This weekend at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, I had the deep misfortune of going to see the world premiere of About Ray. In fairness, there were a lot of people who warned me against doing this — especially because director Gaby Dellal did an interview earlier this summer with Refinery29 in which she deliberately refused to call her protagonist by his desired pronouns. I knew this was going to be a tricky experience for me. I did my best to go into the experience with an open mind. To focus on the story rather than the storyteller. Read More
One of the biggest voting blocks that has stumped Republicans for decades is women. Republican presidential candidates haven’t gotten the women’s vote since 1988. But they’ve got the solution now. They’re going to put their mothers, daughters, Rosa Parks, and a couple non-American women on the $10 bill. Carson suggested his mother, because apparently he could think of zero historically significant female Americans. Huckabee suggested his wife, because “then she could spend her own money.” Yuk yuk yuk, Huckabee, you riot. Read More
Huge news for Betty Davis fans: A biopic telling the story about the legendary original Nasty Gal is in the works, and there is a bunch of cool merch you can nab to help make this movie happen! Nasty Gal: The Many Lives of Funk Queen Betty Davis will begin production this fall, and to secure music and archive licenses and cover principal photography, Native Voice Films has launched a site on Indiegogo, a global fundraising site. Read More
  Remember the days of shiny platform shoes, plaid, choker necklaces and halter tops, otherwise known as the '90s? We do too. Here at BUST, we’ve been celebrating the style of real girls in their real clothes in our "Fashion Nation" pages since 1998. To celebrate 17 years of authentic female fashion, we are hitting today’s #ThrowbackThursday with some looks from ’98 and ’99. "Fashion Nation" made its debut in the summer/fall issue of 1998 with dresses over pants and platform sandals. Read More
"On the day when it will be possible for woman to love not in her weakness but in strength, not to escape herself but to find herself, not to abase herself but to assert herself--on that day love will become for her, as for man, a source of life and not of mortal danger. In the meantime, love represents in its most touching form the curse that lies heavily upon woman confined in the feminine universe, woman mutilated, insufficient unto herself." -- Simone de Beauvoir Simone de Beauvoir's voice is a potent one. Read More
"Seedling II" by Linda Vallejo is available for purchase to support the #YesAllWomen Art Fundraiser. While most things on the Internet should stay on the Internet, in some cases, ideas bred online are best expressed away from the pixels and asshole trollers, and placed in a live, tangible setting where real people can come together to champion a real cause. Read More
Hide your children. Amber Rose had sex last night and loved it. The Internet is buzzing about Amber Rose’s “Walk of No Shame” video. Set in quintessential Americana, complete with a milkman, Rose looks gosh-darn pleased with herself. Her sluttier-than-slutty leather strappy outfit, which can barely contain her fabulous boobs (all of this is said in the most sex-positive manner), belongs nowhere near Leave It To Beaver land, yet everyone she passes has nothing but enthusiastic support for her choices. Read More
Portland-based artist Sarah Levy responded to Donald Trump’s general fuckery with blood. In numerous instances, the former reality-tv show host, billion-dollar tycoon of scum has proven himself worthy of rebuttal. Per recent Trump ridiculousness, Sarah Levy got the idea to paint a portrait of Trump with her blood around a month ago, according to Bitch Magazine, but had to wait for her ammunition to flow forth per the magic of the menstrual cycle. Read More
Rosario Dawson has been a BUST favorite since the ‘90s, and her badass 2007 cover — featuring her posing in knuckle dusters and a veil — remains one of our favorites. It’s even framed on our BUST office wall of fame, right next to our covers featuring Tina Fey and Zooey Deschanel. We were thrilled to interview Rosario at the New York Fashion Week presentation of her line Studio 189 at the Lower East Side Girls' Club. Read More
I’m lucky enough to have grown up in a family where social activism was highly valued. This was thanks mostly to a brother who was 6 years older, openly gay, and always eager to organize and mobilize the people around him to work towards equality and acceptance. A lot of people are heavily influenced by their parents, but for me, no one played a more vital role in shaping my social and political beliefs than my older brother. In truth, he probably played the most important role in shaping my career goals as well. Read More