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Once upon a time, beauty companies were telling women that their bodies weren't smooth enough, their faces clear enough, and their hair, shiny enough. However, after various body-positive movements in addition to all the feminist scholars critiquing the issue, companies have attempted to alter the explicit ways in which they enforce constant body surveillance. Now more recently, we are seeing women's beauty advertisements "praise" empowerment over body image. Take this new Pantene, "Sorry Not Sorry" commercial, for instance. Read More
Violette, the latest film by Martin Provost, stars the brilliant Emmanuelle Devos as revolutionary feminist author Violette Leduc, and Sandrine Kiberlain as the infamous writer and social theorist, Simone de Beauvoir. Presented by Adopt Films, the drama delves into the complexities and at times, emotional turmoil, of Leduc. The film captures her fascination and intense attachment for de Beauvoir, and the conviction de Beauvoir feels to share her unrivaled honesty with the literary world. The film is split into chapters, and it certainly reads like a novel. Read More
Whether or not you give Alanis Morissette credit for producing ballad after ballad for just about every emotion a person could feel, for overcoming a major eating disorder in her late teens and later promoting eating disorder awareness, for that one time where she hosted the Juno awards in a nude leotard to comment on the era of censorship in our post-nipplegate society, or for kissing Carrie Bradshaw, Alanis Morissette is simply a goddess. Her new video for track "Big Sur" beautifully reinforces this fact.  When asked what my favorite Alanis song is, I shudder in disbelief. Read More
The Maya Rudolph Show is like being kicked in the face with a sparkly tap shoe, and I want more. Maya Rudolph, long-time former SNL cast member and star of the hit movie Bridesmaids, said in an interview with Seth Meyers, "Young folks have probably never experienced the joys of corny but wonderful but grand, feather boas and sparkles and people singing songs and telling corny jokes but guests dropping in and stopping by…" True, I don't think I have experienced whatever it is she's describing. And Maya was right. I haven't seen much else like it. Read More
I think we can almost all agree that thinspo and its cousin fitspo (that tries to not be rude but still manages to be so rude) are both kind of the worst. The intense "no excuses" attitudes reflected by bold fonts saying something aggressive over images of impossibly thin women sweating, is just annoying, not to mention dangerously supportive of negative self-talk, detrimental to self-love, and just bottom line not what we need to see or hear. There is enough pressure for our bodies to look a certain way from sources we don't exactly choose to look at, and standards we never picked. Read More
I think we can almost all agree that thinspo and its cousin fitspo (that tries to not be rude but still manages to be so rude) are both kind of the worst. The intense "no excuses" attitudes reflected by bold fonts saying something aggressive over images of impossibly thin women sweating, is just annoying, not to mention dangerously supportive of negative self-talk, detrimental to self-love, and just bottom line not what we need to see or hear. There is enough pressure for our bodies to look a certain way from sources we don't exactly choose to look at, and standards we never picked. Read More
I'm not sure if it was the multiple mimosas or lugging around a heavy-ass swag bag all day, but I've been wandering around in a fashion- and beauty-addled daze since last weekend. Is anyone else in the same boat? In case you missed the first-ever (EVER!) BUST Craftacular's Primped last Sunday, May 4th, read on to be overcome by jealousy of all the amazing shit you missed. Like, really. Read More
I’m a huge fan of girly feminist embroidery projects. I even make some myself. That’s why when I stumbled upon Mo Morgan’s sassy but honest embroideries, I absolutely fell in love.  I have a soft spot for embroidery activism. Maybe it’s the juxtaposition between the quaint, dainty art-form (with its stitched-in associations to the domestic housewife) and the bloodthirsty history of the women’s movement. The rich history behind both feminism and crafting make Morgan's modern day blend of the two so much more than just cheeky decoration. Read More
In an increasing effort to be more diverse, Marvel Comics will be releasing a new series this February whose lead character is a teenage Muslim girl named Kamala Khan. Originally from Pakistan but living in Jersey City, Khan will struggle to not just combat super-villains with her kick-ass superpowers, (she can shape-shift!) but also address personal conflicts between her family’s expectations and her own desires. Khan’s character originated from a conversation between two Marvel editors, Sana Amanat and Steve Wacker. Read More
  Renowned author and essayist William T Vollmann commits to his protagonists. In the case of his most recent heroine, Dolores of The Book of Dolores, he tried to live as a woman. Dolores is a transgender prostitute who interests include jewelry and geology. She is a housewife who often dons a black and red corset. She carries a whip into the bedroom. As accurately and earnestly as possible, Vollmann transformed himself into the female character in preparation for the book.      And he learned a lot. Read More
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