Casual sex has been an area of contention between feminists for generations. Remember the sexual liberation movement of the 1960s-70s? It completely re-imagined the potential for female sexuality; women became empowered to see sex as a source of pleasure and not only a means of reproduction. Feminists reframed sex to be a pathway to female fulfillment and self-actualization. With the possibility of female pleasure in sex without social stigma, and ... Read More
Every woman has a different answer to the question, “How did I become the woman I am today?” For many of us, this question is so complex it probably couldn’t be answered in under a thousand words. Luckily for us, a picture is worth at least that much. Awe-inspiring and prolific photographer Justine Kurland once told me, “Every woman artist must go through a phase of self-portraiture at some point in her life.” I agree; the way ... Read More
BY Melanie Mignucci
on Aug 22, 2013
Is Lena Dunham the awesomest or is she the awesomest? This morning, the Girls creator/writer/actress/goddess posted a [long-ass] letter written to and answered by Time Out New York’s resident sexpert, Jamie Buffalino.
“What a rite of passage! I feel like I’m in a Judy Blume novel: Are You There Jamie? It’s Me, Margaret,” she asks in a long, LONG letter asking for advice about being a virgin at 19. (Jamie’s advice back to her is ... Read More
This HYSTERICAL CollegeHumor video addresses that “dumb double standard” in the TV industry that’s got so many ladies’ feathers ruffled. No, not the pay grade one … or the leading actress/actor ratio one… or the one where “30 Rock” isn’t on the air anymore. (Not quite a double standard but an issue I, as a woman, have.)
These female comedians have “a boner to pick” with HBO … for not giving us the D.
It’s true! For every time we ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
in Boob Tube
on Jul 30, 2013
In anticipation of the upcoming red carpet gala, the Girls mastermind has had a few things to say about the HBO show's nominations. Just now finishing filming the third season of her hit show, (not that anybody's counting the days or anything...) Dunham revealed that she's most excited for co-star's Adam Driver's comedy nomination. Although she's received three noms herself, his gave her a "shriek-y, joyful, amazed sensation." Dunham stated, "It means so much to ... Read More
BY Hallie Marks
on Jun 14, 2013
Who IS that girl?
We know all about how kids’ toys are divided by gender in really icky ways. Why can’t a boy use an Easy Bake Oven? Why aren’t girls playing with those trucks in the commercials? And the issue goes far beyond surface advertising – “boy products” often encourage building, activity, and adventure, while “girl products” usually emphasize appearance and foster skills like nurturing and cooking. These are all great ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
in Music Stuff
on Apr 23, 2013
It's rare to hear such sincere honesty and openness from an icon scrutinized by the public eye, but impressing us is something Kim Gordon does best. In a recent interview the feminist punk rock star continues to prove that Gordon is a strong, classy lady we at BUST will never stop fangirling over. She's been featured in BUST numerous times over the years, so you can imagine our excitement to read about her life now, as she works with her new band to appease our ... Read More
Lily Tomlin has been a feminist longer than I’ve been alive, so when she says things have changed for women in terms of comedy, character acting, and raising girls to be feminist, I believe her.
While talking to Vanity Fair, Tomlin commented on Girls, Tina Fey, and shifts in feminism. She joked about getting scolded in the early ‘70s for saying “boner” on stage during a bit and laughs off old memories of audience reactions to her ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
in Boob Tube
on Mar 18, 2013
This season, LD and her motley crew have tested the boundaries of the gals-in-the-city genre: we’ve seen elements of family drama, buddy comedy, and horror (yes, I’m still having Q-Tip nightmares). This episode, we go full-on rom-com. Where’s Shane West when you need him? (Hint: not here.)
“I can like your cock and not be a whore.”
I’m loath to re-open the box of shittiness that was last week’s episode, but I feel ... Read More
Constantly in the media spotlight, always controversial and ever-addicting Lena Dunham sat down for an interview with Playboy. Interviewer David Rensin talked to Dunham about feminism, Girls, men, and, of course, sex.
In 20 questions, Rensin explores how Dunham first learned about sex, how she would react if she woke up tomorrow in the body of a Victoria’s Secret model, and her role as the writer/director of Girls.
Girls is my current TV ... Read More