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Are you ready to swim in treats, Augustus Gloop style? Well, with the BUST Holiday Craftacular coming up on fast the 9th and 10th of December, 'tis the season to indulge in all the delicious holiday foods. We all have our fave sweets, but these snacks will introduce you to a whole new world of sugary goodness. 1. Twizzles Tasty Treats This New York based business focuses on handmade truffles designed to taste as luxurious as they look. As owner Tracie says, “One bite and you’ll be swept away.” She offers her classic… Read more

7 Tote Bags For When You Want To Wear Your Heart On Your Sleeve

By Shannon Smith  In Style  On Nov 22, 2017

In the busy routine of a modern woman, tote bags are a life-saver. You can store anything in them, from notebooks and laptops to chargers, lipsticks, and even a change of shoes. These seven bags speak for themselves, and are the best way to serve feminist sass without saying a word. 1. Sylvia Plath Typewriter Tote by Modern Girl Blitz, $14 "I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart; I am, I am, I am," wrote Sylvia Plath in The Bell Jar, and we think that is always good advice. 2. Down the Rabbit… Read more
Meet Goddess Aviva and Sophie Saint Thomas, two powerful women who have made sex and talking about sex, particularly BDSM, a life passion and career. Goddess Aviva strongly believes in the advantages of BDSM, likening the practice to a kind of therapy which allows people access to repressed emotions, providing a cathartic release. As a professional and lifestyle dominatrix, she travels both domestically and internationally offering femdom and fetish sessions, and she teaches classes and workshops which promote sex… Read more
Actor, director, poet, women's rights advocate, and BUST contributor Amber Tamblyn has once again proved why she is an all-around great human by teaming up with My Sister to design a new collection of feminist T-shirts that support the brand's initiative to end sex trafficking. The six-piece collection, called "Choir Up," is emblazoned with powerful sentiments, all written by Tamblyn herself. Quotes include "The more we are a choir, the more the tune is forced to change," from her New York Times op-ed, "I'm Done With… Read more
The holiday season has descended upon us, so get some mistletoe and get in the spirit of the season. Mr. Showbiz, aka Murray Hill, is hosting his annual holiday extravaganza at Joe’s Pub this December 15th, 16th, and 17th, and it should be one for the books. The show will feature cocktails, cheesy holiday songs, and “dazzling production numbers that will knock the stockings off the mantle.” With VIP guests such as Bridget Everett, a badass babe burlesque star; The Craigslist Quartet; and Santa Claus all making… Read more
Borderline personality disorder, despite entering the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in 1980 and affecting 1.6% of the population each year, is a condition that is still not very well understood. Much of the medical community agrees that BPD isn’t even a particularly good name for the disorder. Its causes are unclear, but the symptoms include an extreme fear of abandonment, distorted self-image, intense emotional reactions, impulsive behavior, unstable relationships, and self-harm. And for some… Read more

5 Women-Directed Films To Know From AFI Fest 2017

By Samantha Ladwig  In Movies  On Nov 22, 2017

Every November, for the past 30 years, AFI Fest takes over Hollywood. With dozens of films that highlight the works of emerging filmmakers, world cinema, retrospectives, and a handful of big budget flicks, AFI Fest is one of the more original festivals around. It also happens to be the only major festival that’s free to the public, which makes sense because it’s put on by the American Film Institute. Opportunity and education are two of its biggest goals. It’s a festival I’ve attended for the past three years and have… Read more
The annual Victoria's Secret Fashion show, pairing angel wings with bedazzled bras, has not even aired yet, and it is already embroiled in controversy. There’s that thing with Gigi Hadid, and that other thing with Katy Perry, but most importantly, Ashley Graham is here to call out the brand. Graham took to Instagram, posting a picture of herself with elaborate Victoria's Secret runway-inspired angel wings photoshopped in. She captioned it, “Got my wings!” and hashtagged Additional Elle, a size-inclusive lingerie brand… Read more
Kate Spencer apologizes if there’s sweat under her armpits as we sit outside an L.A. café to talk about our dead moms. Kate—who is armpit stain-free, despite her boot camp workout that morning—is the self-elected president of the Dead Moms Club. She was sworn in at age 27, when her mom, Martha, died of pancreatic cancer. Eleven years later, her first book The Dead Moms Club (Seal Press)—part-memoir, part self-help—is hitting bookshelves this month. “Hi there,” the first chapter begins. “If you are reading this, it most… Read more
Winter has always been a rad time for making stuff. Whether you’re crafting handmade gifts, relaxing in front of a cozy fire with a personal project, or spending time indoors learning a new skill, ‘tis the season for DIY. Here at BUST, we know learning is just as much fun as shopping, so at this year’s BUST Holiday Craftacular—Dec. 9 & 10, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.—we’re also offering over 100 interactive DIY workshops, demos, and classes, including many that will appeal to makers of all stripes and skill… Read more
Björk Utopia (Out November 24) Björk has always tested the boundaries of pop music and Utopia is no exception. While the artist’s eighteenth release has moments that are reminiscent of earlier work, like the classic Vespertine and the ambitious Medulla, Björk experiments in new ways in this latest album. Utopia is built on a surprising foundation of baroque-style flutes—more than a dozen flutists are listed in the credits—and sound collages of Venezuelan bird calls. Even stranger, these pastoral elements are juxtaposed… Read more

What "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" Got Right About Mental Illness

By Liza Walter  In TV  On Nov 21, 2017

This piece discusses suicide and contains spoilers for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Whenever I used to try and describe suicidal ideation, I always found myself at a loss for words. How can a person not suffering understand what it’s like to rather be dead than alive when their life is seemingly normal? It has become much easier for me to expound on those thoughts since my actual attempt. I was sitting in my private bathroom, my back against the cold porcelain toilet. I had tears coming out of my eyes, but they were not from… Read more

When Your Favorite Celebrity Is Accused Of Sexual Assault

By Lillibet Gilbert  In Feminism  On Nov 21, 2017

Et tu, Louis?I silently lamented news of the impending New York Times article breaking down the allegations of comedian Louis C.K.’s "sexual misconduct."Multiple women. Also old news. Multiple articles that gained far less traction in Gawker and elsewhere several years ago had already addressed much of this. And even I was guilty of not giving it as much weight as it should have. Yet I was on the brink of outright denial. “But I like him,” was my thought.Now, Al Franken is accused of sexual harassment. Another person I… Read more
Here at BUST HQ, the holiday season is in full swing and our December/January issue is shaping up to be a real sweet treat, starting with our indie film cover queen, Greta Gerwig! Inside, we’ve got an inspiring interview with Congresswoman Maxine Waters; a revealing report on the truth behind the Lizzie Borden murders; BUST’s famous Holiday Gift Guide; and more. SUBSCRIBE NOW! ON THE COVER: GRETA GERWIG PHOTOGRAPHED BY NADYA WASYLKO; STYLING BY LARA BACKMENDER; HAIR BY MARCO SANTINI; MAKEUP BY DANIEL MARTIN; MIXED METAL… Read more

Babes All Rock: Brooklyn Music Fest Showcasing Female-Led Bands

By Rachel Angel  In Blog  On Nov 21, 2017

On Sunday December 3, popular Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right is teaming up with Hi Tide to bring you a day-long music festival starring female-led bands. The fest, organized by friends in the local music scene, aims to promote music made by women, carving out space for women and non binary folk in a scene so often dominated by cis men. Local musician Ana Asnes Becker (Fruit & Flowers) said she got the idea for the fest when commenting on a friend's Facebook post which asked for ideas for bands with women: “I thought,… Read more
Lena Dunham, a writer and actress who has built her career preaching feminism and empowerment, has released a public apology after an equally public endorsement of a Girls writer and executive producer accused of rape. The writer and executive producer, Murray Miller, allegedly raped actress Aurora Perrineau in 2012, reported The Wrap. Perrineau was 17 years old at the time. In a statement, Miller’s attorney said that Miller “vehemently denies [the] claims.” Dunham and Girls executive producer Jenni Konner released… Read more

Why I'm Not Surprised By "Weinstein-Gate"

By Runa Mukherjee Parikh  In Feminism  On Nov 20, 2017

A lot of walls have come crashing down in the last few weeks. The high and mighty of the movie industry have been falling like there’s no tomorrow. It started over a month ago when one of Hollywood’s most powerful producers, Harvey Weinstein, was accused of sexual harassment by over a dozen women. Then, Kevin Spacey was accused of sexually harassing dozens of young, sometimes underage, men, and he did a huge disservice to the gay community by coming out the moment he was named and shamed. As I write this, news is… Read more
Good luck not bawling your eyes out watching the A Wrinkle In Time trailer that dropped during the American Music Awards — because really, you’re going to cry the most gloriously happy tears. The trailer may only be about two minutes long, but that’s as long as I could handle being that happy anyway. The cast lineup alone is jaw-dropping: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, Chris Pine, and Storm Reid, just to name a few. The trailer itself does a wonderful job spiking the interest of longtime A Wrinkle In… Read more

How Sex Workers Built America

By F Yeah History  In Living  On Nov 20, 2017

Sex workers helped build America. These women came to the Wild West/The Old West (whatever you wanna go with!) and smashed every expectation of womanhood. They became business oligarchs, they built entire communities and forged their own independence. It’s a one hell of a tale! But before we dive into it, lets super quickly knock out the basics: HOW DID THE WEST COME TO BE? Well, around the mid-1800s, there was a huge boom in the amount of land being developed in the Southwest. Most of this land was used for mining… Read more
Over the past three months, every Australian on the federal electoral roll was mailed a letter by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Inside, a survey form asked a simple question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?" On Wednesday, November 15, the results were revealed: 61 percent of the population voted to change the law to allow same-sex marriage, with 38 percent voting against. This decisive majority seems like a win for the queer community and their allies, paving the way for equal… Read more

Introducing the BUST School For Creative Living

By Janeth Gonda  In Blog  On Nov 17, 2017

We are so excited to be back for our annual BUST Craftacular Holiday event, and this year we are proud to introduce the BUST School For Creative Living, alongside a two-day music festival featuring badass female-fronted bands. The event will not only host over 150 of the best artisans of homemade goods, but it will also include over 50 DIY demos, workshops, and lectures from stand out speakers such as Lindy West and Amber Tamblyn. The BUST School for Creative Living will feature over 50 different DIY demos and… Read more

Makers & Shakers: SMOOSH Bath + Body

By Zeynep Kilik  In Style  On Nov 17, 2017

"I hated cold lotion after a nice warm soothing shower; my curiosity into the ingredients of my bath and body products inspired me to start my own line of bath and body products." Ashley Rae Pearsall, Founder of SMOOSH Bath + Body We here at BUST love all things beauty. From face primers to holographic glitters, you name it, we got it. However, we're always on the hunt for all-natural products so on our quest for sugar scrubs and everything in between we discovered SMOOSH Bath + Body. Founder, Ashley Rae Pearsall, was… Read more
Jacinda Ardern took office as New Zealand’s Prime Minister on October 26, becoming the youngest female head of government in the world at 37 years old. Ardern, who was selected as Leader of the Labour Party in August, amassed a major following among young people and the wider electorate that The New York Times called “Jacindamania.” This week, the phenomenon is back in full force after Ardern made a pointed quip at Donald Trump during the East Asia Summit. Ardern and Trump had spoken on the phone before, The Guardian… Read more
Violet Chachki has made history as the new face of Bettie Page Lingerie’s “Never the Girl Next Door” campaign. The Season 7 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race is the first drag queen in history to front a lingerie campaign. Chachki is known for her Old Hollywood glamour and her modern, sexy twist on classic burlesque fashion. Since entering the spotlight, Chachki has been vocal about her gender fluidity, telling NBC OUT, "Androgyny is one of the most beautiful things ever, and more people should embrace the concept of gender… Read more
The Nigerian women’s bobsled team is making history. And just one a year ago, they didn’t even have a sled. After completing their fifth and final qualifying race on November 15, the team is going to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. The team is made up of former track stars Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere, and Akuoma Omeog. These women are breaking ground — they are the first team from Africa to qualify in bobsledding. In addition, they are also the first athletes to represent Nigeria at the Winter… Read more
Frank, feminist, and super funny, Sarah Silverman is poised to launch the next great political comedy show. Here, she opens up about being open, understanding Trump supporters, and the unifying power of shit. When I walk into comedy superstar Sarah Silverman’s cover shoot for BUST in a big, airy studio in West Hollywood, she’s lying on a makeshift bed with a small crew of people standing around her, all murmuring approval. I’ve heard she’s warm and friendly—and the rumors soon prove true—but she can’t see me yet. So… Read more
When disabled models hit the runway at the FTL Moda's fall/winter 2015 show, popular media outlets and fashion magazines, including Buzzfeed (“These Models With Disabilities Featured In An Inspiring New York Fashion Week Show”) and Cosmopolitan (“9 Inspiring Photos of Models With Disabilities Working the Runway at NYFW” ) showered designers with misplaced compliments for their seemingly inspirational work. But they are terribly missing the point. Don't get me wrong: The barrier-breaking success of each model living… Read more

"Mudbound" Is A Slow-Burning Southern Gothic Tale: BUST Review

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Nov 17, 2017

MudboundCo-written and directed by Dee ReesOut November 17 Writer/director Dee Rees (the filmmaker behind Bessie and Pariah) aims high with Mudbound, a sprawling Southern Gothic tale of two families whose fates are impossibly intertwined. Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) strikes up a friendship with Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) after they return from fighting in World War II; together, they drink and reminisce and try to heal. What makes their friendship unique, and dangerous, is that Ronsel is black and Jamie is… Read more
Last month, all-female music collective The City & The Heart released Volume Four of its regular compilation, a stunning, diverse showcase of female-identifying unsigned artists in New York. The City & The Heart (TC&TH) was born in the winter of 2012 with the intention of cultivating a supportive community for independent women in music in New York, and evolved into a philanthropic organization as well. 23 artists contributed to the record, including TC&TH founder and singer-songwriter Meghann Wright, Queens-based… Read more

These Stunning Street Photos Are A Love Letter To L.A.

By Molly McLaughlin  In Arts  On Nov 16, 2017

Michelle Groskopf has shot street photography almost daily in Los Angeles for the past five years. Now, she has started a campaign to publish the first collection of these subtle, intimate photos, entitled Sentimental. You may recognize her work from Instagram, where he has cultivated a dedicated following for her unexpected portraits that reveal so much lurking below the surface. Originally from Canada, Groskopf rose to prominence as a member of the Full Frontal Flash collective, a group of artists who use flash… Read more

Week Of Women: November 17-23, 2017

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Nov 16, 2017

This week's Week Of Women brings us a new movie by Dee Rees, a new TV version of Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It, and new music by Mavis Staples — so we've got a busy week ahead of us! As a reminder, we haven't seen, listened to, or read all these ourselves; when we have, we'll include a link. MOVIES Mudbound The brilliant Dee Rees (Pariah, Bessie) directs this historical drama about a white family and a black family in post-WWII Mississippi, based on the novel by Hillary Jordan. The cast includes Mary J. Blige and… Read more
Orange Is The New Black star Danielle Brooks may wear a prison jumpsuit in her best-known role, but offscreen, she’s become known for her killer sense of style — I know she’s all over my Pinterest and Tumblr pages. And along with being a fashion inspiration and a TV, movie, and theater star, Brooks has become an advocate for inclusivity in the fashion and beauty industries. She’s spoken out about the difficulty of finding plus-size designs she can wear on the red carpet, called out America’s Next Top Model for not… Read more

This "Talking Trump" Doll Will Make You Laugh, Cry And Rage

By Molly McLaughlin  In Living  On Nov 16, 2017

Are you tired of the 45th President pulling your strings? Now you can pull his, thanks to the "Talking Trump" doll. The doll is an '80s style pull-string toy, updated for 2017 with eight of Donald Trump's most memorable/depressing catchphrases to remind you just how ridiculous the man in charge of running the country really is. Finding it tough on the dating scene? "Talking Trump" suggests you "Grab 'em by the pussy!" Had a hard day at work? This doll reminds you how "Sad!" your pathetic life is. A percentage of every… Read more

"Broad City" Recap: Season 4, Episode 8 — "House Sitting"

By Danielle Corcione and Lindsay Patton-Carson  In TV  On Nov 16, 2017

This week on Broad City, Ilana gets hired to house sit at a place with a washer-dryer set, and Abbi matches on Bumble with someone from high school. Hint: He wasn't her classmate. As always, check out our contributors’s reactions! When Danielle and Lindsay go to watch the episode: Danielle: This episode is called “House Sitting.”Lindsay: They’re gonna break something! When they are in the apartment: Lindsay: That laundry room is the size of my apartment. Danielle: Do you think this is what Lady Gaga’s apartment looks… Read more
Boys will be boys. Isn’t that what they say? The words we’ve all heard so many times that we are so disgustingly sick of hearing them. Boys will be boys. And good boys will always be good. I heard those words for the first time when I was seven.The boys in my class had for many days repeatedly, and loudly, been shouting, “Take off your shirts, show us your boobs!” to me and my friends as we were playing in the schoolyard. We had the same flat chests they had at the time, but their shouting, those words, and the way… Read more
It Happened In L.A. is a modern-day comedy of manners that follows a group of 30-something Los Angelinos as they search for the elusive happily-ever-after and ponder if it even exists. The film primarily follows Annett, a former writer who is dissatisfied in her longterm relationship, as she compares what she and her partner have against the seemingly perfect couples in their friend group and doles out unsolicited advice to her token single friend. She is irritating, selfish and totally relatable. Annette is the kind… Read more
We are so excited to announce that BUST's December/January cover star is Greta Gerwig! You might know her best as the star of beloved films Mistress America and Frances Ha (both of which she also co-wrote), but Gerwig is now making a name for herself as a director with her incredible solo directorial debut, Lady Bird. Gerwig also wrote the film, which follows a teenage girl (Saoirse Ronan) and her turbulent relationship with her mother (Laurie Metcalf) during her senior year in Sacramento, 2002. Make sure you bring… Read more

A Fennel And Apple Salad Recipe Perfect For Thanksgiving

By BUST Magazine  In Eat Me  On Nov 15, 2017

This cool and spicy fennel dish plays nice with rich Thanksgiving eats. When it comes to cooking for Thanksgiving, everyone has a few “must-haves”—the stuffing served every year you’ve been alive, your aunt’s green bean casserole, or even the spinach tofu lasagna you introduced to your family. This holiday, stick to your tried and trues, but get fresh with a dish that offers a much-needed palate cleanser: a salad! Not the standard leafy greens and bottled dressing kind. This delicate dish features mellow fennel,… Read more

Alexandra Of Denmark Had SO MANY DOGS

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On Nov 15, 2017

Alexandra of Denmark married Queen Victoria’s son and heir, Albert Edward, on March 10, 1863. She was a noted dog lover marrying into a family of noted dog lovers. The resulting menagerie of canines which she accumulated as Princess of Wales was a diverse collection which rivalled even that of her royal mother-in-law. There were Basset Hounds, Wolfhounds, Dachshunds, Collies, Samoyeds, Fox Terriers, Pugs, Pekingese, and Japanese Spaniels – to name just a few. They were housed in luxurious kennels at Sandringham House,… Read more
The small city of Gadsden, Alabama, just an hour northeast of Birmingham, is the conservative hometown of Roy Moore, as well as his now worst kept secret. According to AL.com, Gadsden locals have known about Moore’s predatory behavior for years. Lifelong Gadsden resident and traveling nurse Blake Usry gold AL.com, "These stories have been going around this town for 30 years.” Usry knew several girls that Moore had made advances on, he said, “Nobody could believe they hadn't come out yet." Those who knew Moore say he… Read more
In an intimate screening of his newest film The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, held in the private residence of one of the producers, Joy Tomchin, director David France addressed the various controversies surrounding Johnson’s life and death, as well as the allegations made against him by Reina Gossett. Reina Gossett, a black trans woman like Johnson, is struggling to produce her film about Marsha P. Johnson’s life and mysterious death, and she has taken to Instagram to say how unjust it is that France is able to… Read more
With a light being shone on the plethora of sexual assault and harassment allegations over the past month, a new program developed out of the University at Albany, SUNY in Albany, New York is being made available at the perfect time. “We wanted to be able to supplement the training that we were doing with students face to face with some online material,” says Chantelle Cleary, UAlbany's assistant vice president for equity and compliance and Title IX coordinator, “either to introduce them to the subject before they came… Read more
The dawn of the 1990s was truly a beautiful time. Teenagers started dressing like walking thrift stores. MTV started showing videos by bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden, who had previously been regarded as underground/hyper local favorites exclusively. And magazines like Rolling Stone and Spin started putting bands that still had day jobs at diners and hotels on their glossy covers. It felt like the dirt was getting kicked up in a widely exciting way, and bands that had spent long and hard years fighting for a bit of… Read more

11 Feminist Tattoo Ideas

By Kate Harveston  In Style  On Nov 14, 2017

A tattoo can be a great way to show the world what you believe in, the things you love, and the causes you feel strongly about — but it can sometimes be difficult to find the perfect design to express your feelings. Need some inspiration? Read on for some starter ideas if you’re interested in feminist tattoos — these can all also be customized by your tattoo artist to get a look that’s uniquely yours! Classic Feminist Symbols Design by artist Julie Bolene. Bra burning became a symbol of the feminist movement in the… Read more

11 Books By Women To Read This November

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Nov 14, 2017

Our October/November book reviews section is now online! Read our reviews for books including the satisfying novel Made For Love by Alissa Nutting, the early 2000s rock history tome Meet Me In The Bathroom by Lizz Goodman, the semiautobiographical debut What We Lose by Zinzi Clemmons, and many more. Subscribe to BUST magazine here, and check out more of our book reviews, interviews, lists and other literary coverage in our Books section, here. Made for Love: A NovelBy Alissa Nutting(Ecco) Following up on her explosive… Read more
A coalition including New York City Council Members and state lawmakers is drafting a regulation that would classify any sexual act between a police officer and a detained arrestee in their custody as rape—and no, this is not a law that already exists in New York. Councilman Mark Treyger is spearheading the movement, prompted by the disturbing story of an 18-year-old woman who was handcuffed and raped by two police detectives in September. The officers, Edward Martins and Richard Hall, resigned from the New York Police… Read more
1. Coil Vessel by Paperclip Pottery, $150.00 This coil vase’s unique design and structure was inspired by 3D-printed art. Paperclip Pottery is owned by Mia Rose Schachter, an artist with a background in theatre and music. She focuses on the beauty of “intimate moments over elaborate stories,” and this is something you are sure to see in her work. Even better, Paperclip Pottery donates a portion of profits to NY Abortion Access Fund, allowing women easier access to healthcare. Mia also designs what she calls shagware, a… Read more
The Marvel Universe is ever-expanding, but Netflix’s newest addition, The Punisher, is set to blow fans away. Viewers will be happy to recognize Deborah Ann Woll’s character, Karen Page, from Daredevil – in both shows she is in the position to be the trope “girl in the refrigerator,” but instead is the boss chick we all wish to be. The Punisher follows Frank Castle, another character introduced in Daredevil, who stomps through NYC avenging his wife and children’s death, all while being presumed dead. The "girl in the… Read more
Since the spring release of Wonder Woman, in which Gal Gadot starred as the titular character, the actress has continued to play a real-life superhero when it comes to fighting back against sexual harassment and assault. According to the New York Post, Gadot will not reprise her role as Diana Prince unless producer Brett Ratner is removed entirely from the franchise. Over the past month, six women have come forward with stories of sexual misconduct at the hands of Ratner, reported the the Los Angeles Times. During the… Read more
The Alchemist's Kitchen is a one-stop shop for all your botanical needs. Its flagship location in the Bowery serves as a plant-based cafe with a vegan menu, and the botanical section is well stocked with herbal elixirs, coffees, teas, an array of herbal products and remedies, lifestyle gifts such as soaps and candles, and even whole plant beauty supplies. The Alchemist's Kitchen not only sells herbal products, but hosts over forty events monthly, each dedicated to health, wellness, and the pursuit of conscious and… Read more