During long airport waits, I’ve often wandered to the magazine rack, my eyes pleasantly glazing over at the diverting covers. Many women’s magazines (with obvious exceptions like BUST and Ms.) are meant to distract us, to offer an escape that an be lovely, but is also generally void of any real social or personal significance. What if mainstream women’s mags like Seventeen, Good Housekeeping, and Brides addressed painful topics like sexual ... Read More
Open letters to children have become a viral sensation this year, capable of permanently cataloguing personal words of wisdom for public inspiration. Yes, there have been some failures, like the letters scolding teens for taking selfies or shaming them wearing certain clothing items. But there have also been those special letters from parent to child, promoting freedoms of self-expression and comfort amidst the pains of growing up. Dr. Kelly ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman
on Feb 11, 2014
Though I was born too late to have experienced the rise, or even the fall of the revolutionary Sassy magazine, I'm still fascinated by its revolutionary nature. My curiosity has involved scouring Etsy and Ebay for old issues and spending hours poring over every page of the faded editorials and articles. It's been 20 years since Sassy became defunct, but the stories felt as real to me as if they'd just been published.
If you're hearing about ... Read More
At 25, April Ashley was a sensation, gracing the pages of Vogue, appearing in Blockbuster hits, and partying with celebrities and socialites. Those who witnessed her rise to fame called it “fairytale-like.” She rubbed elbows and flirted with Elvis Presley. April Ashley is also a transsexual, and she is one of the first people ever to transition from male to female through reassignment surgery.
Sadly, the glamour of her life and career was ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 21, 2013
Lena Dunham's world domination continues! There is no escape! The notorious Anna Wintour is reportedly courting her for an upcoming Vogue cover. Now, Dunham is about to be peering down at you from every newsstand on the block.
Normally, this would be pretty exciting shtuff. Lena is great and Vogue is fun to read in the bathtub while you're pretending you have money--it's a win-win! But Wintour's 'tude is turning this whole thing into a ... Read More
On Tuesday September 17th, TIME named Nancy Gibbs its new managing editor, as The New York Times reports. Gibbs is the first woman to be given this position in the magazine’s 90-year history. Can we all just revel in this glory, with a big YAY FOR LADIES IN PRINT MEDIA!
Gibbs started as a TIME fact-checker 28 years ago, and over the course of working for the mag, she’s written more cover stories (ahem, 174 to be exact) than any other writer in TIME ... Read More
BY Intern Michelle
on Aug 15, 2012
There are some celebrities who seem to trail controversy like pixie dust, and Azealia Banks is certainly one of them. The latest dispute? The Harlem rapper’s Dazed and Confused cover being banned in seven countries. The cover features Banks blowing up a hot pink condom, with the words “Azealia Banks Blows Up” under in large font. Get it?
The Internet has exploded in a fit of both “Oh Em Gee, How could they?” and ... Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 27, 2012
If there’s one thing that most of us can agree upon, it’s that mainstream media isn’t trying very hard to build up women’s self-esteem. Between gossip sites trashing even the most flawless celeb bodies and magazines that repeat the same lose-weight/please-your-guy/you’re-not-good-enough litany every issue, it’s difficult for many of us to catch a break (except when reading BUST, of course!). The battle towards self-love and ... Read More
BY Eliza C. Thompson
on Nov 04, 2009
Awesome magazines are folding left and right these days -- so when a new one that's totally rad gets off the ground, it's time for a celebration. The first issue of Tom Tom, a magazine about female drummers, is hitting the streets this month, and it definitely looks cooler than your average music mag. Featuring interviews with lady drummers and tips for honing your own technique, Tom Tom sounds like the perfect alternative to all those man-drenched guitar and drum ... Read More