dudes in power along the lines of get your facts straight and stop trying to control women’s bodies.  Bill Nye is a powerful example of an ‘ally’.  He uses his expertise and influence to talk about the cause of reproductive rights without trying to speak FOR women. He emphasizes the importance of women’s voices in the...
BUST magazine’s October/November issue featuring cover gal Aidy Bryant is on sale now! BUST's new October/November issue is bursting with women's stories, from our cover feature on SNL star Aidy Bryant, to Kim Gordon’s interview with Carrie Brownstein, to the history of the Native American women who inspired early suffragists. Plus, we've got the low down on the latest projects from Abigail Breslin, Mac DeMarco, Beach House, and more! All this, along with our buzz-worthy feature story “I JOINED A SEX CULT” (you gotta read it to...
Dear Matt Damon, Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started. <3 BUST Ok, a little context. Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. During the judging panel’s discussion of their top pics Brown suggests that diversity should be considered when selecting a winner, especially...
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