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The organizers of The Women’s March on Washington have a released a four-page “Guiding Vision and Definition of Principles” document, outlining the purpose and motivation of the woman-led movement. The document, prepared by over 20 diverse contributors from various organizations, lists the values guiding the march, takes firm stances on human rights issues ranging from reproductive rights to racial justice to immigration reform, and acknowledges that all of these issues intersect. Despite the recent pushback from some… Read more

Facebook Continues to Cause Harm to Marginalized Groups

By Rafaella Gunz  In Feminism  On Jan 13, 2017

Back in November, Twitter began to ban hate speech by deleting multiple accounts owned by white supremacists, and even threatening to ban president-elect Trump if he violates these hate speech rules. Yet Facebook, another popular social networking site, doesn’t appear to be following Twitter’s lead here. Facebook recently banned Sheri, a 21-year-old woman of color from the UK, for 24 hours for posting a negative review of the Men’s Rights Activist (MRA) documentary, The Red Pill. This happened before the holidays when… Read more
A Change.org petition calling for Russia to implement stronger, not weaker, domestic violence laws As women’s rights activists around the word inch slowly closer to properly addressing and combating domestic violence, Russia just took a step in the opposite direction. On Wednesday, Russia’s lower house of parliament, the Duma, voted to decriminalize “battery within the family,” downgrading it from a criminal offense to an administrative offense. The new law, supported by 368 out of 370 senators, means that family… Read more
Journalism and filmmaking have traditionally been viewed as a man’s game, with men dominating the field. Women made up only about 36.1% of journalists in the print and broadcast world, according to The Status of Women in the U. S. Media 2014 research report done by the Women’s Media Center. The number is even lower for women in film: 17% of women held ‘behind the scenes roles’ in the top 250 domestic grossing films in 2016, according to San Diego State University’s Celluloid Ceiling report. It’s tough enough for women… Read more
Good Girls Revolt, the Amazon Original series about female journalists based on a true story, will sadly not be returning for a second season. News of this first broke in December when the head of Amazon Video, Roy Price, decided to axe the show— without any women present in the room. He personally didn’t like or even watch the show. Since Amazon decided not to renew the show, Sony began shopping the series elsewhere, to no avail. “Good Girls Revolt won't be airing on another network. We made what felt like a 10-hour… Read more
So the Obamacare repeal process is underway, and millions of Americans are on their way to being uninsured and without access to affordable healthcare. Despite Trump’s continuing and bigly reassuring claims that there will be a replacement (“So we’re going to do repeal and replace — very complicated stuff,” he told the New York Times) and that certain elements of Obamacare will be preserved, none of this looks remotely likely as things stand. The idea that there will be an effective, comprehensive, agreeable plan for a… Read more
In the new political climate, abortion rights are more under threat than ever, with at least 46 anti-abortion bills in front of state legislators not even two weeks into the new year. The night before the presidential inauguration, the National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles (NCJW/LA) along with over 25 other organizations are taking a stand and holding a Rally to Save Roe. 44 years ago, the historic 1973 Supreme Court Case Roe vs. Wade enshrined in the constitution the right to abortion until viability, that is,… Read more
(Rogue One spoilers follow, obviously.) There are countless reviews of Gareth Edwards’ first of the Star Wars anthology films, all variations on comparing it to this Episode or that; but its solitary focus makes for a tale set apart. As the lost piece of an intricate puzzle, Rogue One satisfyingly presses into its rightful place in the series’ universe. Filling in that blank space might never have seemed necessary, but, once you’ve seen it, there’s no denying the richness added. Like a secret ingredient playing up all… Read more

How ASOS's Men's Chokers Caused A Gender Uproar

By Callie Little  In Style  On Jan 13, 2017

In 2017, fashion accessories really shouldn’t be at the top of our list of things to be tweeting about and yet, here we are. Yes, everyone, stop worrying about climate change, and our impending *gag* inauguration –– we’ve got bigger fish to fry: Men’s choker necklaces are causing an uproar on social media. Of course. It may be 2017, but we, as a culture, are clinging desperately to the two-option, heavily gendered mindset of the early '00s, the ’90s, ’80s–– you know, the same tired, outdated schtick we’ve been stuck on… Read more
There’s no mistaking it: We have to prepare for what life under a Trump presidency with be like. Many people, especially women, worry about what rights will be threatened, what freedoms they’ll lose. As a high femme, feminist writer who loves nail polish and believes in its ability to delight and empower, I’ve wondered how Trump could impact both feminism and my favorite cosmetic. In my mind, a prospective Trump-inspired nail collection might look like the following: Orange Is The New Wack (a Cheeto-like orange that… Read more
With a ’90s pop/rock attitude and a vintage style reminiscent of the ’50s and ’60s, the Regrettes is a teenage band made up of kids who are clearly wise beyond their years. Hailing from L.A., the foursome includes 16-year-old frontwoman Lydia Night, 19-year-old Genessa Gariano on guitar, 19-year-old Sage Nicole on bass, and 18-year-old Maxx Morando on drums. And together, they create a sound that is vulnerable while still giving zero fucks. “I grew up listening to tons of ’50s and ’60s music. Buddy Holly, Patsy Cline,… Read more
While I would have been happy with Michelle MacLaren in the driver’s seat for Wonder Woman, I’m not going to sneeze at the studio hiring a woman to replace her. And that woman is Patty Jenkins. Before she was going to brave the studio gauntlet to make a film version of the woman with a magic lasso, Jenkins made a little feature film called Monster. Jenkins, who enjoys both true crime and comedy, grew up on military bases all over the globe, where she became a fan of British sitcoms, but at the same time, discovered the… Read more
Badass is a label that is thrown around a lot these days. I am guilty of it myself: badass woman embraces her flaws, badass woman shuts down the trolls, badass woman braves the cold. But there are some women truly deserving of that epithet. British journalist Clare Hollingworth, who died this week aged 105, was one of them. The peace-activist-turned-war-correspondent was most well-known for breaking the news of one of the most world-altering events of the 20th century: Hitler’s imminent invasion of Poland, i.e. the… Read more

5 Artistic Images To Uplift And Inspire You

By Samantha Mercado  In Arts  On Jan 12, 2017

Two FriNA, 2015 In a world of images constantly being shoved in our faces, begging for our attention, artists Ye Funa and Liang Ban are using those very symbols of pop culture to make art. Hilarious, silly, uplifting art. Their new exhibition, titled Self-Created Universe, showcases “a body of comical and unique multimedia works,” and will be on display in New York's Klein Sun gallery from January 12 through February 25, 2017. Check out some of the work below! Cicicolia Ye, 2015 Man Ray Yefu, 2015 FriNa, 2015 The… Read more

8 Positive Ways To Protest Against Trump

By Lauren Saccone  In Feminism  On Jan 12, 2017

It’s finally 2017, and with the New Year comes a lot of good things. Top among them may be the simple fact that it’s no longer 2016. Sometimes the whole thing seems like some surreal fever dream, a Twilight Zone-episode that went on way too long. Unfortunately, the fallout from the decisions made in 2016 will have lasting consequences for many of us. Of course, I’m talking about the Presidential election. Even those of us who were counting down the seconds until 2016 was just an ugly memory were all too aware of… Read more

What The Obamacare Vote Means For Your Reproductive Health

By Rachel Withers  In Feminism  On Jan 12, 2017

While you were sleeping, the Senate boogeymen took their first big step towards their goal of full-scale repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and towards taking away the health insurance of millions of Americans. And towards robbing you of your right to free birth control. The Senate passed a budget blueprint, 51 votes to 48, that will allow Republicans to gut the health care law, with still no clear replacement in sight. While last night’s measure is only the first step in a multi-stage repeal process, last night was… Read more
In the days following the 2016 election, I found it difficult to be an artist. Don’t get me wrong — I know in my bones how effective and world-changing books, film, TV, and theater can be. But I felt a new responsibility on my shoulders. I felt the necessity to respond to this, to engage in some kind of artistic resistance. I just didn’t know how. Enter Lauren Gunderson. If you’re not a theater person, you might not know her name. In fact, if you only pay attention to Broadway, you still may have never heard of her.… Read more
I don’t know about you, by my week is already off to an interesting start. I just had to cancel my IUD insertion appointment at Planned Parenthood so that I can march for my right to reschedule. See you there? I know many of us have resolved to be on our phones less, but each of these Tweets serve as a reminder that there is still some good in the world wide web. Aparna Nancherla has been on our list before and here she is again with this gem. Her album Just Putting It Out There came out last July and was one of the… Read more
Because we all need something to smile about today, let me introduce you to Daliyah Marie Arana. The 4-year-old preschooler from Gainesville, Georgia was the Library of Congress’s “Librarian For A Day” on January 11th, and her adorable photos are melting the internet’s heart. According to the Washington Post, Daliyah has been interested in reading since she was a baby, when she would listen to her older brother read to her out loud. She began recognizing words at 18 months old, and read her first book on her own a… Read more
New Year’s Eve can be a rowdy occasion all over the world, but in Bangalore, India it was downright dangerous. At the heart of the city, where the New Year's Eve celebrations commenced between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Brigade Road, a massive crowd formed and molestations and assaults ran through the crowd. Women who were out celebrating were met by men who groped them, leaving many feeling unsafe and helpless. Even though there was a police presence in the area, eyewitnesses told the city's local paper, Bangalore… Read more

8 Feminist T-Shirts For All Your Protesting Needs

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jan 12, 2017

The way President-Elect Trump’s new cabinet is shaping up, there is going to be a LOT to protest over the next four years. Make sure your wardrobe speaks truth to power no matter where your activism takes you with one (or all) of these feminism-inspired T-shirts.1. Women: You Can’t Beat Em! This retro ringer states the obvious with tri-color panache. 2. Feminist Chicks Dig Me Perfect for you or your boo. 3. Mudflap Girl Reading the S.C.U.M. Manifesto From afar this is just a sexy silhouette, but up close, the big-rig… Read more
Anastasia Cazabon undoubtedly understands the plight and hard-won triumphs of women in the film industry. Though her name is not associated with big budget umbrellas such as Sony or 20th Century Fox, her progression in the independent film circuit hasn't been without the overwhelming feeling that women voices were limited or, worse, excluded in the art of filmmaking. “I had gone to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and I would say that there were 5 women to every man. So how was it possible that in the… Read more
When you think of a stereotypical dancer, what images come to mind? Maybe a long and thin body? Get ready for all of that to change. The face, and more importantly, the body of dance is changing thanks to the Pretty Big Movement. Born in 2015, the all-female dance troupe is dedicated to empowering plus-size women to be comfortable in their own skin through the power of dance. Founder and CEO Akria Armstrong has said the idea for the group came to her while she searched for representation in Los Angeles but couldn’t… Read more
In yet another horrifying twist to the dystopian nightmare that is our lives, a report has been released by Buzzfeed that claims to prove Russia has not only been assisting and communicating with Trump, but may also have been harboring sensitive information with the intention of blackmailing him. The reports are unverified by American intelligence so far, but according to The Guardian, they come from a reliable source. If you saw #PEEOTUS or #GoldenShowers trending on Twitter last night, you’ve heard the disgusting… Read more
Rutgers University students Natalie Settimo (left), Rachel Mayer (center), and Abby Szpekman (right) protest with NOW-NYC Braving the bitter cold, a group of about 18 protestors stood in front of the 94th precinct in Greenpoint Brooklyn with signs in hand and a message for the precinct: Take all rape seriously. Precinct Captain Peter Rose made a statement on Friday to dnainfo.com downplaying the severity of acquaintance rape, even though his precinct saw a 62% uptick in sexual assaults and attacks in 2016 (13 attacks… Read more

Resist! Trump With This Zine (Yeah, Zine)

By Jen Pitt  In Feminism  On Jan 11, 2017

Francoise Mouly is the woman behind many beloved New Yorker covers, and now she and her daughter, Nadja Spiegelman, have edited a feminist, intransigent, collection of comics and illustrations on the theme of “political resistance to the forces of intolerance” called Resist! The zine is set to be released on January 20th, the day of impending doom for many of us, when we will swear into office a loathsome despot who poses a threat to all thing women and creative. Tump's tender ego and hair-trigger twitter have turned… Read more

Michelle Obama: The Woman Crush To End All Woman Crushes

By Salaam Green  In Feminism  On Jan 11, 2017

In a few days, the world will be saying farewell to one of the most elegant, no-nonsense, and humanitarian First Ladies in known history. First Lady Michelle Obama's citizenry and public service will go towards the next lovely venture that awaits her. However, before she leaves, how fitting to pen a Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) poem to our outgoing First Lady as the countdown of her departure looms. This farewell liturgy hopefully will stand as a proud reminder to women around the globe of the First Lady's exoteric… Read more

Watching Obama's Farewell Address From The Place His Career Began

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Living  On Jan 11, 2017

In a corner, in the North Side Chicago neighborhood of Roger’s Park is a small, unassuming, but mighty cultural icon known as the Heartland Cafe. Opening its doors in 1976 as a celebration of the bicentennial, the Heartland Cafe’s mission was to serve wholesome food for the mind and body. Forty years later, the Heartland Cafe has not lost its activist and political roots. Many political candidates have held rallies and speeches there, including one young man who held rallies in 2004 when he ran for and won state… Read more
The Waning Honeymoon by George Henry Boughton, 1878. Published in 1837, The Young Husband’s Book is described as a “manual of domestic duties.” Written by “a mentor” it contains within its pages advice on everything from choosing a wife to dealing with pesky in-laws. Some of the information is merely common sense, the sort of generic advice newlyweds might hear from well-meaning relatives today. The remainder is very pointedly early 19th century – written by someone who was clearly drawing on their own marital… Read more

7 Inauguration Looks You Can Still Find in Washington TODAY

By Rachel Withers  In Style  On Jan 10, 2017

DC-based boutique, Ella-Rue Phew, we were worried for a minute there. According to President-elect and renowned truth-teller Donald Trump on Monday, all the “dress shops” (we call them “stores” these days, Donald) in DC were fresh out of dresses. “There will be plenty of movie and entertainment stars,” he told the New York Times in an attempt to hit back at Meryl Streep by showing off how cool and popular he is. “All the dress shops are sold out in Washington. It’s hard to find a great dress for this inauguration.”… Read more
Yesterday, the Women’s March on Washington announced a list of celebrities who will be joining the march against Trump on January 21st. (We’ll be there, too!) America Ferrera will serve as chair of the Artist Table, and she’s not the only celeb who will attend the DC march or another march around the nation. Take a deep breath for the list: Chelsea Handler, Amy Schumer, Cher, Zendaya, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, Uzo Aduba, Cristela Alonzo, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Danai… Read more

Bath And Body Works Is The Suburban Nonsense I Crave

By Mia Mercado  In Style  On Jan 10, 2017

Today, I am here because I “need” candles. This will be the first of many lies I tell myself on this trip.There is no scenario in which scented candles are a necessity for anyone. Are you performing a séance that only summons demons with a realistic sugar cookie scent? Do you only work by cherry blossom candlelight? Or are you just committed to perpetuating the lie that your home naturally smells like fruity ocean water despite living in a landlocked state and having to Google “bergamot orange real fruit or just… Read more

3 Yass Kween! Enter to Win Broad City Season 3 on DVD—Plus $100!

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Jan 10, 2017

The critically acclaimed Comedy Central series from executive producer Amy Poehler, Broad City Season 3 brings back TV's baddest BFFs for a whole new set of adventures. Join Abbi, Ilana and a lineup of special guests as they find true love (or one-night stands), get high on life (among other things) and show New York City how it's done. The new DVD includes all 10 episodes from Season 3, uncensored with 30+ minutes of bonus features—and we've teamed up with Comedy Central to give one lucky winner a free copy — plus a… Read more

13 Artworks By Nasty Women To Inspire You To Fight Back Against Trump

By Samantha Mercado  In Arts  On Jan 10, 2017

If there is one good thing that has come out of this election it is the inspiration for more feminist art — art that speaks to women across this country and says, “We will not sit quietly." New York's Knockdown Center has organized a NASTY WOMEN exhibition to showcase the abundance of feminist art currently thriving. The exhibition's goal is to start a conversation about women's rights and how to organize and speak out to defend them. The group exhibition features nearly 700 artists who submitted over 1,000 artworks —… Read more
It seems like once again, television has surpassed our draconian politics in its progressive projecting plotlines. The research group Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, in collaboration with UC San Francisco, has conducted a study of the frequency and manner in which abortion, or the topic of abortion, has been portrayed on screen in 2016 and the results are hopeful — though our current political reality is not. The group notes that, on TV< there was a “slight increase in choosing abortion over the past… Read more
Samantha Bee’s political satire show Full Frontal With Samantha Bee has been known to cover an array of topics that are only glanced over by prime-time news networks, but a recent report from Media Matters made it clear that no one covers abortion like Samantha Bee. The organization found that within the first 11 months of 2016, Full Frontal covered abortion twice as much as the three other nightly news networks, even though her show is only broadcast weekly.Responding with the wit we love, Samantha Bee tweeted in… Read more
Remember 'Pharma-bro' Martin Shkreli? The pharmaceutical executive douchebag, who hiked the price of a life-saving drug used by cancer and AIDS patients from $13.50 to $750, has now been suspended from Twitter for harassing journalist Lauren Duca. Duca, whose Teen Vogue article "Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America" went viral last month, was featured as a guest on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News. Responding to sexist questions and comments from Carlson, she rightfully called him out as “a partisan hack who is just… Read more
Saara Untracht-Oakner, Glenn Van Dyke and Chase Noelle make up BOYTOY — an all-woman band of skater, surfer-chicks who play wavy rock n’ roll. BOYTOY was the brain child of Saara and Glenn who had previously been in bands that broke up. Saara went to BU, where she played with You Can Be A Wesley, and Glenn was in Brooklyn playing with Beast Make Bomb, who enjoyed prominent indie fame in 2011.The two got together back in New York and formed BOYTOY in 2014 with two alternating drummers, Matthew Aidala and Dylan Ramsey.… Read more
After GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that Republicans officially planned to defund Planned Parenthood on Thursday, a group of volunteers attempted to hand deliver #StandWithPP petitions to his office, only to find security guards blocking their path, and Paul Ryan nowhere to be found. Part of the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act is to block Medicaid reimbursements and Title X grants to Planned Parenthood, and Planned Parenthood volunteers and supporters were not going to take it lying down.… Read more

'The Handmaid's Tale' Trailer Is Here And We're Freaking Out

By Samantha Mercado  In TV  On Jan 09, 2017

The much anticipated Hulu series The Handmaid’s Tale has released its first official trailer and we cannot stop watching it. The Hulu series is an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. We have written about the novel and the upcoming series before and (even though it hasn’t come out yet) are huge fans. The novel and series deals with a dystopian view of what a society would look like if women’s rights were all but completely stripped and worse, used simply as tools for reproduction. Many fans… Read more

11 Moments We’re Talking About From The 2017 Golden Globes

By Erika W. Smith  In TV  On Jan 09, 2017

Even if you didn’t watch the Golden Globes last night, stories and photos from the awards ceremony are probably dominating your newsfeed right now. And with all the headlines, it can be hard to dig out the important (Meryl Streep criticized Donald Trump in a speech and he, of course, sent out an early-morning tweetstorm about it) from the unimportant (Kendall and Kylie ate pizza at an afterparty). We’ve rounded up the things that we at BUST HQ are talking about the most. Tell us what your favorite (or least favorite)… Read more

9 Things Trump Thinks Are Overrated

By Samantha Mercado  In Feminism  On Jan 09, 2017

Trump-related hashtags have been floating around the Twittersphere since his campaign started, but recently the hashtag #ThingsTrumpThinksAreOverrated, made in response to his comments about Meryl Streep being "overrated," has given way to some real golden tweets. While some are taking the hashtag seriously (and maybe a little too seriously) most are poking fun at the President-elect — using irony to highlight Trump's flaws and awful past comments. Here’s just a few of our favorites. Let’s start broad to cover all the… Read more
Lukas Garber* was a redheaded boy in my grade I’d known since pre-kindergarten. We’d both attended the same Catholic school from the age of 4 up until the 8th grade. Every year, I had nearly zero space for reflections on Jesus because it had all been packed with endless thoughts and daydreams of him. During our first communion, while everyone was supposed to be thinking about formally accepting Christ into their lives, I was wondering if my white dress meant that our priest would join Lukas and me in holy matrimony… Read more

Reclaiming My Weirdness: On Witchcraft And Non-binary Trans Identity

By Jason Phoebe Rusch  In Feminism  On Jan 09, 2017

I was a weird kid. I wore a red beret every day until some mean boy asked if it was part of my religion, pairing it with layers of boho necklaces, velvet turtlenecks, shimmery leggings and dramatic, deep red lip gloss. My greatest ambition was to become a famous opera singer like Renee Fleming. I wandered the hallways of Deer Path Junior High humming oratorio to myself. Oh had I Jubal’s lyre, or Miriam’s tuneful voice! I’d sing under my breath, moseying around the edge of the soccer field instead of participating in… Read more
The internet is buzzing with the idea that Hillary Clinton, former presidential candidate and queen of our hearts, might mount a bid for Mayor of New York City. The position, the pundits are saying, would be more or less hers for the taking, and a brilliant up yours to both Mayor de Blasio, whose support for her presidential bid was criticized as lacklustre, and President-elect Donald Trump, who considers the city his stomping ground. While it is fairly unlikely to transpire, a girl can dream, dream of a world in which… Read more

Michelle Obama's Final Speech Will Leave You in Tears

By Samantha Mercado  In Feminism  On Jan 06, 2017

In an emotional final speech today, Michelle Obama addressed all of the young people of our nation, offering words of wisdom and, most notable, words of hope. The First Lady stood poised and proud behind a podium surrounded by school counselors, saying “So for all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you — to all of you, from every background and walk of life.” As she continued her speech, her voice trembling with emotion at times, she went on to mention the… Read more
One of the major points the Republican party has been selling to their supporters is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. With this repeal comes the possibility of defunding Planned Parenthood. While there was always plenty of talk within the Republican party of defunding the organization, there was never any clear confirmation about whether or not it would be included in their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act--until now. This past Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters that Republicans… Read more
GabiFresh is here to save women from bikini shopping hell. The New Year brings with it a deluge of aspirational thinking that is meant to be positive but is actually inherently negative to one’s sense of worth. They are self-appointed reminders that we are less than, we are lacking. After the holiday season, months before the snow melts, women are subject to a barrage of “fitspiration," urging them to start on their “beach bodies." It is purely marketing, aimed at women precisely at the time when our strange new year’s… Read more
We’ll be heading down to Washington, DC on January 21st for the Women’s March on Washington (special thanks to our bus sponsor, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab!) — and we'll be carrying signs. Yesterday, we spent some time brainstorming slogan ideas for our signs, and our editor-in-chief Debbie had so many ideas. Here they are — perfect for sign-making or shouting. Tell us your ideas, too! 1. Can't back down, won't back down 2. Hear me roar! 3. Not going back 4. My body, my choice 5. Not the boss of me 6. My pussy bites 7.… Read more
Ali Miller was raped at 17 by a boy she had called to help her home after she drank too much. The details are similar to the thousands of stories women tell about their assaults: She could barely keep consciousness; she remembers him lying on top of her; she was left in a driveway with her underwear gone and bruises on her thighs; she tried to escape the shame and the memory by attending college in another state. But one day, when she had returned to her home in Minnesota, Miller met Chantelle Baxter, the founder of Be… Read more