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A brilliant actor, writer, and mental-health activist, Carrie Fisher was way more than just Princess Leia. Think you know what made Carrie so very? Then take the quiz! - Emily Rems ----------------------------------- ------------------------------------ This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! More From BUST 7 Ways That Princess Leia Nails How We Feel #MayTheFourthBeWithYou 7 Candid And Hilarious Carrie Fisher Quotes To Start 2017 Right How Well Do You Know Zora Neale Hurston? BUST Quiz

Watch Aubrey Plaza Get Stoned With The Weed Nuns

By Erin DeGregorio  In General  On Jun 22, 2017

The latest video from Cut’s “Strange Buds” YouTube series involves actress Aubrey Plaza smoking marijuana with the Sisters of the Valley, better known as “the Weed Nuns.” It was the perfect setting and topic for such a video, considering that Plaza, who smokes, is one the stars of the upcoming convent-set comedy film, The Little Hours. “I see you – I mean I have guilt because I’m Catholic,” says Plaza to Sisters Kate and Evie, five minutes after she takes her first hit of the provided “Purple Cream.” Though Kate and… Read more
As of today, Senate Republicans’ secret healthcare bill is no longer a secret. And, as we expected, it is not good at all. Via Planned Parenthood Action Fund, here are a few of the ways it will damage reproductive rights: The bill will also be devastating to people with disabilities, people who suffer from addiction, and low income people - among others. Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards told the Hill, “If this is the Senate’s idea of a bill with heart, then the women of America should have fear struck in… Read more

"Broad City" Shows Us How To Resent Your BFF On Smoothie Day

By Hannah Rose  In TV  On Jun 22, 2017

Look, if you have a BFF, you know that even though you love that bitch, sometimes you need to get some things off your chest. And what better way to air out the dirty laundry than via passive-aggressive smoothie making? Need some guidance? Broad City has you covered. We see our favorite babes mixing up millennial ingredients like kale, bee pollen (so you live forever), coconut water (like Rihanna, bitch), and maca. Don’t know what maca is? Neither does Abbi, despite the fact that Ilana has been talking about it for… Read more

"Wonder Woman's" Secret Superpower Is So Relevant For Us Today

By Ashley Crouch  In Movies  On Jun 22, 2017

People call it “box office royalty” and say it “breaks the glass ceiling” for women directors. Viewers say it “moved them to tears." Warner Bros.' Wonder Woman grossed over $435.2 million worldwide and received international acclaim from critics across the board. Jessica Bennett wrote in the New York Times, “there was something deeply visceral about it: a depiction of a hero we never knew we needed, a hero whose gender was everything but also nothing.” The film is a powerful clarion call for our times, but not for the… Read more

A Guide To Cultural Appropriation Vs. Appreciation

By Hoda Katebi  In Style  On Jun 22, 2017

What is Cultural Appropriation? Cultural appropriation is, in its simplest and most basic form, the act of an individual from a particular (usually privileged or dominant) culture adopting cultural/religious elements of a marginalized culture, insensibly. In doing so, valuable cultural practices or symbols are overly simplified, stripped of their meaning and significance, and can replicate systems of oppression. Yes, fashion can be violent too. This is most clearly articulated when a dominant or oppressive group takes… Read more
Fans know Kumail Nanjiani as one of the stars of Silicon Valley, a frequent scene-stealer in Portlandia, and a standup comic - but the Big Sick, which Nanjiani both co-wrote and starred in, shows a new side to the comedian. (Which is not to say the film isn’t funny, because it definitely is.) Nanjiani co-wrote the Big Sick with his wife Emily V. Gordon, a journalist (and former BUST contributor!), TV writer, and author of SuperYou: Release Your Inner Superhero. The film, directed by Michael Showalter, is based on… Read more

This Website Is The Feminist Book Club Of Your Dreams

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jun 22, 2017

There’s a specific pleasure that comes from books: finding them, reading them, living with them. For bibliophiles, it’s a lifestyle. L.A.-based graphic designer Eliza Wexelman and N.Y.C. artist Payton Cosell Turner, founders and co-editors of the site Girls At Library (girlsatlibrary.com) understand this very well. Born of a bicoastal friendship with roots in trading favorite tomes, Girls At Library is a celebration and exploration of the literary lives of real women, with profiles highlighting subjects’ favorite… Read more

Men Who Catcall Women Say Women Like Being Sexually Harassed

By Miriam Mosher  In Feminism  On Jun 21, 2017

As a girl whose body could be described as womanly from a young age, I have had ample time to contemplate why men catcall. Do they think we like being sexually harassed? Do they think we will stop, delighted to be noticed, and hop in their car or hand out our numbers? Or is it simply a power play, a way to assert dominance? A new study offers some troubling insight on this rampant behavior pattern. U.N. Women and Promundo, a global gender equality advocacy organization, conducted a study where they surveyed almost… Read more
I won’t lie to you: the Destruction of Hillary Clinton, Susan Bordo’s methodical analysis of Hillary Clinton’s drawn-out ruination is a painful read. Bordo, a media critic, cultural historian, and fellow Clinton fan, uses her preface to acknowledge the “pain, anger, and frustration” she herself is still feeling at the time of publication — though impressively, this anger never overtakes her authoritative tone nor diminishes her argument. But amongst the agony of this book is a strange satisfaction. Here is a… Read more

How My Queer Femme Identity Is Shaped By Feminism

By Jacy Topps  In Feminism  On Jun 21, 2017

I identified as a feminist long before I came out as gay. My introduction to feminism was through the second-wave movement — Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem. And while feminism helped me understand patriarchy, gender roles and oppression, the relationship between feminism and lesbianism has been a tumultuous one. The feminist movement was pretty hostile to lesbians during the 1960s. Not all women within the movement had such intolerant and homophobic views against lesbians, but some in the leadership did. Author and… Read more
“A dog is more difficult to dress than a lady, however capricious she may be.” - M. Vivier, Pearson’s Magazine, 1898. Wealthy and aristocratic ladies of the 1890s who desired to dress their dogs in the latest styles travelled from far and wide to visit the Paris salon of fashionable canine tailor Monsieur Vivier. Located in the Galerie d’Orleans at the Palais Royal, Vivier’s establishment welcomed dog owners from all over the world. He was famous for his canine haute couture. So famous that some compared Vivier to… Read more
Amarachi Ukachu, clothing designer - New Orleans, Lousiana Tell me about this outfit. I made this outfit myself. It’s actually a two-piece, the fabric was purchased by my sister in Uganda when she went to visit. The heels are from missguidedus.com and the necklace is from a New Orleans designer named Seth Damm, his company is called Neon Zinn. I’m all about supporting local designers and using my own pieces. I’ve been sewing since I was seven. All my sisters were always thinner than I am so they could basically wear… Read more

WILD THINGS Is S.F.s Best Pride After-Party

By Hannah Rose  In Entertainment  On Jun 20, 2017

San Francisco Pride is right around the corner, babes, and after the party is the after-party. Join WILD THINGS on June 24th, 2017 from 7PM-3AM for the year's most anticipated Queer Dyke March After-Party at Public Works! Live Performances by Uniiqu3, CupcakKe + MicahTron, DJs, Pop-Up Shop by Otherwild, nail art, free chair massages + more! CupcakKe - Badass bitch and a BUST fave Public Works is located at 161 Erie St. San Francisco, CA 94103 and is walking distance from Pink Saturday's activities in Dolores Park and… Read more
An alien bird invades the comatose body of a mildly sociopathic bully. An heiress with questionable morals and motives disguises herself in white and works as a vigilante at night. What do these two odd combinations have in common? They are both new, female-led comics: Mother Panic and Shade the Changing Girl. Both books are part of the new imprint Young Animal by DC Comics. Written for mature audiences, these comics deal with morality, revenge, sexuality, and highly flawed women. “Most readers I know, male or female,… Read more

Orange Is The New Black Mirror? We’re Here For It

By Avery Brese  In TV  On Jun 20, 2017

Though I’m sure we’ve all managed to binge season five of Orange Is The New Black by now, let us not forget about this little gem that Netflix teased us with before its release on June 9th. Two of Netflix’s most popular dramas, Orange Is The New Black and Black Mirror, came together for a parody of Black Mirror’s “San Junipero,” starring none other than Litchfield’s own Poussey (Samira Wiley) and Taystee (Danielle Brooks). In the video, Taystee falls asleep and is reunited with Poussey, in a setting similar to that of… Read more

Elizabeth Warren’s Fight Is Our Fight

By Rachel Withers  In Feminism  On Jun 20, 2017

It’s pretty clear why the GOP is coming for Elizabeth Warren next. With Hillary Clinton’s running days behind her, Senator Warren is the most high-profile woman in the thick of game for the left. She is overwhelmingly intelligent, fiercely capable, and can deliver her message clearly, making her an obvious symbol for the resistance. She’s ready to fight. Oh, and she’s persistent. The Massachusetts senator spoke to an excited Town Hall on Friday June 16 about her new book, This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle To Save… Read more
BUST has the exclusive scoop on Nadine Khouri’s new EP, Catapult (set to be released on June 30th, 2017 via One Flash Records), and - goddamn - get ready to feel some type of way. Khouri's sultry, melancholic voice has the ability to soothe your soul and break your heart at the same time. It pinpoints that stomach-lurching resignation you feel when falling both in and out of love. One of two exclusive B-sides off Catapult, Khouri's cover of “Bird On The Wire,” sees Khouri reverse gender roles to cover a classic song by… Read more
Legendary German band CAN (Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit, Irmin Schmidt, and Holger Czukay) formed in 1967 and released their first album, Monster Movie, two years later. Since their debut, CAN has always pushed the limits of modern rock music by incorporating electronic, jazz, world beats, and modern classical genres. Their influence on future generations of musicians is wide, ranging from Joy Division, Pavement, PIL, Siouxsie And The Banshees, and Sonic Youth to the Flaming Lips, The Mars Volta, and Radiohead, to… Read more
When the 276 Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria in 2014, the world took notice. Rage, disgust, and terror permeated social media feeds; prayers and statements of hope were posted to those same media channels; with a single photo and a hashtag, Michelle Obama started the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Perhaps it was that such an enormous group of young girls were kidnapped that this incidence was given the world stage, but ultimately it was nothing out of the ordinary in northeast Nigeria, where violence regularly… Read more
One "Master of None" episode centers around a visit to Storm King Tiny towns both east and west of the mighty Hudson River are the escape for N.Y.C. babes (and anyone looking for a peaceful trip east). And if you’ve never been upstate, you’re missing the best of New York’s natural good looks. About a two-hour drive (or Amtrak ride) from Manhattan, Hudson Valley helps visitors shake off their stress and stunt on the ’gram with riverside sunset stories and Catskill mountain panoramas. But don’t worry about posing like… Read more
In the realm of indie music, Sadie Dupuis has become a household name. As the frontperson (or, as Dupuis jokingly refers to herself, "frontdemon") of the critically-acclaimed grunge-revivalist favorite, Speedy Ortiz, Dupuis is well-known for her complex lyricism, grittiness, unabashed passion for social justice, and overall admirable bad-assery. Considering that Speedy hasn’t released an album since 2015, it would be an understatement to say that fans/the music world, in general, were blessed the day she released her… Read more
In Virginia, the remains of Nabra Hassanen, a 17-year-old Muslim girl, were found on Sunday. The man responsible was arrested soon after and has been charged with murder. Nabra and her friends had been at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society for a late night prayer, a common occurrence during Ramadan, and decided to get food before their fast. They had been returning to the mosque from IHOP in the early hours of Sunday. Nabra was wearing an abaya, a traditional Muslim dress-like garment, and talking outside the mosque… Read more
A pregnant black mom of four was shot by two police officers Sunday morning in her Seattle apartment, where three of her children also were. The victim, Charleena Lyles, reported a burglary, and after Seattle police arrived at her home, she was holding a knife, according to the Seattle Times. In an audio recording released from the police department, the situation was calm at first, but suddenly escalated before several gunshots were fired. Lyles’ apartment complex is a residential facility to help people transition… Read more
The sexual assault trial against Bill Cosby resulted in a mistrial, further reinforcing that the justice system is broken. Nearly 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault, and their stories date back to to 1960s, when Cosby first began his comedy career. While most accusations are outside of the statute of limitations, a 2004 incident reported by Andrea Constand - previously a Temple University women’s basketball team director of operations - led to Cosby’s 2015 indictment of 3 felony counts related to the… Read more

Beyoncé's Bey-Beys Are Here

By Brianna Kirkham  In Entertainment  On Jun 19, 2017

The moment so many people have been waiting for finally came this weekend, when several sources revealed Beyoncé did indeed give birth to twins. Queen Bey’s dad, Matthew Knowles, posted his congratulations to social media on Father’s Day, accompanied with the most “proud Granddad” pic ever. Back in February, Bey announced her pregnancy - which caused her to cancel a performance at Coachella - through an iconic photo shoot. Her fans have since been waiting for the fateful day when the Knowles-Carter family would grow by… Read more
When Everything, Everything was released last month, Stella Meghie became the only black woman to helm a wide-release film in 2017, and one of just 16 women to helm a studio-backed film this year, per IndieWire. Based on the YA novel by Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything is a visually stunning teen romantic drama with a unique take on the genre. Amandla Stenberg stars as Maddy, a girl who cannot leave her house because she has a rare genetic disorder, SCID - but when she falls for her new neighbor, Olly (Nick… Read more

16 Jennifer Grey Gifs For Your Every Mood

By Melanie LaForce  In Movies  On Jun 19, 2017

June has us feeling end-of-school and summer vacation vibes, so we turn to vintage Jennifer Grey as muse. From adorably innocent to calculating and ruthless, the moods of Baby Houseman & Jeanie Bueller can be applied to summer joy and angst. Here are some gifs to use in some likely summer scenarios, so that you too can have the time of your life. When someone reminds you it’s only Monday Out with your girl and dude in the corner is being a creeper. After that kale salad successfully works its way through your system.… Read more
When you first walk into Paige Stevenson’s Brooklyn loft, appropriately dubbed the “House of Collection,” you are greeted by a wall of vintage toys. Step further in, and your eyes go to a massive jungle of lush plants on a raised platform. A nearby study features floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, an old piano, and glass cases filled with taxidermy, vintage razor blade boxes, tiny doll heads, and other oddities. In fact, Stevenson displays similar objects in every nook of the loft — old glass bottles found at a beach in… Read more
(Alex Toth of Alexander F and Rubblebucket at Barranquilla Studios) Party for a cause with us at Barranquilla Studios Saturday June 24 as we celebrate NYC's PRIDE. This green show format that combines music, comedy, activism, and community. Join us as we bring awareness to issues and topics that are important to us while immersed in music + art + voice of Brookyn. Barranquilla Studios is a DIY music space in Bushwick which prides itself on being a safe place for all. In honor of PRIDE we'll be fundraising for The… Read more
Halsey established herself as a feminist and an advocate for organizations like Planned Parenthood early on in musical career, but now she has taken a necessary step further. With news of Trump’s Global Gag Rule, Halsey took it into her own hands to educate the public about the impact of the Global Gag Rule on women around the world and what we can do to fight it. The Global Gag Rule started years ago with Reagan and has been undone since. Trump will not only reinstate it, but take it to a whole new level. In its… Read more
We love Yoko Ono, and are happy to report she is finally getting the credit she deserves. At the annual National Music Publishers Association meeting on Wednesday, Ono (now 84) and her son with John Lennon, Sean Ono Lennon, received the Centennial award for Lennon’s 1971 megahit “Imagine,” but the tribute didn’t stop there. NMPA CEO David Israelite showed a video clip from 1980, in which Lennon said that Yoko deserved songwriting credit for “Imagine.” According to the Los Angeles Times, Lennon acknowledged, "I know she… Read more

Paula Cole Returns To Her Jazz Roots: BUST Interview

By Dave Steinfeld  In Music  On Jun 16, 2017

Hard as it is to believe, 2017 marks 20 years since Paula Cole’s commercial breakthrough. This Fire, her sophomore album, technically came out at the end of 1996. But it really caught fire (no pun intended!) the following year. The album produced two huge hits in 1997 (“Where Have All the Cowboys Gone” and “I Don’t Want to Wait”) and Cole wound up winning the Grammy award for Best New Artist — despite the fact that Harbinger, her debut, was actually released in 1994. Over the last two decades or so, the… Read more

#WhatWomenWantIn4Words Proves Men Are Actually Clueless

By Brianna Kirkham  In Feminism  On Jun 16, 2017

The hashtag #WhatWomenWantIn4Words started trending Friday morning, and lucky for us, men seized this opportunity to prove how complicated women are. I mean, they have a point. We're so confusing!! We truly use a secret language that men can't possibly understand. And do we REALLY even know what's best for us? If only we would just say what we mean. It's like we speak in code... Everyone knows women are incapable of making up their minds, even when it comes to the simple stuff. If only it was easier to make decisions… Read more

7 Riot Grrrl Songs To Inspire Millennial Women

By Samantha Mann  In Music  On Jun 16, 2017

Fourth wave feminists, let’s take pause and recharge. You’ve been hustling hard since early November and deserve a break. Many of you currently find yourselves tits deep organizing and vocalizing on the behalf of your fellow women all across the country, and your efforts have not gone unseen. DailyAction.Org reported that 86% of calls made to Congress in an effort to resist Trump have been placed by women. On top of calling, many of you are blogging, tweeting, raising money, marching, and occasionally knitting pussy… Read more

Sally Hawkins Saves "Maudie" From Mediocrity: BUST Review

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Jun 16, 2017

MAUDIEDirected by Aisling WalshOut June 16 Maude Lewis was a beloved Canadian folk artist who is certainly a worthy subject for a biopic, but is Maudie worthy of her? The vagueness with which director Aisling Walsh drops viewers into Lewis’ world raises many questions. Why is Lewis’ severe rheumatoid arthritis explained away as her being “born funny”? Why did her family reject her? And most importantly, why did this intelligent, willful woman enter into a horrible marriage to a monosyllabic fishmonger? The film’s… Read more

Stereo RV’s Debut EP “Human” Hits Us Right In The Feels

By Erin DeGregorio  In Music  On Jun 16, 2017

Portland natives and married couple Myra and Gabe Gleason have dug deep to create an EP that gets right to the heart of joys and sorrows experienced in everyday life. Some of the songs on Human – developed after two years of experimentation in their RV home – were inspired in part by working with foster care children in Oregon. The duo’s goals were to be emotionally honest for their listening audience and to give a voice to those who are not always listened to and facing difficult times. Myra, the lead singer of the… Read more
Katy Perry seeks sexual liberation by transforming into dinner in her “Bon Appetit" music video (the song also features rap trio Migos). In the video, Perry lies face-up on a human-size cutting board as she’s prepped, cooked, and prepared to become a savory dish on the menu . Perry sings sexily, “I’m fresh out of the oven, bon appetit, baby.” Despite the catchy and fun lyrics, many people were stunned by the Hannibal Lecter vibes. Vegetables are tossed on top of Perry, right before she’s thrown into a stew to meet her… Read more

The 2020 Olympics Will Have More Women Athletes Than Ever Before

By Erin DeGregorio  In General  On Jun 16, 2017

Though the next Summer Olympics are a long time away to even think about (more than 1,130 days, but who’s counting?), groundbreaking news continues to be released in preparation for the journey to Japan. The Executive Board of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced that it intends to have more women partaking in the Tokyo 2020 Games. In an effort to reach a 50% gender balance at the Olympic Games in both athletes and events, the IOC plans to have 48.8% of women participate, according to its June… Read more

Pop Quiz: How Well Do You Know Carrie Fisher?

By BUST Magazine  In Entertainment  On Jun 15, 2017

A brilliant actor, writer, and mental-health activist, Carrie Fisher was way more than just Princess Leia. Think you know what made Carrie so very? Then take the quiz! - Emily Rems ----------------------------------- ------------------------------------ This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today! More From BUST 7 Ways That Princess Leia Nails How We Feel #MayTheFourthBeWithYou 7 Candid And Hilarious Carrie Fisher Quotes To Start 2017 Right How Well Do You Know Zora Neale Hurston? BUST Quiz Read more
Anita Pallenberg, actress, model, style icon, “It Girl” of the 60’s and 70’s, and muse of The Rolling Stones, has died at age 75. She lived a life of scandal, glamour, and rock 'n' roll. Here are 7 reasons she was fabulous: 1. She was a world-traveling wild woman She was born in German-occupied Rome during WWII and, due to separation from the war, didn’t see her father until she was 3 years old. After being expelled from German boarding school at 16, she partied her way through Rome with the cast and crew of Fellini's… Read more
French-American artist Gwenn Seemel is working to make a more empathetic world through art. In her new series, Empathetic Magic, she painted people who are outside the mainstream - first, hiding their differences; and then, embracing them. She writes that the series "is made up of images that are meant to inspire a desire to dig deeper into why different people do different things. It’s a recognition that true empathy is not pretending that you know what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes, but admitting that you… Read more

What Does "Jihad" Really Mean?

By Hoda Katebi  In Living  On Jun 15, 2017

One of the most-asked questions I’ve received is: What is this thing — Jihad — that is causing Muslims around the world to be violent in the name of holy war? Heh, okay, let’s break it down, shall we? It’s really quite simple, and probably not what you’ve heard on your television screens. Jihad means “struggle.” Nothing more, nothing less.A struggle with oneself internally, a struggle against injustice, a struggle against tyranny. Jihad does NOT mean, on the other hand,… Read more

Issa Is "Hella Confused" In The Trailer For "Insecure" Season 2

By Erika W. Smith  In TV  On Jun 15, 2017

We adored the first season of Issa Rae’s HBO series Insecure, and the first teaser trailer for season 2 has us counting down the days til it returns to our TV screens/HBONow.com tab. (It’s 38 days, btw: Season 2 premieres July 23.) The trailer doesn’t give too much away: We see Issa wandering a dreamscape as “Slide” by Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos plays. She sits next to Lawrence on a couch that says “hella confused”; she looks Daniel up and down by a truck that reads “hella tempted”; and she drinks with… Read more
You can’t scan social media right now without seeing headlines about women running for office, a phenomenon known as the “Trump bump.” And it couldn’t happen a minute too soon. Women remain dramatically underrepresented in elected offices across every level of government. According to Pew Research Center data, women comprise just 19.4 percent of the U.S. Congress. A corresponding report from Pew notes, “While this share is nearly nine times higher than it was in 1965, it remains well below the 51.4 percent of women in… Read more
The lines between high fashion and street fashion are constantly reconfiguring, in part, because the male-dominated fashion industry is finally starting to see more gender balance. When women, like Sophia Banks who directed the video Making it On Time: Girls Skate for Christian Siriano, step into these roles, we see more interesting representations of women and the clothes they wear. At BUST, we love to see personal style represented in a way that showcases the many facets of women: you can have princess style and be… Read more
Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) slayed during the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, and (unsurprisingly) she's being chastised for her directness, both in the hearings and in the press. After a hearing filled with “I don’t recall” and “I’m unable to answer that” statements from Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Sen. Harris attempted to pin him down on his bullshit and pierce through his slow-rolling deflection. When, for the umpteenth time, Sessions invoked a “long-standing Department of Justice policy” that… Read more

Lorde's Onion Ring Instagram Account Is As Flawless As She Is

By Seeta Charan  In Music  On Jun 15, 2017

Lorde constantly amazes us with her poetic songs and killer dance moves, but she has reached a whole new level. Lorde has traveled the world on tour, and as you can imagine, she has tried foods from all over the world. Something that must’ve stuck with her was the diversity of the onion rings during her travels, which inspired an Instagram account dedicated to reviewing onion rings. No one can be sure this account is really her, but there is a lot of evidence and also we really want it to be her. Among the few… Read more

9 Mermaid-Inspired Thingamabobs To Make Part Of Your World

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jun 14, 2017

Mermaids are having a moment. From mermaid hair to mermaid highlighters to #mermaidthighs to not one but THREE liveaction rebootsof the Little Mermaid to Debbie Harry as Queen of Brooklyn's annual Mermaid Parade, our favorite under-the-sea creatures are inescapble. And we wouldn't have it any other way. Here are 9 mermaid fashions to wear this summer. Marcel the Shell with Shoes On Mermaid illustrations decorate the insoles of these vegan shell-shaped sandals. MOTHER OF PEARLS SANDAL, $55, IRONFISTCLOTHING.COM Under… Read more

"Harlots": Inverting Sex Worker Stereotypes In Lots of Taffeta

By Shauna Gold  In TV  On Jun 14, 2017

I thought Harlots, Hulu’s costume drama about the sex industry in 18th century London, was going to be another pissing match between high-powered men with sex workers as eye candy, victims, and pawns, as they are typically portrayed on TV. Boy, was I wrong. In addition to being a super fun, raunchy costume drama, Harlots is one of the first shows I’ve ever seen that portrays sex workers as having actual agency and humanity. This, among many other surprises, should put it atop any feminist pop culture fan’s watch list.… Read more

When Victorians Kept Monkeys As Pets

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On Jun 14, 2017

“Properly trained and looked after, there is no pet which can be so interesting or amusing as a monkey.” - Hardwicke’s Science Gossip, 1889. Throughout most of the 19th century, it was not at all uncommon for a family to keep a monkey as a household pet. Monkeys were playful, mischievous, and adept at mimicry. In short, they were amusing. They were also human-like enough to be regarded by some affectionate owners as no more than naughty children. Indeed, for some, the pet monkey may even have filled the vacant role of… Read more