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When Maggie Young started writing a memoir about the 23 men she slept with between the ages of 16 and 26, she didn’t expect it to become a liberating and relatable story for women living in an age still plagued by misogynistic treatment, absurd double standards, and impossible expectations. But that’s exactly what Just Another Number is: A raw, honest reflection on her adolescence through early adulthood that fearlessly details her struggles with bulimia, drugs, the military, and her dependence on male approval. Read More
This week (April 28th) we celebrated the 85th Birthday of Nancy Drew, and although her adventures can seem a little dated, we have learned a lot from this badass lady sleuth. At the time there weren't many role models for girls who were all things brainy, brave and feminine, and the values she instilled in us are timeless. Here are 10 of our favorites: Women Can Do Anything - Even In A Skirt Patriarchy didn’t stop Nancy Drew, and neither did her flawless style. This woman could do just about anything, and most of the time she did it in pleats and plaids. Read More
Our lovely former BUST cover girl Amber Tamblyn has written some raw and thought provoking poems for her upcoming book, Dark Sparkler, out April 7th. The collection powerfully explores the lives of over twenty-five actresses who died before their time, including Marilyn Monroe, Jean Harlow, Sharon Tate, and Brittany Murphy. Want more? Take a look at Amber's interview with Janet Fitch in our latest issue and scroll down for book tour dates.  And check out Tamblyn reading her poem, "Jane Doe," for us below:      Image and video by Michael Lavine. Read More
  Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique turned 52 this week. As controversial as it is—in turns called classist, racist, and homophobic—we would like to celebrate all the ways it inspired a movement during a time of housewives, Jell-o molds, and sedated contentment. Friedan, known for sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism, was called “angry” and “hysterical,” insults we are quite familiar with even today, for her identification of what she calls “the problem with no name. Read More
Last week, the winner of the most important accolade in the literary world was announced. I am, of course, talking about the Literary Review's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. Forget the National Book Award. Back off, Pulitzer. Man Booker who? An Oprah’s Book Club Sticker has more influence than all those combined. The real prestige comes with winning a Bad Sex in Fiction award. It means your work was good enough that those other prizes could ignore your terrible sex writing (can we retire the word “womb” in a sexual context, please?). Read More