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  Katy Perry isn’t necessarily known for her modesty.  On her candy-coated Teenage Dream cover, she posed naked amongst fluffy pink clouds. On occasion, she’s also been known to shoot whipped cream out of her bra. But the increase in female nudity in pop has her concerned.    In conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon, the singer said, “females in pop-- everybody’s getting naked [...] I’ve been naked before but I don’t feel like I have to always get naked to be noticed. Read More
Who doesn't secretly dream of owning their own bookshop? Rows of yellowing volumes filled with harrowing tales, a pastel sundress for every day of the week, a grumpy Ron Swanson-esque cat on the windowsill...It would be like living in a Joanna Newsom music video. Finally, the chance to make that asbestos-filled dream a reality has arrived! The owners of Chicago's Women and Children First, one of the last independent feminist bookstores in the United States, are looking to hand over the master key to a new owner. Read More
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Luckily, that’s just what a few brave women in Saudi Arabia are doing in the hopes of finally lifting the ban against female drivers. According to NPR, Saudi women are continuously posting videos of themselves driving on YouTube, and have chosen Saturday, October 26th as a day for women in the country to rally together and drive.  Although women say that officials have lightened up on their general restrictions against females behind the wheel, women are still unable to procure their own driver’s licenses. Read More
It was almost 75 years ago that Madeline first uttered her famous “pooh-pooh” to the tiger in the Paris zoo. I want to know her secret, because that girl doesn’t look a day over six and a half. As it turns out, Madeline’s appeal is as ageless as she is. Young ladies and gents continue to delight in Madeline’s adventures, even though she doesn’t communicate solely with Emojis or tweet @MissClavel. Rather, her appeal lies in her absolutely timeless, feisty spirit. Read More
  In college courses, I studied Asian American women and their vast contributions to feminism. Oppressed both as women and as Asian-Americans, amazing ladies have fought for their civil rights since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad (and before). But we have a long way to go before we truly embrace what Asian-American women have to contribute to feminist discourse, and we can start by hearing what racial justice advocate Lindsey Yoo has to say. Read More
Neko Case, BUST's upcoming October/November cover girl and crooning songstress extraordinaire, has a new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, out on Anti- September 3rd, and it's some of her most revealing stuff yet. Her unique, full voice ain't hiding anything on this record. Since her move to Vermont, Case seems to be showing a deeper side of herself to her audience. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual abuse within the prison system. Spoiler Alert! If you're not caught up with the whole season, avert your eyes! It’s safe to say that Netflix's Orange is The New Black has taken over my life. It’s okay; the first step is always admitting you have a problem, and I’m an OITNB addict. I’m at the point of wanting to read the real Piper Chapman’s (who’s actually Piper Kerman IRL) actual memoir, Orange is The New Black: My Year In A Women’s Prison, and possibly starting a book club amongst my friends. Read More
It turns out that Portlandia star Fred Armisen has an excellent Ira Glass impression in his arsenal of celebrity impersonations. Armisen delivered his best Ira Glass act on Glass's own NPR show, This American Life. The impression is also featured in a web exclusive out from NBC. Armisen's portrayal of Glass was scripted into a "Weekend Update" segment on SNL, but nixed after the audience didn't find it funny enough. Be sure to check out the video, as well as the prologue from their episode of This American Life. Read More
The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride low in the vocal register. Read More
On NPR's "The Takeaway" this morning, BUST's Managing Editor Emily Rems remembered the groundbreaking subversiveness of legendary funny lady Phyllis Diller. The comedy icon, known for her self-deprecating humor, died yesterday, leaving behind a sassy legacy for today's lady comics. Listen to the full segment here, or below! {audio}http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/231605/{/audio}   Photo credit: TVWeek. Read More