BY Hanna Lustig
on Jul 17, 2015
Our lives were improved by watching Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson star as Annalise Keating and Cookie Lyon on ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder and Fox’s Empire, respectively. And thankfully, the Emmy gods noticed, nominating both women for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
But now, their badassery on these burgeoning primetime series isn’t merely impressive – it’s historic. Davis and Henson are the first black women to be nominated for the same Emmy category. Read More
Orange Is the New Black star and upcoming BUST cover girl (!!!) Laverne Cox praised Bruce Jenner’s courage for coming out as transgender in an interview at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“I think a lot of people tuned in expecting to see a spectacle, and they tuned in and saw a profoundly nuanced, complicated human being,” Cox said. “I thought ABC handled it really beautifully. I had spoken to Brue several months back. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Dec 16, 2014
2014 was, by most accounts, a pretty rad year for the ladies in the crowd. Politically, we’ve got more woman than ever before in Congress (100 to be exact), the first African-American Republican Congresswoman, and a blatant smack down of extreme anti-abortion laws. Women have thoroughly flexed their social media muscles, creating trending hashtags like #YesAllWomen, #WhyIStayed and #WhyILeft that united women and allies against violence, misogyny and sexism. Read More
BY Sonia Edwards
on Aug 20, 2014
I don't think I’ve been this interested in Little League baseball since… well, ever.
Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, threw a two-hitter this past weekend at her team’s opening game at the Little League World Series. For those of you who aren’t familiar with baseball lingo, that’s pretty damn good. Davis is only one of the two female players at the LLWS, and is now the first female pitcher in history to win a game. Read More
BY Abigail Nutter
on May 22, 2014
I’ve been a pretty committed fan of the ABC reality television show The Bachelor (a.k.a. the show for which I have the most-conflicted feelings) since the first season in 2002. I was 10. Part of me loves the romantic fairy tale vibe (What?! I’m a human being! Why wouldn’t I want a Prince Charming?) and part of me gets sick about the entire concept. Hence, my conundrum with those who tote the show's female-centric spin off (The Bachelorette) as "empowering. Read More
on May 10, 2014
Thanks to a shameful (but successful) week-long Netflix binge on three full seasons of “Scandal”- I have been classically conditioned to feel an amalgam of excitement and delight whenever encountered by the name “Shonda Rhimes.” So naturally, after stumbling upon the news that my girl Shonda has just booked a third ABC show starring none other than African-American female icon Viola Davis (who literally moved me to tears in “The Help”), I nearly had a heart palpitation. Read More
With the exception of that one time a bisexual female contestant flirted with a woman she found attractive, ABC’s The Bachelor oozes heteronormativity. We all know the drill: conventionally attractive man is wooed by 25 nearly-identical women, chooses his favorite one and proposes to her. If we turn a blind eye to the overnight dates, it’s all quite conservative. Sure, there are other dating shows that are less limited and exclusionary, but those series are more likely to be labeled as “trashy.” Disappointingly, there has never been a gay bachelor. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 18, 2013
Until today, the lack of LGBT representation among Disney characters had never occurred to me, simply because it seemed so incredibly implausible that it wasn't even worth the frustration. The pinnacle of "wholesome family values" bringing a lil' diversity into the mix? Psssh! But as it turns out, I've never been so happy to be proven wrong.
This past Sunday, the Disney-ABC show "Once Upon a Time" featured a sniffle-inducing scene in which Mulan (nearly!) reveals her hidden feelings for Princess Aurora, A.K.A. "Sleeping Beauty. Read More
Let’s face it: middle school dances are terrifying. In my youth, I spent my first dance alone in the corner of the cafeteria wearing my mom’s lipstick and a clip-in french twist hairpiece, hoping that the cool girls dancing in their cool circle would come talk to me. They didn’t, and a part of me has always regretted not getting up and dancing with them (I was and still am a horrible dancer, but who cares?). Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 17, 2013
Jenny McCarthy is replacing Elisabeth Hasselbeck as a co-host on The View, and the world is not happy about it.
You may remember Jenny as the former Playmate of the Year who forced some non-consensual kisses onto Justin Beiber’s baby face at the 2012 American Music Awards. Needless to say, she doesn’t have a glowing feminist resume. But her biggest – and likely her most dangerous – impact on the world has been her activism against vaccines, which she believes to be the root cause of autism.
Confused? Me too. Read More