Only 24.1 percent of state legislators are women, a number that has not changed since last year and one that is proving to be problematic in the state of New York. Senate Minority Leader, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the only woman leader in the state legislature, is getting a big “talk to the hand” from Gov. Andrew Cuomo as negotiations about the state budget ensue without her. Representing 24 democrats, Stewart-Cousins stated that the tradition of ... Read More
Trolls beware: the days of harassment on social media might be a thing of your sad, sad past and, no, you can’t just hide away under a bridge behind your laptop—there probably isn’t WiFi under there anyway. As of today, the team at Facebook is looking to clear up those fuzzy lines of their community standards, giving users better-defined guidelines for sharing and posting on the service. “We’re trying to strike the balance based on ... Read More
New York City’s Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center will be going through renovations to install glass ceiling panels, allowing the sunlight to come through and shine down upon commuters and the NJ/NY PATH train. The 35,000 square feet of glass panels will be installed around the concrete ‘ribs’ that Spanish neofuturist architect, Santiago Calatrava constructed. The building’s structure with this new installment is said to look ... Read More
Iris Apfel has been an icon in the fashion and interior design world for seventy-five years. Let's not even pretend we haven't noticed. From her signature glasses to her fabulously gaudy costume jewelry, Iris has been sparking our love of thrift-store finds since before we could shop. Now, she's getting her own documentary. Filmed by the late Albert Maysles (quite the seasoned individual himself, with Grey Gardens & Gimme Shelter under his ... Read More
After only seven episodes, Kathy Griffin is leaving Fashion Police, due to creative differences between her style of comedy and the network’s intention for the show. Griffin released this statement via Twitter last evening: It is great to see that Kathy Griffin values her artistic integrity more than a paycheck—as would be expected from a previous BUST cover gal—and is instead going to work on her material in order to remain an inclusive, ... Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! The weekend is coming so we know there are tons of shows you need to catch up on, but before finishing up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, here are a few stories you might have skipped this week: 1. Amy Schumer keeps it 100%, discussing the issue of not quite looking like Megan Fox or Kate Upton  in a world where the fact that Beyonce may not have the skin of a newborn is considered news. 2. Looking for some Feminist swag to wear? Well we have ... Read More
In the war against sexism, we are taught to be resilient against slut-shaming, sandwich jokes, and gendered slurs, but what about when sexism is presented as chivalry? A new study suggests that micro aggressions are shown to be even more problematic than hostile sexism, especially because they are more difficult to pin down. Jin Goh and Judith Hall of Northeastern University have developed the first study to capture both nonverbal and verbal expressions of hostile ... Read More
We’re annoyed that workplace inequality is still A Thing, but as long as it persists, we need to keep talking about it. As you’re well aware, the wage gap is alive and well—and unlikely to close anytime soon. It’s also commonly known that some areas of the U.S. are much worse than others when it comes to circumstances for working women. A new study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research took to ranking each state based on four ... Read More
Serious stirring and shaking is about to happen, thanks to the San Francisco return of Speed Rack, the all-female speed-bartending competition that raises money for breast cancer charities. The fourth national tour will stop in San Francisco on Sunday, March 15, as it strives to bring together 20 of the best, brightest and fastest female bartenders in the region and BUST will be part of the action! Speed Rack founders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero have provided us ... Read More
With all the supposed "gray areas" regarding what constitutes consent, blogger RockstarDinosaurPiratePrincess has cleared up the topic using tea as an example. She writes, “If you’re still struggling, just imagine instead of initiating sex, you’re making them a cup of tea.  You say ‘hey, would you like a cup of tea?’ and they go ‘omg fuck yes, I would fucking LOVE a cup of tea! Thank you!*’ then you know ... Read More
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