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Winter is here and it's a rough one. And by that we mean it is basically Frozen without the peppy soundtrack. Which makes perfect curl-up-with-a-good-book-and-drink-tea weather. Here at BUST, we have put together ten books to keep you company in this arctic tundra, because there's only so much Netflix we can handle before our eyes melt. The books range in genre, but all have one thing in common: women. Yay! These books feature ladies from all walks of life, and illustrate their struggles, successes, and historical importance. Read More
  “Don’t need a Hercules, Lancelot or Bond/Don’t treat me like some dumb blonde.” Damn straight. Cute, upbeat, and right to the point with lines like “I didn’t go to school to be a victim in dress”, Rebecca Juliet’s “Damsel in Distress” may be February’s new feminist track. Full video below—it's definitely worth a watch.  So dudes, take note: Nothing is less unsexy than telling us to sit back and look pretty while you fight ninjas. We GOT this. Read More
"Girls (should) have access to clothes that tell them that they can be and do anything."—this is the idea behind Princess Awesome, a clothing line that is destroying gender stereotypes by letting "girls decide what it means to be girly."  What started out as a simple Kickstarter campaign is now raising the bar for children's clothing everywhere.  Founders Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair told Buzzfeed, "We're not sure who decided that girls (had) to choose between spaceships and ribbons, sparkles and science. Read More
We're all constantly told to ignore the trolls—a nice idea, but pretty ineffective in execution. The trolls are packing peanuts that exploded via opening a box on your living room floor. They're not going anywhere. Thankfully, it looks as though responding to sexist numbskulls on Twitter invites others to do the same, and effectively benefits women's mental health. Anyone who has grown up female, a person of color, LGBTQ, or otherwise marginalized knows the Internet can be a personal hell. Read More
Need a new entertaining and socially conscious web series to obsess over? Look no further. Shugs & Fats, AKA writers and performers Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz, have arrived. In this new series, two Hijabis take to the streets of NYC to “reconcile their long held cultural beliefs with their new life in ‘liberated’ Brooklyn.” Their first episode debuted on Monday and answers the age-old question: Can we judge people's beliefs by the way they look? The answers are in turn uplifting and insulting, well intentioned and ignorant. Read More
  Girls and Broad City are going to have another girl-centric comedy joining them: Jill Soloway, creator of the award-winning show Transparent, is working on a new feminist comedy series with #HotMessMoves stars Ashley Skidmore and Lyle Friedman.   The show focuses on two girls who met during summer camp and become super BFFs after getting struck by lightning. Ten year later—with the power of friendship and the concentrated essence of second wave feminism—they have dedicated themselves to saving womankind. Read More
    Revenge porn has become a new, terrifying post-break up concern. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, revenge porn is an ultimate betrayal of trust, showcasing to the world private, intimate moments between former couples. Consider it weaponized slut-shaming at its finest.    There is some hope, however: Several women are channeling their pain to fuel a counter-strike against their attackers. Emma Holten is one of them. After breaking up with her boyfriend, she was hacked and bombarded with hundred of emails and messages containing nude pictures. Read More
We barely have words for this because we are laugh-cringing so hard. What do you get when you combine feminist theory courtesy of bell hooks with old "Saved By the Bell" screenshots? Probably the most amazing thing we've seen in weeks. WEEKS PEOPLE. Maybe even the entirety of the new year. It is freaking incredible. Just look at these gems: BUT ... AND SO ... ALTHOUGH ... Bless you, you retro television genius who created this. We are obsessed with you. Email us. We'll do lunch. Image c/o: savedbythe-bellhooks.tumblr. Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! It was a fairly quiet week in our neck of the woods (with the exception of a possible snowpocalypse that turned out to be more of a mini-blizzard). Following last's weeks eleventh hour abortion restriction bill, we're actually a little glad to have a slightly slower news week. Any time period where women's rights aren't institutionally pared down goes on the good pile, in our books.   So what did happen that you may have missed? Well...   1. Read More
In promising news for young girls and feminists (and, let's be honest, pretty much everybody else), major toy company Mattel ousted its chief executive officer this week, partly because its Barbie products just aren’t cutting it anymore. For a doll that was inspired by a German sex toy, we’re not sure why it took over 50 years for society to realize Barbie sends children negative messages (i.e. directly encouraging them to aspire to the impossible standards of one man’s pinup-era fantasy. Read More