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For those, like myself, that hoped the Trump administration was going to be too incompetent to actually reverse the social progress we’ve made over recent years, it’s been disappointing to see the administration, while still a circus, quickly chipping away at equal rights. Yesterday, while Trump was tweeting that he no longer wanted transgender people in the military, the Justice Department (led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ shady ass) filed a brief at the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that… Read more

This Trans Navy SEAL Vet Wants Trump To Say Tweets To Her Face

By Bry'onna Mention  In Feminism  On Jul 27, 2017

Amidst yet another clusterfuck of a day brought to us by a series of tweets from Trump, a retired Navy SEAL hero, who is also transgender, spoke out. “Let's meet face to face and you tell me I'm not worthy,” Kristin Beck told Business Insider yesterday. “Transgender doesn't matter. Do your service.” Kristin Beck served as a Navy SEAL for twenty years. She served with not just one special counterterrorism unit, Team 6, but also with Team 1 and 5. She deployed 13 times, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Bosnia. She also earned a… Read more

Y La Bamba Talks Identity And Self-Expression: BUST Interview

By Haley Maiden  In Music  On Jul 27, 2017

The Portland, Oregon-based band Y La Bamba is the perfect mix of smooth electronic music and folky pop, with the presence of unique and etherial vocal melodies. Frontwoman Luz Elena Mendoza is a vision with her silver bowl cut enchants you with soulful crooning. She spoke with BUST on issues of identity, community, and exploring physic powers. Luz, a good portion of your songs are sung in Spanish. I would love to hear about the significance behind creating bilingual albums. It’s a visceral route. I write and create the… Read more

Here's How To Identify Fake News — And Why You Need To

By Aoife Kelly  In Living  On Jul 27, 2017

Fake news is about more than just lies. It’s often deployed as a form of online harassment, designed to have a silencing or disorienting effect on people – making them unsure of themselves and what they know to be true. Since many of the stories hitting headlines these days seem unbelievable, it’s more important than ever to distinguish fact from fiction when reading and sharing news online. Luckily, HeartMob, a platform that provides support for people getting harassed online, has developed this amazing comic with… Read more

7 Vegan Bloggers To Follow On Instagram For Yummy, Easy-To-Make Meals

By Sarah Sophia Yanni  In Eat Me  On Jul 27, 2017

It’s not surprising to learn that the latest studies say veganism is on the rise. More and more people are becoming educated about the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, such as better long-term health, a reduced environmental footprint, or not contributing to animal cruelty. However, with veganism becoming more popular, high-end restaurants can demand more money for healthful and aesthetically pleasing dishes, which can make going out to dinner a break on the bank. Especially for individuals in high school, college,… Read more

The Love That Almost Took My Adult Life

By It's Not Personal  In Sex  On Jul 27, 2017

At 28 years old, the business I had started four years ago was thriving. I filled what I called my free time with routines like making cash flow analyses on the whiteboard in my living room. I was organized, my apartment well put together and my appearance business professional. Still, I felt lacking and lonely. I wondered if passionate love could be the answer. Could I be as engaged with another human as much as I was with my own work? I used to say, “I want push me against a wall and..." well, you get it, kind of… Read more

9 Of Your Favorite TV Shows That Got Abortion Right

By Hannah Rose  In TV  On Jul 27, 2017

Three in 10 women will have an abortion by age 45, so there's a good chance you either know someone that’s had one, or you’ve had one yourself. Despite its commonality, abortion is still a controversial topic, and the current administration has further escalated the debate over women’s reproductive rights — for example, Trump's suggestion that women who have abortions should be published (which he later took back), and Pence's pledge to overturn Roe V. Wade. One of the ways that a society’s view of abortion is… Read more

Hillary Clinton’s Election Memoir Will Be “Devastating”

By Erika W. Smith  In Books  On Jul 27, 2017

Earlier this year, Simon & Schuster announced that Hillary Clinton publish a book about the 2016 election. This morning, more details were released, and they kinda feel like a punch to the stomach. The book is called What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton (I’m glad she kept the Rodham in there, because she took it out for her campaign book Stronger Together), and the cover is very simple. The title is in blue on a white background, while the byline is white on a blue background, recalling her "Stronger Together"… Read more
We can all relate to quickly reading through those choose-your-own adventure books that let us make our own decisions as kids, without any adults telling us what was right or wrong. Now there’s a humor-based, illustrated grown-up version of the very same book type – In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind, written and illustrated by Siobhán Gallagher. Just released earlier this week, the 160-page book covers the everyday decisions and scenarios that make up our lives as adults, from awkward… Read more

Ötzi Debuts Catchy New Song "Charms": BUST Premiere

By Erin DeGregorio  In Music  On Jul 26, 2017

The California-based dark post-punk/deathrock band Ötzi is back with their first-ever LP (ready to be released this fall), and we are thrilled to premiere one of their songs, “Charms.” “Charms was inspired by fading fear-based traditions and how we still relate to them in our lives,” band member Gina Marie tells BUST. “In the video we decided to focus on the flip side of fear, and asked our friends to show off their own good luck charms and symbols of hope.” Their official music video shows people showing off their… Read more
Wonder Woman was the first superhero movie directed by a woman, and that rare superhero movie to star a woman, and it completely dominated the box office. So it’s not a complete surprise that Wonder Woman 2 is happening, but we are excited, nonetheless! Variety reports that Warner Bros. has announced that Wonder Woman 2 will premiere on December 13, 2019. (We know, it's a long wait!) Patty Jenkins will again co-write the script with Geoff Johns, who oversees the DC film universe for Warner Bros. Here’s what else we… Read more
The highlighting craze has been everywhere for the past few years — and we’re not talking about the office supplies. With holographic highlighters, rainbow highlighters, *pizza* highlighters, and more, and with highlighter being used everywhere from cheekbones to nose to shoulders to cleavage, we should have known that vulva highlighter was an inevitably. Yep, that’s right! Unlike Passion Dust — aka a tube of glitter intended for you to (but which you SHOULD DEFINITELY NOT) stick up your vagina — The Perfect V’s Shades… Read more

This Powerful Photo Shows That "Periods Are Not Just For Women"

By Bry'onna Mention  In Feminism  On Jul 26, 2017

Last week, in an effort to further challenge who is included in the discussion of menstruation, artist Cass Cllemmer inserted themself front and center. Cass Clemmer, who is transgender and non-binary and uses the pronouns they/them, is a menstrual health activist working to end period stigma. They are also the creator of Toni the Tampon, an adorable tampon character that shares info about menstrual health. Last week, Cass posted a photo of themself free-bleeding while holding a sign that reads, “Periods are not just… Read more
The nineteenth century news is filled with reports of hero pets rescuing their masters and mistresses from various catastrophes. Dogs routed burglars and saved children from drowning, while cats meowed the alarm when the house was on fire or when a family member had stopped breathing in their bed. Both cats and dogs were also known to intervene in cases of spousal abuse. For a battered Victorian wife, this animal intervention could sometimes mean the difference between life and death. In July of 1867, a man named… Read more
We’ve become used to Trump’s early-morning, hate-filled tweets, but the latest is particularly inhumane. In a series of tweets sent at 8:55am this morning (Wednesday, July 26), Trump announced that he will not “accept or allow” transgender people to join the military. His tweets read: “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on… Read more
Lana Del Rey inspires pretty mixed reactions among BUST readers and staff, but a recent interview in which she says that she uses witchcraft in attempt to rid the world of President Trump may make you like her a little more, if you’re not already a fan. Del Rey released her latest album, Lust For Life, on the waning crescent moon...the same day that witches worldwide took part in a binding spell intended to prevent Trump from doing harm. On a previous waning crescent moon on February 24, she’d asked her followers to… Read more
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen has become known for her snarky, funny tweets — and one of her favorite targets is Donald Trump. Which is understandable, because he is truly, truly terrible. But unlike many Trump tweeters, Teigen is playing the long game here. BuzzFeed points out that she was trolling Trump as far back as 2011. Behold, Teigen's first Trump tweet: Teigen talked about her Trump tweets in an interview with USA Today earlier this year. She said: "I've actually been a big Donald Trump hater (for a… Read more

Please Do Not Put This Just-The-Tip Condom On Your Penis

By C. Poly  In Sex  On Jul 25, 2017

Have you heard of Jiftip? Neither had I, until a couple of weeks ago when someone posted an affiliate link in a Facebook group that I frequent. As someone who is always intrigued by new birth control methods, I had to check out the website! Like with Passion Dust, I immediately had a problem with this product, and the more time I spent on the site, the larger my concern grew. Let’s take a look.Jiftip is designed to be “your new wingman, a pullout shield,” but the disclaimer under the product when you try to purchase… Read more
Patient H69 by Vanessa Potter is a sensory experience, which might surprise some. Losing the our most dominant sense, sight, gave Potter a whole new world to explore. With a form of synesthesia coming into play, readers are granted a whole new way to look at things. Potter noted down all these differences and experiences in her blog called Patient H69, which would eventually become this memoir. One day in 2012, Potter — a very successful producer — wakes up and suddenly can’t see. Everything is dark. She’s taken to the… Read more
It’s back-to-school season here at BUST HQ and brainy babes are all over our August/September issue, starting with our groundbreaking cover star, Gina Rodriguez of Jane the Virgin! Inside, we’ve got an interview with Women’s March organizer Linda Sarsour; a revealing essay by an adoptee who was forever changed once she finally met her birth family; a guide to the women-led “death-positive movement”; a peek inside the stylish world of fashion icon Norma Kamali; and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW! ON THE COVER: GINA RODRIGUEZ… Read more
If you know your punk history, you know the name Alice Bag is one of significance. As a Latina, and as frontperson and vocalist of the iconic band the Bags, Alice Bag pioneered the Los Angeles punk scene in the 1970s. Breaking into an underground scene, which predominantly consisted of sweaty white dudes thrashing about, Bag was confrontational, political, and brazenly feminist. She paved the way for artists, particularly women and people of color, who aspired to make music that deviated from and aggressively defied… Read more
Instagram star Bunny Lucille is bringing curvy pin-up cartoon Hilda (illustrated by Duane Bryers) to life with beautiful, body-positive photos that recreate the 1950s illustrations. While she modernizes some of the pictures, like swapping out a mirror for an iPhone selfie, she gets other details down to a T, like bikinis made of flowers, a slice of watermelon with exactly two bites, and an unbuttoned red onesie. Even though she has 50,000+ followers, she still has to deal with the criticism from trolls. When one hater… Read more
Pussy Riot, the badass feminist punk collective, has started a Kickstarter to help with their newest project. According to the site, the project is “a breakthrough immersive theatre production to remind us what is worth fighting for.” Pussy Riot has teamed up with Les Enfants Terribles to make an immersive experience that will allow participants to feel what it's like to be in a Russian Prison. It’s meant to remind the participants of their freedoms but putting them in replicas of the Russian cells that Pussy Riot… Read more
Fashion photographer Tarik Carroll wants to take the body positivity conversation in a new direction — by focusing on men. His EveryMan Project reimagines '90s fashion ads with a group of men of various races, sizes, sexualities, and gender identities — and the first set of photos, featuring plus size male model Marquis Neal along with other men, went viral as soon as it was released. Along with the images, Carroll is also gathering a collection of essays about men's experiences with their bodies, which he'll put into… Read more
On Monday, Mindy Kaling announced that she’s pregnant with Mini Kaling and as per usual, the people of the internet were all a flutter, obviously forgetting that babies can’t write good workplace comedies until they’re at least 15 years old. It’s only a matter of time before the Mindy-centric or tangentially Mindy-related thinkpieces begin making their rounds, so to prepare, here’s a preview of the 15 articles you’ll see. 1. Single mothers are the future of feminism2. Women have been single mothers for a long time now:… Read more

This Is What Zine Culture Looks Like In 2017

By Emily Dixon  In Arts  On Jul 24, 2017

In a dimly lit Bed-Stuy kitchen, Aiyana Knauer and Laurel Leckert squint at their Macbooks. Behind them hangs a poster reading “Capitalism is a pyramid scheme”; the faint whine of an accordion drifts in from upstairs. Leckert swigs occasionally from a beer bottle. They’re working on issue three of the “Shout Your Abortion” zine, a collection of personal narratives from people who’ve had abortions. “Zines are something both of us have grown up with,” says Leckert, who’s 34 and works multiple jobs: she teaches… Read more
“Look at that pig nose. I bet no one takes you home,” he spit at me, his ego clearly bruised by my rejection. I was crowded into the backseat of an Uber with two mid-twenties men. I could feel the anger welling up inside me, my eyes glistening with rage and a hint of shame that he had so easily brought back my childhood insecurity over my button nose. I’m a bartender. That means that I keep odd hours and am well acquainted with late night car services. My usual routine is to check the bus schedule and then proceed to… Read more
On September 11, 2017, NYC artist duo McDermott & McGough (who achieved notoriety in the 1980s for their self-imposed immersion in Victorian era — a “time experiment” that encompassed their dress, home, art studios and more) will unveil their Oscar Wilde Temple. The Temple is “an ambitious public installation work two decades in the making, conceived as a welcoming secular space to honor one of the earliest and most courageous forebears in the centuries-long struggle for gay liberation and to celebrate the fight for… Read more
A bill is in the works in Alaska that would ban cops from engaging in sexual contact with the sex workers they are investigating. Penetration between a sex worker and the cop investigating them is currently illegal in all 50 states, but Alaska would be the first state to ban all sexual contact. The ongoing conflict is between the cops and the sex workers. The cops say that not being able to touch the sex workers will make them unable to hide their identity as cops. The sex workers feel that having sex with someone and… Read more
The original 1971 rendition of The Beguiled is a subtle, snaking psycho-sexual thriller, in which we watch Clint Eastwood — in the same year and paired with the same director as Dirty Harry — visually peruse and victimize a school full of school-aged girls and their female teachers. The movie is a sprawling invitation to the male gaze, in which one woman after another falls into the honey-trap of McBurney (Eastwood’s) obviously manufactured flirtations. It’s a movie tailor-made to fall into Sofia Coppola’s hands and… 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. In this episode, author Kristen J. Sollee chats about her new book, Witches, Sluts,… Read more
At 18, outspoken actor and activist Amandla Stenberg has already been called “one of the new guards of feminism.” Here, the Hunger Games star opens up about her girlhood, her gender, and her goals as a woman on the verge of some very big things. Note: Amandla uses both she/her and they/them pronouns. When I call Amandla Stenberg on a Saturday morning I’m still in my pajamas, which turns out to be the perfect attire: she tells me that she’s lying in bed in her hotel room in Atlanta, where she’s on location filming her… Read more

Looking Back — And Forward — #6MonthsSinceWomensMarch

By Kristen Blush  In Feminism  On Jul 21, 2017

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six months since the Women’s March. On January 21, 2017, people from all seven continents participated in a worldwide demonstration against the Trump/Pence regime. (May I remind there was not a single arrest?) There has been so much to do in so little time, and so it seems that every time we log into Twitter there is a new Trump scandal. This constant threat to our democracy and freedoms has only added more fuel to the resistance, and has kept our heads in the game. Our numbers are… Read more
Here at BUST, we’ve been superfans of Jenny Slate for ages, and we’ve been thrilled to watch her skyrocketing movie career. Slate’s latest film is Landline, an ensemble dramedy co-written and directed by Gillian Robespierre, who previously wrote and directed Obvious Child, which also starred Slate. Landline has a stellar cast, co-starring Edie Falco, Abby Quinn, John Turturro, Jay Duplass, and Finn Wittrock, but Slate, who also executive produced, is really the star here. She plays a young woman, Dana, who seems to… Read more

Taraji P. Henson Is A BADASS Assassin In "Proud Mary"

By Bry'onna Mention  In Movies  On Jul 20, 2017

Fast cars, big guns, and Taraji P. Henson "dressed in all black like The Omen" taking a bottle of Hennessy to the face as a paid gun. . . TAKE MY MONEY NOW! Set to the tune of “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner, the trailer for the film, also named Proud Mary, is a barrage of scenes of Taraji as a lone assassin kicking ass and looking unbothered. Directed by Babak Najafi, the film follows Mary, an assassin for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life gets twist-turned upside down when she crosses paths with a young boy… Read more
Say hello to Florence Bearse, who just celebrated her 100th birthday earlier this month in Bangor, Maine. The upbeat centenarian, interviewed by her local television news station WLBZ at the Westgate Center for Rehabilitation, revealed that wine has helped her live a long, happy life. “Oh, I like my wine. Don't take it away from me,” she said, while wearing a pink-and-white Hawaiian lei and a beaded "Birthday Princess" necklace. Bearse, a former restaurant owner and recreational ballroom dancer from Massachusetts, fell… Read more
In the midst of feminist coven Lady Parts Justice League’s 8-week national tour to advocate for reproductive rights, they’re also launching a 10-day public awareness campaign to “engage repro rights supporters, partner organizations, and new activists around the country in online and in-person actions to expose fake clinics.” “What are fake clinics,” you ask? (I did.) No worries, the reason you probably haven’t heard that term is because they call themselves "Crisis Pregnancy Centers” [CPCs]. And by “Crisis Pregnancy… Read more
After a dinner to mark the end of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Trump told, The New York Times “So, I was seated next to the wife of Prime Minister Abe [Shinzo Abe of Japan], who I think is a terrific guy, and she’s a terrific woman, but doesn’t speak English — like not ‘hello.’” Despite the language barrier, the two hour long dinner otherwise went well, Trump explained. “But I enjoyed the evening with her, and she’s really a lovely woman, and I enjoyed — the whole thing was good.” So good in fact, during the same dinner,… Read more
’Tis the season for outdoor music festivals. One of the best happens annually at Lincoln Center in NYC. This year, many prominent female musicians are featured. On July 26th, Rickie Lee Jones performs her classic sophomore release, 1981’s Pirates, in its entirety for NPR’s Turning The Tables series. This series highlights 150 albums record exclusively by a full array of female musicians.The show will also feature performances by rock'n'roll legends Ronnie Spector and Nona Hendryx of Labelle, as well as Alynda Segarra,… Read more
GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), and Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia) are the three Senators who are working to make sure the Affordable Care Act isn't repealed. The Republican leadership in the Senate wanted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but the fact that there was no replacement lined up made these three Senators wary of supporting it. All three women released statements against the bill and any attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, especially without a replacement. Majority… Read more
Last night on Full Frontal, our favorite White House critic, Samantha Bee, went after Donald Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity who met for the second time yesterday. The mission of this committee is to investigate the 3 million illegal voters that Trump claimed caused him to lose the popular vote to Hillary Clinton in 2016. Despite no evidence to support that this claim, Donald J. Trump just refuses to let this shit go. Samantha Bee cracked, “Those mythical three million illegal voters are… Read more

Mindy Kaling, Before The Big Baby News

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Jul 20, 2017

This week, the internet barfed with excitement at the news that Mindy Project mastermind and star Mindy Kaling is pregnant with her first child. Naturally, the entertainment world is salivating over the fact that Kaling is single and is not revealing who her child's father is. But here at BUST HQ, we're just happy for her, wishing her well, and enjoying imagining what a great mom she'll be — with or without a co-parent. The news also inspired us to revisit this cover story we did with Kaling for our Oct/Nov 2011 issue,… Read more
A culture of consent is not something you hear about often especially in summer music festivals; however, the people from Our Music My Body are looking to change that. “Our Music My Body is a group of people working to create a safer space at music festivals,” said prevention and education specialist Matt Walsh. “We want everyone to be able to have a good time create an environment that is free of sexual harassment and promotes consent.” The organization is created by two anti-violence agencies in Chicago: Between… Read more
Society has a long way to go in terms of its representation of women. From Jessica Chastain calling out Cannes’ less-than-complex portrayal of its female characters to Andy Murray correcting a reporter that neglected to acknowledge Serena Williams’ accomplishments, it seems that the world still has a difficult time accepting and supporting women in nontraditional roles. When I watched Wonder Woman, it literally moved me to tears because it was so empowering - and so rare - to see a lady with a mind of her own kick ass… Read more
When Jodie Whittaker was announced as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who’s history, I expected there to be some backlash and criticism over the casting, but The Sun and The Daily Mail took it to a whole new level of misogyny with their coverage. They decided the most noteworthy acting in Whittaker’s past was the nude scenes from her movie Venus, and they just had to cover that. They then preceded to screenshot scenes where Whittaker is nude and very loosely relate it to rest of the article. In an article in the… Read more

How Well Do You Know Mary Tyler Moore? BUST QUIZ

By BUST Magazine  In Entertainment  On Jul 20, 2017

When Mary Tyler Moore died in January at 80, the world lost a cultural icon whose '70s sit-com changed the way America viewed working women. Think you know the secret to Mary’s success? Then take the quiz! 1. Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in __________. a. Brooklyn, NY b. Los Angeles, CA c. Winchester, VA d. Paris, France 2. Mary started working at 17, playing a dancing elf named "Happy Hotpoint" in appliance commercials that ran during the TV program __________. a. The Red Skelton Show b. Adventures… Read more
By the time I finish writing this, Galen Hooks, L.A. based choreographer, producer, dancer, advocate, and more (a lot more), will likely have flown 238,900 miles to the moon, performed a killer dance routine in a pair of jet black stilettos, and made it back to New York in time to teach an afternoon intensive class. But that’s to be expected from an extraordinary dancer. For Hooks, busy days (sans space travel) packed with dance classes, intensives, traveling around the world, and helping dancers reach their full… Read more

This 19th Century Luxury Dog Club Was Like Soho House For Pups

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On Jul 19, 2017

“The fact is, mere ordinary folk have not the remotest notion of the extravagant extent to which canine pets are pampered nowadays by their highly-placed mistresses.” - The Strand Magazine, 1896. In 1896, an enterprising young lady named Mrs. Nugent opened a fashionable club for dogs at 120 New Bond Street in London. It was called the Dogs’ Toilet Club and offered many services for the pampered pets of the wealthy and well to do, including grooming, pet sitting, veterinary care, and dentistry. For those who wished to… Read more

8 Laura Berger Artworks Exploring Human Connection

By Bry'onna Mention  In Arts  On Jul 19, 2017

Based in Chicago, visual artist Laura Berger’s work emotes a space of calmness, yet playful, through her execution of balance and symmetry. Either existing in solitude or intertwined into another, all tiny naked bodies existing to serve a bigger picture, further defining and exploring the human connection. With acrylic and gouache on wood panel, Berger’s pieces explore peace and solitude, while not straying from strength in an all-female space. Berger explains, "I'm interested in and inspired by rituals, symbols,… Read more
There’s no right way to portray Eating Disorders in film and television, but there are many wrong ways. Netflix’s new film To The Bone, while well intentioned, brings nothing of substance to the table. Which raises the question: How can a film written by a person in recovery (producer, director, and writer Marti Noxon), and portrayed by an actress in recovery (Lily Collins has been vocal about her food and body struggles in her new memoir Unfiltered: No Shame, No Regrets, Just Me), manage to reinforce so many… Read more