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What You Need To Know About The 2018 Women's March

By Gianna Folz  In Feminism  On Jan 12, 2018

Last year, five million people gathered on seven continents to join the Women’s March and support their mission: to end violence and support reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, worker’s rights, disability rights, immigrant rights and environmental justice. This year, there will be marches in DC, NYC, Chicago and hundreds of other locations. But they are all secondary to the Power to the Polls event in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, January 21st. Nevada was chosen to host the event for many reasons, including that the… Read more
In the same week that President Shithole tried (and failed) to negotiate a racist and bigoted immigration plan in an Oval Office meeting, an actually decent political figure decided to open his doors to LGBTQ folks in need. As reported by NPR, Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil, India’s only openly gay prince, announced that he would open his palace doors to vulnerable LGBTQ people. Same-sex relations are illegal in India, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and the country does not recognize same-sex marriage.… Read more
Lydia Lunch, a musician, writer, and public speaker who emerged in the ’70s New York no-wave scene with her band Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, has always been known for her controversial statements and art on feminism, sex, and rebellion. Yesterday, in an interview with Tonya Hurley and Tracy Hurley Martin on the podcast Stories of Strange Women, Lunch made some divisive — and, at many points, unsettling — comments on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Lunch has been open about her past experiences with sex work, and… Read more
Unlike abuse that happens IRL, some people seem to think online abuse is avoidable. Game developer Zoë Quinn knows this all too well as the target of Gamergate, the topic of her memoir, Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, which goes into agonizing detail over the incident, and reveals how simple it is for anyone to become a victim of online abuse, and how utterly screwed we are when it happens. Gamergate started when Quinn’s abusive ex posted a… Read more
In its own words, “Switchblade Sisters is a new podcast providing deep cuts on genre flicks from a female perspective. Every week, film critic April Wolfe sits down with a phenomenal female film-maker to slice-and-dice a classic genre movie — horror, exploitation, sci-fi and many others!” Produced by Maximum Fun and available on iTunes, Switchblade Sisters is a podcast by women in the film industry dishing about the film industry. Using genre films — Pan’s Labrynth, The Others, and Snowpiercer, just to name a few — as… Read more

One-Sentence Reviews Of Every One Direction Song

By Megan Kirby  In Music  On Jan 12, 2018

On January 13, 2016, US Weekly reported One Direction had broken up. The band’s reps claimed hiatus, but the truth stands: In two years, each of our sweet boys has released solo material, and there has been no whisper of a reunion. What do we do with this boy band-shaped hole in the universe? How do we commemorate 730 Directionless days? To process my own grief at the passage of time, I wrote a one-sentence review for every single One Direction song — a tribute, a memorial, a true labor of love. Up All Night"What Makes… Read more
Saturday Church, a visually striking indie musical that has been making the rounds since its debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, is heading to theaters this weekend. It’s a coming of age story about a shy 14-year-old genderqueer person named Ulysses, played spectacularly by Luka Kain, struggling with his identity after the death of his father. Born into a military family and raised part time by his strict, religious aunt, there is little room for self-exploration. It isn’t until Ulysses meets Ebony, Dijon, and… Read more

This Art Show Celebrates One Year Of Resistance Against Trump

By Anna Wesche  In Arts  On Jan 12, 2018

The Untitled Space gallery in Tribeca will open a group exhibition called "ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE" on January 16. The exhibition is curated by gallery director and artist Indira Cesarine, and features the work of more than 80 contemporary artists that responds to the social and political climate of America since the election of Donald Trump. "ONE YEAR OF RESISTANCE" is a follow-up to the gallery’s critically acclaimed show "UPRISE/ANGRY WOMEN," another group-based exhibition that opened the week of the 2017… Read more

How Well Do You Know Audrey Hepburn? Take This Quiz

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Jan 12, 2018

A brilliant actor, dancer, model, and humanitarian, Audrey Hepburn was one of the most beloved performers of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Think you know how she got so deeply and importantly talented? Then take the quiz!1. Born on May 4, 1929, in Brussels, Belgium, Audrey’s birth name was _______.a. Audrey Geraldine Lordeb. Audrey Justine Tautouc. Audrey Kathleen Rustond. Audrey Hamburg Landers 2. Audrey’s mother was a ______ baroness.a. Dutchb. Austrianc. Bulgariand. British 3. Audrey was nominated for five Oscars but only… Read more

Week Of Women: January 12-18, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jan 11, 2018

This week of women brings us Taraji P. Henson's new movie Proud Mary, new music from SZA, and a trio of buzzed-about books. We haven't watched, listened to, or read all of these ourselves, but we'll include a note or a link when we have. Enjoy! MOVIES Proud Mary Taraji P. Henson stars as a successful hitwoman who has to take care of a young boy after a hit gone wrong in this action movie directed by Babak Najafi. Out Friday, January 12. My Art Laurie Simmons writes, directs, and stars in this film about a 60-something… Read more

This Art Exhibit Will Take You Into A Different World

By Gianna Folz  In Arts  On Jan 11, 2018

Rootkit, an art installation by Julia Sinelnikova is opening at the Superchief Gallery in Brooklyn on Friday, January 12th. Sinelnikova uses performance, light, sound, and sculptures created from hand-cut mylar to create a fictional universe. Sinelnikova has held multiple solo exhibits in New York and her light exhibitions have been featured Internationally. She primarily works with holograms, performance and visual culture and the show will feature use of projectors and large screens in the gallery. Opening the show… Read more

This Fashion Collection Wants You To Fight The System

By Anna Wesche  In Style  On Jan 11, 2018

Feminist women’s brand Wildfang has collaborated with streetwear-oriented OBEY Clothing to create Rise and Riot, a capsule collection inspired by resistance to systematic oppression in today’s political and social climate. The collection was released Wednesday on Wildfang’s website. In a press release, the two brands stated, “Rise and Riot collection is for those who want to fight the system and band together against oppression. The line was created in representation of togetherness and getting angry.” The collection… Read more
“It seems like art,” says John Rothman’s character towards the end of My Art, and it is. The film, directed by and starring Laurie Simmons, follows Ellie Shine (Simmons), an artist in her 60s who is going through an existential crisis, one she hopes will be cured by escaping the busy city for a summer retreat in upstate New York. Cemented by a superb cast and a witty, dry humor, My Art is the kind of film that will make you feel like you’re escaping, too. Ellie is a single art teacher living in New York City.… Read more
Moira Donegan came out as the creator of the “Shitty Media Men” list in an essay she wrote for The Cut on Wednesday night. The list, created in October, was a Google spreadsheet for women to add names of the men working in media who sexually harassed or assaulted them, and to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault perpetrated by male media figures. The intention of the list was so women could anonymously post these incidents to warn others while being protected from the threats, disbelief, and… Read more
In her Vogue cover story released on Wednesday, Serena Williams opened up about her marriage, her daughter, and the pregnancy complications that threatened her life. It’s both surprising and scary to hear that the U.S. has the highest rate of maternal mortality in the developed world. According to an article written by ProPublica, an estimated 700-900 women in the U.S. died from pregnancy-related issues in 2016, with black women dying at a rate more than triple that of white mothers. For Serena, her successful… Read more
Mira Sorvino, amongst the first wave of women to publically accuse Harvey Weinstein of despicable behavior, apologized to Woody Allen’s daughter Dylan Farrow in an open letter published in the Huffington Post on Wednesday.In this excerpt, Sorvino explains what propelled her to star in Allen's 1995 film, Mighty Aphrodite, even as allegations of child sexual abuse were swirling around Allen: I confess that at the time I worked for Woody Allen I was a naive young actress. I swallowed the media’s portrayal of your abuse… Read more

Blogger Kailey Flyte On Her Magical Mermaid Style

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jan 11, 2018

In our latest Fashion Nation column, Kailey Flyte of the blog Mermaidens tells us all about her pink personal style. How did you get into fashion? When I was really little, I used to read my sister’s magazines. I would cut out all the photos and tape them to my wall. But clothing-wise, I only had my sister’s hand-me-downs. So it felt like a fairytale, it was so out of reach. How long has your hair been pink?It’s been five years—before that it was black. My mom went to beauty school as a manicurist and she finished… Read more

In "This Is The Place," Women Write About Home: BUST Review

By Crystal Erickson  In Books  On Jan 11, 2018

There’s no place like home. Like the yellow brick road Dorothy travels, only to discover Kansas is the only home for her, we all take our own journeys in life. Some find no comfort in their Kansas and desperately flee home, trying to find Oz, wishing it lives up to the fairytale — instead of discovering it’s only a smokescreen. Home takes on numerous meanings, and in This Is The Place: Women Writing About Home, a book edited by Margot Kahn and Kelly McMasters, thirty women writers explore an array of possibilities for… Read more

Why Do Men Feel So Threatened by Female Athletes?

By Rachel Rose Gold  In Living  On Jan 11, 2018

A sexist internet troll recently stated that he could beat any trained female athlete in a fight, and MMA professional Tara LaRosa accepted his challenge. The match was to be broadcast live via Facebook on January 6th, except for one small thing: the police and the State Athletic Commission showed up and shut it down. The internet troll still wants to make the bout happen, suggesting that it could perhaps take place in someone’s “backyard.” Humiliating this ridiculous man sounds like fun, but does it set a dangerous… Read more
In a string of tweets, author Roxane Gay called out the Midwest Writers Workshop for not giving a woman a public-faciing position because of her size. In the tweets, she told a story of Sarah Holloway, a writer who has worked for MWW for five years. You can see her full response on Twitter or below: In a field in which it would be expected that aesthetics and beauty standards would be insignificant, writers are still affected by and participate in fatphobia. For people who are unaware of fatphobia, it is an irrational… Read more

The Story Of Bolivia's Indigenous Women Wrestlers

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Jan 10, 2018

Silvina La Poderosa jumps from the corner of the ring to land on her opponent, Reyna Torres, during an exhibition fight in Senkata, El Alto I’m standing in Murillo Plaza, in central La Paz. It’s the center of city life, surrounded by state buildings and Bolivia’s presidential palace. The big round clock on the palace strikes four. The clock is a mirror image of a traditional clock, and the hands run counterclockwise. I want to find out why, but first I will have to experience some of the newest and oldest — cleanest… Read more

This New Year, Resolve To Stop Casual Fatphobia

By Ly H Kerr  In Living  On Jan 10, 2018

So, hello, brand new year. Unfortunately it’s also hello to diet talk overload. Yup, it’s everywhere. The diet industry goes crazy in January. Over the years, I have managed to switch off from most of the Weight Watchers ads and gym discount flyers. I basically make it my business to mute the diet industry; I don’t buy magazines that tell me I’m not good enough, I don’t follow social media accounts that constantly talk about weight loss, and I shun brands that use body shaming in their advertising. Of course, I also… Read more
Mark Wahlberg was paid $1.5 million for reshooting his scenes in All the Money in the World while co-star Michelle Williams was paid less than $1,000, reports USA Today. In August, Forbes named Mark Wahlberg the highest paid actor of the year despite the failings of his recent films at the box office. His most recent Transformers film grossed $601.1 million from a $217 million budget and flopped on Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 16%. He stayed true to his notoriety of being remarkably overpaid for roles as he took… Read more
In a New York Times op-ed published yesterday, Lady Bird writer and director Greta Gerwig finally spoke up about Woody Allen, who she once called her “idol” and worked with in 2012. “If I had known then what I know now, I would not have acted in the film,” Gerwig said. “I have not worked for him again, and I will not work for him again.” Allen allegedly molested his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, at seven years old. Farrow first wrote about the abuse in 2014, and about a month ago, in a piece for the Los Angeles… Read more

I Said "That's So Gay," Years Before Coming Out

By Lexie Bean  In Living  On Jan 10, 2018

Years before coming out as queer, I was a suburbanite who would say, "That's so gay." I was in an unofficial clique of The Blossoming Queers with Complicated Home Lives, and though our homes were hard, sometimes entering public space was even more complicated. Most often, we took refuge in quiet places — basements, the bridge over the imaginary creek, the little hallway between the round-table cafeteria and band room, in the embrace of each other's borrowed jeans, in the excess of mix CDs titled with inside jokes, in… Read more
“A love for the discarded, the recycled, and the nostalgic.” That’s the motivating force behind Natalie Joos' book, Tales of Endearment: Modern Vintage Lovers and Their Extraordinary Wardrobes. Joos' blog, one of our favorites, Tales of Endearment, makes vintage clothing a focal point; the book is no different, just more tangible. (The blog even feautured BUST's own Laurie in 2013!) In gathering together 58 vintage clothing lovers and their stories, Joos traveled to North London, the Bronx, Milan, Paris, Istanbul,… Read more
Earlier this week, amidst the hubbub of the Golden Globes drawing attention to sexual assault in Hollywood, NPR quietly released a report revealing that a deafening amount of sexual abuse is happening to the most silent demographic — those with intellectual disabilities. Intellectual disability, the prefered term for what was previously diagnosed as “mental retardation,” is "characterized by significant limitation in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behaviors,” according to the The American Association on… Read more

These Women Bikers Deliver Breast Milk Door-To-Door

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Jan 10, 2018

SirensJennifer Bacquial (right) and her fellow Sirens on a milk delivery Two years ago, Julie Bouchet-Horwitz, founder of the NY Milk Bank, sent an email to Jennifer Bacquial, the president of the Sirens Women’s Motorcycle Club in New York City, with an unusual request. Would the bikers be interested in delivering breast milk to hospitals and private homes on behalf of the NY Milk Bank? “I told her to give me a call. We talked. I was clueless. I didn’t even know milk donation was a thing,” says Bacquial. But once she… Read more

How Victorian Women Wore Purple

By Mimi Matthews  In Style  On Jan 10, 2018

Purple was one of the most fashionable — and versatile — colors of the Victorian era. In fabric shades ranging from pale, delicate lilac to rich, deep plum, it was suitable for day dresses, visiting dresses, riding habits, and evening gowns. It was also an acceptable color for those in half-mourning, with ladies frequently wearing dresses in shades of mauve-grey or lavender. The 1856 invention of aniline dyes resulted in even more varieties of color. Gowns and accessories were produced in violets, magentas, and… Read more
After writing a memo that stated that Google was being discriminatory to the straight conservative white men by promoting racial and gender diversity, former Google employee James Damore has filed a class action lawsuit against the tech company, reiterating that Google discriminates against.. you guessed it...straight white conservative men, NPR reports. Damore was fired in August, shortly after writing a memo that outlined everything from what he saw as biological differences between men and women to why having race… Read more
In the fall of last year I introduced you to Bombshells United: American Soil, the second book in DC's Bombshells series. The Bombshells are back at it again with#8 Bombshells United: War Bonds! This time the focus is on Batwoman and her relationships. What makes Bombshells special is its representation of women in an era where women were seen as “tools for the war.” We had our Rosie the Riveters, but stories about women during that time are a little more complex than our American history books like to show. In… Read more
In a world full of heroes, we need more heroines. Just like real life, most of the leading roles in fairy and folktales have been given to men. These tales blur the line between fantasy and reality — by connecting the two worlds in myriad ways. One such way, of course, is how underrepresented women are in both worlds — and why history and fiction need to be rewritten for the present and future to do better. Author Ethel Johnston Phelps saw the importance in doing this work, and she sought to write a collection of… Read more
“I’m not saying it’s your fault. This year has been harsh," Lemuria sings on their new album Recreational Hate (Turbo Worldwide). And they’re not wrong. It’s been a tumultuous year for so many of us and somehow — in between the global madness of firearms and saying farewell to some huge heavyweights — we’ve clung on like weather-beaten barnacles. It’s not surprising then that the Buffalo bunch latest record is steeped in reflection. There’s a strong focus on improving, whether rightly or wrongly. Vocalist Sheena… Read more
The name Patty Schemel might not be at the top of your list of musicians made famous by the Pacific Northwest’s music eruption of the 1990s, but as far as the “story of grunge” goes, Schemel’s life as the drummer of Courtney Love’s band Hole is crucial. First described in the 2011 documentary Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel, her trajectory of fame, addiction, rehab (and rehab, and rehab), and recovery is now the subject of a new memoir, Hit So Hard (Da Capo Press). The book allows for a more… Read more
This Thursday, rock stars and aficionados alike will meet at Zebulon Café Concert in Los Angeles for a night of music, history, and empowerment. The Women of Rock Oral History Project, a collection of digital and written interviews documenting the careers of women in rock n’ roll, is primarily located at the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College, but the women highlighted by the project will be in L.A. for the initiative’s launch event. Tanya Pearson, an archivist and curator, founded the Oral History Project,… Read more
Last night was full of iconic moments all around at the 2018 Golden Globes, but the biggest win went to Oprah Winfrey, who became the first black woman to win the prestigious Cecil B. DeMille award for outstanding contributions to the entertainment industry. In an acceptance speech that made all of us cry, Oprah lauded “all the women who have endured years of abuse and assault because they, like my mother, had children to feed and bills to pay and dreams to pursue.” One of these women was Recy Taylor, who passed away… Read more

9 Moments To Pay Attention To From The 2018 Golden Globes

By Erika W. Smith  In TV  On Jan 08, 2018

Last night, the Golden Globes were held — and were especially notable because this was the first awards ceremony since the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement started. And Hollywood acknowledged the moment in a big way — or at least, the women did. Almost every celebrity woman — and eight activists, including #MeToo creator Tarana Burke, who attended as celebrity women's plus-ones — wore black and spoke out against sexual harassment on the red carpet. But men, with a few exceptions, did not speak out (in interviews or in… Read more

The Four Sisters Who All Became Mistresses Of Louis XV

By F Yeah History  In Feminism  On Jan 08, 2018

As anybody with a sister can attest, there is no relationship in the world that includes so much love and so much loathing. Seriously though, it’s some complicated ish. And no set of sisters quite embody this weird relationship as the de Mailly sisters. Growing up in 18th century France, the five sisters were beautiful, noble-born and all set to become good wives…but they didn’t. Instead, four of the five sisters would all go on to become mistress to the same man: King, Louis XV of France. In their positions as… Read more
Iceland made the news recently in regard to a law that just passed that requires companies to prove that they are paying women and men equally for the same work. The pay gap is no stranger to the news these days as stories break constantly regarding unequal pay. Journalist Carrie Gracie became the latest headline concerning the pay gap when she quit her job as China editor for the BBC to protest unequal pay, reported The Guardian. Gracie, who worked as a BBC journalist for three decades, decided she could no longer be… Read more

Behind The Symbol Of "International Women's Year," 1975

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jan 08, 2018

On December 18, 1972, the United Nations General Assembly designated 1975 as International Women’s Year, taking as its themes equality between men and women; the “full integration of women” in economic, social, and cultural development efforts; and peace. It was a hopeful moment for women’s rights in the United States; in 1972, the Equal Rights Amendment passed both houses of Congress and went to the states for ratification, and Title IX was signed into law, barring gender discrimination at federally funded schools.… Read more
A teenage girl shouts into a microphone in a shaky YouTube video viewed over 160,000 times. She’s backed by two other girls, all three dressed in skinny jeans, sneakers, white tops, and white hijabs. This is Voice of Baceprot , an all-girl metal band formed in the Indonesian town of Garut in 2014, with Firdda Kurnia on vocals and guitar, Euis Siti Aisyah on drums, and Widi Rahmawati on bass. (Baceprot means “noisy” in Sudanese.) Along with original songs, the girls’ repertoire includes Metallica, Muse, and Slipknot… Read more
Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story is a riveting documentary about a 1940s screen goddess… Read more
Although 2017 was a turbulent year of tax reformations, travel bans, and a president who tweets how his nuclear button is bigger than Kim Jong Un’s button, it was also a year of accountability. With the #MeToo movement rapidly growing and having “The Silence Breakers” as TIME's Person Of The Year, the country is moving toward having more voices who have been routinely silenced be heard for the first time. Leigh Corfman, one of the five women who accused Alabama Politician Roy Moore of sexual assault while they were in… Read more

Cardi B Just Made Music History Again

By Lydia Wang  In Music  On Jan 05, 2018

Cardi B isn’t new to breaking records and making headlines. Over the summer, she dropped “Bodak Yellow,” her debut single with Atlantic Records; shortly after, the Bronx-born artist became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in almost 20 years. And now, Cardi B became the third artist ever—and first rapper—whose first three singles placed in the Hot 100's top ten all in one week. The only other artists to accomplish this so early in their musical careers were Ashanti in 2002 and the Beatles in… Read more
Since 2010, the U.S. enacted 338 laws restricting abortion, accounting for 30% of the total 1,142 restrictions codified since Roe V. Wade passed in 1973. Ohio, which only had 16 clinics to begin with, has shut down half of its abortion centers since 2011. Restrictive rulings around term-limits, laws including those increasing the wait-time between initial visits and procedures, and stigma in the form of pro-life protest groups who camp outside clinic doors further diminish access. But some Ohioans aren’t giving up… Read more
There’s a lot to love about Netflix’s The Crown — gorgeous costumes, Claire Foy’s angry-yet-composed face, storylines that sends you straight to Wikipedia to find out what actually happened — but perhaps the best thing about The Crown is the character of Princess Margaret, played in the first and second seasons by Vanessa Kirby as a glamorous, snarky, constantly-smoking socialite with perfect eyeliner and incredibly bad luck with men. Netflix previously announced that the Crown will be changing actors for its third… Read more
Like pairing a fine wine with the perfect cheese, figuring out which toys to couple up with your feminist porn can be a difficult task. But fear not. Pleasure sommelier Alexis Thomas has created this sexy starter kit to keep you warm all winter long. 1. Erika Lust’s XConfessions (xconfessions.com) and the Womanizer 2GO (buywomanizer.com) Director Erika Lust always delivers the best female-centric oral sex scenes. In every one of her films, the female orgasm is the focus, and it’s a relief to see beautiful women with… Read more

How To Make A Pussy Bow

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jan 05, 2018

Here at BUST, we’re not ones to pussyfoot around—we know a well-named clothing item when we see one. Witness the pussy bow, a scarf-like accessory that has been around since the 1940s and reached peak popularity in the 1980s, thanks to working gals everywhere. This pussy bow will take you no more than 30 minutes to create using a sewing machine, though you can also make it by hand. Best of all, it looks great with everything from a button-down shirt to a lacy dress. This little accessory really is the cat’s meow.… Read more

Week Of Women: January 5-11, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jan 04, 2018

New year, new Week of Women! This upcoming week brings us the premiere of Lena Waithe’s new show The Chi, an incredible music video starring Beyoncé and Blue Ivy and directed by Ava DuVernay, and the Golden Globes. As a reminder, we haven’t watched, read, or listened to all these ourselves, but will let you know when we have. MOVIES Blame Actress Quinn Shephard makes her directorial debut with this teen drama inspired by the Crucible. Out Friday, January 5. Read our review here. In the Land of the Pomegranates Veteran… Read more

Meet Russia's First Female Muslim Presidential Candidate

By Gianna Folz  In Feminism  On Jan 04, 2018

Aina Gamzatova is Russia’s first female Muslim presidential candidate. Gamzatova, 46, currently heads Islam.ru, Russia’s largest Muslim media holding, runs multiple charities and has written a number of books on Islam. Gamzatova announced she would be running as an independent contender in the election in a Facebook post on December 28th and was met immediately with a striking variance in opinions about her gender and religion. On one side, Patimat Ibragimova, a Muslim woman from the Russian city of Makhachkala, told… Read more