BUST News http://bust.com/ en-gb no-reply@bust.com (BUST ) Sun, 22 Oct 2017 20:25:15 -0400 JSitemap Pro BodyForm Uses Realistic Blood in Their Latest Pad Ad, and It's a Huge Freakin' Deal http://bust.com/feminism/193679-bodyform-swaps-blue-liquid-for-realistic-blood-in-their-blood-normal-ad-and-it-s-a-huge-freakin-deal.html http://bust.com/feminism/193679-bodyform-swaps-blue-liquid-for-realistic-blood-in-their-blood-normal-ad-and-it-s-a-huge-freakin-deal.html  

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UK sanitary product company BodyForm is tackling the period taboo in their latest advertisement by swapping out the stereotypical blue liquid for a red liquid when demonstrating the pads' absorbency.

In an effort to end the period stigma, the commercial depicts several other 'period things': boyfriends buying tampons, blood dripping on a woman’s leg in the shower, and a woman in some comfy period panties.

Theres finally a pad commercial I can watch without rolling my eyes thinking: Seriously? Who does that when they’re on their period? A step away from the images of woman eating salads, and swimming, or having a fun night out with their girls, is just what this industry needs. Depicting the everyday struggles of people who menstruate as something casual and light-hearted helps us all feel a little less embarrassed during that time of the month.

According to research conducted by BodyForm, 20 per cent of polled women had damaged confidence due to not having openly discussed their periods at any time. Another 42 per cent believe that young girls' confidence will continue to decline in the future if period shaming continues.

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Traci Baxter, a marketing manager at Bodyform, told the Evening Standard, “We were so shocked by the results of our research that we publicly vowed to address the continued silence around periods. We know that the 'period taboo' is damaging. It means people are more likely to struggle with the effects of period poverty, whilst others struggle with their mental health and wellbeing."

Hopefully with more advertisements like BodyForm’s, the normalization of a bodily function that affects half the population every month can move forward.

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 16:44:18 -0400
As A Sex Worker, Am I Allowed To Say, “Me Too?” http://bust.com/feminism/193678-sex-worker-me-too.html http://bust.com/feminism/193678-sex-worker-me-too.html  

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When an escort first starts working, certain clients try to groom her. They ask if she can lower her rate, they try getting through an appointment without wearing a condom, they argue about what time they walked through the door and weasel out an extra ten minutes for free. They wear her down until either she submits, or ditches them altogether.

When I first started escorting, I thought I had to submit. It’s not like women are taught that their bodies or time have worth. A new client convinced me otherwise. The hard way.

In college, I hooked up with everyone. A boyfriend with a belly like Jell-O, a non-binary femme poet, my Mrs. Robinson-type boss. I have a Mary Gaitskill appetite for sex and kink and the newness of bodies. So after college, unable to find a job in my field and struggling to pay rent in a big city, I decided to become an escort. My friends, when I came out to them, were not surprised by my choice — they supported me.

The client’s name was John. When he arrived, he walked into my hotel room without saying hello.

“Beautiful,” he said, then kissed me with an open mouth. He slipped his hand under my skirt and into my underwear.

Aggressive greetings are part of the job, and I often enjoy them. The problem with John was that he didn’t stop for a breath, or to ask me about my weekend; I had never met him, and we didn’t have a repertoire that allowed for consensual non-consensual domination. He simply led me to the bed as he began unbuckling his belt.

I noted his eagerness, and grinned under his kiss. I was trying to slow the pace. I thought, this feels familiar.

When I was a freshman in high school, I took construction class to prove a girl could survive in it.

“You’re sure you want to take shop?” the guidance counselor asked, and lifted an eyebrow. “What about drama club?”

I shook my head and insisted on my own choice. I was the only girl in the class, but I wanted to make a point. I wanted to bring equality to a space occupied only by men, but the boys didn’t like that. One boy threw gum in my hair as I read about drill bits, one sat next to me and slid his hand up my shorts. I didn’t know how to tell him to stop. When I asked to transfer, the guidance counselor told me it was too late in the semester to do so.

“Didn’t you want to take this class?” she asked. I didn’t know how to reply. How does one say, he touched my thigh and it felt like war? How does one define the first battle?

There is an etiquette to hiring escorts. A good client places an envelope with your donation somewhere in clear sight, brings champagne or a new stack of books, and asks about your latest essay. A good client books at least two hours and takes his time.

John booked me for an hour. He walked in without an envelope. These things should have been a red flag, but I was new. As a sex worker, I didn’t know I was allowed to say “no.”

Finally, I spoke up.

“Do you have something for me?” I asked sweetly. I kissed his collarbone through his t-shirt. He stiffened.

“Excuse me?” he said. His eyes went glassy. “If anyone else asked me that, I’d walk right out the door.”

I waited for him to smile, to lighten his comment, but he was serious. His words were a threat.

What he really meant was that law enforcement often asks the same question to frame clients before an arrest. He made no move for an envelope, or even a wad of cash from his pocket. He wanted the service before he presented payment — but no one had ever made me do that.

He told me to take off my blouse and skirt and lay on the bed. I did. He put his hands on my thighs and spread them apart, leaned down to kiss me. I turned my head and he kissed my neck as if it were the same thing.

“Do you like it rough?” he said. I nodded and felt my throat tighten. His fingers could have passed through my phantom body and I wouldn’t have felt it. I was disappearing.

He took off my underwear and spread my legs wider, ducking his head to slick his tongue over my clitoris. I laid an arm over my eyes so I wouldn’t have to watch, and when he made me come faster than anyone ever had, I tried to ignore my body’s betrayal in the form of pleasure.

What if he didn’t pay me? What if I said “no” and he ignored me? As he rolled a condom on and slid into me, my eyes watered. He finished. I wiped off streaks of mascara from below my eyes. I tried to stop crying.

John moved silently as he pulled up his pants, then sat bed-side to tie his shoes.

I apologized for crying, as if I had no real reason to do so. It’s not like he had raped me. I had said yes. If a service is rendered using your body, and payment is offered for the service, does your body forfeit consent? If my body is a business, does it reserve the right to turn away customers? Is my body an individual, or a corporation, and which has more autonomy?

He finished tying his shoes.

“Can I give you some advice?” he said, then looked at me over his glasses. “Don’t do this forever.”

He shuffled around in his pants pockets, pulled out a roll of bills, and placed them on the dresser.

“Have a good weekend,” he said, then left.

Silence rung in the room like someone had boxed my ears. I couldn’t decide how I was allowed to feel.

I reached for my phone and sent a group text to high school friends, who I still keep in touch with.

“Do you guys remember when we were freshmen and I took shop?” I wrote. “There was a guy who felt me up during class.”

The overwhelming consensus was that they remembered me ditching that class every day for the library. But the boy himself was not remembered.

“I don’t think you told us about that part,” one wrote back. The others agreed.

Perhaps my memory of the situation is that I wanted to tell someone, tried to, but then never did. Perhaps I felt there was nothing to tell. After all, so much of assault is contextual; a boy’s hand on my thigh is not rape. A graze of a hand is not a verdict of guilt in a court of law. When wars begin, we pick arbitrary markers to define things we can’t see- did World War I start because Franz Ferdinand was assassinated, or because an indescribable tension rose between nations? Did Ferdinand’s body matter, or was it simply a catalyst for power?

I know how it sounds. For the last ten years I’ve thought about how the conversation might have gone had I been able to speak p.

“What if I told you I’d been assaulted in class?” I would say.

“What happened?” the guidance counselor would ask.

“A boy touched my thigh and ran his hand up my shorts.”

“Did you ask him to stop?”

I would shake my head.

“Well honey, how is he supposed to know unless you tell him?”

After John, I started to say no more often. No, you can’t negotiate my rate. No, I don’t book half hour dates. No, we can’t continue without a deposit. I have never been good at saying “no,” and while I am an introvert, I believe such a weakness is mostly a condition of being a woman. I have had to memorize that two-letter word, to spit it out and repeat it, but it never gets easy- I ab at no more risk of being assaulted now as a sex worker than I was as a civilian, but I no longer believe that my job always requires a “yes.“ I no longer believe being a woman always requires a yes.

“No” has rewarded me; the more I use it, the more I can say yes. Yes, my time and body have incredible value. Yes, I have been assaulted. Yes, it counts. Yes, the words “me too“ can belong to me.

Top photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Jason Trbovich 

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:04:00 -0400
Jessicka Addams Of Jack Off Jill Accuses Twiggy Ramirez Of Rape http://bust.com/feminism/193677-jessicka-adams-of-jack-off-jill-accuses-twiggy-ramirez-of-sexual-assault.html http://bust.com/feminism/193677-jessicka-adams-of-jack-off-jill-accuses-twiggy-ramirez-of-sexual-assault.html FullSizeRender dd62e

Since the allegations of sexual harassment began to surface against producer Harvey Weinstein over two weeks ago, a slew of powerful men across many industries have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. In solidarity, survivors are sharing their stories to spotlight the extent of the problem. By naming and shaming abusers, survivors hope to prevent women and members of other marginalized groups suffering in the future. As part of this flood of stories, Jessicka Addams, co-founder and singer of goth-punk band Jack Off Jill and the noise pop band Scarling, has stepped forward to accuse Twiggy Ramirez of rape and domestic violence during the time they dated in the '90s.

Ramirez is best known for his role as the bassist and guitarist of the band Marilyn Manson. Previously, he was the bassist for A Perfect Circle and a touring member of Nine Inch Nails, and is currently the vocalist for Goon Moon. According to Addams, Ramirez, who she refers to by his real name Jeordie White, became increasingly physically and psychologically abusive during their relationship, culminating in him raping her over 20 years ago. She says she has not been vocal about the abuse up until now due to the fact that she was threatened by a record company and feared professional repercussions if she spoke up, as Ramirez had become a powerful figure in the music industry. By sharing her story, Addams hopes to be able to let go of the guilt and shame that often surround sexual assault and show her support of other survivors.

Read Jessicka Addams' statement in her own words here and below:

I have lived with the overwhelming shame and guilt of being raped for well over 20 years now. Like many survivors, I unknowingly hid an abusive relationship in a most unhealthy way, masking it behind a fun loving, creatively artistic facade I struggled to wear on the outside world. Since I roamed in similar musical circles and shared many friends with this rapist, the shock of bumping into him in social situations would leave me sick to my stomach. I’d sometimes find myself drinking too much to pretend he was not there. These unbearable occurrences often tested my own limits or my strengths, yet I found my own weakened behavior seemingly sickened me every unfortunate time I found myself in the same room as him. I did not want him to own the power I assumed was his in every unwarranted encounter, so I eventually compartmentalized the recurring nightmares of running into my rapist, Jeordie White.

In 1997, I was warned by my band’s record company that if I revealed my story publicly, there would be a very good chance that my band Jack Off Jill would be black balled by concert promoters, radio programmers, and other bands and their managers. Jack Off Jill was also warned of running the risk of losing our coveted record deal (which they gave us!!,) as they were certain no one would ever take a rape victim in this male dominated music business seriously, nevermind a ferocious, disenfranchised, outspoken overweight front woman such as myself! The label blatantly feared the big machine behind Marilyn Manson would use their power to destroy not only Jack Off Jill, but my name, Jessicka, as well. The pressure and guilt of the inevitable repercussions of my rape story affecting my band’s livelihood, happiness and success kept me silent for years.

In 2015, while playing some reunion shows with the original line up of Jack Off Jill, Alternative Press Magazine asked me in an interview “What would older, wiser Jessicka tell her wilder, 19-year-old self?” My reply was:

“Don't allow anybody—especially your current boyfriend—to verbally ridicule you, psychically abuse and rape you, fat-shame you, break your spirit, make you second-guess yourself and ultimately steal your identity. Don't worry: He’ll get trapped in the green dress he stole. It becomes his curse rather than a gift, trust me."

This statement may have seemed vague to most, but to many Jack Off Jill fans, they understood my words loud and clear. I began to receive an enormous amount of emails of support and love. And unfortunately, the stories started to unspool. Women (even young girls) revealed their horror stories, and all of a sudden I was not alone. I was not the only one who was a victim of my rapist. Others had also been abused by the man I was referencing.

As all of these women were reaching out to me, I had been recovering from a near death illness. The amount of guilt I felt for not reporting him when my rape initially occurred really began to eat at me. Even with my incredibly supportive husband at my side, the compunction of not speaking my truth hit me like a freight train. The bitter tears of self reproach made my chances of my own recovery feel …unattainable.

In all this dismay, I made another vague reference on July 19 of this year on Facebook. This post, like my emotions, was all over the place. I was upset. I was angry. I had had enough, and was still dealing with pain, both psychical and visceral. Who is anyone to say what a survivor should or should not have done? Or should or should not have said? There was no playbook for me to read to navigate the right way to tell my story. I just survived on rage an unfocused instinct. Is there a time limit on telling the truth or does it expire with age? Is there a right way to say it? It being the truth. 20 plus years of hiding this shame and rage, so I wouldn’t rock anyone’s boats, or roll any heads? Time was running out for me. I’d had enough.

After much needed therapy, and long mindful and emotional discussions with my closest friends and family who kept my secret “safe” for me all these years, I have finally made the right decision. To tell MY STORY.

I met Jeordie White when I was 18 years old. I was not experienced in healthy relationships, and up until meeting him I assumed all relationships were that women’s role was to act subservient. Unfortunately, this was all I knew, as I had grown up with an abusive father who conditioned me this way.

We moved in with each other rather quickly, much to my mother and Aunt's dismay. We lived with a roommate named Pete. Pete was kind, caring, and treated me like a younger sister. He often protected me when Jeordie's temper began to show itself. In some warped way, this became my unhinged make-believe 2nd family.

Once our band Jack Off Jill started to gain a following locally, abuse and mild violence between Jeordie and I began to escalate. He got increasingly jealous when I hung out with male friends. He jumped into the New River as a protest to me giving a male friend a ride home. He began to body shame me. He slashed my tires. When I came home late one night, he put one of the stuffed animals he bought me into the burning oven in the kitchen. But, I stayed, because I was conditioned since a child to endure my abuser. And this for me… was love at 19.

The physical abuse did not start until a few months later when Jeordie took a cage full of our pet white mice and dumped them into my mother's car that I was borrowing at the time. That is the first day I can remember him hitting me over me over and over as the mice scattered. He later apologized profusely and said it would never happen again.

But it happened again, and again, and often. He stacked junk yard TVs in front of my car so I could not leave as he did not have a car or could drive at the time. Everything he did was in order to control me or fat shame me. I fought back, but I was never able to find the courage to leave. I was broken. He was able to take my power away while still projecting that he cared for me.

On Christmas Eve of 1993, my friend Brad Stewart aka Gidget Geinof (bass player and co-founder of Marilyn Manson) was hospitalized after overdosing on heroin. While hospitalized, Brad received a message from Marilyn Manson's lawyer via FedEx that he was fired due to his drug use. Brad was replaced by Jeordie White, who Manson renamed Twiggy Ramirez. In order to cement his spot and further humiliate Brad and myself (who he thought I was having an affair with), Jeordie adopted Brad's colorful dreadlocks, moppet persona, and stripped tights with shorts look. He also began to wear my thrift store dresses and put on his make up like mine. He eventually would get dresses made to look exactly like the ones I wore. Jeordie overnight went from dressing like he was in Metallica to unabashedly wearing dresses in Marilyn Manson within weeks. Not only did he abuse me, but he also managed to unapologetically take an identity that I created for myself, and run with this as his own.

Trent Reznor was in South Florida around this time and we all went out on night. Trent and I struck up a conversation and Jeordie became so enraged he demanded we leave immediately. He began driving my car erratically on the highway, all the while punching me the chest several times,knocking the air out of my lungs. He proceeded to rip off the rear view mirror and threw it out the open window. Throughout the madness, this was a rather poignant moment. He just couldn’t bear to face himself in that mirror. So he proceeded to destroy it. Perhaps after everything he had done to somebody he claimed he loved was the sick reason he needed to become somebody else.

I feared for my life that night. I stayed awake while he slept. At this point I wanted to leave him, but at this time most of my friends who had not moved away were also too enmeshed in the Manson camp to find a way to do the right thing and stand up for me. No one was comfortable speaking about it, let alone thinking of exposing to the world the horror I was dealing with.

During a short break on tour opening for Nine Inch Nails, Jeordie returned home to what was just Pete's apartment, as I was now staying with friends. I knew at that point that Jeordie had not been faithful on tour, including being with women whom I to this day respect and considered my musical contemporaries. All this led to an argument I never saw coming. He forced me on to the floor with his hand around my neck. I said NO. I said NO. I said it so loud enough, that Pete came rushing in from the other room to get him off of me. But I had been raped. I had been raped by somebody I thought I loved. That night I slept in Pete's bed and cried myself to sleep. Neither of us discussed it until years later as we both had our own shame about not reporting it.

It's never easy to tell the truth when you know how much backlash you'll receive.

But feeling guilt and shame about now knowing I am not my rapist’s only survivor has been an even worse albatross to bear.

I saw Jeordie throughout the 90's. I even toured with Manson in 99' after being convinced by my label it was best for our band. After that I was tired of being told what was best for me by people who did not care if these decisions were painful or put me in harms way.

Some of you reading this may know Jeordie White. You might know him as the funny guy who you shared a moment with. Or the guy who held the door for you when you left the gig. Or the cool guy who played on your last album. I know first hand that Jeordie, but I also have lived with and survived the other, less known Jeordie White.

For women to own our power we must stand up for each other. It's the only way we can confront and combat men who think they hold power over us. I am thankful to know that there are men out there who do not share this gross ideology and stand with us. This is an intersectional uphill battle for women and the men who are scared for their reputation with other men to defend us.

To those of you who are reading this and it has allowed you to come to terms with your demons, I am sending you all of the love in my heart, the support I can offer, and the respect you all so deserve.


Photo courtesy Jessicka Addams

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:10:40 -0400
Lupita Nyong'o Writes A Brave Essay About Being Sexually Harassed By Harvey Weinstein http://bust.com/feminism/193676-lupita-nyongo-weinstein.html http://bust.com/feminism/193676-lupita-nyongo-weinstein.html lupita weinstein 9cfe4

Lupita Nyong’o has shared her story of experiencing harassment from Harvey Weinstein in a brave and insightful op-ed in The New York Times. Nyong’o is now one of many women who have spoken up against Weinstein and his appalling harassment and abuse over the course of decades.

In the essay, Nyong’o emphasizes that hearing other women’s stories has inspired her to publicly recount her own experiences with Weinstein: “But now that this is being discussed openly, I have not been able to avoid the memories resurfacing. I have felt sick in the pit of my stomach. I have felt such a flare of rage that the experience I recount below was not a unique incident with me, but rather part of a sinister pattern of behavior.”

Nyong’o describes multiple encounters with Weinstein where he acted overtly aggressive and inappropriate. She recounts what she assumed was a professional dinner with Weinstein during which he tried to bully her into drinking alcohol: “We went back and forth until finally he turned to the waiter and said, ‘Get her what I tell you to get her. I’m the one paying the bill.’ I smiled and remained silent. The waiter left and returned with a vodka and diet soda for me. He placed it on the table beside my water. I drank the water. Harvey told me that I needed to drink the vodka and diet soda. I informed him that I would not.” Oh, and this is when Nyong’o was still a student at Yale.

After a few more uncomfortable and menacing encounters with Weinstein, including dinners with other actresses, Nyong’o attended a dinner alone with Weinstein. There he bluntly told her they would be having dinner in his private room upstairs. When she refused, she writes, “His whole demeanor changed at that point. “Then I guess we are two ships passing in the night.” I had never heard that saying before, so I remember asking him what it meant. “It means just that,” he said. “We are two ships going in two different directions.”

Nyong’o promised herself she would never work with Weinstein again. She goes on to write that working with professionals in places of power who are women or feminist men have allowed her to work without facing abuse from places of power: “Fortunately for me, I have not dealt with any such incidents in the business since. And I think it is because all the projects I have been a part of have had women in positions of power, along with men who are feminists in their own right who have not abused their power. I hope we can form a community where a woman can speak up about abuse and not suffer another abuse by not being believed and instead being ridiculed. That’s why we don’t speak up — for fear of suffering twice, and for fear of being labeled and characterized by our moment of powerlessness.”

Finally, she ends on a powerful note that rings true of this entire “open secret” abuse of power situation: “Now that we are speaking, let us never shut up about this kind of thing. I speak up to make certain that this is not the kind of misconduct that deserves a second chance. I speak up to contribute to the end of the conspiracy of silence.”

Read her full essay at the New York Times.

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/Gage Skidmore.

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:33:00 -0400
This Indigenous Woman Is Campaigning To Be The President Of Mexico http://bust.com/feminism/193675-this-indigenous-woman-is-campaigning-to-be-the-president-of-mexico.html http://bust.com/feminism/193675-this-indigenous-woman-is-campaigning-to-be-the-president-of-mexico.html MarychuyCNI 5fb4b

María de Jesús Patricio Martínez is a Nahua woman from Jalisco and a practitioner of traditional indigenous medicine. This week, she began her campaign for the Mexican presidency in the southern state of Chiapas, backed by Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). She is the first indigenous woman to ever run for the presidency, and is competing with 85 other candidates in the lead up to the election in July 2018.

Better known in Mexico as Marichuy, Patricio is campaigning in order to draw attention to the issues that affect the most marginalized in Mexican society: the indigenous, poor, and female. In a political sphere often tainted by corruption, she has also pledged to refuse any money from the government for her campaign. According to Regeneración, she spoke of electoral reform in Palenque earlier this week. "The electoral system is not made so that we, the people below, govern," she said. "The laws and institutions of the state are made for those above, for the capitalists and their corrupt political class, resulting in a big illusion."

In an interview with The Guardian earlier this year, Patricio explained her vision for Mexico. “It’s part of the same problem. The government, the army, the police, the narcos, they all facilitate the exploitation of our natural wealth. They all want to scare our people and make those of us who oppose their capitalist projects disappear," she said. “We have to tear up the roots of what’s hurting Mexico. This country needs healing.”

Over 25 million Mexicans (21.5% of the population) identify as indigenous, but since their independence, the country has had only one indigenous president, Benito Juárez, in 1858. Since 1994 the EZLN, often referred to as the Zapatistas, has been in a declared war against the Mexican state, taking control of some villages in Chiapas in response to the original signing of NAFTA. In recent years, the Zapatistas have focused on non-violent civil resistance. The EZLN does not describe itself as socialist or communist, but aligns itself with the wider anti-neoliberal social movement, seeking indigenous control over their local resources. The EZLN is also well known for its socially-inclusive structure, including the high levels of participation of women. With the backing of this influential group, Patricio has gained a significant following among rural and indigenous Mexicans.

2018 will mark the first Mexican presidential election that has permitted independent candidates, and in order to make it onto the ballot on election day, Patricio will need to gather 866,593 signatures, representing 1 per cent of the electorate, from voters in at least 17 states. She has a long road ahead of her, but, by giving voice to the voiceless, she is already on her way.

Header image by PetrohsW (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons\

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:51:48 -0400
Ilana Glazer Reveals She Fired Two Dudes For Sexual Harassment Because She Is A Straight Up Boss http://bust.com/feminism/193674-broad-city-kween-ilana-glazer-has-zero-tolerance-for-sexual-harassment-on-her-set-fires-a-couple-dudes.html http://bust.com/feminism/193674-broad-city-kween-ilana-glazer-has-zero-tolerance-for-sexual-harassment-on-her-set-fires-a-couple-dudes.html Ilana Header pic copy 96ede

I have always imagined that working for Broad City's Ilana Glazer would be hard, but fun, work, with lots of laughs, smoke breaks between takes, and probably tons of snacks. And now, I can add feeling safe in my workplace to that list!

On Tuesday, Glazer responded to the widely trending #MeToo hashtag, where people have been coming forward and opening up to show the extent of the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. She revealed that in the past she has fired employees for violating codes of conduct.

She posted an image to Instagram that read, “I’ve been sexually harassed countless times, in middle school, in high school — by more teachers than students!”

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In a step to end harassment culture at work, Glazer was quick to respond to these incidents. She wrote, “I’ve fired a couple dudes — one background actor and one sound guy.”

Even though she’s the co-creator and writer of her show, someone still had the nerve to question her decision to terminate the crew members' employment. Glazer said that when she was asked whether or not she was sure about the incident, she responded, “Okay yeah lemme think for a sec — YEAH I’M FUCKING SURE. cuz getting sexually harassed seems to be constant, but having the opportunity to do something about it is rare.”

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And it truly is a rare opportunity, when such a small percentage of women are hold executive roles in the workplace.The biggest issue when it comes to disclosure is that victims of harassment and assault at work should always feeling comfortable enough to report it without being blamed, questioned, or taken lightly.

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Having more women, or specifically more employees who are sympathetic to harassment victims, in positions of power is a crucial step we can take towards ending workplace harassment.

Thanks to women like Ilana Glazer, and others who have shared their #MeToo stories, the culture of women being harassed in the office, on set, in the breakroom, and all workplaces, is slowly being dismantled.

Yas kweens!

 Images via Comedy Central and Instagram

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Feminism Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:42:19 -0400
8 Up-And-Coming Women Directors To Watch http://bust.com/movies/193673-bushwick-film-fest-women-directors.html http://bust.com/movies/193673-bushwick-film-fest-women-directors.html americankoko f28f5 

This past weekend, Bushwick Film Festival marked its 10th year this past weekend, showing feature films, documentaries, and short films over the course of four days. Founded by Liberian-born New Yorker Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Fest is far more diverse in terms of gender, race, and sexuality than just about any other film fest you can imagine — something particularly welcome in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Here at BUST, we always want to celebrate women film directors, because they are so underrepresented — just 7% of the top 250 films last year were directed by women, a decline from 2015.  So here are the women directors whose films I saw this past weekend, plus a screenings I wish I’d been able to attend but couldn’t!

1. Nancy Asiamah-Yeboah, “Poop Emoji”

In a sweet and funny narrative short film, Asiamah-Yeboah explores the love life of a young man who is social media famous and who mayyybe lets that get to his head a little bit.

2. Anne Hu, “Cake”

Hu plays a wordless sex robot with a lot of expression in this hilarious short film about a sexually adventurous young woman and her reluctant boyfriend who decide to try and ~spice things up.

3. Alice Gruia, “Consenting Adults”

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In a more serious take on a similar topic, Gruia — a German filmmaker — follows a young couple whose relationship is tested when they decide to try group sex for the first time.

4. Maria Bunai, “After Words (The Opposite Of Foreplay)”

Buani explores the love life of a serial monogamist in a series of funny bedroom scenes that are pretty #relatable.

5. Serena Dykman, Nana

Dykman and her mother retrace the steps of Dykman’s late grandmother Maryla Michalowski-Dyamant, a Holocaust survivor and activist, in this documentary. Dykman also speaks with other Holocaust survivors, friends of her grandmother’s, and activists as she grapples with questions of what it means to inherit trauma.

6. Erica Eng, “Poison”

In a short art film, Eng addiction through spoken word poetry and stunning visuals.

7. Sabaah Folayan, Whose Streets?

Activist Sabaah Folayan teamed up with artist Damon Davis to tell the story of the killing of Michael Brown and the Ferguson uprising in this critically acclaimed documentary.

8. Diarra Kilpatrick, American KOKO

Detroit filmmaker Diarra Kilpatrick’s satirical short-form comedy digital series is produced by Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon. You can watch the entire series on abc.com.

See more on bushwickfilmfestival.com.

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Movies Fri, 20 Oct 2017 15:43:45 -0400
"Professor Marston And the Wonder Women" Is A Traditional Romantic Dramedy—With Polyamory: Review http://bust.com/movies/193670-professor-marston-wonder-women-review.html http://bust.com/movies/193670-professor-marston-wonder-women-review.html  

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
is both less and more alluringly sexy than the trailers and promotional posters would have you believe. The sexiness is less overt in that there’s really only one sex scene proper amongst Professor Bill Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and his student Olive Byrne in the whole film. Set in the costume room in the backstage of a Harvard-Radcliffe theater, the tryst is dramatically lit for flair rather than intimacy, with Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” booming in the background, emphasizing the novelty and excitement of the three lovers consummating their feelings for the first time. There are scenes that are more obviously erotically charged, such as Bill and Elizabeth sneaking into Olive’s sorority house to watch a pledge ritual made memorable by Olive being required to spank a misbehaving junior student. Yet it’s the smaller interactions amongst Bill (Luke Evans), Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and Olive (Bella Heathcote) that really give Professor Marston and the Wonder Women its simmering sparks and thrills: a flitting glance across the endless gulf of a picnic blanket; a shared smile that lingers too long for the comfort of bystanders; the snappy, loving rapport of a debate over whether Wonder Woman will ever get published. Ultimately, though, the film uses its highly-touted draw — the polyamorous relationship that birthed Wonder Woman! — as a vehicle for a much more sobering story altogether about prejudice, judgment, and the power of love, rather than as an opportunity to merely titillate audiences with an unconventional and unexpected relationship dynamic.

The plot of Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman is fairly linear and straightforward, framed (and intermittently interrupted by) an increasingly terse interview between Professor Marston and highly distressed avatar of America’s moral authority (Connie Britton), who wants to know why his comics (aimed at children, no less!) are so provocative and sexual. Bill Marston and Elizabeth are at Harvard—he a professor, she his assistant who can’t get Harvard to give her a degree—and we see the playful, witty repartee of two brilliant people who are delighted with themselves and with one another. When Olive signs up to be Bill’s lab assistant, Elizabeth is initially hostile, but the three grow closer, build and test the first lie detector test, and find themselves falling in love with one another. At first they try to hide their growing feelings, but inevitably it’s impossible to resist. Cut to Bill’s losing his job due to the scandalous nature of his relationship with Elizabeth and Olive, who becomes pregnant; while Olive stays home as a housewife and Bill tries to publish his psychological studies with no avail, Elizabeth swallows her pride (and her extensive academic background) and goes to work as a secretary.

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Once they’ve established a family in New York (with a careful lie about Olive being a widow on whom the Marstons are taking pity), they begin to incorporate bondage into their bedroom life (the infamous original Wonder Woman outfit comes from a costume Olive tries on in a fetish club), and Bill begins to write Wonder Woman, whom he sees as the combination of Elizabeth’s intelligence and humor, and Olive’s beauty and pure heart: the perfect woman. Of course, it all falls apart when a nosy neighbor stumbles upon the three engaging in foreplay in what is truly a cringeworthy scene for multiple reasons: First, because the Marstons risk losing one another and their blended family due to white-picket-fence America fearing their polyamorous relationship, and second, because it’s a thunderingly obvious story choice that really only happens for manufactured drama. Had the Marstons merely locked the front door, everything would have remained just as it was. Bill and Elizabeth send Olive and her children away to try and establish a normal life, Bill faces censorship in publishing Wonder Woman’s downright kinky stories, Bill falls ill, Olive comes to see him, and Bill and Elizabeth beg — and receive — her forgiveness.

Hall and Heathcote are particularly strong in their roles, which are by nature more complex than Evans': Elizabeth and Olive have to combat the double scrutiny and self-examination of not only being in a polyamorous relationship, but being attracted to one another as well, throwing another forbidden desire in twentieth-century America into the heady mix. Hall is, of course, an established, stellar actress with a variety of roles to her name. She undergoes the most character development over the course of the film as Elizabeth learns to trust her own feelings and give in to them, even when her genius brain is warning her against it. Heathcote’s candor, warmth, and elegance are worlds beyond the fragile wall-dressing love interest she played in Dark Shadows; as the most openly emotional of the three lovers, it is her passion and bleeding heart that light up the screen. Evans, unfortunately, doesn’t have quite the same range on display, even though Bill arguably suffers the effects of society’s prejudices just as much as Olive and Elizabeth do. He mainly crinkles his forehead charmingly and spends a lot of time urging Elizabeth to do things (or not to do things), but he just doesn’t command the film the way Hall and Heathcote do. Indeed, it is Olive’s and Elizabeth’s relationship that shows the most growth over the course of the movie, and each of Olive’s starry-eyed looks at Elizabeth is far more potent than the sum-total of the Bill-Olive arm of the triad.

What’s remarkable (and perhaps a little bit of a letdown) is that the relationship among Olive, Bill, and Elizabeth as portrayed in Professor Marston and the Wonder Women falls rather into the typical pattern of a romantic comedy-drama. We have the meeting, the courtship, the flirtation, the consummation, the arising of obstacles that threaten to tear their love apart, followed by the inevitable reconciliation. Three, it seems, is not a crowd when it comes to the conventional formula of telling Hollywood stories of falling in love, at least on a formal level. Of course, there certainly isn’t that much precedent in portraying polyamorous relationships on the silver screen with genuine love and respect, so it stands to reason that a groundbreaking film like Professor Marston would take a more recognizable path when it comes to storytelling. If anything, Professor Marston demonstrates the need for more portrayals of a diverse range of relationships and romances, because then the stories we tell will be as unconventional and original as each relationship we tell them about.

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Movies Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:10:00 -0400
Femmelody Wants To Make Classical Music Feminist: BUST Interview http://bust.com/music/193669-femmelody-interview.html http://bust.com/music/193669-femmelody-interview.html  

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Mozart had a sister. She was just as good—if not better—than her legend of a brother. But not a lot of people know this. I didn’t know this until I spoke with feminist flautist Leanne Friedman.

We met at Sundaes and Cones, a small ice cream shop in the East Village—not too far from the NYU campus, where she’s finishing up her double degree (BA in Flute Performance, MA in Music Education). She got a double-scoop cup with Lavender and Green Tea ice cream.

The 21 year-old classically-trained musician has a long and slender figure, much like her musical instrument of choice. Her dark chestnut brown hair stops just below her big brown eyes, and the rest (up to her shoulder) is dip-dyed in electric blue—not a typical sight in a sea of black attire that makes up a traditional orchestra. But then again, with both her parents in the field of medicine, there’s nothing typical or traditional about Friedman’s choice to become a classical musician. And there certainly isn’t anything typical or traditional about starting her all-female chamber music collective, Femmelody.

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What age did you start playing the flute?

I started in fourth grade. So that means I was 9, I think. So it’s been close to 12 years.

Wow. Do you ever run out of air when you play?

[Laughs] All the time! That is such a huge struggle of playing any wind instrument. I feel like half of my musical development was just learning how to subtly take breaths. Any day could very well have at least an hour’s worth of talking about air with other musicians. It’s pretty goofy.

Are there any other classical flautists with blue hair?

There’s kind of this overarching rule of “Don’t wear anything that makes you stick out” for ensembles and big orchestras. So I guess blue hair would be interesting for that.

Classical music does have that connotation of being on an ivory pedestal. With that comes a lot of tradition and proper etiquette. There are some aspects of performance tradition that are cool and beautiful, historical and great. But there are some things that I think could be updated. I hope to do that with our concerts for Femmelody. But to answer your question: I don’t think I’ve encountered other classical musicians with blue hair. 

What exactly does it mean to be an “all-female chamber music collective”?

It’s an organization of women in music who are interested in promoting and celebrating the music of women composers—both of today and the past. It’s primarily classical music.

Why not an orchestra?

Besides that there’s just a lot of cool repertoire out there for chamber music by women composers, I think chamber music is one of the best ways to get to work with each other, getting to know each other through the collaborative artistic process. I think a lot of that happens while they’re rehearsing. Smaller ensembles give more opportunity for intimate exchanges than large orchestral pieces.

Is there any other group like you?

There are ensembles that are all women. There are also chamber ensembles that play the works that like to focus on the works of female composers. But I don’t know of any collectives like this one that is all women that is playing music by women, and also changes in instrumentation.

How did you first come up with the idea?

It started with conversations with other music students, from NYU and other schools, about how in four semesters of music history we probably learn about three to five female composers, as opposed to tens and hundreds of male composers. It was strange that it wasn’t even addressed that we weren’t talking about women composers. I just kind of came to the idea that we should have a platform to celebrate the music that we aren’t necessarily studying — for whatever reason — but is still significant and beautiful.

Why do you think it is that there are more male composers getting attention than female composers?

A lot of it is tied up with just the history of our Western world. Gender equality is, unfortunately, a new development. So many people have had exposure to Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, Mozart. Those names are no less significant, but we just want to show the work of people who are overlooked. Works of composers like Madeleine Dring, Louise Farrenc and Jordyn Gallinek.

You can’t really generalize this, but have you noticed what differences there are between music from male composers and music from female composers? INTERESTING QUESTION.

Part of why what is so confusing about how we don’t focus on women in the later music history classes is that it’s so not different from male compositions. They’re equally…whatever you want to call it! Beautiful, weird, cool, interesting, mind-boggling, boring — or whatever your experience is. Whether it’s written by a man or a woman.

So do you feel like Femmelody is trying to reach out to a more female audience?

The idea is for it to be for everybody and just offer everybody to see these artistic contributions to the classical music world that you might not get a chance to in a regular setting. I really believe that you can reach anyone with music because it’s really tied to our humanness and our experience of living in this world.

I’m sorry. Your ice cream is melting. I didn’t think this through.

No! It’s okay. I’m a slow ice cream eater regardless of interviews. [Laughs]

At what point did you realize that there had to be a group of women who support the work of female composers?

I had a very introspective realization when I was preparing for my junior recital at NYU. I was finding that when I was preparing to play pieces with men, I did not feel as comfortable speaking up about my musical opinions. I felt like I should keep quiet more. And I was thinking, “Why is that so ingrained in me?” I never felt like I didn’t have any equal opportunity in music, to pursue flute as a woman or anything like that. But when I considered it more, I realized it did tie back to the educational absence of women in the field. It’s been such a historically male-dominated field.

What do you enjoy about working with other women?

I don’t necessarily prefer working with women over men. I just prefer working with women on a project like this, who have also seen that there is sort of a gap in this area for women. It’s almost like philosophically filling a gap that we’ve felt and seen and want to do something about in the company of women. 

Do you hope to incorporate this sort of philosophy in your teaching?

I had some kids this summer who were learning about Mozart. I really wanted them to know that Mozart’s sister was equally—if not more—talented as he was and used to be on tour with him when they were kids. But when, I believe, she was fourteen she had to be sent home to get married and raise a family. When I mentioned that to them, they were all saying, “That doesn’t make sense! That’s not fair!” And I was like, “Nope.”

What is the goal of Femmelody?

We’re still in the beginning stages, but while it’s obviously music, the greater picture is trying to show that you don’t necessarily see yourself represented in an industry you love—whether it’s music or engineering—it doesn’t mean that you don’t have a voice that can shape the future of it.

Femmelody plays their first concert on October 22nd, 4:00 PM, at St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea as part of the “Music in Chelsea” series. All the proceeds go to the church’s food pantry.

Top photo by Justin Smith

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Music Fri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400
Muslim Women In Quebec Are Now Effectively Banned From Wearing The Niqab And Burqa http://bust.com/feminism/193668-burqa-or-bus-quebec-s-bill-62-bans-face-covering.html http://bust.com/feminism/193668-burqa-or-bus-quebec-s-bill-62-bans-face-covering.html niqab eb1ca

 Yesterday, October 18th, 2017, Quebec passed Bill 62, which immediately forces people riding the bus to show their face. Or to take off their sunglasses if they're going to the library. Or pulling down their hoodies before entering the post office. It may sound ridiculous, like some old fashioned “it’s polite” rule your grandmother yells at you in a fancy restaurant, but now it is the law of the land for our upstairs neighbors.

What the bill actually enforces is disallowing the “wearing of face coverings for people giving or receiving a service from the state," and it “offers a framework outlining how authorities should grant accommodation requests based on religious beliefs,” as explained by the Huffington Post. This means that not only will librarians, bus drivers, and the like not be allowed to wear “face covering” garments, but neither will citizens visiting the library, riding the bus, or similar “service[s] from the state.” The bill passed closely, by merely 15 votes, and made Quebec the “first jurisdiction in North America to pass legislature of this nature,” the Montreal Gazette reports.

One of the biggest concerns over this bill is: Who exactly enforces it? Can a bus driver deny services to you this morning if your sunglasses or niqab cover your face? Ronald Boisrond, Canadian Union of Public Employees, told the Huffington Post, “Bus drivers don’t want to have the responsibility of applying Bill 62,” because, as the CBC reports, the bill “does not say what service providers should do when someone with a covered face asks to be served.” The guidelines for such a situation are expected next July, which is an exorbitantly long time to wait to find out what you can/cannot do while working for the state or receiving services from the state.

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By far the biggest critique of this bill is that it’s racially biased. No one thinks this bill is *really* about dark-tinted sunglasses or ski masks or hoods, but rather, it's a long, drawn-out, targeted attack on Muslims women who choose to wear head coverings, specifically the niqab and burqa. Andre Lumoureux, a spokesperson for the secular movement in Canada, argues, “[the niqab] is not a religious sign. It’s a political symbol of the enslavement and de-empowerment of women that is supported by the most repressive regimes on the planet” – not mincing his words, he clearly has a basic misunderstanding of the role of head coverings in Islam, as well as basic human rights. He might want to take a peek at the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which protects and promotes “tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups and shall further activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.” How does banning the garb of a specific religion promote tolerance or friendship? How does equating it to slavery or the disempowerment of an entire sex promote peace? I dont know about you, but I'm not typically with people who equate fashion and religious choices with enslavement. 

Muslim women face global attacks on their autonomy and humanity on the daily. Between Belgium banning the burqa, France's long history of islamophobicbans, Trump blaming literally anything he can think of on Muslims, and the countless personal attacks Muslim women face, this Quebec bill seems akin to another cut in a sea of thousands of cuts.

Philippe Couillard, one of the most prominent supporters of the bill, told the Huffington Post that he thinks the “vast majority of Canadians, not only Quebecers, would agree upon is that public services should be given and received with an open face. I speak to you, you speak to me. I see your face. You see mine. As simple as that.” This may sound like a comically simple, and blatant, misunderstanding of the role “face coverings” play in various religions…because it is. Religions across the globe involve head or face coverings, and to play into the fear-rhetoric that anyone whose face or head is covered is menacing, rude, or dangerous is harmful in many ways, for many groups of people.

This bill unfortunately falls in line with a history of not respecting our religious sisters and brothers. There are many global religions that involve head or face coverings, like wearing a Hindu turban or Orthodox Jewish women wearing a wig. This bill, however, seems blatant in its attack on Muslim women, as the niqab and burqa are the most commong "face covering" religious garb. At the end of the day the way people present themselves to the world is private and not the state’s job to regulate. Take a moment of your day for some introspection of your own beliefs on head and face coverings, and look around your community to see how you can promote everyone's religious freedom and freedom of expression.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Steve Evans

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Feminism Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:58:00 -0400
Kevin Smith Refuses Future Money From Weinstein, Donates It To Women In Film Instead http://bust.com/feminism/193667-kevin-smith-to-donate-to-women.html http://bust.com/feminism/193667-kevin-smith-to-donate-to-women.html kevinsmith 4fc9d 

With Hollywood in an uproar over Weinstein-gate, it’s clear that a line has been drawn in the proverbial sand, leaving us with some interesting results. Thankfully, some unexpected characters have emerged to remind us that decent and empathetic people still exist; of which Kevin Smith is a great example.

Over the weekend, the Jay and Silent Bob star announced on his podcast, “Hollywood Babble-On,” which is recorded in front of a live audience, that he would donate future residuals from all his Weinstein-linked projects to Women in Film, a nonprofit that supports female filmmakers.

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This is especially outstanding as Smith’s entire career is owed to Weinstein. Back in the early ’90s, Smith got his big break when Miramax, which Weinstein co-founded with his brother, bought the distribution to his low-budget indie classic “Clerks” after the producer viewed it at the Sundance Film Festival. Other works linked to the mogul also include Clerks II, Chasing Amy and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, as well as Jersey Girl and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

 During the recording, an audience member yelled out to Smith that it wasn’t his fault, to which Smith responded:

I’m not looking for sympathy. I know it’s not my fault, but I didn’t fucking help. Because I sat out there talking about this man like he was a hero, like he was my friend.” He added, “I was singing praises of somebody that I didn’t fucking know. I didn’t know the man that they keep talking about in the press. Clearly he exists, but that man never showed himself to me. It all hurts, and it didn’t happen to me, but it all hurts.

Talk about taking action! It’s certainly a path that many of our male-identifying allies in all industries should follow. This is what allyship looks like: identifying the problem, not deflecting from those who are suffering, and making a change. It’s not enough for men to just talk about how they can learn to identify the harmful aspects of patriarchy and rape culture; an action has to follow. Though Smith is not in any form or fashion at fault for abuse that Weinstein’s survivors endured or for even being linked to Weinstein at all, he is actively disassociating himself with Weinstein completely and financing opportunities for women and disabling a culture that cultivates entitlement and power of the Weinstein’s of the world.

Check out the full podcast below:

 Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons

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Feminism Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:57:46 -0400
Week Of Women: October 20-26, 2017 http://bust.com/entertainment/193665-week-of-women-october-20-26.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193665-week-of-women-october-20-26.html amysedaris 3d4e9

We’re back with the latest in women-centered pop culture. This week's edition of Week of Women features a new documentary about Jane Goodall, the return of the Walking Dead, Amy Sedaris' new show, and music from Margo Price. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to all of these ourselves, so if you hate them, don't blame us! But if we have reviewed them, we’ll include a link to the review, or refer to it if it’s in print but not yet online.



Primatologist Jane Goodall tells the story of her career in this new documentary from National Geographic, directed by Brett Morgen. In select theaters beginning Friday, October 20. Stay tuned for coverage on BUST.com.

Tragedy Girls

This horror/comedy hits theaters just in time for Halloween. Directed by Tyler MacIntyre, it stars Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand as social media-obsessed high school BFFs who just happen to be serial killers. Out Friday, October 20.

One of Us

Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady — who directed the controversial 2006 documentary Jesus Camp — turn their cameras on New York’s Hasidic Jewish community. Out Friday, October 20 on Netflix.


At Home With Amy Sedaris

The always hilarious Amy Sedaris returns with a cooking and crafting comedy. Premieres Tuesday, October 24 on truTV. Amy Sedaris shares her tips for “enjoying the outdoors” in BUST’s October/November 2017 issue and online.

Tracey Ullman's Show

Comedian Tracey Ullman returns with her impression-filled sketch comedy series. Premieres Friday, October 20 on HBO.

 The Walking Dead

Everyone’s favorite post-apocalyptic zombie series returns for an eighth season. Premieres Sunday, October 22 on AMC. Read our interview with Danai Gurira in BUST’s October/November 2017 issue and online.


All American Made by Margo Price

American Music Prize winner Margo Price returns with her second album, which BUST calls “the country record we need now.” Review in BUST’s October/November 2017 issue and online.

Any Other Way by Jackie Shane

Jackie Shane, a trans woman, was an R&B singer in Toronto, back in the 1960s — her too-brief career is celebrated with a new double LP/CD. Review in BUST’s October/November 2017 and online.


Misfit’s Manifesto by Lidia Yuknavitch

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Lidia Yuknavitch — author of beloved books including The Small Backs of Children and The Book Of Joan — writes a love letter to misfits in the book version of her popular TED Talk. Out Tuesday, October 24.

 To My Trans Sisters edited by Charlie Craggs

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Trans activist Charlie Craggs edited this touching collection of letters from trans women to trans women. Out now. Read an excerpt on BUST.com.

Top photo: At Home With Amy Sedaris/truTV

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Entertainment Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:56:05 -0400
Jennifer Lawrence Adds Her Voice To The Tsunami Of Disturbing Stories Of Hollywood Harassment http://bust.com/feminism/193663-jennifer-lawrence-adds-her-voice-to-the-tsunami-of-disturbing-stories-of-hollywood-harrassment.html http://bust.com/feminism/193663-jennifer-lawrence-adds-her-voice-to-the-tsunami-of-disturbing-stories-of-hollywood-harrassment.html katniss2 68d31

As more and more women speak out against the gross men who use their power to take advantage of other people in what seems like every single industry, it has been heartening to see the solidarity shown to survivors who choose to tell their stories. The list of Harvey Weinstein's accusers has grown to over 30 women, as well as other men in Hollywood being drawn into the scandal, like Ben Affleck and Weinstein's brother, Bob.

At ELLE's Women in Hollywood event on Monday night, Jennifer Lawrence became one of the latest stars to reveal the harassment she has suffered in the movie industry. According to ELLE, she spoke of being objectified and feeling powerless and trapped. "A female producer had me do a nude lineup with about five women who were much, much thinner than me," she explained of one incident. "And we all stood side-by-side with only paste-ons covering our privates. After that degrading and humiliating lineup, the female producer told me I should use the naked photos of myself as inspiration for my diet. I asked to speak to a producer about the unrealistic diet regime and he responded by telling me he didn't know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was perfectly 'fuckable.'"

At the same Women in Hollywood event, actor and producer Reese Witherspoon also spoke up about a director who assaulted her when she was 16 years old. "I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly, and I found it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate," she said. "[I feel] true disgust at the director who assaulted me when I was 16 years old and anger that I felt at the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment. And I wish I could tell you that that was an isolated incident in my career, but sadly, it wasn’t." Her full speech was published by ELLE here.


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Stories of sexual harassment and assault have flooded the Internet in recent days as part of the “#metoo” campaign that actor Alyssa Milano brought to prominence on Sunday night. The idea for the campaign started with activist Tarana Burke much earlier, who began the campaign in 2007. While it is extremely depressing that women need to expose their own trauma to get the wider world to take notice, here's hoping that these allegations lead to a deeper understanding of the systemic nature of sexual harassment, and a concerted effort by powerful men to stop it from happening ever again.

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Feminism Thu, 19 Oct 2017 12:56:05 -0400
"Broad City" Recap: Season 4, Episode 5 — "Abbi's Mom" http://bust.com/tv/193662-broad-city-recap-4-5-abbis-mom.html http://bust.com/tv/193662-broad-city-recap-4-5-abbis-mom.html  

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This week on Broad City, Abbi’s mom comes to visit her in New York City, and the two go to dinner at the sushi restaurant Ilana works. Things get pretty heated pretty quickly, to say the least.

Additionally, recapper Lindsay is in Las Vegas seeing Britney Spears, while recapper Danielle is pantless at home, on the couch (per usual). So pretend the following reactions are thoughts happening in Danielle’s head rather than a conversation with Lindsay.


On Ilana’s “happy lamp”:

What just happened? Oh, it's one of those natural lighting lamps for seasonal good affective disorder.

Oh, Ilana, don't restrict yourself from the drugs you need!

When Abbi’s mom is introduced:

Oh, her mom thinks she's just an artist?

*gasp* Breast cancer?

Abbi's mom never had a martini or went to a show at night? She wants have a naughty girl’s night out… does she know what that means?

NOOOOOOOOO. Abbi’s mom is gonna get with Bevers!

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When Abbi and her mom go to Ilana’s restaurant:

Oh, she's at work with that damn lamp now?

Do you think there's gonna be conflict between Ilana as a server to Ilana and Abbi?

No, don't talk about getting pregnant! Don't get pregnant!

Her mom is gonna get wasted tonight.

What is Ilana DOING? She totally zoned out there in front of customers.

Uh, oh, that's bright. Well, I guess she's fine now, though?

Do you think Ilana would have a threesome with Bevers and Abbi’s mom?

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When Abbi’s mom gets high:

Oh, no her mom is gonna get high too. Totally going to get with Bevers. Ugh! No!

She's never said fuck before?

Yeah, that's enough pot, Miss Abbi’s mom.

Whoa. That's an intrusive question to ask your daughter, right?

WHAT DID SHE EXPECT ABBI TO SAY? And why is she comparing herself?!

She IS married!

Bevers. She's gonna have sex with him.

Yeah, Abbi is right. You can just ask for anal if you want it.

I didn't even realize there was water in the middle of that restaurant. Manhattan though, figures.

When Ilana feels emotionally low:

She should really just get that checked out by a professional.

She's fired. Totally fired. Wait, now, she's gonna get a promotion.

What? Depression is actually working to her advantage in the food industry?


When the show ends:

Smash that stigma, Ilana!

She never slept with Bevers. Thank God.


Photos via Broad City/Comedy Central

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TV Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:08:48 -0400
How Much Do You Know About Judy Garland? http://bust.com/movies/193659-judy-garland-quiz.html http://bust.com/movies/193659-judy-garland-quiz.html  

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A singing/dancing/acting triple threat, Judy Garland made the leap from the vaudeville stage to Hollywood immortality in films like The Wizard of Oz and A Star is Born. Think you know how she got over that rainbow? Then take the quiz!

Born on June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, MN, Judy’s birth name was _____.
a. Norma Jeane Baker
b. Frances Ethel Gumm
c. Anna Mae Bullock
d. Margarita Carmen Cansino

When she was in her early 20s, Judy was forced to _____ by MGM Studios head Louis B. Mayer.
a. divorce her first husband
b. get painful breast implants
c. enter a drug-induced coma to lose weight
d. get an abortion

How many times was Judy married?
a. 2
b. 3
c. 4
d. 5

When Judy died at age 47 from a barbiturate overdose, it took her daughter ______ over a year to raise the money to have her properly buried.
a. Liza Minnelli
b. Lorna Luft
c. Judy Davis
d. Margaret O’Brien

Complete the following Judy quote: “Behind every cloud is ______.”
a. a silver lining
b. a beautiful rainbow
c. another cloud
d. hidden sunshine

By Emily Rems

Answer Key: 1.b, 2.d, 3.d, 4.a, 5.c

Top photo: The Wizard of Oz


This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!


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Movies Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:20:00 -0400
You Need To Stop Hitting On Your Server http://bust.com/feminism/193658-stop-hitting-on-server.html http://bust.com/feminism/193658-stop-hitting-on-server.html  

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For women working in the service industry, the stories of sexual harassment, and even assault, seem to be never-ending. The issue is often explained away as “bar culture,” and workers are told there isn’t much that can be done to stop it. But is there really nothing that can be done? Why do we accept such lowly behavior from customers, and why is being in a restaurant environment, or adding alcohol, any excuse for a person to touch or verbally assault the person taking their order?

On Monday, many women shared posts with the phrase “Me too” to break the silence of, or show support for, the vast number of women who have experienced sexual assault or harassment throughout their lifetime. Women from all walks of life took to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share their stories. Nearly every industry and type of workplace seemed represented, and many workers in the restaurant and bar industry shared stories of being harassed on the job.

A report from the Restaurant Opportunities Center United found that 80% of female restaurant workers have been harassed on the job. 50% reported that relying on tips for their income led female workers to accept behavior that made them uncomfortable. Over half of the tipped workers surveyed who reported being made uncomfortable by a customer said they didn’t report the incident because they “believed [they] would get smaller tips.”

The median hourly income for restaurant and bar workers varies from state to state. The Federal Minimum Cash Wage for tipped employees is $2.13. Many states pay a higher minimum, but for 18 of the 50 states, the minimum is as low as $2.13. It is no coincidence that in those states, reports of sexual harassment are higher. That minimum has not changed since 1991, despite changes to cost of living.

Often this behavior is dismissed as “bar culture” or just part of the job, but the expectation that a customer can or should withhold a worker’s pay if that worker isn’t willing to engage in a flirtation that makes the worker uncomfortable, is unacceptable. That same ROC study found that two-thirds of minimum wage workers are women, and most tipped workers in the restaurant and service industry are women. Working for tips means employees don’t just work for their employer — they work for their customers, and therefore have to meet expectations to get paid.

When those expectations go too far like workers are often expected to politely comply in order to make their money. “It’s part of the culture,” seems to get thrown around as an excuse for customers to validate their behavior and employers to validate their complicity in it. The transaction between customer and worker can be an uncomfortable one because of this. Each customer becomes a boss and therefore may believe they get to call the rules.

Some restaurants and bars perpetuate this kind of culture and behavior by requiring workers to wear sexualized uniforms like those so lovingly nicknamed "Breastaurants," or by requiring workers to flirt back with customers for the culture.

It’s not just female workers; male restaurant employees also reported high numbers of unwanted sexual attention from customers and coworkers, like this waiter whose sexually explicit messages from a customer read like a horrible Tinder conversation.

It isn’t just the restaurant or bar industry either, and you don’t have to work at a place with scandalous uniforms to get the brunt of brute behavior. Service workers in family style restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries, ice cream shops, and more are expected to sit through uncomfortable interactions with customers with a smile and a good attitude. After all, the customer is always right.

The problem with sexual harassment is systemic, deep, and much bigger than just the restaurant industry. Improving the minimum wage might help tipped workers, but there is still work to be done to end the inappropriate behavior they come up against.

Top photo: Pixabay

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Feminism Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 -0400
7 New Albums To Get In Your Earholes Today: Playlist http://bust.com/music/193657-bust-new-albums-october-2017.html http://bust.com/music/193657-bust-new-albums-october-2017.html  

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We're excited to share round two of our October/November 2017 music reviews — these 7 albums all come out this October and November, so get ready to rock out (or...Country out? Pop out?). We've put together a playlist of singles to help you out (at bottom). Check out part one of our reviews (for albums released in August and September 2017) here, and subscribe to BUST magazine so you never miss a review!

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Lotta Sea Lice

Lotta Sea Lice is the result of indie-rock mainstays Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile joining forces for an album. “Fear is Like a Forest” is a successful mash-up of Barnett and Vile’s specific styles. The duo’s familiarly mellow vocals flow over twangy guitars for the rest of the EP, notably on “Over Everything” and “Outta the Woodwork.” Ironically, the highlight amongst the new tracks is Barnett’s gorgeous cover of Vile’s “Peeping Tomboy.” The pair’s collaborative music isn’t as strong as their work as individual artists, but fans of either party won’t be disappointed. 3/5 — Kathryn Hensch 

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Cults sticks to its signature mix of Beach Boys-style harmonies and retro-pop ballads on their latest release, Offering. The nostalgic summer vibe hasn’t changed, but the duo’s third album is more upbeat—at times even danceable—and less moody than their earlier work. While the sprawling “Good Religion” and the ’80s new wave-tinged “I Took Your Picture” are complex and interesting, the tracks on the second half of Offering tend to blend together in a pleasant yet unambitious mass of blissed-out dream pop. Despite these misses, Offering is a well-crafted album and the perfect soundtrack for summer nostalgia. 4/5 — Sarah C. Jones

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The Ooz
(XL Recordings/True Panther Sounds)

Known for his jazzy take on subgenres, King Krule’s third album, The Ooz, doesn’t stray from his signature sound. The 19-track offering runs a tad long, though there’s no dearth of compelling tunes. Opener “Biscuit Town” presents the highs and lows of life’s expectations beneath a rhythmic sound bed, while cuts like “Dum Surfer” are intensely dark rock jams. The ballad “Lonely Blue,” showcases the depths of King Krule’s voice, which alternates between short and spurty (“Vidual”) and hip-hop-style spoken word (“Czech One”). The dreamy title track ties all of Krule’s talents together. While many would drown in such an array of diverse styles, King Krule uses them to his advantage. 3/5 — Kathy Iandoli

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All American Made
(Third Man) 

All American Made is the country record we need now. This follow-up to Margo Price’s American Music Prize-winning debut, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter—an old-school masterpiece that echoed the raw x-factor of Dolly, Tammy, and Loretta—takes an unflinching look at the realities of modern America: a place that’s deeply divided, yet rooted in many of the same fundamental struggles. From the barroom stomp of “Wild Women” to the searing twang of “Pay Gap” and Willie Nelson-featured “Learning to Lose,” Price rips through stories of who we are and where we’ve been with a take-no-shit honesty that’s as painful as it is necessary. 5/5 — Mollie Wells

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Thawing Dawn
(Dull Tools)

Pedal steel, horns, and good old-fashioned distorted guitar join forces in Parquet Courts member A. Savage’s solo debut. The band’s hallmark Lou Reed-fronting-Pavement vibes hold strong here, undercut by a slower amble and spaghetti-Western lonesomeness. Savage has an undeniable lyrical prowess, constantly letting loose with inspired phrases—“Wild Wild Horses” and “Ladies From Houston” are particularly gem-packed. The heavy lyricism does feel gratuitous at points, and the album overall trades the smart-and-funny punk aesthetic of Parquet Courts for a more self-serious bent. Combined with the overly unified musical tonality, Thawing Dawn wears thin, but the strong points are more than worth engaging with. 3/5 — Julia Bembenek

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Though it may be Shamir’s third full-length album, Revelations feels closer to a DIY debut—the low-fi, emotional quality is planets away from his first hit, Ratchet. (His second album, Hope, was recorded on a four-track in his bedroom during a weekend he nearly quit music.) Now in total creative control, Shamir’s Revelations explores outsider music through a pop lens, and pared-down instruments hold space for his distinctive countertenor vocals. Melancholic organ keeps time on opener “Games,” and the heart-squeezing “90s Kids” (“we talk with vocal fry/we watch our futures die”) is an anthem for millennial anxiety. On ending track “Straight Boy,” Shamir asks what we’ve all been wondering: “Can someone tell me why/I always seem to let these straight boys run my life?” 4/5 — Emily Nokes

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Any Other Way
(Numero Group)

In 1960s Toronto, the now-retired Jackie Shane established herself as an R&B vocalist and transgender performer decades ahead of her time. Her too-brief career has now been documented on Any Other Way, a double-LP/CD that includes six singles, a 1967 live recording, and several previously unreleased songs. Shane’s vocals cut right to the bone with an effortless, heartfelt delivery. Tracks like “Sticks and Stones,” “Comin’ Down,” and “Send Me Some Lovin’” are so achingly soulful they evoke Sharon Jones. Hopefully this moving collection—a must for all soul aficionados—will bring Shane a wider audience and the recognition she truly deserves. 5/5 — Michael Levine


This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!


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Music Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400
"Beyond Suffrage": The Journey of Women Activists from Suffrage To The Resistance http://bust.com/feminism/193656-beyond-suffrage-exhibit.html http://bust.com/feminism/193656-beyond-suffrage-exhibit.html suffrage1 6a4c6

Waves of women with signs, with their children, with raised fists, cover the walls of the entrance to the “Beyond Suffrage” exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York. Like the exhibit itself, the entrance shows the varied stages of women’s fight for equal rights. With bright white walls, bold colors, and crisp displays, the exhibit travels through four eras of women activism: The suffrage movement of the 1920s, the behind-the-scenes political work of the '30s through '50s, the liberation movement of the '60s and '70s, and, finally, the current fight to break through the glass ceiling.

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Curator of the “Beyond Suffrage” exhibit, Sarah Seidman, calls it an exhibit of “a million firsts.” She said, “The inspiration was the centennial of when women won the right to vote in New York state, a few years before the federal amendment was ratified in 1920.” Since New York was one of the first and most influential East Coast states to give women the right to vote, the state, and especially the city, became a major hub of activism. Seidman refers to New York City as both a training ground and a battleground for women.

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The point of the exhibit was to go beyond the story of how women won the right to vote. Rather, it is about what women choose to do with the vote. “Suffragists didn’t just stop being activists,” Seidman said. The exhibit explores what connects all these eras and follows the “messy paths women are following in so many different directions.”

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And the exhibit isn’t just the Betty Friedans and Gloria Steinems of women’s activism. While they are both represented, the exhibit also takes care to highlight women of color, women who are lesser known, and those excluded from traditional women’s groups. “Looking at the diversity of suffragists [is important]. Trying to unpack the question of race in the suffrage movement, be that highlighting women of color involved in the suffrage movement and also their exclusion from many suffrage organizations,” Seidman said. “As with the whole show, there’s a combination of more well known women and women who have been obscured by history.”

“Beyond Suffrage” is now open to the public at the Museum of the City of New York and runs through July 22, 2018.

Header image 2017 NYC Women’s March Poster, Museum of the City of New York, 2017.27.1B. Other photos via The Museum of the City of New York.

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Feminism Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:25:42 -0400
National Geographic's Jane Goodall Documentary "Jane" Is A Love Story About A Woman And Her Work http://bust.com/movies/193655-dr-jane-goodall-credits-her-career-to-her-mom-and-her-dog.html http://bust.com/movies/193655-dr-jane-goodall-credits-her-career-to-her-mom-and-her-dog.html becoming jane binoculars 5e44d

In the 1950s, Jane Goodall was a young secretary in London with a dream of going to Africa to live with animals. Her family was not able to afford to send her to university, but her mother told her that she could achieve anything she wanted if she worked hard enough. From these humble beginnings, she went on to become one of the most famous scientists in the world and an inspirational role model for women everywhere (although she doesn't know what all the fuss is about.)

It all started when, through a friend, she met anthropologist and palaeontologist Dr. Louis Leakey and impressed him so much that he made her his assistant. Then, in 1960, Leakey chose her to lead a study on chimpanzees in Gombe Stream Chimpanzee Reserve in Tanzania, because, despite her age, she was passionate about animals and unbiased by the prevailing scientific knowledge of the time. The rest is, very literally, history — and it's all told in the new National Geographic documentary Jane. Goodall made pioneering discoveries about chimp behaviour and their relationships to humans, like the fact that chimpanzees can use and make tools, despite facing criticism and ridicule from the press and the scientific community due to her age, sex and physical appearance.

In a Q&A session after a screening of Jane, Goodall discussed her life and career. Initially, she explained, she wasn’t permitted to go to Africa at all, and Leakey had to petition the British authorities to allow her to undertake the study. “The reason that my mother came to Tanzania with me was because at that time the British authorities said they simply wouldn’t allow this ridiculous idea of a young woman, straight from England with no university degree, to go into the forest alone,” Goodall said. “Leakey went on insisting, and in the end they said, ‘Alright, she can go, but not alone.’ During those early weeks and months when the chimpanzees were running away, it was amazing to have her there because she boosted my morale and she pointed out that I was learning more than I felt I was. She was the brave one, she was left alone all day in the camp with baboons and snakes and scorpions.”

Goodall’s words and demeanour convey an unshakeable confidence in herself and her work. As a child she dreamt as a man, because only men were allowed to do the things she wanted to do. When she grew up, she didn’t question her ability or achievements, she just made it happen. “For me, [going to Gombe] was my dream, so, yes, there were leopards and lions, but I just had this feeling I was meant to be there and nothing would hurt me,” she said. “And people laugh and say that was stupid, but was it? They didn’t hurt me, I was right.”

Jane Goodall captured the world’s imagination, but she doesn’t understand the hype. Headlines at the time commented on her blonde hair and long legs, so she used the publicity to acquire additional funding for her study from National Geographic. She was then accepted into a Ph.D. at Cambridge University without an undergraduate degree. “When I went to Cambridge I was told I couldn’t talk about chimps having personalities, but fortunately I had been taught by my dog so I knew those erudite professors were wrong,” she said.

In 1986, Goodall began to dedicate her time to raising awareness about the plight of chimpanzees in the wild. Although she loved being at Gombe and studying animals in the field, she was horrified by the threats to their survival around the world. “I knew I had to try to do something, even though I didn’t know what I could do,” she said. “[Now] I’m 300 days a year on the road because we have to raise awareness and we have to raise money. I mean, the world is a mess, that’s pretty obvious. It’s not just the U.S. with the administration not caring about the environment, it’s the same in the U.K., Australia and many other parts of the world. By the time you’re 83, you know you’ve got less time to live, and therefore, because I feel I have so much left to do, it’s speeding up not slowing down.”

Goodall is currently promoting the impressive new biopic, Jane, directed by Brett Morgen and with music by Phillip Glass. The film is comprised of footage that was forgotten until 2014, when National Geographic rediscovered boxes of original film shot by famed wildlife photographer and Jane’s ex-husband Hugo van Lawick in the 1960s. It deals with her personal life, as well as her work, as she balances her roles as a wife and mother with her passion for animals. “The movie is a love story, but it is a love story not about a man and a woman but about a woman and her work… It’s a happy ending,” explained Morgen during the Q&A.

Jane comes out today in New York and Los Angeles, and will roll out nationally next week.

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Movies Fri, 20 Oct 2017 11:00:00 -0400
A Next-Level Rage Stroke About Harvey Weinstein http://bust.com/feminism/193654-harvey-weinstein-rage-stroke.html http://bust.com/feminism/193654-harvey-weinstein-rage-stroke.html weinstein 305ce


Harvey Weinstein sexually assaults women.

If you are a woman and have been in a room with Harvey Weinstein at any point over the last 20 years, then it's likely that you have been pressured, pushed, manipulated, intimidated, literally chased, grabbed, groped, and bullied into compromising your safety and self-respect. Make no mistake, this man is a violent predator.

When the news broke, I remember feeling something along the lines of:


mm hmm
wwwwwwwwwhat a prick

As I scrolled down the list of known assaults, I began to get an image of Harvey Weinstein as a rhinoceros that had guzzled a crate of Viagra, and then gone charging through the world with a furious scaly rhino dong, grabbing women, demanding massages, ready to pop off into any wet hole or leafy cavity that happened to be in his path.

We've all met one of those bros. Am I right, ladies?

I'm not even going to touch Harvey Weinstein's actual statement because that's been so thoroughly eviscerated that I'm, like, good there. I feel like his worthless garbage apology, like, "meh meh meh I grew up in the '60s" (oh you mean like fucking Mr. Rogers, you bag of angry dicks?) has been beaten with cudgels, set aflame, and then stomped into a fine ashy silt by a million screaming women and, like, they were very thorough. There's nothing more for me to do there.

What I want to talk about is how dudes are talking about this guy. The famous people comments and statements, plus just the general man approach on "the Harvey Weinstein scandal."

Everyone's so fucking shocked that Harvey Weinstein is a monster. There must be "two Harvey Weinsteins" according to Jeffrey Katzenberg! Holy shit, J Katz blew the lid off this case. TWO HARVEY WEINSTEINS! He's a MASTER OF ILLLUSION! It couldn't possibly be the case that a wealthy white dude studio head has selective awareness of another wealthy white dude studio head's shitty rape habit, because if he doesn't look directly into the faces of the women who have been shittily raped by the second wealthy white dude studio head, EVERYONE CAN KEEP MAKING LOTS AND LOTS OF MONEY. No no, you're good, Jeff. You figured out a way to make sure you can't possibly be blamed for this. Good job. Now all you have to do is leak your email to The Hollywood Reporter, leak that you anonymously donated some money to some rape charity somewhere, maybe the Lady Gaga one from the Oscars a couple years ago, and you're golden.

Everyone's so certain that this kind of behavior is unacceptable! Appalling! Nauseating! I wouldn't be surprised to hear that Thesaurus.com went dark in the hours after the Weinstein story broke, when all the publicists rushed to their laptops to find other words that mean "ew."

Everyone has DAUGHTERS! And SISTERS! And MOMS! And WIVES! Is that what it takes for a man to find sexual assault scary and disgusting? Having a daughter/sister/mom/wife? Sweet Lord, I would hate to see what those fucking Bradys were up to before they met that lovely lady we've heard so much about.


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here's the story
of a man named Brady
who invited young girls to his room alone
he would answer the door in a bathrobe 
swinging a raging bone


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alright boys
that settles it
now that we've met these
and sisters
and wives
and stuff
moving forward
are people too
everyone good with that?

so just to clarify

just like men!
from this point on!

weren't before.
are now.
got it?


All of these men are just out there like beating their chests at each other, like, BRO, you hate rape? I hate rape too! WE ARE GOOD MEN.

They're just at the top of their lungs expounding on the profound levels of shock and disgust and outrage, and fawning over the heroes who have come forward at great personal cost and vowing that they will speak up NEXT TIME! I swear to God, if one more white-toothed millionaire tells me that he will NEVER let this happen on HIS watch, I am going to start punching wieners.


I hear you.
You are shocked.
You have daughters.
You wish to express your outrage and solidarity with women.
You wish to let us know that you would protect us from harm.
You think Harvey Weinstein is a monster.
You proclaim that WE must ALL do BETTER for our WOMEN.

None of this is "incorrect." These are all "right" answers. And I know you genuinely feel upset and angry and staggered at the scope of the crime.

But I'm going to bring you into the inner circle right now, guys:


We can't afford to.

I know and like hundreds of nice guys, and I trust 3 men on this entire fucking Earth.

Gentlemen, no matter how nice you are, how many lady friends you have, how happily married, how many daughters you have sired, and how many chick flicks you've watched and then said, "Hey, that was actually pretty good," 99.9% of the women in your life are reserving about 10% of their opinion of you. We are waiting.

We are waiting for you to have too many drinks one night. We are waiting for you to compliment our new jeans in front of the boss at work. We're waiting for you to interrupt us and explain our experience back to us — "You weren't actually catcalled, he just really liked your shirt." We aren't waiting because it's fun, or we're crazy. But because it happens. all. the. fucking. time. We have to hang back a bit and wait for your inner dirtbag to show himself because experience has shown us that he always fucking does.

So I believe that you mean everything you're saying today. I believe you want to protect women from Harvey Weinstein. I believe you genuinely want a safer world for girls.

I just don't believe you can be part of that safer world. Not yet. Not while you're still SHOCKED that Harvey fucking Weinstein is a piece of shitty, shitty shit.

Oh, you're shocked?

Really? Really. REALLY? Pay a-fucking-ttention, CHAD. When you chew up fifteen minutes of my day expressing your total galloping dumbfounded astonishment that the guy that every woman in Hollywood knew was a predator turned out to be a fucking predator, that tells me three things: 1) You don't talk to very many women about what it's like to be a woman, and 2) You don't listen to me, ever, and 3) you don't believe women when they tell you that something feels creepy, off, or weird about Harvey.

Guarantee you this conversation happened about 40,000 times over the last 20 years:

Female Actress: Hey, Harvey just asked me to meet in his hotel room tonight about the script.
Male Actor: Oh really?
FA: Yeah, did he ask you too?
MA: No... but I'm sure it's fine.
FA: I don't know, it feels a little weird.
MA: Listen, it's Harvey Weinstein. I'm sure it's fine.
FA: I guess, but, you know, you hear things.
MA: People love to talk about powerful guys. Everyone wants to take him down.
FA: Yeah, that's true.
MA: You're probably just nervous. This could be a great opportunity for you.
FA: You're right.

Don't be fucking shocked, Chad. Your shock might be your attempt to empathize with me. You might be trying to imagine how we women feel. Look at these gifs. These are women who walked on the street. The little boxes inside the screen are their loved ones watching what their experience was like. Look at our faces, Chad. All the lady faces. Do we look shocked to you.




Fuck no, we don't look shocked. We look fucking tired. We look like this smells like the same shit stew that we have to stomach day in and day out, and you just walked into the room and you're like


i know
i fucking live here dude

You say you're shocked to show me you're on my team. But your shock shows me you aren't on my team. Your shock asks me to comfort or reassure you. Your shock tells me that my life is something you don't actually want to know about.

If you were on my team, you would be listening to me explain why I'm not fucking shocked.

You're calling for men to condemn this behavior when they see it? OK, first of all, that's a pretty low bar to clear. OBVIOUSLY, in the wake of a sensational firing of a prominent and powerful man for sexual assault, what sane person is going to come out in favor of the behavior of repeatedly bullying and manipulating women into unwilling sexual...


... OKAY, BESIDES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. We all knew that one. That was a gimme.

Condemn this behavior when they see it? Bitch, please. You won't see it. Not because Harvey Weinstein was like a master of deception. But because he is rich and was powerful and you wanted something from him, and the thing you wanted from him mattered way more than whether he literally chased a young girl around the room and forced her to touch his penis and then she left Hollywood and gave up on her lifelong dream of acting because the experience was so humiliating and traumatic.

You think he's a monster! I bet you sincerely do. I bet you really think that he's an awful violent beast. Here's the problem. When you call him a monster, you are creating distance between you and Harvey Weinstein. It gives you a sense of absolution that you have not earned. Like, "Well I'VE never lunged at a young woman and tried to stuff my hand up her skirt and into her vagina while she screamed and tried to run away. I'm obviously a feminist." Or, "I've never refused to work with someone because she refused to suck my dick. I am a friend to the ladies." Or, "I think rape is gross. Clearly, I've never hurt a woman." False, Chad. False. False forever. False all over your face.

You need to take a deep breath and a hard look at your life, and you need to look for all of the places where you are exactly like Harvey fucking Weinstein. Because those places are there. Yes, in you, Matt Damon.

Have you ever felt entitled to a woman's time or energy?
Have you ever talked over a woman coworker or excluded her from a project because it would be easier socially without her?
Have you ever been annoyed when a woman caused a problem with a complaint against a co-worker?
Have you ever interrupted a woman?
Have you ever felt angry at her when she was direct with you?
Have you ever called your ex crazy?

Have you ever looked the other way when someone was being an asshole to a woman?

Just because you aren't this particular brand of dirtbag doesn't make you Maya fucking Angelou, Chad. You have misogyny in you. Everyone does. Every man in America can do better at respecting women, and I include in that statement literally every man in America.*

If you want to be a friend to the ladies, stop being shocked. I seriously cannot get over everyone's SHOCK. Every time you're STILL FUCKING SHOCKED, it insults me.

Unless... did you just emerge from a time capsule like Brendan Fraser in Blast from the Past? Are we about to have a fucking malted and look at your mint-condition baseball cards together and fall in love in totally predictable beats? Have you seriously never heard of a public figure abusing women? Are you also flabbergasted at the sight of a goddamned magic keyfob that unlocks all the car doors at the same time?

You can only be shocked once, guys. After that you're choosing to stick your head in the sand. After that, you are making the conscious choice to continue to default to believing men instead of listening to women when they tell you something's up. Start listening to us. Believe us.

If you want to be a friend to the ladies, don't tell me what you would have done if you'd been there. Don't draw me like a fucking Super Bro comic book about how AWESOME you are at being AWESOME. Stop asking me to thank you for hypothetically saving me from something that hasn't happened to me yet. Stop picturing my devastating violation so that you can check out how swoll you look in your fantasy reel. It is fucked up. Stop it.

If you want to be a friend to the ladies, do not vow to fight anyone who tries to rape a woman in fucking front of you. That will probably never happen to you. What could easily happen to you, and definitely does, all the time, is you shit on your female coworker, or your girlfriend/wife, or a woman in line at Starbucks. Vow to learn about common ways that "nice guys" unknowingly fuck up women's days, and start to know when you do them, and then stop doing them. Not as fun as punching a dude and getting applause, I know. But it's actually better for EVERYONE. Swear to god it is. 

If you want to be a friend to the ladies, Jeffrey Katzenberg, after you condemn Harvey Weinstein's admitted bad behavior and establish that THERE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN TWO HARVEY WEINSTEINS, HE'S SERIOUSLY SO METHOD, NOBODY KNEW EXCEPT EVERY WOMAN IN HOLLYWOOD AND A SHITLOAD OF LAWYERS AND THE WRITERS OF 30 ROCK, do not, I repeat though clenched teeth, DO NOT OFFER TO HELP HIM SPIN THE FUCKING SITUATION:

As someone who has been a friend of yours for 30 years, I'm available to give you advice on how to at least try to make amends, if possible address those that you've wronged, and just possibly find a path to heal and redeem yourself. Having watched your reactions, seen the actions you have taken and read your statement, I will tell you, in my opinion, you have gone about this all wrong and you are continuing to make a horrible set of circumstances even worse.

That's a piping hot gallon of hell no, JK. How about, instead:

As someone who has been a friend of yours for 30 years, I am going to offer to hire every woman that you have ever hurt, in whatever capacity she would like. I will pull every string I have and make sure that every door is open to every single woman, and I will work tirelessly to ensure that that shackles you placed on these women's careers will be removed, so help me God. I will tell you, in my opinion, that when I say that men need to step up and stand with these women, it means stepping the fuck up and standing with these fucking women, and that is the ONLY fucking thing I can do to keep from making a horrible set of circumstances even worse.



And it saddens me to report that Katzenberg isn't the only Jeff who needs to take a long fucking walk in the woods.

Jeff Bridges, the dude, one of my all-time faves, reportedly said, in a very Dude way, "He's facing his demons now. I hope he leans into those demons and comes out the other side a richer person. I hope the best for him."

OK, for this next gif, I'm the sheriff. Ready?


WHAT THE FUCK, THE DUDE. That is something you say about a guy with a heroin addiction, not something you say about the John Wayne Gacy of sexual assault.

THE DUDE. YOU WERE MORE ANGRY ABOUT THE FUCKING CREDENCE TAPES than you are about Harvey fucking Weinstein's gross, and I mean that both ways, GROSS violations of unknown scores of women.

If it seems like I'm yelling at you, it's because I'M YELLING AT YOU, READER.



Why are waiting until next time to speak up and do right? We have a time right here. It's now. Let's go.

So. To recap. Again.

The natural, instinctive response when you hear about Harvey fucking Weinstein:

1. He's a monster (not like me)

2. I would have stopped it (because I'm a good guy)

3. I have daughters (so now this isn't okay anymore)

4. We need to start building a better world and calling this out when we see it (although we don't have to see it if it's like really uncomfortable to see it).


What we need your response to be when you hear about Harvey fucking Weinstein:

1. He's manipulated his position of power to put women in positions of vulnerability where they couldn't choose not to engage with him sexually without risking their careers or reputations. I need to work harder to become aware of my position of power, as a man, to make sure that I am not putting women in positions of vulnerability.

2. What can I do to support women who have suffered sexual assault? This conversation isn't about how brave and strong I am, it's about the challenges that women continue to face just existing in the world.

3. Sexual assault is a violent crime that is offensive to me as a human being, not because I am related to a person who is female.

4. I am going to work on my own awareness of how I benefit from systems that keep Harvey fucking Weinstein on top for 20 years while he rapes and assaults women. I'm going to work on dismantling those systems. It's uncomfortable to see it, but I have to see it.

5. I listen to women. I believe them. I am not shocked. 

OK I'm done now.


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PS - If you fist-pumped and screamed YASSS QUEEN while reading this post, please consider throwing me a bone on Patreon or Paypal (katykatikate at gmail) for writing it. Or maybe even FIVE WHOLE BONES? I love writing this blog and would do it for free, but weirdly my kids' teachers don't feel the same way? Either way, thanks for reading, sharing, and LISTENING TO WOMEN. xo

PPS - Here are some statements by famous men who did some stuff right:

Kevin Smith, thanks for acknowledging how you have profited from Harvey fucking Weinstein's shitty rape habit:

He financed the first 14 years of my career -
and now I know while I was profiting, others were in terrible pain.
It makes me feel ashamed.

 Seth Rogen, thanks for explicitly saying that you believe women. (I honestly cannot even believe that it's like a reasonable thing to praise a person for believing that a person might be telling the truth, but, fuck it, it's 2017, the entire United States of America listened to a candidate for President brag about sexual assault on goddamn tape, listened to him ADMIT that he said it, and then said, "You know what? That's fine. That's actually fine. I'm still on the Trump train," soooo here we are, thanks Seth Rogen):

I believe all the women coming forward about Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment.
It takes bravery to do so.

 Colin Firth, thanks for acknowledging both how you profited from the favor of a sexual predator, and the invisible power dynamic that Harvey fucking Weinstein used to elicit nonconsensual sexual contact from who knows how many women:

It’s with a feeling of nausea that I read what was going on while I was benefiting from Harvey Weinstein’s support. He was a powerful and frightening man to stand up to.
It must have been terrifying for these women to step up and call him out.
And horrifying to be subjected to that kind of harassment.
I applaud their courage.

 Paul Feig, thanks for saying that women need backup, and for pointing out that there is a cost to speaking up, and also thanks for making good movies about powerful women:

Men need to speak up.
This can’t be women just speaking up.
They need backup.
It’s a big sacrifice for women to come forward with this stuff.
As we’ve seen over history, they are generally not rewarded for coming forward.

 If you liked this next-level rage stroke, you might also enjoy next-level rage stroke: thanks, Brock fucking Turner, or have you ever.

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for real. 

This post originally appeared on katykatikate.com and is reprinted here with permission.

Top photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Nick Step (cropped version)

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McKayla Maroney Shares Her Story Of Sexual Abuse In Gymnastics — And She's Not Alone http://bust.com/feminism/193651-maroney-shares-sexual-abuse.html http://bust.com/feminism/193651-maroney-shares-sexual-abuse.html maroney 9b5b8

 #MeToo has, in just a few days, become an inspirational and important way for people across social media to share their stories of sexual abuse. Public accusations of sexual harassment and assault at the hands of movie executive Harvey Weinstein have sparked a necessary discussion of  abuse committed by men in power.

McKayla Maroney, former US gymnast and Olympic gold medalist, has shared her own story of sexual abuse. Maroney published a statement on her Twitter, where she says that former US Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused her. In the statement, she describes a specific encounter with Nassar: “For me the scariest night of my life happened when I was 15 years old. I had flown all day and night with the team to get to Tokyo. He’d given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night.” 

With all the allegations and stories surrounding Weinstein in the past few weeks, Maroney’s statement reminds us sexual harassment, abuse, and assault is not isolated to just the movie industry: “People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood. This is happening everywhere. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting.”

Nassar was a top sports medicine doctor, physician at Michigan State University, and a US Gymnastics doctor for four separate Olympics. According to reporting from the Lansing State Journal, the accusations of sexual assault against Nassar began in 1998, beginning with the sexual assault of a six-year-old girl. It wasn’t until 2016, after numerous girls and women had shared stories of abuse, that Nassar was fired as a physician at Michigan State. He has since plead guilty to three charges of child pornography and currently faces a pending federal lawsuit for criminal sex abuse. A total of 119 women and girls have filed lawsuits against Nassar.

Maroney ended her heart-breaking abuse story with a profound message: “Is it possible to end this kind of abuse? Is it possible for survivors to speak out, without putting careers and dreams in jeopardy? I hope so.”  She adds, “Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it’s time to take our power back. And remember, it’s never too late to speak up.”

Photo via Youtube

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Feminism Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:19:00 -0400
"Professor Marston And The Wonder Women" Director Angela Robinson On The Kinky, Polyamorous, Feminist Origins Of Wonder Woman http://bust.com/movies/193650-professor-marston-wonder-women-angela-robinson-interview.html http://bust.com/movies/193650-professor-marston-wonder-women-angela-robinson-interview.html  

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It was about eight years ago that a friend gave Angela Robinson a coffee table book on Wonder Woman. The director had been a lifelong fan of the female superhero, and it was a perfect gift for her. But what she found on those pages triggered an immense desire to make a film about the man who invented Wonder Woman. The Harvard educated psychologist William Moulton Marston hid a polyamorous relationship with his wife and mistress from the public, and therefore led a double life. Robinson began extensive research, and the juicy result is the movie Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, which opened this week. BUST spoke with Angela Robinson at the Toronto Film Festival about why she put the Marston family story on screen.

How did you come across the story?

I was always a fan of Wonder Woman, since I was a kid. First it was the Lynda Carter TV show; I came to the comics later. When I was reading this coffee table book on Wonder Woman, I stumbled on this chapter on the Marston family and I was like, “What? They invented the lie detector? And they were polygamous and they lived in this house together? And he was a psychologist and he put all this bondage imagery in Wonder Woman?" I just kept turning the pages being like, I cannot believe this story. I can’t believe I didn’t know about it. I can’t believe everybody doesn’t know about it. I became obsessed with it.

Has it been difficult to get it made?

Yeah. Well, like any indie, it took me a long time. I wrote it over the course of four years on nights and weekends, and then it took another four years to get it financed.

It is pretty good timing — after the success Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman.

Totally. [Laughs] I wish I could say that I planned that eight years ago when I started on this journey. I do think there is kind of a Wonder Woman Renaissance right now. Over the last three or four years, this interest in Wonder Woman and the Marstons has been growing and growing, culminating in the Patty Jenkins Wonder Woman film this past summer, which was so amazing.

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Why do you think that is?

You know, I’m not sure. My own personal opinion is that Wonder Woman has always been part of the big three: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman. If you go, to this day, anywhere in the world and you say, “Who are the biggest superheroes?” People will say, “Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.” And yet, Batman and Superman have multiple reboots and franchises, and I was like, “How many times can we see Bruce Wayne’s parents get killed in the alley?” Wonder Woman had never been in a live-action film in 75 years, ever. And that was part of my impetus to start writing this story.

A friend of mine was writing one of the early drafts of Wonder Woman and she said, “Why is this so hard?” Because Wonder Woman was created for a totally different reason. Marston called it psychological propaganda, but he really wanted to teach a generation of boys and men to love and respect powerful women, because he thought that women could save the world. He thought men were going to drive it into a ditch, and that women were inherently loving and nurturing and they should be in charge. This was part of his work to do that.

How did you choose your cast?

I got really, really lucky in that it’s very difficult as an independent film maker to get your top choices in a small movie. I’ve been tracking Luke Evans for forever. I was just obsessed with him and I felt that Marston really needed a palpable masculinity, but also an intelligence and charm and sensitivity. So, I just harassed Luke’s reps. [Laughs]

With Rebecca Hall, one of my producers, Amy Redford, ran into her at Sundance and she called me, saying, "Rebecca Hall is Elizabeth.” I was like, “Rebecca Hall is Elizabeth. You’re so right.” And then I heard that Rebecca had been considering adapting the story herself and had done a lot of research. We had a mind meld, and she’s so freaking smart and incredible.

I searched for a long time for the right Olive Byrne. When I met Bella Heathcote, I asked her to put some scenes on tape. She sent me the tape, and she was just a revelation. It’s very hard to find somebody who can be very vulnerable and strong simultaneously, and she had that quality. Then I had my three!

The movie deals with a polyamorous relationship, and it is also a very strong feminist story — really surprising for that time, especially for a man. How accurate is it to the actual events?

I do think it's very accurate that they were very actively involved in feminism. Olive Byrne's mother and aunt were two of the foremost feminists in the entire history of feminism. One of the things that was really exciting and sad about the research was that it's all so contemporary —  we’re still fighting the same battles. As far as the characters, there are a lot of facts in the Marston’s life that everybody agrees on; and then there are a bunch of facts that are open to interpretation. This film is definitely my interpretation of my research. Like any historical biopic, you want to condense timelines, and there are some composite characters. But I really feel like the spirit of feminism is incredibly accurate.

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Speaking of feminism, why do you think it’s important to keep putting strong female multifaceted characters on the screen?

It’s hugely, hugely important to me. I feel like the one — some people have commented on the difference between my first film [D.E.B.S.] and this film, but I feel like the thread through all of my work is trying to render complicated, interesting, strong, complex female characters. I kind of am similar to Marston, in that Marston put his ideas into a pop culture package because he thought it was the best way to change the world, and I feel similarly. If you can tell really entertaining stories, but put in what’s important to you to literally change hearts and minds, I feel like it’s really important. Because it still is absurd that women are 51% of the population, and yet represented on screen as just a tiny, tiny fraction of that.

Marston was subversive with what he put into the comics — the bondage, for instance. Your film is going to be released during a very conservative time in America. How do you feel about  releasing the film into that kind of climate?

It’s really interesting to me, because I was watching some of the EPK [Electronic Press Kit] footage that we shot last October aout two weeks before the election, so it’s almost like a time capsule. We all thought we’d have the first female president when we shot it. It’s actually kind of incredible. Luke’s interviewing, and he’s like, “We’re about to have our first female president.” The ironic thing is that I was like, “Maybe by the time the movie comes out it will be passé and we’ll be past all this.” And then it was distinctly the opposite. I do feel it makes the message of tolerance and love and peace and having the kind of freedom to be who you are against society, or any type of adversity, even more important and relevant.

What are your main challenges as a female director?

I think that it is hard across the board. I was going to say in mainstream Hollywood, but I think it's true almost anywhere, for female directors, writers, actresses — but especially directors. I do think that there is an entrenched system that’s not super hospitable to women, and that there’s a lot of institutional misogyny baked into Hollywood. [Note: At the time of this interview, the assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein had not yet come out.] It’s funny; I feel like with a lot of my frustration with Hollywood, I was able really to relate to Elizabeth in her pursuit and her frustration and the glass ceilings. I feel like a lot of what the movie also talks about is white male privilege and entitlement, and it really struck me that for all intents and purposes — Elizabeth, she had three degrees, everyone said she was smarter than Marston, but she, because she was a woman and the time she lived in, hit certain glass ceilings and she couldn’t get the same degree. You experience a lot of her frustration, and they talk a lot about the entitlement. And also, Elizabeth and Olive have been almost completely erased from history in that Elizabeth was not credited in the work that she did on the lie detector test, and she and Olive were hidden as the inspiration for Wonder Woman. It was important for me to reclaim them as people and characters, so that they could be recognized for their contribution. 

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3 New Books By Trans Writers To Read Right Now http://bust.com/books/193649-trans-writers-books.html http://bust.com/books/193649-trans-writers-books.html  

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Trans Authors Speak Up And Reach Out

From our October/November 2017 print issue, we're bringing you a sidebar on three new books about gender, all by trans writers.

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Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter?
By Heath Fogg Davis
(NYU Press)

Even with increased visibility, acceptance, and legal strides, transgender people still face pressure from a society that wants to sort everyone into a masculine and feminine gender binary. Author Heath Fogg Davis, a professor of political science at Temple and a transgender man of color, examines the systems in America that still focus on identifying a specific gender, including bathrooms, college admissions, single-gender colleges, gender-segregated sports, and gender-identifying documents. Davis constantly challenges the value of forcing people to adhere to a binary, successfully arguing that the problems far outweigh the benefits. Davis’ dry, academic style is enlivened with personal accounts of the daily struggles of transgender people, including his own personal experiences. He also includes a “gender audit” section, to assist organizations in doing a critical self-assessment regarding unnecessary usage of gender classifications. 4/5 –Adrienne Urbanski

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Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me
By Janet Mock
(Atria Books)

Next to a Magic Wand, a phone charging station, and a Tiffany lamp, trans activist and journalist Janet Mock’s second memoir is the best thing that could ever land on your nightstand. It’s a gripping narrative in which she shares moments from her 20s with candor, forgiving self-deprecation, and warmth. Unfolding at first in small, glittering moments and ending in longer summaries of time gone by, the story of Mock and her first husband spans years of attachment and separation while she develops her career in New York. This memoir is as good at reassuring those struggling to assert themselves as it is at educating people about the trans experience. 4/5 –Robyn Smith

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“You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People
By Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R
(Beacon Press)

As society’s understanding of gender evolves, the movement for transgender equality has emerged as both a leading civil rights issue and a core underpinning of intersectional feminism. This insightful and instructive primer clears up many common falsehoods about what it means to be trans or gender-nonconforming, without relying on dense political jargon or dry, specialized academic lingo. The book’s clear, direct language and compassionate, no-nonsense approach helps dispel the confusion and bigotry that often overshadows public perception of transgender issues. In a way that is concise and accessible, authors Laura Erickson-Schroth and Laura Jacobs examine the cultural and political history of Western trans and nonbinary identity while exploring the hurdles trans people frequently face. Buy this book and share it with your whole family. 5/5 –Renate Robertson

Top photo: Janet Mock, from BUST's June/July 2017 print issue. Photo by Jill Greenberg // Hair: Chuck Amos // Makeup: Wendy Miyake


This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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BAE Puts You in Touch With Your Divine Feminine: BUST Inteview http://bust.com/entertainment/193646-the-bae-collective-puts-you-in-touch-with-the-divine-feminine-bust-inteview.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193646-the-bae-collective-puts-you-in-touch-with-the-divine-feminine-bust-inteview.html  We sat down with mama BAE, DJ, yoga teacher, meditation leader, and all-around badass, Reem Abdou and talked about her collective BAE. The BAE community has quickly spread across several creative spaces creating an environment that feels safe and inclusive. The collective celebrates their one year anniversary this Thursday at Lot 45. The event sponsored by BUST Magazine will feature an all-female and female-identifying lineup of curated music, crafts, immersive experiences and more all in the name of divine feminine energy! You can also catch the BAE collective at this year's BUST Craftacular

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So first off tell me a bit about yourself, your djing and bass yoga, you seem to be involved with everything 
I am a creator who has finally and unapologetically come into her creative potential! I make binaural music for BASSyoga and other ecstatic experiences, teach yoga and meditation, produce BAE, and connect other creators to each other so they can make things and spaces for all of us to thrive in. My musical expression is a communication. It’s sensation infusion. It's about a feeling. It's always about a feeling ... extended upswells of euphoric sound mixed with primal impulses to step and sway ... Tribal rhythms, groovy basslines, pulsing 808s, glittering synths, ancestral vocals... I identify as less a DJ, and more a genre-bending vibe curator. My intention is to soundscape you connecting, and communing, and creating with yourself and with others. I play what the bodies, the spaces, the environment is asking for — this is my offering. I’m here not just to speak, but also to listen, too. And, ultimately, to serve.


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BASSyoga is rooted movement + fluid sound — synced. It's designed to be a deeply primal experience in bonding back with The Source; the first sound we hear, our mother’s heartbeat — the BASS. Merging the science of yoga with the science of sound vibration, my sis and skilled teacher Nikki Ortiz leads an intuitive flow sequence while I live blueprint it to electronic bass music, ancient rhythms, powerful binaural beats, and ambient soundscapes. We enjoy and are genuinely liberated by music + movement in a similar way. so our intention is to offer an accessible meditation on being in love, grace, openness — feeling real healing —� while having fun!

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So what exactly is BAE and what does it stand for?
BAE stands for Before Anything Else. It is a series, gathering, experience, and SPACE curated, produced, and performed by women, for ALL. The intention is to amplify connection, collaboration, and co-creation by, with, and for the communities that we come from. At BAE’s core, we celebrate and support female creativity and divine feminine energy — the hidden talent and hushed magic of NYC, and beyond. We are holding these safe and hyper-inclusive spaces for people to do their thing fully and unapologetically with the vision and intention of shifting the status-quo. Greater equality, greater awareness, greater room for the modern yet renaissance woman. The real idea is that YOU are BAE. Putting you and your art and your mission before anything else enables others to show up in a way that honors themselves, their art, and their own mission, too. Ultimately, we coalesce to co-create and co-habit a world where we are all doing our thing and helping each other do it, too.


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What inspired you to start BAE
A year ago, there were very few spaces in NYC like the one I am describing to you. At least, within the communities and neighborhoods that I was going out in. If they existed, they felt few and far in between. Of course, in many ways, we are a product and reflection of our environments, and so my not knowing about parties or collectives that empowered the feminine spirit is perhaps the truth that I needed to create those spaces — selfishly (because I’m into redefining that word) — for my self, and for my friends, too! I’d been teaching yoga for a couple of years and when I wanted to go out, I wanted to meet other like-minded people. I wanted to feel impacted by a positive energetic force. I wanted to feel just as balanced in my feminine nature, as I was getting validated for my masculine qualities. I wanted to honor the duality and multidimensionality of my being. When I began to DJ, I craved conscious dance floor experiences that left me feeling restored and inspired the next day, rather than drained and confused. I wanted to play at parties where people looked each other in the eye and didn’t need to lose themselves to find themselves, and where I could meet and support other women who were doing the damn thing — hustling, running businesses, building whole worlds in this city, changing the status quo, IN REAL LIFE. Now, there is a whole contact list of amazing, entrepreneurial artistic women for anyone to connect to and collaborate with (stay tuned for the BAE website launch with direct links to ‘em!). We put each other ON.

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What kind of events does BAE typically throw or involve themselves with?
BAE creates super-charged, high-vibrational experiences featuring a uniquely all-female and female-identifying lineup of music-makers, live artists, and matriarchal healers. We feature interactive activations, live performances, and immersions across mediums and genres that highlight the most collaborative creators, artists, craftswomen, and local female-led collectives. When we collaborate with others, we are looking to both be in alignment with the organizers, and also to be contributing something really valuable to the event. So that even if the alignment is a little off, we’re holding a space that can serve as a portal for those attending who are craving what we are offering!

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There are so many amazing women involved in the BAE community! Where did you find them all?
Synchronicity! Speaking of alignment, every single soul involved in BAE is connected somehow to myself or someone else who is involved. The community has become a web of interconnectivity — degrees of separation that become smaller and smaller. Those who are naturally drawn to the community, are called to collaborate. I love to think of this as a Divine Feminine force shifting people, places, and things into authentic alignment. Sometimes, thanks to social media, myself or another bae will come across someone who creates and offers something incredible. We reach out. We actively diversify our lineups. We intentionally make it feel new each time. Plus, we keep our channels incredibly open. Direct Messenger has been our booking agent. Either way, nothing and no one gets forced or rushed. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned when all I was itching to do was bring into fruition something that wasn’t ready to be. Women have experienced much over the millennia. We are patient.

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What advice do you have for young girls and women who are trying to pursue their dreams in a world with so many obstacles and oppression against women?
As a female, you are a creator by nature.
You are a vessel for life.
Your dream — whatever you wish to do or have in the world — is your baby. It is what you bring forth into existence. It has as much tangibility and soul as anything else.
There will forever be obstacles; this is the nature of life itself. I like to think that without them, life would be uninteresting. There would be no real growth, or change, or evolution.
We’re entering a new age now, you know.
We are re-imaging and re-evolving our world.
We are not just demanding justice from dated modes of power, we are delineating and constructing it ourselves. We are sourcing our own happiness and success and systems.
Even in a world where oppression still exists, in the grand scheme of things, how lucky are we to be girls and women. Vessels for life! Ships that sail and ships that sink and create whole underwater universes where everyone can breathe.. We are unlimited. 

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Entertainment Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:44:55 -0400
Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" Remake Is Sex Positive, Polyamorous, Pansexual, And Black http://bust.com/tv/193644-spike-lee-s-she-s-gotta-have-it-is-black-sex-positive-polyamorous-and-pansexual.html http://bust.com/tv/193644-spike-lee-s-she-s-gotta-have-it-is-black-sex-positive-polyamorous-and-pansexual.html  

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Continuing the trend of the cinematic past finding its way back into our hearts as revitalized and revamped versions of its original self, Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It is now a Netflix series, and the trailer was released this past weekend.

The feature film that launched Lee’s career was notable for its revolutionary portrayal of black female sexuality. Cherishing her freedom and central character, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) juggled three men and experimented with monogamy. The trailer reintroduced us to the 31-year-old storyline with some nuance. Speaking to her therapist, Darling declares herself “sex positive, polyamorous, pansexual” and says she never thought monogamy as a possibility. Granted, these identities are far from new, however, the readiness to accept and understand the terms used to identify them is. The trailer expands on the three men she’s seeing, who are updated characters based on the original film: there's Mars Blackmon (Hamilton alum Anthony Ramos), a goofy, sneakerhead; Greer Childs (Transparent's Cleo Anthony), the spontaneous model; and finally, Jamie Overstreet (Saw's Lyriq Bent), the successful grown-up who cares about her in a way no ever has.

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News of the remake of Lee’s debut feature film, and arguably one of the best Spike Lee joints out of the 40 Acres and a Mule filmworks, still comes with some concerns. On one side, there is the excitement to see one black woman’s exploration of her sexuality and identity with agency and autonomy on screen. Then on the other side, it’s a Spike Lee joint. Longtime viewers of Lee’s works know that things can go really well (School Daze, Do The Right Thing, Girl 6) or leave you asking, what the fuck did I even just watch? (See: Chiraq or Clockers — ehh, or maybe don’t...) Not to mention the hesitation of seeing films about women written by men. It’s the same general hesitation many marginalized groups have whenever an outsider presents a work of a narrative that they do not live.

More importantly, fans will certainly not forget the almost-justified rape in the original. Refusing to choose a single lover, after being prompted by all her suitors, Darling shuts all the relationships down. Darling tries to rekindle a relationship by seducing Jamie. Feeling used, this angers him, leading to the assault. This was dangerous for audiences, as the assault was seemingly justified because Nola “asked for it.”

Luckily, In 2014, during the 25th anniversary of Do the Right Thing and promotion for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, the Huffington Post reported that Spike regretted the inclusion of the assault. He said, “If I was able to have any do-overs, that would be it. It was just totally ... stupid. I was immature. It made light of rape, and that’s the one thing I would take back. I was immature and I hate that I did not view rape as the vile act that it is. I can promise you, there will be nothing like that in She’s Gotta Have It, the TV show, that’s for sure.”

For that directoral and personal growth, I am hopeful. And, if nothing else, at least I can scream, “Yaaas Uncle Spike. Come through with these alternative black narratives. Give us poly black love from a feminine perspective.”

The 10-episode series on Netflix will be available this Thanksgiving. Check out the official trailer below:



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TV Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:14:44 -0400
An Undocumented 17-Year-Old Is Being Refused Her Abortion Rights By The Trump Administration http://bust.com/feminism/193643-unaccompanied-undocumented-imprisoned-trump-admin-refusing-pregnant-teen-s-abortion-rights.html http://bust.com/feminism/193643-unaccompanied-undocumented-imprisoned-trump-admin-refusing-pregnant-teen-s-abortion-rights.html  Abortion Header 9846e

A 17-year-old undocumented immigrant is living in custody of federal government in Texas and is being denied her abortion rights by the Trump administration.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the Central American unaccompanied minor, being referred to as Jane Doe for her privacy, is being detained in a private Brownsville shelter contracted by the Department of Health and Human Services. The ACLU has launched a suit that seeks for an emergency order from the court to block the federal government from obstructing her abortion access.

A senior attorney with the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project, Brigitte Amiri, says, “The government is complete out of bounds by banning abortion for this young woman.” She also adds that it’s "blatantly unconstitutional" and "inhumane."

Texas laws state that all minors need consent from their parents or permission from a judge to get an abortion. According to legal filings, the girl has the money to pay for an abortion and permission from a judge, but is being blocked from leaving the shelter for the procedure.

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Doe was obstructed from attending a pre-abortion medical appointment Susan Hays, the legal director of Jane’s Due Process, tells the Texas Tribune. Jane's Due Process is a nonprofit that seeks to provide legal representation for minors who are pregnant in Texas. Hays that she was scheduled on September 28th to get counseled on her options and a state mandated sonogram by the doctor who would also be performing the abortion. Doe was scheduled to receive the abortion the next day.

The DHHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement refused to allow Doe, who is 14 weeks pregnant, to leave the shelter even though she was to be accompanied by a guardian and attorney that were appointed by a judge to be responsible for her. Hays says that instead of the abortion clinic, Doe was forced to go to a Crisis Pregnancy Center that does not provide abortions, but instead attempts to directly influence the patient's choice to instead carry the child to term.

This case is just a scope of what exactly the Trump administration's agenda is in terms of reproductive health and just how far they are willing to go to restrict women's abortions rights. According to Politico, over the last seven months, the DHHS has intervened to block young girls from obtaining legal abortions at federally funded shelters. Even cases of rape and incest, or teens that had the ability to pay for the procedure, were denied. Instead, officials are forcing these minors to religiously affiliated groups, or, in some cases, have personally visited them to try and talk them out of abortions.

The implications of this major policy shift are huge for the hundreds of other pregnant teens in this shelters. Although the suit was originally filed against the Obama administration, the ACLU is arguing that the Trump administration is taking on a policy that would directly prevent unaccompanied teen immigrants from obtaining abortions. The administration is already under fire for another drastic change to policy after backing a 20 week abortion ban

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton stated in an amicus breif earlier this week, “If Doe prevails in this case, the ruling will create a right to abortion for anyone on earth who enters the U.S. illegally. And with that right, countless others undoubtedly would follow.” He adds, "Texas must not become a sanctuary state for abortions.”

Amari, of Doe’s legal team, calls Paxton's statement “absurd and offensive." She argues that a majority of women coming over the boarder are victims of sexual assult. She doesnt know why someone "would risk their lives and that kind of assaut" just to come to the US to get an abortion.

"Since the Trump administration has taken over, we have seen a pattern of this happening to other women, and we are fearful that it will happen to other women in the future if the court does not intervene," Amiri said in a statement to NPR.

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Feminism Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:10:00 -0400
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Carrie Fisher, our ever–lasting Princess Leia, keeps proving to be the (sh)ero and friend we all need, even after her death. Constantly crushing patriarchy and standing up to sexual abusers and harassers in the most genius, badass of ways. 

Fisher's friend, producer Heather Ross, said in a radio interview with Arizona station 94.9 Mix FM that she was once  sexually assaulted by a famous Oscar–winning producer (not Harvey Weinstein) when she had just moved to Hollywood in 1999. The producer had forced himslef onto her while she was sitting in his car. He  pulled her car seat down and then forcibly started to touch himself with his right hand and kept left hand on her chest, by her neck, holding her down so she wouldn't be able to move. "When it happened, it happened so fast that I was ashamed of myself. I thought that I did something wrong. I was just a kid from Tucson, and this guy was a high-profile Oscar winning producer," she told 94.9 Mix FM on Thursday. 

Ross mentioned this incident to Fisher afterwards. Two weeks later, Fisher told her Ross had just been by Sony Studios, where the producer worked at the time, and had personally delivered him a gift. "I went to his office and personally delivered a Tiffany box wrapped with a white bow,’” Fisher said at the time. But jewelry wasn't in this Tiffany's box — instead, there was a cow's tongue from a local deli, with a handwritten note from Fisher telling the producer, "If you ever touch my darling Heather or any woman again, the next delivery will be something of yours in a much smaller box." 

With this story, Carrie Fisher not only shows us all a prime example of how to stand up for our friends and how to perfectly pay revenge to the men who might have abused or harassed them, but she also reminds us of just how much we miss her — and her brave Princessa Leia heart.

Top photo: still of Carrie Fisher in Star Wars 

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Feminism Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:39:48 -0400
La Borinqueña Is The Puerto Rican Superhero We Need Right Now http://bust.com/books/193640-la-borinquena-edgardo-miranda-rodriguez-interview.html http://bust.com/books/193640-la-borinquena-edgardo-miranda-rodriguez-interview.html  

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Puerto Rico needs a hero right now. Before Hurricane Maria struck, over 200 schools had closed due to the fiscal crisis, and there were water shortages and electrical shortages — and now, all of these issues are being exacerbated. We need a hero, a voice, and Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez has created that hero, a puertorriqueña named Marisol Rios De La Luz, also known as La Borinqueña.

Miranda-Rodriguez incorporates Puerto Rican history both from the island and the diaspora to tell the story of La Borinqueña, a fictional comic book hero from a real island with real problems. Marisol is a graduate student at Columbia University studying earth and environmental studies. She travels to Puerto Rico in order to finish her senior thesis, and it is on the island that she discovers her powers and develops her identity. More importantly, the comic book — first published in 2016 — tells an eerily prescient story about a hurricane that destroys the island, causing a total blackout and causing Puerto Ricans to express how often they feel forgotten. Miranda-Rodriguez was well aware of the fragile state Puerto Rico was in before Hurricane Maria struck.

“For me, it’s kind of weird and surreal that it’s so relevant,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “Puerto Rico was long overdue for a natural disaster, given the current debt crisis and the compromised infrastructure of the island, and the amount of devastation [from a natural disaster] would cripple the island. Knowing all of this, I put this into writing a comic book.”

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Miranda-Rodriguez first announced the book in summer 2016, after he was invited by the Smithsonian Museum to give a talk to a group of graduate students. Since then he has been on tour for over a year. In addition to being a fan favorite, the book has also been taught in university classrooms. Two doctoral students have featured his book in their doctoral thesis, and Colgate University — Miranda-Rodriguez’s alma mater — taught an entire comic book course.

“I often talk to my wife [Kyung Jeon-Miranda] about a lot of ideas, and run it by her to make sure they’re not corny,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “She said, 'What if you put a hurricane into the story?' and taking her idea, I fleshed it into the storyline; initially it wasn’t going to be in the story.”

Miranda wrote and released book one of La Borinqueña in 2016; during that year, 1.5 million residents of Puerto Rico experienced a complete blackout for three to five days. Even before Hurricane Maria, Miranda-Rodriguez was well aware of the fragility of Puerto Rico’s infrastructure.

As long as Miranda-Rodriguez has been touring this book, he has been saying, “What’s happening in Puerto Rico is a humanitarian crisis.” For him to hear those words from journalists now, he says, leaves him a little bobo: “I literally feel like Chicken Little." 

Since the hurricane, the book has become relevant, not only in informing people of the issues in Puerto Rico, but also teaching the general public about Puerto Rican culture and history. It informs audiences of the feminism that has been alive within the Puerto Rican community, both on the island and in the diaspora.

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Front and center vocalizing these important issues is the comic book's protagonist, Marisol. When I asked Miranda about why he made the central character a female superhero, he said he unfortunately gets asked that question more than he would like.

“Were she a man nobody would ask me, 'Why didn’t you make him a woman?' Unfortunately, we’re used to absorbing and consuming popular culture that’s fed to us on a patriarchal menu,” Miranda-Rodriguez said.

“I’m speaking as a man, obviously, but as a man that was mentored by very strong women like Iris Morales, one of the original members of the Young Lords party; Dr. Marta Moreno-Vega, who founded El Museo del Barrio; Francis Lucerna, who was one of the co-founders of El Puente,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “These are the women that mentored me, these are the women that shaped me to become the man that I am today, the father that I am, the husband that I am to my wife. And for me there was never a debate, man or woman. Nunca.”

Miranda-Rodriguez explained that for him, Puerto Rico has always been a maternal entity. “The name La Borinqueña came instantly because it resonated perfectly; it literally means the Puerto Rican woman. To me, it’s the most powerful name a character can have that really exudes unapologetic patriotism,” Miranda-Rodriguez said.

La Borinqueña is unapologetically patriotic. This is showcased in her costume, her language, in how she looks and how she obtains her powers. She is the first superhero that is distinctively linked to Taino mythology, the indigenous population on the island of Puerto Rico before Spanish conquest. She receives her power from the Taino gods, and in her free time dances bomba, the Afro-Puerto Rican cultural dance from the island. “She completely embraces the true powerful mix that is puertorriqueño,” Miranda-Rodriguez said, “and she is an Afro-boricua because that is one of the strongest presences on our island."

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Miranda-Rodriguez celebrates la herencia puertorriqueña, as well as what it means to be a Puerto Rican. A part of that celebration is celebrating her strength, and not her “exoticness,” nor does he over-sexualize her.

“I make sure the artists do not draw her standing in a provocative pose, or even conveniently her cape lifts up at this exact moment, or her leg is this way at this exact moment,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. "Everything is deliberate in comics, just like in film. So I choose to position her in a way that you never see anything that could be perceived as provocative, or erotic, or sexualized. I look at her when she’s drawn as how Superman would be drawn, literally.”

This autonomy over the drawing of women in comics is refreshing. “You never see a male character tilting the torso just to the right so that the hips pops out, a dude never does that. That’s not the way I want my character portrayed. Also just because she’s a hero, she is not 6’7" with a negative 12 waist, she is about 5’6" with maybe a size 6 or 8 waist. It’s about healthy body image; you don’t have to be super skinny to be healthy. She could have the body that she has and still be healthy.”

Marisol is not only La Borinqueña with amazing superpowers, she is also a scientist. This detail was very important to the author. Miranda-Rodriguez says he wanted to make sure she would grow as a character, and was careful not to superimpose his own thoughts on the politics of the environment or Puerto Rico.

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“What I wanted to do with her story was present the objective truth,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. Most readers don’t know all the history of Puerto Rico, and neither does the book's protagonist. Through images and language,  Miranda-Rodriguez presents what is happening objectively.

“We don’t sit in front of each other eating sancoho and waxing poetic, we just don’t,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “So I didn’t want her story to be that as well. For her, her narrative it is important. As her story grows into future books there’s a lot of space for me to explore.”

The first book covered many of the problems the island is currently facing, and Miranda-Rodriguez says the second book will focus more on the rebuilding of Puerto Rico, and what those challenges mean to Marisol's identity, echoing how those of us in the diaspora feel.

Since the time we were given American citizenship, we’ve always been received as second class citizens, says Miranda-Rodriguez. “Because of the platform this book is giving me to talk, I am very mindful of what I do and what I think."

He has used this platform not only to bring light to issues happening in Puerto Rico, but also to work with organizations in order to raise money for Corporacion Piñones Integra (COPI) and Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, both groups helping hurricane victims. In addition, Miranda-Rodriguez has also launched a t-shirt featuring La Borinqueña, and 100% of the t-shirt sales go to hurricane relief. Before Maria hit, Miranda-Rodriguez was working with these groups in order to raise money for homes that were destroyed by Irma, now it will also help victims affected by Maria.

“I continue to advocate that this rebuilding process is not something that is going to be done in the next few weeks,” Miranda-Rodriguez said. “This is going to take months, years to rebuild. Literally, it will take as much time for those leaves to grow back on the palm trees, the flowers to blossom once again on the flamboyan, and the amapolas to shine their crimson petals under the beautiful sun.”

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He is right; there is no band-aid solution. It will take time. Miranda-Rodriguez is not only working on La Borinqueña, he also designed the artwork for “Almost Like Praying,” the hurricane relief song composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda (no relation). In addition at this year’s New York Comic Con, Miranda-Rodriguez unveiled book one of comedy legend John Leguizamo's first comic book, Freak, which Miranda-Rodriguez art directed (with artwork by Chris Batista, Chris Sotomayor, Sabrina Cintron and Adrian Martínez). Although he is doing all of these amazing collaborations, the most important project to him is La Borinqueña.

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“Working on La Boriqueña speaks specifically to who I am, and it speaks to fundamentally the humanity of who I am, the passion I have for being a puertorriqueño, the constant reminder that I come from a legacy of resilient people, that we will overcome this hurricane, just as we overcame the Ponce massacre, just as we overcame Vieques. La Borinqueña, she is an ambassador for real people.”

Top image by Sabrina Cintron

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Books Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:57:55 -0400
Punk Singer Helen McCookerybook Talks Sea Change and Sisterhood: BUST Interview http://bust.com/music/193639-helen-mccookerybook.html http://bust.com/music/193639-helen-mccookerybook.html Photo.By.Ruth.Tidmarsh.2 c9268

Helen McCookerybook isn’t exactly a name you’re going to forget in an instant, is it? Especially if it's been bandied about on the UK’s punk scene since the 1970s. Growing up in the North East of England, a young Helen Reddington headed south to study at Brighton Polytechnic where she joined motley bunch The Chefs on bass and vocal duties. And this shift from the river to the sea feels very poignant for an artist who released a record of the very same name — the Sea — earlier this year. This evening, however, she is settled in on land amongst the dark wood of a North London boozer with a bowl full of chips, a hot cup of Yorkshire tea and a soft mustard knit. It’s here she begins to reflect on the past few years and her break from performing some ten years ago; a feat hard to envisage with a new record tucked under her belt.

“I was living life as a suburban housewife really, I hadn’t played for 25 years. My guitar was hidden under the bed covered in a layer of dust," she admits. In the time the dust had been building up, Reddington had been writing and lecturing in production and cultural theory on popular music, and it was one of her students who tempted her back onto the stage: “I made a decision I was going to see every single band the students played in. This student, Jamie McDermott of The Irrepressibles, calls me up and I say, ‘When are you playing next, Jamie?' and he says, ‘Oh, two weeks time. Get your guitar out and we’ll play some tunes.'"

Taking to the stage with a trembling hand, this impromptu performance led to another gig offer; a familiar feeling to Reddington, who had encountered such spirit back in Brighton: “It was just like punk. You play one accidental gig and then get offered another." From tentative opening act to setting these skeleton tracks to tape, Reddington captured an album’s worth of material, and then went onto the next. Meeting another musician, Helen toured for the next seven or so years until that broke early last year: “I was heartbroken, but I knew the thing that had always rescued me was writing and recording." Sending herself back to the studio, Helen finished the last of these most recent tracks around Christmas, posting on Facebook in January to ask if anyone could think of any suitable places to do a solo tour and couldn’t believe the response: “I was just inundated. Some people were saying come and play with us, quite a lot of it was here’s this venue and so I got to work. I just thought no one’s going to do this for me, I’ve got to do it."

This DIY attitude has been a constant for Reddington. Indeed, feeling empowered to effect change is nothing new for someone who saw Rock Against Racism in the making back home in Brighton. “It was a culture of misfits. There were university students, art school students like me. There were lots of black punks. There was a whole generation saying we reject all of these things and we don’t think it’s right. And of that, I feel really proud of our generation." Back then in 1970s, race relations in Britain were in crisis. This was a real surge of power towards the far right and immigrants lived in fear of violence. Not too dissimilar to some of the sentiments being felt some forty years later. “What makes it so impossible for us to sort our human race out? It shouldn’t be so hard?” questions Reddington, as she takes another sip from her mug of tea. It’s something the artist knows the power of as a performer: “That’s very important to have running alongside what you do, if you are lucky enough to have people coming to a gig. To keep a perspective on it and think is there anyway I can utilise this."

Reddington’s resilience is a driving factor to all of her projects. And like any good Chef will attest, she has her fingers in many pies, everything from book writing to film directing. Indeed, over a fresh brew, Helen explains her recent foray into directing with long time friend and fellow post-punk alumna, Gina Birch of '70s noiseniks The Raincoats.

“Gina had been making a film about the Raincoats for ages, and it was proving very difficult to finish. We were talking and she said, ‘Well, I’ve got all this extra footage where I’m asking people all kinds of things about punk and there’s nowhere else for this footage to go, why don’t we interview some of the women?’” Fired up by the prospect of a new project to lend a hand to, Reddington channeled some of her own entrepreneurship teaching into getting the film out. And if it’s one thing entrepreneur's pride themselves it’s aiming high: “I thought right, let’s go to the British Library and let’s ask Andy Linehan if we can show our film’, she recalls. “So I wrote to Andy, we have this film ‘Stories from the She Punks’ — I made up a name — and he said, come and talk to me."

Unknown to Reddington and Birch, 2016 was the 40th anniversary of punk, and the pair’s work-in-progress documentary would appear as part of the Punk London listings, a year of events, gigs, films, talks and exhibits celebrating its heritage and influence in London. Chaired by broadcaster and writer (Typical Girls? The Story of The Slits) Zoë Howe and with panelists Jane Woodgate (the Mo-Dettes) and Tessa Pollitt (the Slits), Reddington admits they weren’t really sure of the reaction the film would received: “It’s such hard graft, and I think we were so absorbed with making it, we had no concept of what it would be like. These people started coming in and we thought ‘Oh, there’s actually quite a lot of people here’ and you look, and the place is nearly full. People started laughing and you could feel all this warmth. It was like a radiator."

Reddington emits that very same warmth when you sit with her, rapt as she recounts stories from the road (“When I am driving to the venue at this age, I just think what the fuck am I doing. I don’t know if anyone will come”) lifelong friendships (“For all of Ari Up’s feistiness and fierceness, there was a side of her that was really well brought up and wouldn’t trash somebody’s party”) and the real changemakers on the scene (“Quite often guys trumpet their feminism. The best male feminists don’t need to talk about it, and Robert Lloyd (The Nightingales) is one of those”). Talk turns to the new record, The Sea, and her relationship with water stemming from her youth up the River Tyne: “I love water and even when I’ve had a bad day teaching, sometimes I would just get a train down to Brighton and sit on the beach in the winter, with a cup of tea. And just look at the water, it’s so wild. I love the wilderness. I love untameable things." Unsurprisingly, The Sea is soaked in aquatic allegories; the upstrums of "Bird Talk" conjuring up waterfall blues and babbling brooks while "Women of the World" — a cry for sisterhood — beckoning in the sea change on the horizon.

In fact, this sentiment of sisterhood is probably the thing that you take away from meeting Helen McCookerybook. It’s palpable. You can see it in her daughters’ cover design and custom embroidery or as she expands about her new books plans focused on women in production. Reddington has been a lightening rod for other women through the years and continues to emit that light. “I have learned how to do these things so I’m not going to be frightened of how I am going to manage putting them into operation. I want to encourage and inspire people by showing them what other women are capable of and how they overcome the obstacles," she admits, matter-of-factly. It’s unsurprising then to find "Women of the World" rings out as a peaceful call to arms with Reddington's crips and candid vocals over blissful fretwork: “Sail a sea of change, sisters / Join in our song, it’s a song of hope, for together we are strong / Reach out your hands because the future is here, it’s ours to have and hold." As our time with Reddington comes to an end, we muse over this quiet uprising: “I call it DIY, but it’s not just me. If I get to the age where I am sitting in an old person’s home, there’s an awful lot of thank you letters I am going to need to write."

Multi-tasking to the bitter end, Reddington is a tour-de-force in spirit and strength. A change is in the air, sisters, and there’s an artful Chef ready to cook up a storm.

The Sea is out now via Helen’s Bandcamp page along with a 16 page Illustrated A4 chord/lyrics book. Catch Helen McCookerybook supporting The Nightingales at Seabright Arms, London on Wednesday, October 18th.

Top photo by Ruth Tidmarsh

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You Have To Read This Powerful Letter To Trans Women, From The Creator Of The Transgender Pride Flag http://bust.com/books/193636-to-my-trans-sisters-monica-helms.html http://bust.com/books/193636-to-my-trans-sisters-monica-helms.html transpride ac386

We're excited to share this letter from Monica Helms, an excerpt from the book To My Trans Sisters. Edited by trans activist Charlie Craggs, To My Trans Sisters gathers letters from 100 trailblazing trans women, inluding Laura Jane Grace and Isis King.


Monica Helms is the creator of the transgender pride flag. She donated the flag, which she created in 1999, to the Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum and research complex. Monica served in the US Navy for eight years and is the founder and former President of the Transgender American Veterans Association. She was notably the first trans person elected to a Democratic National Convention from Georgia and the South, and is an author, having written over 20 short stories.

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To my trans sisters,

I’ve been asked to write you an inspirational letter because, for some reason, I am a trans woman of some notoriety. If this is true, I sure as hell didn’t start off hoping I would become well known by other trans people. The journey that I started in 1997 was one that scared the shit out of me. "Why me?" I asked myself. "Why do I have to make this change in my life?" Now, 20 years later, I look back and say, "I should have started sooner."

At this very moment, I am looking at 66 years on this planet, and there was no way I could have started any sooner than when I did. At the age of five, I prayed to God to turn me into a girl. I was raised Catholic and in 1956 I thought of God in the same way as we see Amazon today. Put in your order and God will send it to you. Apparently, I wasn’t one of God’s Prime members, so it took him 41 years to fulfill my order. I guess for God, that’s one-day delivery.

The life ahead of you is filled with many dangers. I won’t sugar-coat it for you. Depending on where you live in this world, you could be well protected by your government or hunted like a wild animal. Don’t isolate yourself. Make as many face-to-face friends as you can. We are stronger in numbers. Learn ways to protect yourself and your friends. Laugh as much as you can. Cry when you need to. And remember, a smile can be very disarming.

I was lucky in where I was, what job I had and what friends were with me when I started my transition. I only wish my sisters the same luck. But not all will find that when they start. The rest of us have to be there for them. Don’t let the good luck you have in your life make you turn a blind eye to those less fortunate. Use your new-found voice to speak up for your trans brothers and sisters. I know this book is geared toward the trans sisterhood, but you can’t turn away from our brothers. Their strength adds a lot to our survival. Embrace them as you do your sisters.

Fight for our rights. Fight for our lives. Fight for our right to exist. "Fighting" can take many forms, and violence doesn’t have to be part of that. I have been on the front lines for many years, and I have lost some battles and won many others. Keep this in mind. You are not fighting for yourself but for the lives of those trans people who haven’t been born yet. It makes me smile to think that some of you who are reading this weren’t born when I started my journey 20 years ago. I fought for you, so you now fight for others.

I guess that is all I can say for now. I have a great love for all of you out there. You have to remember, you have been selected to be a trans woman for a reason. I think I found my reason. I hope you find yours.


Monica Helms

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6 Reasons Why Mike Pence Should Never Become President — Even If Trump Gets Impeached http://bust.com/feminism/193635-mike-pence-never-president.html http://bust.com/feminism/193635-mike-pence-never-president.html Pence Flickr GageSkidmore 9fc23

The dream of all dreams in 2017 is the impeachment of Donald Trump. If the miraculous were to happen, we would face a new problem. With Trump out of the White House, Mike Pence would step up to take the reigns. The scary thing is Mike Pence is mildly competent at politics, at least much more competent than Trump. An article from the October 23rd issue of The New Yorker, titled “The Danger of President Pence,” compiled a history of Pence’s personal and political legacy. Here are six of the most bewildering, horrifying, and stupid facts about our current vice-president.

1. He is fervently anti-abortion.

Before Pence’s stint as governor of Indiana, he yelled, “Shut it down!” at a Tea Party rally, referring to Planned Parenthood. Pence threatened to shut down the federal government until Planned Parenthood was defunded. Then, when he was governor, he signed a bill that barred women from getting abortions due to physically abnormal fetuses and required fetal burial or cremation for both aborted and miscarried fetuses. Luckily, this bill was ruled unconstitutional.

2. He supports anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

In a Congressional campaign in 2000, Pence’s platform included a promise to oppose “any effort to recognize homosexuals as a discrete and insular minority entitled to the protection of anti-discrimination laws.” As governor of Indiana, Pence signed a bill titled the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. When looking closer, residents discovered the bill “essentially legalized discrimination against homosexuals by businesses in the state.”

According to The New Yorker: “Pete Buttigieg, the young gay mayor of South Bend, who is a rising figure in the Democratic Party, told me that he tried to talk to Pence about the legislation, which he felt would cause major economic damage to Indiana. ‘But he got this look in his eye,’ Buttigieg recalled. “‘He just inhabits a different reality. It’s very difficult for him to lay aside the social agenda. He’s a zealot’.”

Trump is reported to have joked about Pence’s opinions on gay rights by saying, “Don’t ask that guy — he wants to hang them all.”

3. He’s in the pockets of the Koch brothers.

Pence is the connection between the Trump administration and the pockets of billionaires. When Pence joined the Trump campaign, he brought along the Koch Brothers, worth an estimated 90 billion dollars, and other billionaires. Pence has a long career of working with organizations funded by a plethora of lobbyists. He has called climate change a myth, and he even wrote an essay in 2000 where he claimed, “smoking doesn’t kill.”

Per The New Yorker, “(Steve) Bannon is equally alarmed at the prospect of a Pence Presidency. He told me, ‘I’m concerned he’d be a President that the Kochs would own.’” The article also reports that sixteen high-ranking officials in the Trump administration have ties to the Koch brothers.

4. He used racist imagery to run a smear campaign.

Pence entered the political world after he choose to run for Congress in 1987, when he was 29 years old. He ran against the Democratic incumbent, Phil Sharp, and lost, but the two ran against each other again in 1990. During the campaign, it was reported he used campaign money to pay his mortgage and buy groceries. He also ran what was called a “nasty” campaign against Sharp. According to The New Yorker, “One ad featured an actor dressed in Middle Eastern garb and sunglasses, who accused Sharp, falsely, of being a tool of Arab oil interests.”

5. He turned away a family of Syrian refugees.

The deeply religious Pence, then governor of Indiana, was once asked by the Archdiocese of Indiana, Joseph Tobin, to reconsider his ban on the barrement of resettlement of Syrian refugees in the state. Pence refused, and the family was sent to Connecticut. The New Yorker reports, “I asked Cardinal Tobin if there was a Christian argument in support of turning the refugees away. After a pause, he quietly said, ‘No.’” 

6. He compared Obamacare to 9/11.

Need we say more?

 Top photo via Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore.

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5 Nightmare-Fuel Spooky Stories To Read This Halloween http://bust.com/books/193634-spooky-stories-halloween.html http://bust.com/books/193634-spooky-stories-halloween.html  

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Tis the season to get spooky fa la-la-la la-la la-la-AAAAAAARGH. Now call me old fashioned, but there’s nothing nicer than curling up with a ghostly short story in front of a fire.

Traditionally, in Britain, ghost stories are a Christmas activity, with those morbid Victorians telling their most chilling tales whilst roasting chestnuts on an open fire (so the song goes), and if the BBC doesn’t show a ghost story drama over the festive period, it fucking ruins Christmas for us.

BUT, we also love reading chilling tales throughout October, or "Goth Christmas" as we like to call it, so we’ve pulled together our favorite nightmare-fuelled-historical-spectral tales from masters of the craft. Don’t blame us if you have to sleep with the light on.

1. "The Signalman" by Charles Dickens, 1886

Now, we’re all familiar with Dickens in some capacity. Arguably, he created the most well-known ghost story in the Western World with A Christmas Carol, that story of curmudgeonly old bellend Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to becoming less of a bellend when he’s visited by three Christmas ghosts. Everyone knows this story; even the Muppets have a version of it.

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 Dickens himself liked a good ghost story and had a keen interest in all kinds of supernatural shiz. So no surprise that he’d have a go at writing ghostly tales himself. "The Signalman" was published in 1866 as a Christmas short story for part of a collection entitled Mugby Junction.

If you’re new to ghost stories, I’d start with this one. It’s a short and unsettling read about a train enthusiast who decides to go have a chat with a signalman; back in those days, train signalling was done by human hand. Our narrator finds a confused and terrified signalman who is being haunted by a spectre that foreshadows some seriously shitty events.

2. "Pomegranate Seed" by Edith Wharton, 1931 

Edith Wharton is queen of the ghost story genre; she’s incredible at creating suspense and malevolence from totally mundane settings. She’s got three amazing collections of spooky tales we highly recommend AND she won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921, being the first lady to receive the honor!

"Pomegranate Seed" might actually be our favourite ghost story of all time. This tale is horrifying, there is a real layer of malice to the entire story, and you keep hoping for a happy ending to this one. LET LOVE WIN!

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It centres round the newlywed Mrs. Charlotte Ashby and her hubby Kenneth. He was a widower, and his dead wife Elsie decides she has unfinished business with Kenneth. She starts communicating with him through ghostly letters. It only gets worse from there.

3. "The Monkey's Paw" by W. W. Jacobs, 1902

First published in 1902 as a short story in Harper’s Monthly Magazine, this a brilliant and  well-known spooky story was written by William Wymark Jacobs, who was known for his humorous writing. Laurel and Hardy did a film, Our Relations, based off one of his funny stories, "The Money Box."

Now, our boy Will released a series of spooky and funny stories called The Lady of the Barge. This story was included in that anthology. Honestly, this story shits me right up. It still makes me recoil in horror reading it, and those of you who like your ghost stories with a bit of necromancy shoved in will enjoy this.

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The White family have a visit from their old mate, who’s a Sargent-Major in the army. He’s had a tour of India and seems to have come back a broken man. The White family press him for all the juicy details, and he hands over a manky-looking, mummified monkey's paw and tells them it grants wishes. That’s when all shit hits the fan and stuff gets proper creepy.

4. "The Nature Of The Evidence" by May Sinclair, 1923

May Sinclair knows how to do psychosexual horror. She was fascinated by Freud and was a member of the Society of Psychical Research, which conducted scientific studies into supernatural events. We’re imagining a sort of Victorian ghostbusters.

May released two collections of ghost stories: Uncanny Stories, which this unsettling and sessyful tale is in, and The Intercessor and Other Stories. Both have got some seriously scary stuff in, but "The Nature of Evidence" is the one that makes us need to sleep with the light on.


It’s basically a sexier version of Rebecca, but with an actual ghost. Our narrator has been gently coaxing juicy details of an X-rated ghostly encounter from his mate Edward Marston, who’s being haunted by the ghost of his first wife Rosamund. His new wife Pauline doesn’t live up to Rosamund’s standards… and Rosamund lets the bitch know it!

5. "The Phantom Rickshaw" by Rudyard Kipling, 1885

Now Mr. Kipling (not the cake dude) is a well-loved author; he gave us The Jungle Book, for feck's sake! He’s famous for his short stories and is seen to have reinvented their popularity during his lifetime. Considering he wrote lots of lovely stories for kids, this short story is pretty bollocking creepy. This ghost story is one with a message at its core, this message is:  "DON’T BE A SHITTY DUDE!"

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Falling into the "MEN ARE TERRIBLE" category, our dickhead narrator Jack strings along a married woman he’s been having an affair with, and when he’s done with her, tells her she’s uggo and he hates her, so could she just piss off please?

Poor lass is heartbroken and she dies. BUT then, our girl gets her spooky groove back. She decides to teach this fuckboi a lesson and haunts the shiz out of him.


These tales are mostly available to read online, or you can get them on your Kindle, because they’re fecking ancient. But if you want to sink your teeth into more modern collections, we heartily recommend Ghostly, a collection of spooky short stories pulled together by Audrey Niffenegger; "Pomegranate Seed" is included in that one.

The Folio Society also has an INCREDIBLE collection of ghost stories in their aptly named Folio Book of Ghost Stories. It looks gorgeous and boasts an excellent selection including "The Signalman" and "The Monkey’s Paw."

Happy reading, folks!

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This post originally appeared on F Yeah History and is reprinted here with permission.

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Carla Bruni Says Sexual Abuse Doesn't Happen In Fashion – She Is Wrong http://bust.com/feminism/193633-carla-bruni-says-sexual-abuse-doesn-t-happen-in-fashion-she-is-wrong.html http://bust.com/feminism/193633-carla-bruni-says-sexual-abuse-doesn-t-happen-in-fashion-she-is-wrong.html terry richardson lady gaga bust101617 14498

 I started working in fashion when I was 19. Two months into my first position as a stylist's assistant in New York, I was sexually harassed for the first time. A well-known male photographer who worked frequently with my boss invited me to his bedroom after a shoot, which was, conveniently, located right next to the studio portion of his live–in studio. I was squatting down onto the floor as he towered above me; I was busy trying to sort through shoes and clothes, and was startled by his question. Startled and embarrassed, but not for him, as maybe I should have been. After all, wouldn’t that be the logical thing to be when a 42–year old accomplished photographer tries to persuade a 19–year old assistant into his bedroom? But I was only embarrassed for myself.

Isn’t that what sexual harassment does? It makes the girl or woman in question feel as if it’s her own fault. Her own fault for allowing it, for being incapable of avoiding it, sometimes feeling guilty for existing at all. Was it my age, or lack of it, my long hair, or the fact that I giggled when he first suggested it? Maybe it was a combination of all three. But I giggled, in embarrassment and in fear, a fear of his power as he was lurking over me, and a fear of losing my own, barely at-all-established reputation and professionality. Giggling is a bad defense mechanism for dealing with inappropriate questions from men, as a giggle is never found as a synonym for “no” in any well–known dictionary. In a trial, a giggle would likely be seen as encouraging and enabling. The legal system doesn’t take into account that giggling is often an expression of fear for a woman in a situation like this.

I managed to avoid giving him any solid answer in that moment, almost thinking that I had exaggerated the awkwardness and and inappropriateness of it. But that same night, he texted me. I hadn’t given him my number, so he must have found it on the call–sheet. He pressed me for an answer this time, asking me if I had thought about his earlier question. I finally mustered up the courage, a courage I might have not found had I been face to face with him, and wrote, “No, I don’t think that’s appropriate.” To which he replied, “I hope you know that you will never make it in this industry with that attitude.”

French model and musician Carla Bruni told InStyle in an interview this weekend, “Fashion is not so dangerous for young girls. There's a lot of work, there's a lot of traveling, and you need to have a lot of discipline. I would say that it's one of the places in show business that is safe. People don't want to abuse girls — they want to photograph them. It's a healthy environment."

She added that the kind of sexual abuse and harassment made by men like Harvey Weinstein in Hollywood “doesn’t happen in fashion," because “there are a lot of women in fashion — women rarely go into that kind of abuse. That keeps it safe for young models."

Carla Bruni is wrong. It does happen, because even though much of the fashion industry is dominated by women, there are always key players and decision-makers who are men. Just like in Hollywood, just like in any industry. On a fashion shoot, the entire team is almost always all–female: from the assistants and the models to the stylists and the makeup artists. But the ones who often hold the most power, and ultimately decide the direction of where the shoot is going, are in most cases straight white men.

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These are the photographers. The power they hold and the lenses they shoot with are why women's fashion is still mostly captured by the male gaze on the pages of Vogue and ELLE in 2017. They have power, and for the ones who want to abuse that power, the fashion industry is a prime hunting ground. Because, just like Bruni said, “there are a lot of women in fashion.”

There are many examples of famous fashion photographers who have kept their careers long and strong in spite of sexual abuse accusations. Look no further than Terry Richardson who, in spite of several well–known cases of alleged sexual assault and harassment, still today is as celebrated and frequently employed in the fashion and entertainment industry. And just this past week, in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein media frenzy, model Cameron Russell has gathered and published more than 45 stories sent to her anonymously via Instagram, from models who recount various degrees of sexual harassment and assault by photographers they've worked with. From photographers who request oral sex and masturbate in front of them, to ones who force them to take their clothes off and who touch them without their consent.

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The other reason the fashion industry is a safe and nurturing environment for powerful men who sexually harass and assault women is that it’s, much like Hollywood, relatively small. Everyone knows everyone, or at least that is the rhetoric these men want to make you believe in, as it will intimidate you and inhibit you from speaking up and will let their behavior flourish without interruptions or consequences. 

I worked with the photographer who harassed me plenty of times after that and I, to this day, see him at industry events and parties. I never told my boss, and I tried to avoid his cold stares on set as well as his increasingly disturbing text messages at night. After a while, they stopped. I guess I was lucky. I guess I was also not alone. With men like him, like Harvey Weinstein, like Roy Price, like Donald Trump, you are never alone.

There will always be more girls. Maybe they handled it better than you did, maybe they were braver. Maybe they also giggled. Maybe they said no in the first place, or maybe they said yes because they didn’t know how to say no in that moment. There is no right or wrong way to handle sexual harassment or sexual abuse, no matter in what industry it happens. The moment he puts his hands on your shoulders, the moment he lingers with his gaze a bit too long on a part of your body that isn't your face, or the moment he asks you to come to his bedroom – it’s too late, it’s already too wrong. The only thing we can do is speak up in hindsight, and say “me too.” In Hollywood, in fashion, and in the world.


Top photo: Screenshot of photographer Terry Richardson on set with Lady Gaga from Supreme/Youtube

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Woody Allen Feels Sorry For Harvey Weinstein, Surprise, Surprise http://bust.com/movies/193632-woody-allen-needs-to-take-all-the-seats.html http://bust.com/movies/193632-woody-allen-needs-to-take-all-the-seats.html 5107632307 0fbd97d574 b 7c99c

 The New York Times blew up the internet with a bombshell article exposing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein as a serial sexual assaulter/harasser — and the dust has not fallen yet. It seems like every day more and more famous Hollywood movers and shakers are coming out to comment on Weinstein, accuse Weinstein, or sympathize with the women accusing Weinstein, as well as defend/explain/comment on Weinstein’s character. Campaigns like Alyssa Milano’s “Me Too” remind us all just how close to home this is. But Woody Allen needs to sit down and shut up.

Allen has a long history with allegations of abuse to women, just ask his step-daughter, I mean, wife. Or, ya know, his other daughter, Dylan, who has publicly spoken about Allen sexually abusing her as a child. Allen told the BBC he wants to make sure these allegations against Weinstein don’t lead to a “witch hunt” atmosphere, where “every guy in an office who winks at a woman is suddenly having to call a lawyer to defend himself.” First of all, how dare you? Second of all, would a witch hunt that leads to sexual abusers burning at the stake be the worst thing? Allen also admitted to ignoring rumors about such abuses, because he and all producers are “interested in making [a] movie” — but not interested in keeping their actors/actresses safe, I guess. Allen went on to say, "[it's] tragic for the poor women that were involved, sad for Harvey that [his] life is so messed up. There's no winners in that" — excuse me, gnarly elf, you're "sad" that Weinstein's life is "messed up" now? How's about you stay far, far, away from commenting on how "messed up" peoples lives are when you're wife is also your step daughter. 

According to the New York Times, Weinstein has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and it’s hard to imagine he’ll be allowed anywhere near a movie/actress for quite some time. The bad press alone will keep producers and agencies far, far, away from him. In a statement to the New York Times, Weinstein goes on to say he “so respect[s] all women and regret[s] what happened” — regret what you did or regret getting caught?

While we all sit on our high horse, complimenting ourselves for calling out sexism and harassment, Allen has worked and lived peacefully exempt from backlash for decades. He even wrote a letter, in The New York Times explaining and defending himself only 3 years ago. Pause here to vomit. The double standard of roasting Weinstein while Allen still has movies coming out cannot be ignored, and if the ultimate goal is to rid our communities of abusers and sexual assailants as best possible, that must include everyone — even if you really love Annie Hall.

Header photo via Flickr/Raffi Asdourian

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Embracing Self-Love In A Time Of Hate: A Flowchart http://bust.com/feminism/193630-embracing-self-love.html http://bust.com/feminism/193630-embracing-self-love.html

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Making healthy choices that stem from a solid sense of self-worth isn’t my strong suit. Treating myself with kindness out of sheer self-respect and believing my body is a temple isn’t my nature. Historically, the idea of self-care has always been an elusive concept for me, falling somewhere between seeming too cheesy and not knowing if I’m entitled to participate in acts that appear self-indulgent.

Recently and without much effort, however, I realized I’ve been engaging in more self-care and doing so without the usual nagging of guilt. If my body feels tired, I let it rest. If I’m hungry, I eat. If I don’t want to be social, I cancel my plans. No protesting or attempts at bargaining with myself. When trying to decipher where this new sense of consideration arrived from, I realized it started to occur around the same time as the Charlottesville white pride parade…I mean the Charlottesville riots. Something about those white supremacists and Nazis broke (or maybe fixed?) something inside of me and gave me the ability to start treating myself with more kindness and respect.

I attended college in a rural town in Southwest Virginia, and although it was a decade ago, as I examined those screaming faces on my TV, I felt a boiling sensation well up inside me as if I recognized those rioting men. The first time I heard the word "kyke" was from one of those guys. I managed to go an entire 18 years without hearing that slur, and then it appeared, laughing, out of the mouth of a khaki-wearing, whisky-burnt-face guy during my first week in that small town. I’ve been hurt by those guys, listened to them slut-shame me, and seen them hurt my friends. Ten years ago, out loud racism, homophobia, and white supremacy weren’t as in vogue as today, but of many of us still experienced it on a quieter level.

While I haven’t always subscribed to practicing positive self-management, turning spite into action is a skill I’ve always been able to access. At the moment, I am literally spitefully taking care of myself. Every time I decide to listen to my body and change a negative thought to a positive one, I feel as if I’m slowly dismantling the system. The initial realization of this seemed insane, but I quickly realized I. Don’t. Care. We all need a hook to get started, so if you too require a Neo-Nazi to get pumped about taking care of yourself, have at it.

Spite is an effective initial motivator, but I know I need a more sustainable outlook to continue long term. While radical self-love is the ultimate goal, I need a bridge from self-tolerating to full blown acceptance. For me, doing well on the behalf of others has been easier than just doing well for myself, so when I heard about the idea of collective healing I was intrigued. Collective healing promotes the idea that caring for yourself also gives others permission to do the same. The thought that healing myself can make me a better friend, spouse, colleague, daughter, sister, etc. makes so much sense to me and will hopefully be what I need to sustain my spiteful self-care. We all need to be at our peak mental condition to survive this political climate, and as someone who constantly looks for ways to participate politically this seems like something manageable I can do everyday.

For me, part of self-care is actively shutting down the negative voices that rattle inside my skull. Recently, I devised a more effective system for combating these all too loud critics that focuses on differentiating between the sound of negative self-talk and internalized misogyny.

Until recently, I wouldn’t have believed I harbored internalized sexism. After all, I’m a lesbian, I voted for Hillary, and I was an active Girl Scout for six years too long, so it was difficult to realize. But internalized misogyny, however, is inescapable. We’re all misogynists. Admitting it, recognizing it, and then combating it is the only way to end it.

Internalized misogyny is a combination of explicit and implicit values we learn from our home and culture. We internalize sexist messages put out by TV, magazines, movies, music, our friends and our family mostly without our conscious knowing. This process occurs through years, a lifetime really, of socialization. Growing up, every time we heard a woman say, “I hate my thighs," “If I could only lose 10 lbs.,” never been able to accept a compliment, etc., we digest this information and begin constructing an idea of how “normal” women behave and speak. When interacting with males, we take in messages, too. Anytime we hear a man call a woman a slut for engaging in sexual behavior, see a friend get broken up with for not being sexual enough, or hear adults call boys smart and women hard workers, our brain organizes and pieces together all these messages. Over time, exposure to these types of incidents internalize into ideas about sex, relationships, and self-value. A lifetime worth of targeted advertising, pop culture, and a lack of legal protections for women efficiently culminates into internal misogyny that affects both women and men.

Internalized sexism mixed with a slew of personal factors relating to one’s own history can also cause a rise in negative self-talk. Negative self-talk is different in that it relates more to having thoughts or feelings directly about ourselves that get in the way of doing the things we want. Neither is healthy for our brains and can interfere with living our lives in a positive way. The good news is anything that can be learned can be unlearned. With enough practice, both internalized misogyny and negative self-talk can decrease and free up some positive mental space in our minds.

Knowing the difference can help figure out the best way to combat negative thoughts. The chart below serves as a guide in differentiating and problem solving. At the very least, it will give your brain something more productive to obsess about.

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Feminism Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:37:01 -0400
Teen Girls Take On Sexism In Sophie Strauss' "Quiz In A Magazine" Video: Interview With Animator Becca Schuchat http://bust.com/music/193628-sophie-strauss-quiz-in-a-magazine-becca-schuchat.html http://bust.com/music/193628-sophie-strauss-quiz-in-a-magazine-becca-schuchat.html  

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Sophie Strauss is a singer-songwriter on the rise, characterized by her lush sound and witty, poetic lyrics. BUST is premiering her newest music video, “Quiz in a Magazine,” a short, incisive song about sexism and the murky, confusing nature of girlhood.

"I wrote 'Quiz In A Magazine' as a way to capture the internal dialogue that girls and women have as we try to rationalize away the experiences of quotidian sexism and abuse," Sophie tells BUST. "I wanted to get at the little things that we shrug off—or are told we have to shrug off if we want to survive in a world that was not built for us or by us. When Becca told me she had a class full of teenage girls who wanted to make a music video for 'Quiz,' I couldn’t think of a better group of people to interpret this song. I had no idea we’d release this video in the immediate wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault allegations, but I gotta tell you I can’t think of a better time to put out work that is by girls and for girls. I was fortunate enough to get to Skype with Becca and her class as they workshopped the video and got to see my wildly talented friend Becca guide a room full of 12-14 year old girls who were smart, passionate, funny, and creative. Their drive and vision made it so clear: we don’t need the Harvey Weinsteins and the Woody Allens (etc. etc.) when there are so many achingly talented girls, women, people of color, queer people, disabled people, and trans people creating amazing work. We just need to make some damn room for them. So this is for anyone who is tired of silently trying to understand why they are being treated as less than human; this is to say that the dialogue doesn’t have to be internal anymore—I see you, I hear you, I am here for you and with you and I love you."

I caught up with Becca Schuchat, the educator and animator who worked with a class of young women to create this video, to ask her about her influences, ambitions as an artist, and, of course, how the “Quiz in a Magazine” video came to life.

Can you talk about how the collaboration with Sophie Strauss came about? What was the conception for the “Quiz in a Magazine” video, and what was that process like?

I reached out to Sophie after getting assigned to lead teach the Teen Music Video class summer art colony at the Children's Museum of the Arts in New York.  I had designed some shirts for Sophie in the past and had obsessively listened to her album while doing that—so I really loved her music and her voice, and I respected her as an artist. I had taught the class two years ago as an [assistant] and I was really excited to learn that this year, the class would only be teen girls!  

Before the class started, I touched base with Sophie about which song I was considering choosing for my students and we both thought that “Quiz in a Magazine” deserved a music video made by girls. When I introduced my students to the song on the first day, the reaction to it was mixed. They all thought it was catchy but they had all wanted to make a music video for a song from the Hamilton soundtrack, so there was a little grumbling from them at the beginning, but by the end of the week, they were all singing along.  

We started the process by doing a close-reading of the lyrics. I asked for them to draw up associational imagery, and to make mind-maps of things that came to mind from the song. We talked a lot about emotions in the song that were left unsaid, and how to communicate feelings/emotions visually without necessarily telling a straightforward narrative. Eventually, after an exhausting brainstorming session, we came together as a group and the girls began to organize the images they wanted to include in the music video. They loved the idea of protagonist entering the world of a magazine—kind of being consumed by it—and that was our starting place for the concept of the video.  

How did you decide to incorporate your students in the process? What was their response to the beginning of the project, and how did working with this explicitly feminist song affect them?

I tried to have my students take the lead in the directing process for the video. They storyboarded and wrote shot lists themselves, and I mainly wanted my part to be more as someone who could share resources and different animation techniques. They definitely warmed up to Sophie—especially after they got to [video-chat] with her and ask her questions about her artistic/songwriting practice. 

Within the first few days of the class, we did end up talking about double standards for women and men. The general consensus for my students, I felt, was that they had yet to actually encounter direct sexism. We talked about how sexism has effected them in schools and they were pretty hesitant to share anything from their own lives. Which makes sense; they were a younger group—ages 11 to 13—and I remember from when I was that age, you aren't necessarily thinking about how external forces might shape your perspective on anything. They were very aware of the more concrete aspects of sexism—like the wage gap, or double standards for school uniforms, or how girls’ clothing is usually pink while boys’ is blue, et cetera—but I think the more abstract aspects of sexism/misogyny hadn't yet made themselves prevalent in their lives. They did really latch onto how sexual some of the magazines that are marketed to girls are—like [Cosmopolitan], which we used as a prop in the video.  

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You make both documentary and art films. What kind of process goes into making such different kinds of films? Do you hope to direct feature films? What directors, artists, and teachers/mentors have influenced your aesthetic and your filmmaking ethos?

Over the years, I’ve become less interested in directing movies—although I am currently wrapping up post-production on a short film—and have leaned more into what originally brought me into filmmaking: storyboarding and graphic novels! All of my most recent projects have been short-form comic zines that have focused on the relationships among body, memory, and place. 

I had a few incredible teachers at NYU—Zoya Baker, Christine Choy, Pato Hebert, Peter Lucas—who all influenced me differently. Many of their artworks, and the classes they taught, dealt with finding “truth,” which has influenced my own artistic processes and pushed me to think about the aesthetics and poetics of subjectivity versus objectivity and how stories are told. As directors go, the most influential movie I ever watched was News From Home by Chantal Akerman, which was earth-shattering to me. I started thinking about the uses of landscape in (European, mostly) art historically and how New From Home complicates that.  

A lot of your works use vintage/archival footage and sometimes interweave them with footage that you shoot. Can you talk about this assemblage-ish process? What made you decide to start using older video in your works?

I started using archival footage when I was in high school. Mostly because I wasn't fully satisfied with what I shot on my DVCAM, but I have always made collages in my free time, and using stock footage felt very natural to me. I also am very invested in the idea of sustainable artwork, which in my teaching often involves recycling materials and repurposing costumes, sets etc. and I think that reusing and recutting old films/archival films feels like a healthy work flow for me.  

How did you get started making art? Do you consider yourself an artist, a filmmaker, both, or neither?

I have always been drawing—which is my primary medium, these days—since before I could write. I definitely consider myself an artist and depending on the day and how I'm feeling about my future, I sometimes consider myself a filmmaker as well. I think, eventually I will move back into making live-action films, but after film school, I felt very exhausted and wanted to shift my own artwork to something that felt more personal and more handmade. I love the directness of drawing and painting—that I can imagine something and immediately put it down on paper and hold it in my hands.  

What would you be doing if you weren’t making films?

First off, I hardly get enough free time to work on my own films. The majority of my time is spent teaching animation to ages kindergarten through ninth grade, but if I wasn’t an artist? Hard to say. What's nice about being an artist is that you can be so many other things as well. Of the two graphic novels that I am planning, one of them involves climate change and border politics, while the other focuses on Jewish life and cancer research. For both of these, I get to do so much research and investigation about these topics that the title of “artist” seems to drop away. But if I wasn't making anything, I would probably want to go into environmentalism law/politics. Like I said before though, it's hard do say; it is difficult to imagine who I would be without illustration, animation and filmmaking.  

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Music Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:32:00 -0400
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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.

The latest episode is allllll about Cardi B! She recently became the first solo female rapper to top the Billboard Hot 100 in almost 19 years, and her song “Bodak Yellow” is EVERYWHERE. But where did she come from and where is she going? In this ep, Callie and Emily spill the T on Cardi B with BUST interns and proud #BardiGang members Bry’onna Mention and Jasmine Montes De Oca.

Check out every episode of Poptarts on iTunes for free, and don't forget to rate and review!

This podcast was produced for BUST by Rachel Withers.


Music Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:03:24 -0400
Margaret Cho Punches Up At Trump, Weinstein And Woody Allen: BUST Review http://bust.com/entertainment/193624-margaret-cho-punches-up-at-trump-weinstein-and-woody-allen-bust-review.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193624-margaret-cho-punches-up-at-trump-weinstein-and-woody-allen-bust-review.html  

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Comedian Margaret Cho opens her set at the Gramercy Theatre in New York with a rant about Harvey Weinstein. Like women everywhere, she seems both disgusted and confused by how he could have gotten away with such blatant abuse for so long. Her response is to ridicule him, to take away his social power by pointing out how gross he is as a human being. It is a pattern that repeats throughout her show, as she laughs at Woody Allen, Donald Trump and even herself. Her comedy is subversive, dealing in stereotypes and taboos and flipping them on their heads. She regularly chuckles to herself, shakes her head and says, “It’s so stupid,” as if even she can’t believe she’s saying this stuff. But the whole room is grateful that she is.

When Cho walked onto the stage, I was transfixed by her outfit. She was wearing killer heels and an artsy linen dress, with her tattoos snaking around her shoulders and down her arms. She projected power, wit and a general aura of “I don’t give a fuck.” As rape jokes rolled into strip club anecdotes, it became obvious that she really doesn’t. Cho has clearly learned, or was innately born with, the kind of confidence that she needs to get shit done as a bisexual Korean-American woman.

She talks about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child and her recent abusive relationship so that others can feel less alone, and somehow she still has the crowd in stitches. When she regales the audience with tales of her experiences with anal sex or that one time she did cocaine, it feels like she is entertaining her friends at a bar with her weekend exploits. She set the record straight on Tilda Swinton and Hollywood whitewashing and shared an absurdly funny impression of her mom’s accent. This woman jokes about AIDS, for God’s sake. Even so, nothing about her seems forced or fake; Margaret Cho is just this straight-up and unapologetic.

Selene Luna, the comedian who opened for Cho, is less polished but channels a similar level of defiance. Although she makes reference to the fact that she is a little person, a woman and a Mexican-American, or, as she describes it, Trump’s worst nightmare, Luna manages to win over the audience with jokes about her husband and their attempts to have sex on a memory foam mattress. Luna is is engaging and self-deprecating, alternately obnoxious and amused as she mines her everyday life for glimmers of comedy that she can exploit to her advantage.

After more than 30 years in stand up, it is no exaggeration to say that Cho is at the top of her game. Her loyal fanbase adores her (despite the fact that she spent at least five minutes interrogating the gay men in the front row about whether they’d ever seen a pussy and what they did with it) and the current political situation, while ostensibly depressing, is a boon to her irreverent style. Here’s hoping that as long as there are gross men in the world, Margaret Cho is doing stand up shows where she paints a mental picture of how unappealing their penises must be, just to keep us laughing in their faces.

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Entertainment Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:01:48 -0400
Giveaway: Everything You Need To Learn Hand Lettering http://bust.com/sponsored/giveaway-everything-you-need-to-become-a-lettering-pro.html http://bust.com/sponsored/giveaway-everything-you-need-to-become-a-lettering-pro.html lettering a6d2e

Hand lettering is back. Despite the ease and accessibilty of modern technology, artists and creatives continue to rely on traditional techniques to create gorgeous, contemporary designs. Whether it's inspirational quotes on Instagram or fancy AF birthday invitations, lettering is the latest and greatest way to make your life beautiful. Many people find lettering meditative, and it is a skill that can be used in basically any situation. Hand lettering is both pretty and practical, and once you get started there are hundreds of ways to build and develop your skills. Best of all, we're giving away a complete kit to learn hand lettering on your own!

If you're interested in learning to hand letter, here are some books that can get you started: 

Lettering with Purpose by Brittany Luiz

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Lettering with Purpose explains the anatomy of letters, how to pair different lettering styles, and gives thorough tutorials on working with a variety of mediums. You’ll be creating amazing compositions in no time.

Hand Lettering A to Z by Abbey Sy

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In Hand Lettering A to Z, artist and author Abbey Sy and four other artists have designed unique, all-new alphabets for you to draw and use in many different languages. With clear instructions and examples, everyone from beginners to experts will find something to love in these new, innovative alphabets.

Draw, Color, and Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook by Marissa Giambrone

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In this creative goldmine, stickers and partially illustrated pages provide the opportunity to practice drawing in your own way. The templates and prompts will make sure you're always learning and drawing, creating your own masterpieces.

Creative Lettering and Beyond Art & Stationery Kit by Gabri Joy Kirkendall, Julie Manwaring, Laura Lavender and Shauna Lynn Panczyszyn

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Perfecting your lettering technique does take some practice, but we have just the thing to get you started. The Creative Lettering And Beyond Art & Stationary Kit includes a 40-page project book, chalkboard, easel, chalk pencils, fine-line marker, and blank note cards with envelopes.

In partnership with Quarto Publishing, we're pleased to be giving away this kit to one lucky winner. Just enter below; the winner will be notified by email. 

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Sponsored Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:00:00 -0400
The Weinstein Effect: Amazon and Screen Junkies Executives Also Drawn Into Sexual Harassment Scandal http://bust.com/feminism/193622-the-weinstein-effect-amazon-and-screen-junkies-executives-also-drawn-into-sexual-harassment-scandal.html http://bust.com/feminism/193622-the-weinstein-effect-amazon-and-screen-junkies-executives-also-drawn-into-sexual-harassment-scandal.html  

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The nightmare of sexual predators in positions of power seems to be never ending. Prior to the Weinstein case,  women who have come out against their assailants were met with harsh criticism and immense doubts. In fact, the accused were often left facing little to no repercussions at all. For example, Bill Cosby was unconvicted in numerous sexual assault charges, and both Bill O'Reilly and Roger Ailes left Fox News with millions in severance packages. Even the U.S. President Donald Trump was seemingly unscathed by numerous allegations of assault and harassment while on the campaign trail and after his inauguration.

But along came Harvey Weinstein. In recent days, we’ve learned just what kind of monster the Hollywood executive was, as well as the people who enabled him. As more celebrities are speaking out in support of Weinstein’s accusers, more women are speaking out against other high power sexual predators.

Introducing Andy Signore

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Andy Signore is the creator of the popular youtube channel Screen Junkies, known for their series “Honest Trailers.” On Sunday, Defy Media announced that Signore was fired effective immediately after numerous women accused him of sexual harassment and in one instance, an attempt at sexual assault.

Emma Bower, a former intern for Signore, took to Twitter on Friday to share how exactly he used his position to prey on women. Bower tweets, “In light of recent events, just a nice reminder that the creator of @screenjunkies said he wanted to jack off to me.” Bower chose to speak out after news was circulating on the Weinstein case. While working for Signore, Bower says, he made inappropriate comments about masturbating to photos he found of her and then ask that she come over and do it in person.

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April Dawn was just a fan of Screen Junkies when she met Andy Signore at Comic Con in Chicago sometime during 2015. Screen Junkies even flew her out to Los Angeles for a guest appearance on the Movie Fights Youtube series. Dawn tweeted that Signore had tried to assault her on numerous occasions. She and two other women went to Defy Media’s HR department, but their claims were not taken seriously. In her statement via Twitter, Dawn writes that Signore threatened to fire her boyfriend, Josh Tapia, who was a Screen Junkies engineer, if she spoke out against him.

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Below is Defy Media’s statement in regards to the accusations:

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And Roy Price, Amazon’s Assailant

Rose McGowan brought to light that the Weinstein case spilled out of Hollywood and into one of the most powerful corporations in the world, Amazon.

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McGowan called out Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in her tweets discussing how she warned an unnamed Amazon studio executive that Weinstein assaulted her but was told it “hadn’t been proven.” The actress alleges that she, “forcefully begged the studio head to do the right thing.” She continues, “I was ignored. Deal was done. Amazon won a dirty Oscar.”

It turns out, the unnamed studio exec has a name: Roy Price.

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According to an article published by Deadline, Roy Price has been accused of sexual harassment by Isa Hackett, a producer for Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle.” Hackett told The Hollywood Reporter that Price repeatedly propositioned her in July of 2015 at a party for the company.

Following the report, a representative for Amazon confirmed Thursday night to Variety that Price had been placed “on leave of absence effective immediately.”

According to Hackett, the two shared a cab ride to the company party where price began making inappropriate comments. The comments continued even after Hackett told him she was married to a woman, with whom she has children, writes The Hollywood Reporter. Hackett also claims that the comments did not stop upon arrival to the party where he even yelled “Anal sex!” loudly in her ear. She reported the incident to studio executives but was never made aware of what disciplinary actions would take place, only that she did not see him at any other events.

Thanks to the brave women who have been coming forward about their harassment and assault by men in high power positions, more women have been able to speak out themselves without fear of persecution. Now that we’re seeing justice brought to the victims, and careers of predators being destroyed, what does this mean for the future of assault and harassment in the workplace? Is the prospect of being fired now scaring predators in the workplace? Or is this just a statement of the ugly truth, that they were never afraid of being caught in the first place?


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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:53:24 -0400
Belly Dance Expert Salit Cohen-Cheng Reveals Its Secrets And Traditions http://bust.com/entertainment/193620-bellydance.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193620-bellydance.html 22471493 10159478248735054 981994963 n 3c669

Belly dance has become a popular style practiced by women all over the world. Many women are drawn to the style because of the expressive movements that are intimately connected to the body's form, and the supportive dance community that surrounds it. We sat down with belly dance expert Salit Cohen-Cheng and talked about the history of belly dance. Salit is one of the many amazing instructors you can catch at the BUST Holiday Craftacular December 9th and 10th for an introduction to belly dance. 

So how long have you been dancing and what in particular drew you to belly dancing?

I’ve been belly dancing for over a decade. I’ve always loved to dance and took ballet as a kid, but it wasn’t until my mother started taking belly dance classes that I decided to study this particular style. I immediately felt at home when I started dancing this style, and after my first performance as a belly dancer (with a students' group) I knew I had found my place. Belly dance is the freedom to be yourself. I am also in love with the music and feel very connected to it.

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How does the style of belly dancing differ from other styles of dance, and what particular style of belly dancing do you practice?

I practice mostly Egyptian style dance with influences from flamenco, samba, modern and more. Belly dance is unique in its wavy, slinky movements, that go naturally with and not against the body. It is also the ability to express so much with little or no movement at all that makes this dance unique.

Can you explain a bit more about the cultural roots of the magnificent dance?

Belly dance, or as it called in Arabic Raqs sharqui which literally translates to Eastern dance, takes its origins from different folkloric dances around the Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Greece, and several countries along the Silk Road. These folk dances trace back thousands of years and they evolved into the modern belly dance style that is performed today. In the 1940s, an Egyptian choreographer named Mahmoud Reda took different folk dances from various tribes and people and adapted them to the stage. Hollywood movies and Broadway show have their influences on this dance as well. The movements, staging, and costumes became more theatrical. Folk dances had no choreography, was not performed on stages and the costumes were just regular clothes. People danced to celebrate occasions, in the homes or in the streets, or to perform rituals for exorcism or fertility.

Often times people assume there is a certain body type best for belly dancing, what do you have to say regarding this?

I’m so glad you asked that! First of all, I believe that all people should dance any style, regardless of body type, age or gender. Dance feeds your body and your soul. Specifically for this style, some people think that in order to belly dance you need a large belly to move, while others think that a belly dancer should have a slender body type for the movements to show better. A good dancer can come in ANY size, shape, color, gender, and age! Belly dance is about embracing your body and showing your personality.

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Tell us a bit about all the amazing costumes and how they are part of the tradition.

The costumes that we see today (i.e. the bra, belt and skirt sets or the sparkly dresses) are not traditional. They first appeared in Egyptian movies inspired by Hollywood in an attempt to resemble Western culture and play into the “Arabian fantasy” created by the West. Traditionally, people danced these styles in their everyday outfits, which were generally long, baggy dresses. Today, there are thousands of designers around the world who create belly dance costumes influenced by their own culture and fashion. We see a lot of samba and ballroom style costumes due to the many belly dance competitions around the world in the format of ballroom dance competitions. In recent years the skirts became bigger as the stages grew bigger. Bellydancers originally danced in small spaces such as restaurants, lounges, living rooms, and since the dance became more theatrical and moved to large stages for competitions and theater shows, the moves, as well as the skirts, became bigger to take up more space and have more presence.

What advice do you have for young girls and women who are trying to pursue their dreams in a world with so many obstacles and oppression against women?

There are so many obstacles but the only thing standing between you and your dreams is YOU. For years I listened to everyone around me who said: “Learn a REAL profession. Dance is just a hobby,” or “You can’t make a living from performing arts.” That held me back most of my life, but if I had still listened to those oppressing words I would not be living my dream right now and would always feel frustrated and depressed. It is by no means easy to go against the consensus and make your dreams come true, but can you be satisfied with yourself if you don’t?

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Where can people find you?

Check out my website, Salit Dance, and follow me on Facebook and Instagram to find out about shows and classes. I teach in Manhattan and Queens locations but am also available to teach private lessons and perform anywhere.

And at the BUST Holiday Craftacular, of course!

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First photo by Mihailo Smiljanic,  


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Entertainment Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:00:55 -0400
Sexual Assault Survivors Are Caught Between A Rock And A Hard Place http://bust.com/feminism/193618-sexual-assault-survivors-are-caught-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place.html http://bust.com/feminism/193618-sexual-assault-survivors-are-caught-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place.html

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When a new high-profile sexual assault or harassment accusation hits the press, you can rest assured the backlash machine will kick into overdrive. Victim blaming, followed by victim shaming, rounded out by a Greek chorus of “whys?”

Why didn’t she come forward before? Why didn’t she say just ‘no'? Why didn’t she tell anyone, go to the press, press charges, stand up for herself?

Af if the easiest thing in the world is for a woman to stand alone in a public arena, one already starved and braying for her blood, and face down a system which has been aiding and abetting Goliaths for the last thousand years.

Yet the questions linger, leaving the aftertaste of doubt on our tongues. Why wouldn’t a woman who’s been humiliated and harassed by her boss, a woman who has been raped, a woman who’s been beaten black and blue, why wouldn’t she come forward?

Why? Because women often exist between a rock and a hard place.

A woman exists in this confining space, caught between two unattractive choices — whenever she has to trust her own instincts (and the communal instincts passed down from woman to woman, generation to generation) in order to survive a given situation. Many, many times that situation is not life threatening — being talked over, interrupted, having your ideas stolen without credit. Being leered at, touched without consent, told to smile. Sometimes, however, there’s much more at stake than your ego or a publication credit.

It’s positively quaint to think a loudly shouted “NO!” is enough to stop a rape or sexual assault. It’s just not true. Women everywhere know this is not true. What women also know is that sometimes her best chance of survival lay in another direction entirely. Yet if she doesn’t say no, the law, the courts, society (men AND women) assume some level of consent.

Death or rape?

Survival or assault?

Raped more violently or believed in court?

Rock and a hard place.

Even when a woman does say “no," if it’s not loud enough, repeated enough, in the right pitch, tone, and key — we can come up with 1,000 different requirements — it’s not enough. Why? Because even when a woman says “no," all it takes is the accused to contradict her. Report it and risk having her actions, dress, sexuality, alcohol consumption, and life choices questioned and judged, likely for naught…or try to move on with her life knowing the accused got away with it. Rock and a hard place.

A woman who is sexually harassed at work must decide whether to speak out and possibly risk her career, a promotion, her professional reputation. She has to decide if reporting her grope-y boss to HR is worth that risk. Rock: Ass-grabbing, leering boss. Hard place: A bad reference which could kill her job prospects, a spot on a industry-wide blacklist, pushed out of her job.

A woman in a domestic violence situation must calculate the likelihood of her abusive partner following through with his threat to kill her, her extended family, or her children. She may have to decide between the rock of financial destitution or the hard place of a fist to the face every other Thursday.

A woman who is cat-called on the street weighs the risk of answering back. A woman told to smile more must decide. The rock of humiliation and anger? Or the the hard place of the real possibility of being followed, stalked, or physically threatened?

Women are killed for less.

Women know, instinctively and through experience, that saying “stop” or “no” more loudly, indeed saying anything at all, is sometimes dangerous–economically, physically, socially. When it is, she is forced to choose the least worst option.

When the least worst option is the humiliation of having to put up with a grope-y boss or some mouthy teenage boys calling you hot mama, you do those calculations in your head lickety-split. When the least worst option allows you to survive, to work, to move ahead, you do those calculations.

It doesn’t mean you like it. Or invited it. It doesn’t make it okay. It doesn't justify it. It doesn’t make it right.

And yet time and time again, a woman’s choice between two shitty options is used against her. She must have liked it. If it really bothered her she would have said something. If it was true she would have come forward. I see well-intentioned comments to that end all the time.

If it were me I would have….

punched him


walked away

fought harder

divorced him

stood up for myself

Life is black and white to those who haven’t walked in someone else’s heels.

Contrary to the stereotype, women are great at math. Let me tell you about the mental calculations most women do at various points in their life. The ones involved in calculating the odds of walking home alone at night and making it home safe, alive, and un-raped. The odds of being free to continue walking if you snap back at someone cat-calling, dividing the salary you might lose if you report your co-worker by the rent that’s due. Women grow up tabulating these odds in the back of their heads. It’s second nature. When faced with these situations, you choose. And that choice is sometimes between a rock and a hard place.

This is what the women in feminist spaces are reaching out to say. Equality, even within laws that protect against things like assault and harassment–is far more complicated than simply saying no, or leaving, or reporting it.

If all it took was women saying “no” more firmly the world would be a different place. And a hell of a lot louder.

It is not fair to put the burden of survival, of a life unmolested solely onto women. Yes, women should and must be vocal, assertive, and aggressive at times. But men must learn to listen. The burden is never on a woman not to get raped. The burden is on a man not to rape. The burden is not on a woman to say “No!” more loudly, to come forward more quickly, or to speak up. The burden is on the men who are doing those things to stop doing them in the first place. Because in all of those "whys?" what lays hidden between the lines is this: why did she let it happen to her.

Women don't let themselves be harassed. They don't let themselves be raped. They don't let themselves be beaten. Those things are done to women. They are done to women by rapists, by abusers, by harassers. Don't let anyone shift the blame, or the burden, or the language onto women.

What you are seeing now-the clap back, the outrage — it’s not a small coven of women intent on making the lives of men miserable. Women don’t hate men. On the contrary, most of us love them. We’re married to them, raising them, friends with them.

The sound you hear now is women chipping away at those rocks, pushing back against those hard places, securing even more public space for themselves. It’s women trying to forge a broader space to live, love, and work within so that they are not caught between those two shitty places. Rock. Hard place.

It doesn’t mean there’s no room for men. It just means that men must get better at sharing that space.

A version of this post originally appeared on wineandcheesedoodles.com.

Top photo: Flickr Creative Commons/daveynin

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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:30:10 -0400
"Periods Gone Public" Calls For Menstrual Equity And The End Of The Tampon Tax: Review http://bust.com/books/193617-periods-gone-public-calls-for-menstrual-equity-and-the-end-of-the-tampon-tax-review.html http://bust.com/books/193617-periods-gone-public-calls-for-menstrual-equity-and-the-end-of-the-tampon-tax-review.html  tampon 6ad7c

I remember when I first heard the term “menstrual equity.” It was in February of last year, while writing a feature for Broadly. At the time, New York City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland wanted to make tampons and pads free and accessible to public school students in the five boroughs. My article delved into her efforts, and why it’s vital that students who menstruate have easy access to personal hygiene products. And it was for that piece — one of the first in a series I would write Broadly on menstrual equity — that I first interviewed attorney Jennifer Weiss-Wolf. Just months before, Weiss-Wolf teamed up with Cosmopolitan for a scathing essay — and an accompanying petition — calling for the end of the tampon tax. And, in a way, you can say that Cosmo essay is the essay that launched a thousand ships in the battle for menstrual equity — a term coined by Weiss-Wolf herself. Now the advocate has put the movement’s fledgling history down on paper with Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity (October 10, Arcane Publishing).

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Published this week, Periods Gone Public details the propulsion of menstruation into the mainstream. But it’s not just about an inequitable tax on menstrual products, or combating stigma; Periods Gone Public also recalls the tireless advocacy, innovative philanthropy, and audacious activism that broke the period taboo on a cultural, political, and policy level. The book is as much a history lesson and cultural critique as it is a thoughtful guidebook on how to shutdown opponents of gender equity. Where the Breitbarts of the world label menstrual products a “luxury,” Periods Gone Public proves their global necessity with research, statistics and anecdotal evidence. Where sexists of the world roll their eyes at this “women’s issue,” Periods Gone Public acknowledges that menstruation affects all gender identities (a topic I made a point of discussing during a panel last year). And where the conservatives of the world scoff at equitable menstrual policy, Periods Gone Public demonstrates how innovations in the public and private sectors have improved public health and well-being.

Of course, you may take issue with some of Weiss-Wolf’s advice on how to propel the movement forward. I know there are a few points I’m not fully aligned with. But Periods Gone Public is still necessary reading for anyone who wants to know how to achieve full menstrual equity — and what we need to do to get there.

Top photo: Wikimedia Commons/Kaldari

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Books Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:54:00 -0400
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Chicken Soup for the racist’s soul?

Earlier this week, a video surfaced of a man yelling racial slurs while riding the Brooklyn Bound L train in N.Y.C. Fed up, passengers confronted the racist and kicked him off the train. Someone also took it upon themselves to throw a container of soup at the man. N.Y.C. native and rapper, Princess Nokia, AKA Destiny Frasqueri, took to Twitter and revealed she was responsible for this badass act of bravery.

Princess Nokia is well-known for her activism, being a voice against racism and sexism through her music and at her shows. At concerts, she requests that the men stand in the back of the venue and the women up front as a part of her belief that “women should take up space the way men do.”

Her series of tweets about the incident began, “This bigot called a group of teenage boys ‘ni***rs’ on the train so I stood up and slapped him and everybody on the train backed me up.”

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Frasqueri states that when she hit the man he began calling her the same racist remarks. The video shows a group of passengers forcing the man off the train when it arrived at the Bedford Avenue stop in Brooklyn. She continued her tweets by saying, "I will do anything to defend the honor of my brothers and sisters #blacklivesmatter."

As the white nationalist and neo-Nazi movement grows, there’s much debate on whether or not violence is the answer to racism. But if our government won’t speak out against the racists, the only way to bring attention to the problem may be to simply punch, or soup, a Nazi.

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Read all of Princess Nokia’s comments on the incident below:

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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:38:44 -0400
The True Inspiration Behind Betty Boop Was A Black Harlem Singer http://bust.com/feminism/193614-the-true-inspiration-behind-betty-boop-was-a-black-harlem-singer.html http://bust.com/feminism/193614-the-true-inspiration-behind-betty-boop-was-a-black-harlem-singer.html  

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Many people are unaware of one of the main inspirations behind the beloved 1930s cartoon character, Betty Boop. The famous sex symbol actually got her signature “boop” from a black Harlem singer named Esther Jones, otherwise known as Baby Esther. While almost everyone can immediately picture the wide-eyed, baby-voiced character that is Betty Boop, the name Baby Esther doesn't tend ring any bells.

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The visual inspiration behind Betty Boop, a Max Fleischer Studios creation, was actually a popular white actress and singer named Helen Kane. While Betty was visually a caricature of Kane, her famous “booping” was the appropriation of Baby Esther’s signature scat, which she performed at the Cotton Club in Harlem throughout the 1920s. Kane believed that the character was based on much more than just her looks, and claimed that it was based on her entire persona— she insisted that she had invented the phrase “Boop-oop-a-doop” in her well known 1928 hit song, “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” As a result, Kane filed a $250,0000 infringement lawsuit against Fleischer and the film company Paramount Publix Corp. 

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The trial went on for two years until the defense called Baby Esther’s manager, Lou Walton, to testify. Walton revealed that Kane had attended Baby Esther’s act in April of 1928, and began “booping” just like Esther a few weeks after the show. The defense managed to find a 1928 sound film of Baby Esther’s performance, and played it for the judge. Esther had passed away in 1934, so this was the only form of evidence that they could provide.

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Almost immediately after the film was released, the trial ended and Kane lost. Baby Esther technically got the credit for the style behind Helen Kane’s “booping," and by extension, Betty Boop. Scholar Robert G. O’Meally commented on this story in the anthology Uptown Conversation: The New Jazz Studies, saying Betty Boop “had, as it were, a black grandmother in her background.” Unfortunately, to this day, many people are unaware of this story. Esther Jones is the inspiration behind one of the most iconic characters in the American culture, yet most people have no idea who she is.

Vintage photos. 

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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:11:50 -0400
Why I Regret Joining “Secret” Pro-Hillary Clinton Facebook Groups http://bust.com/feminism/193613-pantsuit-nation-regret.html http://bust.com/feminism/193613-pantsuit-nation-regret.html hillaryclinton c32f4

"Fear is always with us, but we just don't have time for it. Not now." — Hillary Clinton 

I am one of the millions of Hillary Clinton supporters who joined the “secret” pro-Clinton Facebook groups during the 2016 presidential election — and I regret it. I understand the purpose they served and why they flourished, but in retrospect, the unintended role they played in Clinton’s loss is clear — and there’s a lesson to be learned from acknowledging it.

Pantsuit Nation was the first secret group a well-meaning friend added me to months before Election Day. My instant gut reaction was a shock of guilt followed by the urge to ask, “Why secret?” But before the thought made it to my fingertips and then the keyboard, I knew the answer.

From the moment Hillary announced her run for the presidency, it was clear this election was different from those of the past. Heated arguments among friends and family members from opposing parties played out online as expected, but this time the battle line wasn’t only drawn between members of opposing parties. Infighting among those who defined themselves as liberal was prevalent and malicious — even after Bernie lost the Democratic primary.

As a Clinton supporter, I couldn’t wait to share my excitement about her run. I knew there would be some pushback. I was all too familiar with the ire the mere mention of her name drew from some, but I expected a generally ecstatic response — especially from women of all ages. To my surprise, every celebratory post I shared to my social media feed was immediately met with at least one angry commenter — most who identified as liberal.

Initially, I was easily drawn into arguments and lost hours to the endless exchange of “supporting evidence,” but the online tension took a toll on real-life connections I valued. I began to worry about my job security and the consequences that might follow if employers with differing views should they stumble across one of my posts. Every in-person interaction became a carefully choreographed dance designed to identify who was voting for whom before sharing any kind of political opinion. My pro-Hillary posts slowed to a trickle.

I was not alone; silence from other supporters I knew grew.

I was “with her” from the moment Hillary Clinton decided to run for President in 2008. She first came on my radar in1993 when she took the role of First Lady. Her commitment to children and women’s issues and her poise through difficult times earned my respect. Like the majority of women, though I was young at the time, I was no stranger to the humiliations and hard choices women face when confronted with infidelities, and I knew those choices became even more difficult with children in the picture.

Hillary’s ability to hold her head high and her family together, and continue to pursue her career inspired me. She was an intelligent, outspoken, and ambitious woman making her way up the ranks of a system designed by men, for men (as most are). She made me believe I too might be able to.

Throughout my life I’ve been criticized for being too outspoken and saying what I believe instead of saying what people want to hear. I’ve been called bossy and bitchy for speaking my mind and referred to as a steamroller, abrasive, and even “nutso” for refusing to back down from confrontation.

Suddenly, for the first time in a very, very long time, I was staying virtually silent.

Secret pro-Hillary groups gave millions of supporters, including myself, a place to share excitement, air grievances, and rant without argument. I was thrilled by the growing number of members I could share all of the amazing things I was learning about my candidate of choice with while receiving nothing but likes and loves and wow faces. Against my true intuition, I chose to believe this was a sign Hillary’s campaign was going well.

I want to say I was shocked on election night, but that would be a lie. My limited in-person interactions throughout Hillary’s campaign revealed the widespread ignorance surrounding her upbringing and career. Having grown up in small, conservative towns in the Pacific Northwest, I was no stranger to racists and misogynists and my news and social media feeds verified that the Trump campaign emboldened these folks. They weren’t in hiding. Their voices were loud and clear and everywhere, and I had foolishly soothed my fears about their prevalence by running to my secret groups for reassurance.

I did not listen to Hillary’s concession speech right away—not until members of Pantsuit Nation and other secret groups lit up with excitement over the nod she gave them. Then I watched and cringed in shame.

"To the millions of volunteers, community leaders, activists, and union organizers who knocked on doors, talked to neighbors, posted on Facebook — even in secret, private Facebook sites — I want everybody coming out from behind that and make sure your voices are heard going forward," said Clinton. I’ve watched the clip a hundred times. That’s not approval in her tone, with both hands raised looking off to the side…maybe a stifled eye roll?

Since the release of Clinton’s memoir What Happened, there has been a slew of articles written in response to a comment she makes about a thought she had while watching the Women’s March. She says, “Yet I couldn’t help but ask where those feelings of solidarity, outrage, and passion had been during the election.” While many of these pieces attempt to burn her at the stake for casting blame, I think it’s a fair question and one that I can answer: hiding out in secret groups.

If there’s one thing I know to be true, it’s that you don’t change minds or lives by staying silent or saving your views and beliefs to share with those who already agree with you. You do it by living your truth openly and setting an example.

I am a passionate yoga practitioner. I share photos, thoughts, and videos of my practice liberally on my social media feeds — some receive likes, others nothing. To my surprise, over the years, a number of friends have reached out to me to say that watching my personal yoga journey gave them the push they needed to begin their own practice. If I hadn’t received their messages, I wouldn’t have known a number of these friends were watching my feed. They never commented or reacted to my posts but they were viewing them, and the impact was significant.

Imagine Election Day 2016 had every secret pro-Clinton group member chosen to stay out of the closet and fill their feeds with the information and excitement they so liberally shared in hiding. How many people could we have reached? How many minds and votes could we have changed?

Sure there would have been venomous reactions and comments, but fortunately, Facebook and other social media feeds arm their users with a simple solution: the ability to delete them.

That’s right, your feed isn’t a news site. It doesn’t have to be fair and balanced and represent everyone’s opinions — just yours. You don’t have to engage in arguments and lose hours of your work or family time to trying to convince someone whose mind will never change, and you don’t even have to delete them! You can just delete their comment. You can silence their voice on your platform.

Since November 8, 2016, the consequences of the outcome of the election have been swift, devastating, and show no signs of slowing. Though I left all of the secret pro-Hillary support groups months ago and returned to being the outspoken self that I am best at being, I have to live with the role my choices played in the current state of our country.

There’s a lot of work to be done — possibly more than I have seen in my lifetime. Hillary Clinton is back in the public eye, sleeves rolled up, and fighting for what she believes in once again. This time, we need to follow her example. While I can’t change the past, I can learn from it and do better moving forward always remembering to make my voice heard as I do my part to “build that better, stronger, fairer America we seek.”

Top photo: Screenshot from Hillary Clinton's concession speech, YouTube

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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:22:59 -0400
Jemele Hill And Leslie Jones Deserve Our Support Just As Much As Rose McGowan http://bust.com/feminism/193612-why-jemele-hill-and-leslie-jones-deserve-our-support-just-as-much-as-rose-mcgowan.html http://bust.com/feminism/193612-why-jemele-hill-and-leslie-jones-deserve-our-support-just-as-much-as-rose-mcgowan.html lesliejones 2c486

In the wake of the ever-increasing number of allegations of sexual harassment and assault against producer Harvey Weinstein and other powerful men in Hollywood, it has been reassuring to see the overwhelming support for Rose McGowan and other survivors sharing their stories. Men and women from all backgrounds are listening to survivors who have come forward, and are holding perpetrators and their enablers to account. We should continue to amplify these voices. However, as the firestorm over Rose McGowan’s suspension from Twitter grows, some are asking why the same level of support has not been shown to women of color in similar situations.

Many women have chosen to boycott Twitter today using the hashtag #WomenBoycottTwitter in protest against the discriminatory practises of the social media platform, which seems to apply its rules to some groups, like women, more than others. Celebrities Alyssa Milano, Chrissy Teigen, John Cusack, Debra Messing, Anna Paquin, Mark Ruffalo and Cheryl Strayed have all joined the protest, along with many other Twitter users. Earlier this morning, director Ava DuVernay tweeted, “Calling white women allies to recognize conflict of #WomenBoycottTwitter for women of color who haven't received support on similar issues.”

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The women of color she is referring to are too numerous to count, with Jemele Hill and Leslie Jones just two of the latest prominent examples. Earlier this week, ESPN presenter Jemele Hill was suspended from her role at the network for a second round of tweets in which she discussed the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and the NFL players who continue to protest against police brutality by taking a knee during the national anthem. “If you strongly reject what Jerry Jones said, the key is his advertisers. Don't place the burden squarely on the players,” she wrote as part of a series of tweets, after Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones having said that any player who "disrespects the flag" will not play. She had previously apologised after tweeting, "Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists." While Hill's treatment received coverage by major media outlets, her suspension did not trigger the firestorm of support we are currently witnessing.

Similarly, comedian and actor Leslie Jones was the victim of an unprecedented level of harassment on social media, originally triggered by her role in the all-female remake of Ghostbusters, to a relatively muted level of support from the general public. The abuse was unrelenting, including the hacking of her personal website in July 2016, sharing of her personal details and obscene and racist Photoshopped images. “I feel like I’m in a personal hell. I didn’t do anything to deserve this. It’s just too much. So hurt right now,” she tweeted in July 2016. She was forced off the platform, unable to deal with the deluge of abuse. Eventually, Twitter banned her most virulent troll, after #LoveForLeslieJ trended and some prominent users, like Chrissy Teigen, came out in support. But many believe it was too little, too late.

Alongside #WomenBoycottTwitter, the hashtag #WOCAffirmation has been trending. This movement is not in opposition to those who choose to boycott, but is advocating that we tackle the problem of gendered harassment in a different way. Rather than being silent, people are promoting the work of women of color and using the increased attention from the Weinstein scandal to spotlight the voices that too often go unnoticed. The fact that Rose McGowan has managed to create a media firestorm about sexual harassment and assault is heartening and she continues to be a fearless feminist advocate. But within the context of true intersectional feminism, it is worth considering how we can do more to make sure all women are heard, not just white women.

Header image from Ghostbusters, other image via Twitter

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Feminism Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:37:15 -0400
Week Of Women, October 13-19 http://bust.com/entertainment/193610-week-of-women-october-13-19-2017.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193610-week-of-women-october-13-19-2017.html  

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Our weekly roundup of women-centered pop culture is here! Scroll down to read about the 10 movies, albums, TV shows, and books created by or starring women that we’re most excited about for the upcoming week — this week, we’ve got a different kind of Wonder Woman movie, new music from St. Vincent, and the return of Jane the Virgin. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to all of these ourselves, so if they're bad, don't blame us! But if we have reviewed them, we’ll include a link to the review, or refer to it if it’s in print. Enjoy! 


Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

Writer and director Angela Robinson (who you know from D.E.B.S. and The L Word) makes a different kind of Wonder Woman movie in this biopic about creator William Moulton Marston (Luke Evans), his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall), and their girlfriend Olive (Bella Heathcote).

L7: Pretend We're Dead

Director Sarah Price helps LA grunge band L7 tell their story in this long-awaited documentary. Out on DVD and VOD on October 13th.

The Departure

Director Lana Wilson turns her lens on Ittesu Nemoto, a former punk-turned-Buddhist-priest in Japan who dedicates his life to helping the suicidal, but can’t see the parallels between his patients and himself. Out in New York on October 13th, expands to more cities on October 20th.


Jane the Virgin 

Jane the Virgin (starring our Aug/Sept cover gal Gina Rodriguez) returns with its fourth season, which showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman promises will be all about recapturing joy after pain. Premieres October 13th on the CW. Read our interview with Gina Rodriguez here. 

Crazy Ex Girlfriend

Also back is another CW series, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend starring Rachel Bloom. ICYMI, Rebecca was abandoned at the altar in the season 2 finale — and season 3 looks like it will open with revenge. Premieres October 13th on the CW.



“Bodak Yellow” by Cardi B

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Masseduction by St. Vincent

St. Vincent has said her fifth album is “all about sex and drugs and sadness." We can’t wait. Out Friday, October 13th.

Lotta Sea Lice by Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile

Indie-rock mainstays Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile teamed up for a collaborative album; BUST’s reviewer promsies that “fans of either party won’t be disappointed.” Out Friday, October 13. See BUST's October/November issue for review.


Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan

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Tan explores her identity as a writer in what BUST calls “a compelling portrait of a writer figuring out who she is — and how to put that discovered self into words.” Out Tuesday, October 17. See BUST's October/November issue for review.

The Floating World by C. Morgan Babst

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This debut novel about a New Orleans family before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. Out Tuesday, October 17.

Top photo: Jane the Virgin/CW

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Entertainment Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:25:28 -0400
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Amy Sedaris is a living legend. Perhaps you know and love her from her twisted TV-series-turned-feature-film Strangers With Candy. Or maybe you adore her for her off-kilter DIY books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts For Poor People. Either way, this fall, fans of both her on-screen persona and her loony lifestyle brand will be flocking to her new truTV series, At Home with Amy Sedaris (premiering October 24), a surreal show that looks like what would happen if the producers of The Martha Stewart Show started dropping that good acid.

For the following photo essay, we asked the inimitable Ms. Sedaris to share her fave tips for going out and enjoying nature. You may not want to try these at home, but you’ll definitely want to pin these pix to your vision board.


Choosing the right luggage for your stay in the outdoors is important—it must be functional and practical. Most importantly, your camp baggage must express something about you. For instance, I like to tie my belongings into bindles and then attach them to the end of a stick. This says, simply, “I don’t like authority and I don’t mind pooping in a ditch.”

An eight pound Italian sea bass from an upstate New York trout stream? You bet! Never fish for what you hope to catch, buy what you want to eat. In the end, does it really matter how it got on the hook?

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Being harassed by a bear is not uncommon in the wild. If pursued, find a high place to sit it out and relax. Eventually he’ll get bored and move on—they always do.

Good chopping technique is essential when camping: 1. Grasp the axe firmly but don’t squeeze too tight. 2. Position one hand low on the handle, the other close to the head, and slide down to maximize the striking force. 3. Swing wildly at the wood as if it were a former lover’s skull (you know who you are). 

Nothing is more soothing than the light crackle of a small campfire. Building a fire is easy. First, gather dry leaves, dead grass, and small twigs, and pile into a rustic teepee shape. Next, douse the adorable structure with any industrial grade accelerant. I’ve had great success with kerosene.


Alone on a cool mountain evening, a sleeping bag with sleeves is always a terrific choice—until the wolves begin to circle.

Photos by Danielle St. Laurent

Styling By Vickty Farrell // Makeup & Hair by Kelly Quan // Props by Chelsea Maruskin

This article originally appeared in the October/November 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

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