So clip-on earrings aren't exactly "on-trend" as far as I know, but ever since my earlobe ripped (it's pretty gnarly and I'm strangely proud of it), I've had to acquire an appreciation for them-- which wasn't difficult! The thing about clip-on earrings is that many of them--especially vintage ones--are like little brooches for your ears. They're often much prettier and more intricate than regular earrings, they're unique, and they stand out more. At the same time, ... Read More
  Now that women's birth control is becoming a subject of contention among (mostly male) Republicans in Congress, it seems only fair that birth control for men be put under the same scrutiny. At least this is what a group of female Georgia legislators in the House of Representatives believe--so they've just proposed a bill that would ban men from getting vasectomies.Of course, the proposal of this bill was a response to something more specific than the ... Read More
Pussy Riot, who have quickly won over our feminist hearts here at BUST, staged yet another surprise performance yesterday--this time at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. In their usual attire of neon face-obscuring balaclavas (as well as neon everything else), they managed to slip past security long enough to play their song "Holy Shit." The obvious criticism of their performance was that it was planned for publicity's sake. Boris ... Read More
On the website for Planned Parenthood's new action fund, the answer to "Why We're Watching" reads: "This past year, we have been witnessing the most aggressive legislative attacks on women’s health and rights in a generation." Year. It's been a year. I remember blogging about the beginnings of the right-wing attack on Planned Parenthood a year ago. I remember going to the rally that was the first response to those attacks a year ago. It seemed like ... Read More
  When Brittany Molina, a student at Brigham Young University, was standing around campus on Valentine's Day in a not-even-remotely-revealing floral dress, cardigan, opaque tights, and boots, a random male student handed her a note. She thought it would be something innocuous--you know, like a freakin' Valentine--but she opened it up to find an admonishment of her outfit. Somebody's peepee must have been tingling too much at her exposed, uh, neck. ... Read More
So maybe we did just post about Quirkyalone Day, but, much like Zooey D. (I didn’t used to think she possessed a funny bone in her body, but now I take it back), we BUST girls are capable of not taking ourselves too seriously. Which is why I present you with an SNL clip from this past Saturday, one which highlights some of the essential tenets of quirkiness. Abby Elliott plays Zooey Deschanel, the real Zooey portrays an electric-blanket wearing, ... Read More
I’ve been trying to listen to more "multitasking music" lately: that's my term for those artists and bands that provide interesting background music that isn’t abrasive or distracting while I’m writing or reading, but are also just as satisfying to listen to closely. This is the kind of music Sourpatch makes. A four-piece from San Jose, California, comprised of two ladies on guitars and vocals and two dudes on bass and drums, Sourpatch is of the ... Read More
We all know a Super Bowl just ain’t a Super Bowl without the sexist ads. Never mind the fact that just as many women watch the Super Bowl as men, and that a lot of them especially like to tune in to watch the commercials—nope, plenty of companies remain members of the “boobies = $$$” school of thought. This year, though, the organization Miss Representation started the #NotBuyingIt hashtag on Twitter, encouraging users to point out which ... Read More
  Whenever anyone tries to inform me that "punk rock is dead," I point to one of my fave bands, the Screaming Females, and say not as long as they’re still alive. And alive they are: on April 3, the New Brunswick, NJ trio will be releasing their fifth album, Ugly. To prepare for it, they’re playing a series of shows from the east coast to the southeast to Chicago. The Screaming Females have been an integral part of this generation of basement punk ... Read More
M.I.A. ain’t M.I.A. no more! (I…couldn’t stop myself from typing that.) After releasing a not particularly well-received third album in 2010 and having some beef with the New York Times, the rapper/singer-songwriter had a pretty slow 2011. But in the last month, she's made it back to the forefront of your internet news feeds: she released the single, "Bad Girls," signed on to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show with Madonna and Nicki Minaj, ... Read More
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