As a Columbia University sophomore, Emma Sulkowicz was sexually assaulted in her dorm room. Now a senior, she has carried the mattress she was raped on to classes and appointments as a part of her thesis, entitled "Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)," after the university failed to take legal action against her attacker. On Tuesday, Sulkowicz carried the mattress to Columbia’s graduation ceremony amidst cheers and applause. Sulkowicz has been drawing ... Read More
According to one of the most unsettling, and relentless, social norms, a woman's value is directly proportionate to her physical beauty. It’s the idea that if we don’t meet outdated physical standards- namely small, petite, dainty, meek—then we become invisible. If we are too fat, too tall, too masculine, too loud, too bold, or if we claim empowerment and visibility on our own terms, then society wants to look away. Luckily, there are growing ... Read More
As far as meme-worthy flubs go, Mitt Romney’s “Binders Full of Women” moment was pretty much the crème de la crème. Inspiring a multitude of glorious homemade Halloween costumes, not to mention the EPIC Tumblr account, it has unfortunately gathered a bit of dust in the sphere of popular culture. But fear not, for there is plenty of misogyny and covert sexism to fill the binder-shaped void. If you, as a well-informed and media-savvy ... Read More
The star-studded Cannes Film Festival has found itself in hot water after reportedly turning away female attendees for the film Carol (ironically, a film full of feminist topics) wearing flats instead of heels on the red carpet. Many actors have spoken out against this archaic standard, most notably Emily Blunt during a press conference for her new film, Sicaro, in which she plays a badass FBI agent.  “That’s very disappointing,” Blunt said ... Read More
Courtney Love has a new song out via Ghost Ramp: “Miss Narcissist” is classic Courtney, confrontational and acidic. Love is touring with Lana Del Ray this summer, part of Del Ray’s “Endless Summer” tour, and “Miss Narcissist” seems perfectly suited to the arena. Like much of Love’s best work, her new tune is both a sly commentary and an anthem, sure to be heard in bedrooms and stadiums alike. Listen here. Artwork by ... Read More
Inside Amy Schumer has been pumping out material that manages to make you laugh and make you think at the same time. The newest skit is no exception. If TLC’s Toddlers and Tiaras has taught us anything, it’s that the world of child beauty pageants is not as pretty as the kids competing in it are made to be. Amy Schumer parodies the show with her own edition: Babies and Bustiers. Schumer stars as Amy Mayweather Sherman, a not so little (thanks to Fetal ... Read More
  Huffington Post’s new interactive feature, inspired by badass artist Sophia Wallace’s Cliteracy project, takes us on a mind-blowing tour of the clitoris. The feature provides readers with history, anatomy, and a discussion of the culture surrounding sex education today (plus lots of awesome videos).    “[Cliteracy] is a mixed media project that explores a paradox; the global obsession with sexualizing female bodies in a ... Read More
Mad Max: Fury Road opened in theaters this weekend to positive reviews citing impressively strong female characters: The Independent’s critic described it as “a very unusual re-boot” in which “Theron matches [Hardy] for sheer kickass malice and resourcefulness.” But not everyone was pleased about an action movie featuring bad ass heroines who can beat up just as many people as their male counterparts: Men’s Rights Activists ... Read More
After weeks of speculation on how the TV series Mad Men would end—most of it glaringly wrong, some of it surprisingly close—those of us who have seen the actual finale are left to ponder the question: What did it all mean? Here at BUST, however, the answer is pretty clear. The biggest difference from the '60s, when the show began, to the early '70s, where the show wraps up, can be summed up in a single word: Feminism. And the impact of that change ... Read More
Bad news for anyone who still uses their velvet-embossed, rainbow-colored Lisa Frank pencil case: The Lisa Frank corporation is not “upset so much as disappointed” that Frank’s artwork has been co-opted by the Feminist Lisa Frank blog, which is obviously an awesome explosion of bright colors, kittens, and female empowerment. The Lisa Frank Corporation has a history of messy PR: Jezebel ran a story about “the rainbow gulag” and ... Read More