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I don’t usually turn to reality contest shows for inspirational stories because it seems that they attract contestants with one caveat and exploit it to gain ratings. Maybe I just have a tooth to grind because I had one very talented friend tryout, but without movie star looks or a heart-breaking past he had no hook to remain in the competition. Sidebar over, I found Anna Clendening’s personal triumph over her anxiety and depression to perform on ... Read More
Irene McCabey (Rachel McKeon) is an Austin punk singer whose position in the band is rapidly deteriorating, and with good reason—Homemakers opens with a scene in which she attacks their accordionist, and she seems to be fueled by the chaos which she perpetually leaves in her wake.  Her bandmates are on the verge of kicking her out of the group when she receives a call that her great-grandfather has died and left her his run-down house in Pittsburgh.  ... Read More
Like most, I binge-watched the first season of Orange is the New Black over a few days last summer. During the bleak winter months without the show in my life, I had time to reflect on its feminist, spunky, exciting and suspenseful moments. However, what I managed to forget was that this show is damnnn sexy. I mean, with a cast that prominently features so many powerful and talented ladies, you can't help but swoon. As I fell down the Netflix rabbit hole of ... Read More
While sitting on the L-train heading to Brooklyn, I found myself completely surrounded by images of the famous Youtubers Michelle Phan and Bethany Mota who are a part of Youtube’s latest commercial campaign to promote successful creators. With over 5 million subscribers each, these “beauty gurus” are making quite a name for themselves, but that doesn’t come without the harsh criticism from many viewers in a dastardly online ... Read More
On the evening of June 5, 2014, the ATAS held a panel appropriately entitled "Women Ruling TV" featuring the women of hit shows House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Jodie Foster directed one episode of each, and Robin Wright directed an episode of House of Cards (on which she plays Kevin Spacey's cunning spouse). Taylor Schilling (Piper on OITNB) and Kate Mulgrew (Big Red) were also present, along with Netflix documentary The Square director Jehane Noujaim. ... Read More
Last night I was watching the first game of the NBA Finals when this ad came on: What?  What on Earth possessed the advertising team at DirecTV to think that this ad was acceptable?  Let’s just start with the fact that the “woman” in this ad isn’t a woman.  She’s a marionette.  Can someone say objectification?  Because this ad sure does!  Not only that, but the fact that she’s controlled by a ... Read More
YouTube user, Wickydkewl, put out an ad on Craigslist seeking women who had never seen their own vaginas before. He compiled their reactions in a heartwarming video. Women avoiding looking and/or touching down there is not uncommon, so it makes me incredibly happy to see all of these women sharing their stories and exploring their bodies (something that we are taught not to do). A big thanks all around to everyone who participated! I am sure that they will inspire ... Read More
Our BUST-crush, musician Kelis (who's featured in our Apr/May 2014 issue), and her infamous song "Milkshake" made a special appearance at the recent Scripps National Spelling Bee. When contestant Sriram Hathwar, 14, was asked to use the word “feijoada” in a sentence, the "pronouncer" Dr. Jacques Bailly read: “While Tabitha discovered that her milkshake brought all the boys to yard …” before he was cut off by an off-camera voice. Dr. ... Read More
On Wednesday, the actress, comedian, producer and writer, Mindy Kaling returned to her hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and delivered a speech full of witty sarcasm that lead to incredibly poignant truths. Mindy Kaling is the first to admit that she does not have any sort of qualifications that scream  "Harvard Law School graduation speaker,” but her speech is so self- aware, honest, and laugh-out-loud hilarious that, by the end, it is obvious ... Read More
I’ve been a pretty committed fan of the ABC reality television show  The Bachelor (a.k.a. the show for which I have the most-conflicted feelings)  since the first season in 2002. I was 10. Part of me loves the romantic fairy tale vibe (What?! I’m a human being! Why wouldn’t I want a Prince Charming?) and part of me gets sick about the entire concept. Hence, my conundrum with those who tote the show's female-centric spin off (The ... Read More
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