BY Alexa Salvato
on Jul 24, 2015
In her recent interview with Variety, Transparent creator Jill Soloway indicts Hollywood’s prioritizing of the male gaze. She’s nominated for quite a few accolades for her creation and writing for the Amazon hit Transparent—but as the article points out, she is one of only three women “(vs. 20 men) nominated in top comedy or drama series writer-director categories.” Soloway thinks that’s because it is still expected that men are at the center of stories. Read More
Girl just can’t get a break. After tweeting about a totally sexist wardrobe note for Adam Sandler’s upcoming movie, Rose McGowan reports (via tweet) that her acting agent fired her for speaking out. In an interview with EW, McGowan said of the wardrobe note, “This is normal to so many people. It was probably even a girl that had to type it up. It’s institutionally okay… I’m not trying to vilify Adam Sandler.” The note was a painfully clear example of the casual, everyday sexism that goes on in Hollywood. Read More
Writer, musician, actress, and former BUST covergirl Carrie Brownstein is perhaps our favorite sentient being. And, as a sentient being, she understands you perfectly. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 24, 2015
As far as we’ve come with female superheroes in films, their portrayal continues to disappoint. Hillary Pennell and Elizabeth Behm-Morawitz at the University of Missouri conducted a study recently that shows how even the new super-empowered heroes may lower women’s self esteem.
Pennell and Behm-Morawitz showed undergraduate women scenes from two popular superhero film series, Spider-Man and X-Men. The female characters shown from Spider-Man were all victims. The female characters shown from X-Men were heroines. However, females from both series were highly sexualized. Read More
BY Alice Lawton
on Jun 08, 2015
Women’s Media Center’s fourth edition of The Status of Women in U.S. Media highlights how all platforms of media are failing women. In particular, film and television continue to let down women.
The number of women involved behind the camera in movies has stayed fairly static. Women make up only 17 percent of all directors, cinematographers, writers, editors, executive producers and producers from the top 250 movies from the United States in 2014. This is up one percent from 2013, but is equal to the amount of women behind the camera in 1998 and a decrease from 2001. Read More
BY PRINCESS WEEKES
on May 05, 2015
Rose McGowan has always been a BAMF, but lately she has been expressing more of her frustrations with Hollywood sexism and it is delicious. In an interview on DP/30 back in 2014, McGowan spoke about her career, but also on being objectified by media and realizing that she didn’t belong. IndieWire released a speech she delivered on April 21st to the Sisterhood of Traveling Producers which contains some awesome advice on how to deal with sexism in the industry and beyond. Read More
on Mar 20, 2015
Can we ever have too many versions of Little Women? We say no, and luckily, so does Sony Pictures.
There are tons of reasons we're pumped about an updated version of Louisa May Alcott’s classic, the main one being the obvious fact that we are long time Little Women lovers. Alcott’s book was fiercely pro-women and inspiringly ahead of its time, and for that alone we’ll always be thrilled to see its story honored.
But there are plenty of other factors that are making us believe this adaptation of Little Women will be especially incredible:
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In an age when un-retouched pictures of beautiful women are often considered scandalous, it can be kind of hard to keep up your own self-esteem. Yes, Beyoncé’s skin may not be perfectly ***Flawless, but who among us is without an occasional blemish? Looking "normal" is treated more and more like a deformity than simply being a human being (cellulite, stretch marks and acne, oh my!) and nobody can express how ridiculous this is better than the fierce and funny Amy Schumer. Read More
BY Ada Guzman
on Feb 06, 2015
Happy Friday, BUSTies! We unfortunately have no riveting "snowstorm" stories to tell this week. Thankfully, we did find a bit more to talk about beyond Super Bowl Sunday. Here are five feminist stories you may have missed this week:
One badass artist is shining a light on lady models of every size. We get some major body positivity vibes from female photographer Sophie Spinelle, who empowers women through her company, Shameless Photography. Read our interview here. Read More
BY Hannah Baxter
on Feb 03, 2015
With the imminent release of Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as the return of naked-lady-centric Game of Thrones, it seems that Hollywood is in no rush to diversify its representations of women experiencing the big O onscreen. We all know the look- just picture the infamous When Harry Met Sally scene to refresh- mouth dropped open in euphoria, back arched, eyes closed with nary a weird twitch or unbecoming grimace in sight. Read More