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How To Use Tarot In Your Self-Care Routine

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Apr 24, 2017

It's In The Cards: How To Use Tarot In Your Self-Care Routine We are living in a time that’s openly hostile to marginalized people, and sometimes it feels like the only way we’ll get relief is with magic. It was in this spirit that I picked up my first tarot deck. Since then, reading tarot cards for myself and for others has become an important part of my self-care regimen.Tarot works as a tool that offers us new perspectives and allows us to check in with our intuition. Each deck is a little different, but most are… Read more
So...this is disappointing. At a Tribeca Film Fest panel for the upcoming Hulu miniseries adaptation of the Handmaid’s Tale, cast members were quick to insist that there’s nothing particularly feminist about Margaret Atwood’s novel about a dystopian near-future where an all-male ruling class has complete control over women’s lives, bodies, and reproduction. Um, what? MTV’s Rachel Handler brought attention to the panel when she shared her quotes and disappointment on Twitter, writing, in a series of tweets, “bizarre… Read more
In the latest alt-right ass-kicking news, a young woman at Auburn University shut down white supremacist Richard Spencer. In order to fully bask in the awesomeness that is this shut down, you should know a little background about Spencer and the event. Richard Spencer is the president of the National Policy Institute which claims to be “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world," (AKA White Nationalists). Spencer is a leading voice for the… Read more

DC's "Dark Matter" Will Introduce "A Female John Wick" With A Buzzcut

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Arts  On Apr 21, 2017

C2E2, one of the nation’s largest pop culture events, is happening this weekend in Chicago, and I have an all access pass to everything. On Thursday, April 20th, I was given a sneak peek into some exciting DC Comics news before the con even began. DC publishers Dan DiDio and Jim Lee, along with heavyweight industry artists, Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr., unveiled their newest project, Dark Matter. Dark Matter will be a series of books and comics presenting all-new superheroes to the DC canon. These… Read more

Witch Emojis Are Here For All Of Your Magical Texting Needs

By Olivia Loperfido  In Entertainment  On Apr 21, 2017

Witches, fear not! Apple knows you have been paralyzed by the inability to express yourself via the emojis of mortals, and they have answered your call. As of this week, WitchEmoji is available in the app store! Apple describes WitchEmoji as "an iMessage sticker pack for all of your witchy needs": it features images of witches themselves, spell craft objects, familiars, and magic symbols. itunes.apple.com My favorites are the ouroboros and the goat (who looks a lot like Black Phillip from The Witch). WitchEmoji also… Read more
The new, perfectly Snapchat-able frozen drink from Starbucks is already pissing people off. There’s a good chance your one friend from high school has already shared a photo of the Unicorn Drink’s nutrition label with a caption like, “Ummmm... no thanks! That’s more sugar than three Snicker’s bars! *puking emoji*” Media outlets have also joined in to inform-shame grown ass adults about what they’re putting in their bodies. BuzzFeed posted a groundbreaking article under their Health section titled, “Here’s What’s… Read more

12 Beautiful Tattoos That Benefit Planned Parenthood

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Apr 21, 2017

You can get inked and support Planned Parenthood at the same time, thanks to Brooklyn's Fleur Noir Tattoo Parlour. Earlier this month, after Congress voted to defund Planned Parenthood, Fleur Noire held a one-day fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of New York City, offering tattoos inspired by healthcare and feminism. In a few hours, they made $3,500 — and soon decided to expand their fundraiser through the end of the month. A portion of all Planned Parenthood-themed tattoo proceeds through May 1 will go to Planned… Read more
I used to joke with friends about how I’d prefer a boyfriend who lives far away: the less hassle and more independence I can retain in a relationship, the better. I was imagining a boyfriend who lived maybe a town or two away, ensuring we could see each other for a cuddle and what-have-you on weekends, but I could still keep the majority of my weeknights for early nights with a book or watching The Real Housewives...oh, um, I meant high-brow documentaries. Ahem. However, it turns out Cupid was listening and took my… Read more

5 Sexy Accessories To Celebrate Spring

By Samantha Mercado  In Style  On Apr 21, 2017

The change in seasons brings warmer weather, blooming flowers, and a sexy new attitude. Why not indulge in some sexy accessories to keep the mood going? Lucky for you, BUST's Craftacular Spring is just around the corner and is featuring some sexy vendors for all your kinky needs: Big booty Necklace Thick Girl Gold Chain from Ozma Autonomy, $69.00 SEDUCTRESS PLAYSUIT from Wonderlust Lingerie, $99.00 Cliterally Insane Ring from KT Ferris, $68.00 Small BuddhaBabe from Cinder Sisters, $30.00 Sculptural Glass Torso Pendents… Read more

11 New Books By Women To Read Right Now

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Apr 21, 2017

Refresh your to-read pile with these books from the BUST Guide in April/May 2017's print edition. Featuring new books from Roxane Gay, Lidia Yuknavitch, and Patricia Lockwood — plus a collection of Dolly Parton interviews and a book on clit-eracy — this list has a little something for everyone. LIT PICK:Difficult WomenBy Roxane Gay(Grove Press) With Difficult Women, author Roxane Gay—already a celebrated novelist (An Untamed State) and essayist (Bad Feminist)—establishes herself as a master of the short story. For… Read more

6 Ways Smoking Weed Is Good For You

By Olivia Loperfido  In Living  On Apr 20, 2017

As more states begin the process of marijuana legalization, the "public health vacuum" surrounding marijuana use gets smaller and smaller. Although studies that seek to empiricize the impact of marijuana on the lungs, on the pregnant body, and on long term health are still ongoing, anecdotal evidence — and other studies — suggest that marijuana use is not nearly as detrimental to our health as we once feared. In fact, marijuana use comes with an inarguable range of health benefits! In celebration of 4/20, here are six… Read more
Blondie is back with the music video for their single "Long Time," with an album Polllinator to follow on May 5. The track is a collab between Debbie Harry and Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), and the video is set in New York and features Debbie Harry driving a yellow cab Fast and Furious style. In celebration, we're going back into our archives to bring you this interview with Debbie Harry from way back in 2007, shortly after the release of her solo album Necessary Evil. Blondie’s 1981 single, “Rapture,” was the first… Read more

Stephen Colbert Gives Bill O'Reilly The Goodbye He Deserves

By Leah Thomas  In TV  On Apr 20, 2017

Yesterday, Bill O'Reilly was let go from Fox News (about damn time), after yet another woman came forward with sexual harassment accusations against him. To celebrate the occasion, Stephen Colbert brought back his Colbert Report persona -- Conservative Pundit Stephen Colbert -- in order to give O'Reilly a proper, tearful goodbye. "We all saw this coming at us like an old man cornering an intern in the breakroom," Colbert said. Colbert addressed the most recent harassment accusation against O'Reilly that was made by a… Read more
Serena Williams, one of the greatest tennis players of all time, announced yesterday that she’s pregnant, sending the internet into a frenzy. The tennis superstar dropped the news through Snapchat; the caption “20 weeks” accompanies the photo of Williams in a yellow bathing suit sporting the beginning of a baby bump. Williams, 35, announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit in December. The picture that broke the news (photo via Serena Williams' Snapchat) This announcement comes on the heels of… Read more
Hillary Clinton, the first female major party nominee for POTUS, has apologized many times. She apologized during her campaign, while her shameless, apology-resistant opponent stood on a stage and bragged that he could shoot someone and not lose voters. She apologized for using a private email server, despite the fact men have done the same thing and it’s been NBD. “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility.” She admitted fault for voting to invade Iraq in 2002, something 77% of the senators (and… Read more
On April 12, Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found dead on the bank of New York’s Hudson River, not far from her home in Harlem. She was both the first Muslim woman judge in the United States, and the first black woman appointed to New York's highest court, the New York Court of Appeals. The New York Times writes that Abdus-Salaam was “among the most reliable and steadfast liberal voices, regularly siding with vulnerable parties — the poor, impoverished immigrants and people with mental illnesses, for instance — against… Read more

11 Artworks By Black Radical Feminists Of The '60s, '70s And '80s

By Rachel Withers  In Arts  On Apr 19, 2017

Jan van Raay (American, born 1942). Faith Ringgold (right) and Michele Wallace (middle) at Art Workers Coalition Protest, Whitney Museum, 1971. Digital C-print. Courtesy of Jan van Raay, Portland, OR, 305-37. © Jan van Raay As part of their A Year of Yes, Brooklyn Museum is exhibiting a collection art by black woman artists of an unrecognized generation, entitled We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-85. The new exhibit, part of a yearlong series of feminist exhibitions, includes over 200 works ranging from… Read more
Victorians had a fascination with natural history. This manifested itself in various ways, not the least of which was in fashionable clothing and décor. A Victorian parlor, for example, might feature a scientific display of pinned butterflies. While insects, such as butterflies, dragonflies, beetles, and grasshoppers, were often depicted in Victorian jewelry, with some insect brooches and hairpins set en tremblant(on a spring) so that the jeweled insect would tremble and shake as if it were actually alive. Of these… Read more
Legendary feminist artist Carolee Schneemann has just been awarded Venice Biennale’s prestigious Golden Lion prize for lifetime achievement for her "direct, sexual, liberating and autobiographical" work. Check out her interview with Miss Rosen in the latest copy of BUST below. Artist. Feminist. Revolutionary. Carolee Schneemann, now 77 years old, has been traversing the sacred spaces of female sexuality and gender in the name of truth, liberation, and freedom from the patriarchy for more than half a century. Raised on… Read more

L.A. WITCH Debut New Single "Ain't Comin' Home": BUST Premiere

By Samantha Mercado  In Music  On Apr 19, 2017

Los Angeles’ L.A. WITCH, the girl group trio, has released their newest single and BUST is happy to premiere it. The mellow rock anthem is perfect to get pumped for a protest or just a chill listening party with friends. The song "Ain’t Comin’ Home" was recorded live during their performance at Levitation Fest (2015) in Austin, TX. Kep an eye out for L.A. WITCH in BUST's next issue and don’t miss the group’s upcoming tour. Check out the single "Ain’t Comin’ Home" below: Tour dates:04.19.17 - Toronto, ON @ CMW at Lee's… Read more

You Can Now Smell Like Neil Gaiman's "American Gods"

By Miriam Mosher  In Style  On Apr 19, 2017

Who doesn't love a good makeup or body product inspired by their favorite media, especially when the proceeds are for a good cause? Neil Gaiman, creator of the award-winning series (and soon-to-be TV show) American Gods, has teamed up with beloved fragrance masters Black Pheonix Alchemy Lab to create a collection of hand-blended perfume oils that represent the various mythical figures from the series. The scents, which are marked by an earthy, romantic palate, come in 5ml apothecary-style bottles complete with an… Read more
Lest we forget the pervasive nature of the patriarchy, the hashtag #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear is trending to remind us all of the misogyny, from microaggressions to overt sexism, that female writers face daily. Here are 6 things writers who happen to be women are sick of hearing! 1. Being told they write great books for women is clearly irksome. Twitter had a lot to say about the men who read books by female authors and compliment the authors for writing good books for women. Hey dude, you clearly just read it! 2.… Read more
This is too much. New York magazine’s Vulture has just announced the lineup for Vulture Festival 2017, their annual pop culture extravaganza, and it looks incredible. Running over the weekend of May 20-21, Vulture Festival features a star-studded lineup of comedians, actors, musicians, and entertainers doing their respective thangs. Friends of BUST and former cover gals Amber Tamblyn and Jessica Williams will both be there: Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson are hosting a live recording of 2 Dope Queens on May 20,… Read more
Anyone should be able to wear (or not wear) makeup. Rimmel is joining the movement to break down restrictive gender norms with their stereotype-shattering ambassador, makeup vlogger Lewys Ball. Lewys is part of the new #EdgeYourLook campaign, which encourages makeup users to embrace their individuality: whatever makes them special. There are a number of things that make Lewys Ball special, other than the fact that his "Everyday Makeup Routine" is better than my makeup will ever look. Ever The 17-year-old British makeup… Read more
Playwright-performer Sarah Jones “plays with the spaces between” questions about self-creation for her one-woman shows, Surface Transit (2000), Tony award-winning Bridge & Tunnel (2004, produced by Meryl Streep), and Sell/Buy/Date (2016). Jones slips seamlessly into character during her shows, donning their props and accents: elderly Jewish Lorraine; soft-spoken Lakota Gary; fast-talking feminist Bella; and many others.Her most recent play, Sell/Buy/Date, came about in part due to experiences she had performing for… Read more
Michelle Honig, 27, sits at a coffee shop on Wall Street taking extra care not to spill her latte on her insect-embroidered sweater and her brightly fern-patterned knee length skirt. Honig is a fashion journalist, but being an Orthodox Jew gives her a uniqueness, a uniqueness that she doesn’t want. “I don’t want to be an Orthodox fashion writer, I want to be a fashion writer,” she said. “I’m the type of person that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to be a big fish in a big pond.”Although Honig is required by the… Read more
Ask N.Y.C.-based designer Rachel Antonoff about her favorite role models, and she’ll give you a list of names that includes everyone from The Baby-Sitters Club creator Ann M. Martin and Fran “The Nanny” Drescher to Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her mother. “You know those people who talk about their moms, like, ‘I don’t think I ever saw her without lipstick!’ That was not our mom,” she says with a laugh when we meet at a cozy Italian restaurant in L.A.’s Los Feliz neighborhood. “She always kind of looked like shit. She wore… Read more

Enter To Win A Solidarity Necklace By Freshie & Zero!

By BUST Magazine  In Sponsored  On Apr 17, 2017

Walking through the streets of Nashville with thousands of other Nasty Women during the Women’s March inspired this necklace. Freshie named it Solidarity as a call to persist together in the fight for equality. The Pussyhat Movement compels women of all ages, religions, and circumstances to wear the pink hats and loudly demand that the world recognize women’s equality. Freshie & Zero has created a necklace with the same purpose as the pussyhat, emulating the hat’s shape in a blush pink rose gold. The pendant is… Read more
The first political protest has just hit space, according to the Autonomous Space Agency Network, or ASAN. ASAN is a Phoenix-based collective made up of scientists, engineers, artists and students with a passion for space. Wednesday marked the 56th anniversary of Russian astronaut Yuri Gagarin becoming the first human in space. To celebrate, ASNA launched a weather balloon named Aphrodite 1, 90,000 feet into the air with a special message attached for our President. The balloon reads, “@realDonaldTrump LOOK AT THAT YOU… Read more
In January, Kentucky joined six other states that are down to just a single abortion provider. Now that President Trump has allowed states to withhold Federal X family planning to clinics that provide abortions, Kentucky’s sole clinic risks elimination. If EMW Women’s Surgical Clinic in Louisville closes, there will be zero abortion clinics in the state, making Kentucky the only state in the country with no access to safe and legal abortion. The women’s healthcare provider was most recently targeted when Republican… Read more
We're excited to share this excerpt from StyleLikeU's new book True Style Is What's Underneath: The Self-Acceptance Revolution: A StyleLikeU Manifesto Read more
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer made history by becoming the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. Today, 50 years later, she will compete in the race again while wearing the same iconic number: 261. Switzer obtained a bib by signing up for the marathon with her initials, K.V. Switzer. Although there were no official rules against women running, it was essentially unheard of. When she expressed training interest to her running coach at Syracuse, he claimed that the long distance of the race would be too much to… Read more

12 Plus Size Models To Bring Some Body Positivity To Your Insta Feed

By Olivia Loperfido  In Style  On Apr 17, 2017

From London to New York to LA to Miami and around the world, here's a round-up of 12 plus-size models whose Instagrams prove that they're feminist as fuck. 1. Paloma Elsesser Instagram.com/@palomija Instagram: @palomija Elsesser says that being a plus-size model is her "profession — how [she supports herself]," but she doesn't "want that to always be part of her description." Elsesser is a writer and activist, too. She moved from Los Angeles to NYC in 2010 to study psychology and literature at the New School, but… Read more

How Solange Is Collaborating With Pitchfork Music Festival

By Isabel S. Dieppa  In Music  On Apr 17, 2017

April is finally here, which means rainy days spent daydreaming about future sunny ones, and planning which summer festivals we will be attending this summer. While the current political climate may make us feel like we don’t have time to plan or attend music festivals, one music festival is working on bringing together music, communities, and activism this summer: Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago, IL. “It’s a pretty volatile political climate,” Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie told BUST in a phone interview. “It is… Read more
Take avocado toast to the next level!By Chef Rossi The first time I heard about “avocado toast” was when a friend ordered it for brunch at an agonizingly hip eatery. “Ten dollars for toast with avocado on it?” I exclaimed. When her dish arrived, I understood. While I was dissecting undercooked eggs, she was feasting on thick bread piled with a mountain of green gold. But it’s cheap and easy to make at home, with plenty of twists, too. Awesome Avocado ToastFor two, use 4 slices of bread and 1 whole avocadoFor starters,… Read more

BUST's "Poptarts" Podcast Catches Up With "The Get Down"

By Emily Rems  In TV  On Apr 14, 2017

Poptarts is a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine editors Emily Rems and Callie Watts that celebrates women in pop culture. The first half of each episode is devoted to a hot topic in entertainment, and in the second half, a segment called "Whatcha Watchin'?," Callie and Emily dig into all the shows, movies, books, music, videos, and podcasts they've enjoyed since the last episode, and either praise or pan each experience. In Episode 6, "The Get Down!," available now, the hosts examine season two of the… Read more

13 Gorgeous Photos Of Geode Hair to Inspire Your Spring Look

By Samantha Mercado  In Style  On Apr 14, 2017

The newest hair trend that will soon be sweeping the streets is geode hair. Mastered by hair stylist Cherin Choi in LA, these colors recreate the mesmerizing glitz of geode crystals. The dreamy blend looks something like a cross between a rainbow ombre and gemstone hair. Usually, in hues of purple and blue the hair is sectioned and blended down to create an effortless look and transition. In an interview with Refinery 29, Choi explained that while the style is beautiful and multidimensional, the process of dying and… Read more
A Michigan doctor has been charged for allegedly performing female genital mutilation on two seven-year-old girls, according to a complaint filed by the FBI obtained by CBS's Detroit afilliate. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, was arrested Wednesday on charges of genital cutting, transporting minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and lying to federal agents. Female genital mutilation, or FGM, is practiced in about 30 countries as a means to reduce pleasure or promiscuity in girls and women, according to… Read more
Dartmouth College student Kaya Thomas went to the library almost every day after high school. In a 2015 blog post for Stories From Women In Tech, Thomas recalls, "I tended to pick up three or four books to read a week. Reading served as a great escape for a nerdy black girl... who had often felt very different than most of my peers." But in order to engage with the narratives available in her library, Thomas often had to imagine herself "as a white teen girl with blonde or brown hair and blue eyes." The books that did… Read more
Sweet Lorraine says she’s always been in the business of creating what she wants to see more of in the world, which is exactly what she did five years ago when she founded “Shades of Burlesque,” NYC’s first and only all Black burlesque revue. Dissatisfied with the lack of Black and Brown entertainers on the burlesque stage, Sweet Lorraine brought the first “Shades” show to the historic feminist theater space Wow Cafe in 2012. These days, Shades of Burlesque continues on strong with a new cast of performers each month… Read more

Politically Correct: A Guide To US Government

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Apr 14, 2017

Does our current political situation have you wishing you’d paid more attention in civics class? This 101-style breakdown of the U.S. federal government will fill in the blanks so you can understand who’s got what power, and how you can change things By Elizabeth KingIllustration by Molly Egan Government is confusing. If we’re going to talk politics, it’s important to note that right off the bat. This stuff is messy and complicated, and it’s easy to get bogged down in all the rules and minutia. But don’t worry; it’s… Read more
The myth of menstrual synchrony was first introduced to the scientific community by Harvard psychologist Martha McClintock in 1971, when her study "Menstrual Synchrony and Suppression" was published in Nature magazine. In it, McClintock hypothesized that women's' pheremones might impact the menstrual cycles of their female peers. After studying a group of women living together in a college dorm, McClintock concluded that "synchrony and suppression among a group of women living together... suggest that social… Read more
On the latest season of Survivor: Game Changers, veteran contestant Zeke Smith was outed as transgender by another contestant. The malicious reveal backfired, as the other castaways came together to collectively support him. After the shocking news was revealed to millions of dedicated Survivor viewers, it was reported on by dozens of publications (i.e. CNN, New York Times, Slate, People magazine, and others). After tabloids forcibly outed director Lilly Wachowski last spring and harassed Caitlyn Jenner prior to her… Read more
Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam was found dead on the bank of the Hudson River on Wednesday afternoon. Abdus-Salaam was both the first female Muslim U.S. judge and the first black woman appointed to the New York Court of Appeals. According to the New York Post, her body showed no obvious signs of trauma or injury; authorities have told the Post that her death appeared to be a suicide. Abdus-Salaam, 65, had been reported missing from her home earlier that day. New York governor Andrew Cuomo called Abdus-Salaam a "trailblazing… Read more
This week, we can't get enough of rock goddess Beth Ditto's new video for "Fire" off her new solo album Fake Sugar, coming out June 16. Watching her own the stage in all her honky-tonk glory also inspired us to revisit this cover story we did with Ditto for our Dec/Jan 2008 issue, back when she was still fronting her incredible indie band Gossip. Enjoy this Flashback Friday reprint of our cozy chat. Then put "Fire" on repeat and brush up on your line dancing! beth threat Beth Ditto, lead singer of Gossip, has broken… Read more
Hijab, burka, chador. How are these different from each other? Why do women wear them? With so many variations in shape, style and meaning behind each head covering that it’s easy for non-Muslims to group them into one giant stereotype. That’s why I asked Heba Jay, a New York City-based hijabi fashion blogger, to explain.According to Heba, wearing a head covering is a symbol of faith and cultural identity, and abides by the Muslim law of modesty. Here are the most common variations of headdresses:Hijab: The hijab is… Read more
Museum of Femoribilia: By Lynn Peril The ad was bold to the point of shocking for 1949. A woman wearing nothing above her waist but a bra strode cheerfully through a pen-and-ink background of floating foodstuffs and odd vegetation. “I dreamed I went shopping in my Maidenform bra,” said the copy. “Asleep...but it all seemed so real.” In the months and years that followed, the women in Maidenform’s long-running “I Dreamed” ad campaign did any number of things in their bras. They strolled, danced (Charleston, ballet, and… Read more
What drove Cedric Anderson to walk into a San Bernardino classroom on Monday and take the life of his estranged wife Karen Elaine Smith, followed by his own, along with that of one of her 8-year-old students, Jonathan Martinez? It wasn’t mental illness. It wasn’t religion. It certainly wasn’t love. It was sexism, pure and simple: a deadly combination of misogyny, toxic masculinity, and an inflated sense of male entitlement. There is a reason why the vast majority of intimate partner homicides are enacted by men, and… Read more

The Man Behind "The Charging Bull" HATES "The Fearless Girl"

By Samantha Mercado  In Feminism  On Apr 12, 2017

The now famous “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street is facing criticism from the artist who created her opponent, the Charging Bull. Sculptor Arturo Di Modica claims that having the fearless girl facing the bull head on is an infringement on his artistic copyright. Di Modica’s attorney, Norman Siegel, explained that Di Modica is demanding to see the city’s documents explaining what procedures were followed. He claims the presence of another "bold figure" in front of his sculpture takes away from the creative dynamic.… Read more
While the entire Trump administration— including the giant Cheeto himself— are excellent fodder for comedy, Spicer and his outrageous press conferences are the ultimate low-hanging comedic fruit. Melisa McCarthy has perfectly parodied his press conferences on SNL, but, as Chelsea Handler demonstrated on last night’s Conan O’Brian, it doesn’t need to be full on parody to express the sheer absurdity of the situation. Handler's incredulous response is the tonic we all need after a Spicer press conference. “How about that… Read more