Suicide is historically burdened with the tenacious stigma of being “taboo”—a label that once meant the conversation was not suitable for mixed company (or any company) and should be quarantined to the likes of medical professionals. As talking openly has become inextricable from progress, this dated label has gone the way of matrimonial twin beds. No conversation is out-of-bounds anymore. Now when we say “taboo,” we mean to point out that our persistent reluctance has become a detrimental hindrance to growth. To be fair, suicide is complicated and heavy and sad. Read More
Having a vagina in tow on this journey called life can mean that you pay quite a bit more for day-to-day living, no matter the country you live in. With tampon taxes and pay gaps making national news, Buddy Loans, a British loan company, added up just how much more money it costs to be a vagina owner. Unsurprisingly, many of the things that cost women in the U.K. extra transfer pretty indiscriminately to the women in the States. Let’s do the math: 1. Read More
The fluffy ones among us are not the usual targets for security checks. When was the last time you saw a Furby get strip-searched? I’ve never seen that happen, and I’m more than willing to bet that the furry trespassers who stole the spotlight at the G20 summit in Turkey had ulterior motives on their minds. Cuteness is power. Just moments before the leaders of the world’s major economies appeared onstage, three stray cats scampered across the stage. They weren’t in a rush: two of them even stopped to sniff the flowers. Read More
  The eclectic port town of Olympia, Washington, put itself on the feminist map in the early ’90s as the home of the riot grrrl movement, K Records, and badass lady-fronted acts like Bikini Kill and Sleater-Kinney. Washington’s capital city is still a progressive hub with a thriving music scene that no Kathleen Hanna fangirl should miss. Read More
  Before she was The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Erin from The Office, Becca from Bridesmaids or BUST’s April/May 2015 cover star, Ellie Kemper got her start with improv - and last weekend, she returned to her roots with a performance at New York Comedy Fest. On Saturday, November 14, KempSas - that’s Ellie Kemper and comedian Christina Gausas’ improv duo - kept a packed crowd at UCB Theatre Chelsea in stitches as they presented an hour-long show depicting perhaps the most codependent friendship to ever exist. Read More
  Have you been swept up by the coloring-in craze? London-based Amelia Gregory, the founder of the fabulous Amelia's Magazine, has.    "I didn’t think it would be my thing as I’m generally more of a crafter in my spare time – knitting, crochet and so on," she says, "But now I see what all the fuss is about! It’s actually really fun to just zone out and color some interesting artwork by someone else. Now I just want to spread the word."    And so she has created her own coloring book. Read More
In case you weren't already aware, Lady Parts Justice is "a cabal of comics and writers exposing creeps hellbent on destroying access to birth control and abortion." They describe themselves as "Inclusive. Intersectional. Fun as Fuck." Evidence of this amusing form of activism can be found in their video "A Lady Parts Justice History of Birth Control." In the video, the narrator tells us a little story about the history of birth control in America. Read More
Can horror films be feminist? Filmmaker Rémy Bennett answers.  Someone recently asked me, “Can I be a horror movie fan and a feminist at the same time?”  My first thought was well yeah of course, you can be whatever the fuck you want to be…and ALSO be a feminist. And my second thought was that horror is actually pretty synonymous with feminism when you look back at the classics. The genre tends to get a bad rap for representing women in degrading ways, but conversely this is something I see across the board in the majority of other kinds of films out there. Read More
  Love pretty, feminine embroidered patterns AND snarky slogans? Locher’s has got you covered. The Paris-based indie clothing company offers T-shirts, sweatshirts, totes and jewelry that combine delicate floral embroideries with slogans like “Queen of fucking everything,” “I’m a bitch before and after coffee” and “Not a single fuck shall be given today. Read More
When I heard about Flavia Carvalho and her Projeto A Pele da Flor (The Skin of the Flower Project), I immediately knew I wanted to write about her. I have two very large scars on my body, one down my chest and the other across my back. Luckily, I’ve never felt too much shame around them, but all of my life, people have been eager to ask me questions about them, forcing me to recount their back stories. In some ways, I understand the questions; it’s natural to be curious about things that appear so unnatural. Read More