We’re surrounded with a uniform image of the vulva— in pornography, in erotic art, and even in scientific diagrams. Without access to diverse images, our culture shames women for the shapes and sizes of our labia, clitorises, and vaginas, and more and more women are encouraged to consider invasive procedures like labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The vagina as an icon is political; it can be used to make women feel objectified and judged, ... Read More
BY Nina K. Guzman
on Feb 06, 2014
For something that is so often talked about, "virginity" is one of those things that doesn't have one solid definition. I mean, think about it. What is virginity? If a virgin is someone who doesn't have sex, then what counts as sex? If sex is vagina-penis penetration than are all homosexuals virgins? How does this (so called) "biological" state that has no medical definition become so interwoven with a woman's morality and character?
Therese Shechter asks these ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Dec 06, 2013
The Netherlands is pretty high on the list of countries getting it right. Their TV channel "Dusk!" is also pretty high on their list of things they are getting right.
Dusk! (Aren't you glad they included the exclamation point?) is a "female-friendly erotic channel" where all of the programming is decided upon by a panel of 2,000 women. Any woman can join the panel, which reviews content and provide explanation about what they liked and didn't like.
Though ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy
on Nov 21, 2013
At first, the concept of feminist pornography may seem contradictory. The image most people have of porn consists of sketchy film sets where naïve women with surgically enhanced bodies are degraded, exploited, and coerced into performing sexual acts on camera by greedy men. It seems to counteract feminism’s core values of equality and empowerment for oppressed groups. Sex educator and feminist pornographer Tristan Taormino would beg to disagree with ... Read More
Charlotte Gainsbourg has a new film coming up called Nymphomaniac, in which she plays a self-professed nymphomaniac who confides in a man who comes to her aid after a beating. In the hardcore film, Gainsbourg’s character Joe grants viewers glimpses into her sexual encounters. Director Lars Von Trier, whom some believe to be a pioneer in feminist erotica and whom others view as an exploitative misogynist, is known for combining pornographic imagery ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Oct 11, 2013
Though we didn’t need scientific research to confirm that sexual violence is a major problem among young adults, the statistics are now official: A study appearing in the journal JAMA Pediatrics surveyed 1,058 young adults and the revolting results indicated that 8% of Americans between the ages of 14 and 21 have committed some form of sexual violence, defined as “kissing, touching, or making someone else do something sexual” when the perpetrator ... Read More
Since Burning Man 2013, images of a mysterious hand grabbing various women’s breasts have gone viral. The photographs were anonymously distributed, but photographer Dong Xiao has identified himself as the culprit (although his claim is unverified). Although they have since been taken off of many sites by Burning Man, the damage done by this photographer leaves a mark: these women’s privacy has been violated.
Burner sociologist PJ ... Read More
With the availability internet porn, social networking sites, and dating apps, modern teens have more ways to communicate sexual desires to one another. Dating apps like Tinder enable kids to meet one another for the purpose of “hooking up.” Some teens send nude pictures or masturbate together over video. Because of these technologies, sex is no longer forbidden or mysterious for many teens. While this tech-sexual revolution is absolutely ... Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich
on Sep 30, 2013
I know you didn’t think it was possible, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt just got more delightful. When addressing his new film Don Jon, in which he plays the title character and makes his feature debut as a writer and director, Gordon-Levitt was quick to quash the buzz about the movie being focused simply on pornography. Despite the film’s rom-com branding, its intent couldn’t be farther from the familiar gauzy plots of its counterparts. Instead, ... Read More
Although we at BUST are always sad to hear about a fellow print publication struggling, I can't say I'd miss Penthouse. Due to the availability of pornography on the internet, the porn magazine is having trouble making ends meet. Los Angeles Times reports, “the California company that owns Penthouse magazine, [online dating sites like FriendFinder] and a host of [...] adult websites filed for bankruptcy protection ... Read More