BUST: For Women With Something To Get Off Their Chests - BUST http://bust.com Sun, 24 Sep 2017 02:45:00 -0400 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb no-reply@bust.com (BUST ) Makers & Shakers: Stern Design Works http://bust.com/style/193363-makers-shakers-stern-design-works-don-t-publish-yet-please.html http://bust.com/style/193363-makers-shakers-stern-design-works-don-t-publish-yet-please.html We love the idea of making wearable sculptures and giving people the vehicle to wear their obsessions.

- Rebecca and Cameron Stern

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Stern Design Works proves that not all statement pieces need to be over-powering; they truly embody an intersection between S.T.E.M. and fashion. Resembling tiny statues, these works of art are one-of-a-kind designs. The Fox Diorama Necklace featured above takes inspiration from exhibits from the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and the Field Museum in Chicago. They have many more diorama necklaces, including a custom necklaces you can design on their website. Here are some examples of personalized dioramas below and, if you like what you see, show them some love at our upcoming BUST Craftacular @ the World Maker Faire!

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If dioramas aren't your thing Stern Design Works has many different pieces you can choose from. From specimen disks (using real pieces of saffron and dried flowers!) to 3-D printed ecosystem pods, it is clear that this designer duo has one of the most unique jewelry collections you will ever find. We reached out to SDW to find out some more about their process and projects.

How did you start?

Stern Design Works was founded 10 years ago at a design lab for experimenting with ideas, techniques, and materials to create wearable sculptures. 

Rebecca earned her BFA with Honors from The Pratt Institute in Jewelry. She started Pratt as a sculpture major but, after taking a couple of jewelry classes, she felt much more at home with her work.

Cameron came from a background in theatre. He attended Ithaca College where he studied technical theatre but left early to pursue a professional career on various touring and off-broadway productions.

When we first started, all of the initial collections were pulled directly from Rebecca's BFA thesis from Pratt. As the years progressed their styles and aesthetic started to shape around a shared love of the dioramas in the Museum of Natural History here in New York. and a desire to create unique jewelry that serves as a vehicle for people to express themselves.

What is your design process?

Most ideas start as drawings and scribbles in an ever growing library of sketchbooks. We then decide what are the best tools to make the piece. Whether we use completely traditional techniques, or if we are going to 3D print the initial design to be cast into metal.

If a piece is 3D printed we will use either ZBrush or Fusion360 to bring the ideas to life, and then print the first draft on one of the Ultimakers in our 3D printer farm. We'll then iterate the design as much as needed before having it cast traditionally into either sterling silver or brass.

When working with new developments in our specimen collection, it's a much more improvisational process where we combine all of the natural and un-natural interiors as we develop new recipes for the disks and studs for each season.

How did you start using 3D printing for your pieces?

We built our first 3D printer from a kit and immediately realized the potential to improve both our design process and business. Being able to bridge traditional techniques with new technology was the perfect way to be able to experiment with new ideas and concepts, without having to carve out each iteration from wax.

We also are able to use our 3D printers to create miniatures that we paint to inhabit our tiny dioramas in lab glass.

 

 

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Complex Squiggle Ring- $38.00
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Purple Saffron Specimen Disc- $38.00

 

Make sure to join us on Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday September 24th, from 10:00 a.m - 6 p.m. for the BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire to see Stern Design Works in action, along with so many other amazing designers! This event is not to be missed so get your tickets here lovlies.

 

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zk432@nyu.edu (Zeynep Kilik) ROOT Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:43:48 -0400
This Weekend: Free Cross Stitch, Hand Lettering & Beading Workshops, and Over 70 Amazing Vendors at The BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire! http://bust.com/diy/193471-count-down-8-days-until-bust-craftacular-world-maker-faire.html http://bust.com/diy/193471-count-down-8-days-until-bust-craftacular-world-maker-faire.html hand lettering

Join us Saturday, September 23rd & Sunday, September 24th, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.

New York Hall of Science @ Old World's Fair Grounds
47-01 111th Street, Corona, NY 11368

 

The 8th annual BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire is this weekend, and we couldn't be more excited. Known as the "greatest show-and-tell on Earth," World Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that attracts over 95,000 visitors annually, bringing together educators, hobbyists, engineers, tech enthusiasts, crafters, artists, students, and more for a wild weekend of demos, exhibits, and fun. BUST Magazine will be running our own pavilion within the fairgrounds ,featuring over 70 of the best makers and shakers from across the country. Shop a selection of unique, handcrafted wares, including jewelry, clothing, home goods, tech toys, food, and more. Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn cross-stitching, hand-lettering, and more at our craft tables.

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Enjoy free workshops all day long brought to you by our sponsors:

 

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LEARN TO CROSS-STITCH

All materials will be provided for this fun crafting activity. Learn to cross-stitch with a selected pattern from the new book, Feminist Icon Cross-Stitch. Classes will be available all day both Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. and will be run by BUST on Saturday and CraftJam craft school Sunday. All ages are welcome, and no experience is necessary.  Sponsored by Running Press.

 

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LEARN HAND LETTERING

Learn hand-lettering with Marissa Giambrone, the author of Draw Color Sticker Creative Lettering Sketchbook, and Abbey Sy, the author of Hand Lettering A to Z. All Materials will be provided for this event running both Saturday and  Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. All are invited and encouraged to try their hand at something new. Sponsored by Quarto Publishing.

 

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MAKE JEWELRY

Make your own jewelry from a selection of fun and colorful charms and acrylic beads. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out the 3Doodlee 3D Pen, a gizmo that helps crafters bring 3D creatures to life. Try your skills Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This workshop is made possible with the generous support of Beadkraft, and if you like what you see, shop their whole selection of goodies at the fair!

 

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MAKE YOUR OWN FLOWER CROWN

Make your own flower crown with the BUST Mag crew! Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. And when you're done crafting, you can browse over 70 amazing vendors throughout the two-day weekend:

 

OVER 70 AMAZING VENDORS

Take a bite of the sweet keyboard waffles brought to you by Messy Desk.

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Wear nature baubles by the incredible With Roots.

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Find the perfect holiday card for your crazy uncle with Unusual Cards.

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Or cuddle up on these fun designs brought to you by Raisha.

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There is sure to be something for everyone!

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 Buy your tickets here!

HOW TO GET THERE:

Come by subway, train or bus. The BUST Craftacular is just past the main entrance on the right-hand side!

Take the #7 train to 111th St Station. Walk four blocks to NYSCI. The #7 train runs directly to World Maker Faire from Hudson Yards, Times Square, and Grand Central Terminal. You can also transfer to the 7 train from all other lines throughout the subway system. Use Google Maps to help navigate via mass transit. Enter “New York Hall of Science” as your destination. Visit mta.info for latest subway service information and advisories.

 

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janethgondapromo@gmail.com (Janeth Gonda) ROOT Fri, 15 Sep 2017 12:56:34 -0400
Betsy DeVos Has Revoked Obama’s Title IX Guidance On Campus Sexual Assault, So What’s Next? http://bust.com/feminism/193504-betsy-devos-has-revoked-obama-s-title-ix-guidance-on-campus-sexual-assault-so-what-s-next.html http://bust.com/feminism/193504-betsy-devos-has-revoked-obama-s-title-ix-guidance-on-campus-sexual-assault-so-what-s-next.html  

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has followed through on her threat to overhaul the system for dealing with sexual assault on university campuses. Specifically, she has issued a “Dear Colleague” letter withdrawing the 2011 Title IX Guidance (and the 2014 follow up) that discussed the obligations schools have to address campus sexual violence. The 2011 letter was hailed by survivors and advocates as a step towards improving campus culture, but DeVos has taken issue with the fact that it allows for a range of incidents to be considered sexual assault, as she believes too many people are being falsely accused.

"Any perceived offence can become a full-blown Title IX investigation, but if everything is harassment then nothing is,” she said, in a speech at George Mason University earlier this month. With this latest advice, universities are no longer required to use the “preponderance of the evidence” standard of proof, which means the charge should be proven to be more likely true than not, rather than the “beyond reasonable doubt” standard. Now, schools will be free to put in place their own systems for dealing with Title IX complaints. This new advice also affects other aspects of Title IX enforcement, such as the ability to cross-examine witnesses and possible time delays.

If DeVos thought the old system was messy, the new rules are an absolute nightmare when it comes to creating a cohesive system across the country. It also means survivors will not have access to standardized procedures, and could face additional discrimination when attempting to register their complaints. According to the new letter, the Department of Education intends to create a new and more effective system based on public consultation. In the meantime however, survivors, their supporters and universities are left in limbo.

Read the full document here.

Image via The Hunting Ground.

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mollysgmcl@gmail.com (Molly McLaughlin) ROOT Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:26:17 -0400
Common Holly Is The Innovative Indie Artist You Need to Hear: BUST Interview http://bust.com/music/193464-common-holly-is-the-innovative-indie-artist-you-need-to-hear-bust-interview.html http://bust.com/music/193464-common-holly-is-the-innovative-indie-artist-you-need-to-hear-bust-interview.html Common Holly

With the recent surge in accessible music streaming services, discovering noteworthy artists among the hordes of daily recommendations thrust upon us (we’re looking at you, Spotify) can be a dauntingly tedious task, to say the least. A fortunate few may have the spare hours required to rifle through the seemingly infinite indie abyss, but most of us don’t. So, allow me to lend you a hand, and believe me when I tell you: Montreal-based singer/songwriter Common Holly (AKA Brigitte Naggar) is an up-and-coming artist you don’t want to sleep on. Having shared a stage with notable indie artists like Julia Jacklin, Land of Talk, and Half Waif (before releasing a record, might I add) this young Canadian musician exudes promise.

Her forthcoming debut album, Playing House, is, as its title and endearing cover art suggest (see: two young girls bearing knobby knees beneath layered tutus), doused in nostalgia. It is a diary gathering dust in a childhood bedroom,  yanked from its slot on the shelf to be cracked open for the first time in years. It is as lyrically bound to the intimate as are pages to a diary’s spine, as compositionally intricate as the doodles in the margins. It navigates heartbreak in a model manner, demonstrating the grace, poise and intelligence that most of us mere mortals can only ever wish to embody in such circumstances. In other words, Common Holly’s Playing House is required listening, and luckily for all of us, it is set to release via Solitaire Recordings on September 25th. Until then, do yourself a favor and check out this exclusive interview with Naggar, and stream the album’s striking single, “If After All,” below.

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Your forthcoming album, Playing House, will be released on September 25th (via Solitaire Records). I imagine the anticipation is grueling – how are you feeling? What are you doing to prepare?

Well, the songs [on the album] have existed for a long time, so I guess at this point I’m just ready for them to be out there in the world. To prepare, I’m mostly just focusing finding an adequate live representation of the sound. I think that’s the classic struggle of a solo artist who spends a lot of time in the production space, just working out what the best live version would be. Obviously, it won’t be exactly the same as the recorded version, but I’m trying to make something that stays true to it.

Is there a driving emotion or overarching theme to Playing House? Or is there a thought or feeling that you hope this record will provoke in a listener?

Thematically, the album is a traditional Taylor Swift style breakup album [laughs]… It’s pretty monolithic in that way. It’s about the relationship I had with one person and the healing process after that relationship. I guess I just hope that it will reach the listeners in a sincere way and that they’ll find the music interesting, but also find it to be something they can relate to somehow, you know?

While listening to your single, “If After All” (below), I noticed the song is divided into three distinct sounding sections… The intro is ambient and soft around the edges. Then, it transitions sharply to a crunching guitar, and concludes in a forceful math rock manner. In other words, the structure is complex, and it works. What did the songwriting process look like, here? Would you say this structure was intentional, or did it develop organically?

It was a combined effort between myself and my producer, Devon Bate. Basically, what happened is I wrote the whole song, I brought it to him, we thought about it, and recognized that the way in which the song progresses required that three-part production. The only thing that changed during that production process was the concluding section. I had something else initially, but he [Bate] suggested that I try a math rock thing, so I went home and rewrote the ending to fit that aesthetic. Then I had my friend Steven come in and do some math rocky guitar and just go all out on it. When we started working on the song, we had no idea that it would be the primordial song of the album. I think it ended up being the statement piece, and that’s why we put it first. It is the high-energy point of the album, and then, in a way, it unravels. It crawls into a more introverted state following that.

When I was younger, I remember being stricken by certain musicians I watched (which consisted of a weird Styx/Britney Spears combo) who lit a fire under me to pursue music and performance, in general. Can you recall a specific moment where you thought to yourself, “Yeah, I wanna do THAT?” This question bleeds into “When did you start making music/who are your inspirations?” etc.

When I was 14, I was a huge fan of Avril Lavigne… I was the ultimate fan. I used to wear the mesh armbands and the black nail polish. [Her album] Let Go is actually incredible. She was, what, 16 when she released that? I think that was a huge part of my inspiration, but I don’t think there was ever a single monumental moment where I was like, "This is what I wanna do with my life," because I think that happened organically. I’m a pretty big fan of No Doubt, as well. But I think the first CDs I ever owned were Britney Spears’ Oops!... I Did It Again and The Offspring. I inherited that one from my brother [laughs].

This may be a bit of a trite question in 2017 – but hopefully you understand what I’m getting at, because I think it’s still a relevant conversation to be had. Do you think your perceived gender (i.e. people look at you and think “that’s a woman”) impacts how audiences listen to and interpret your music and/or you as an artist?

Hm, that’s a really interesting question. I believe so. One of the things I try to do as a female artist is to write music that is unpredictable or kind of atonal, especially in the newer stuff I’ve been doing. It’s a little edgier. I find oftentimes that, especially in the realm of guitar music, audiences expect less complexity in terms of composition, and that really bothers me. Someone at a show recently brought it up, and said they really admired women making complex guitar music. And to be honest, it kinda sucks that still even needs to be said. So, it’s kind of a way to debunk the myth that women and non-men have to play soft or vulnerable music. I mean, in a lot of ways, my music is sensitive [to an extent], but, like I said, I’m trying to do something different that expresses a world that exists outside of male-fronted music. I have another band, Rose Bush, and when we were forming we were like, we don’t want to be a “cute femme punk” band… We want to make music that is powerful, impactful and that combats negative notions about non-men in music.

On a similar note, do you think your gender identity inherently impacts the work that you produce and/or how you navigate the music world? If so, in what ways does it manifest itself?

Yes, I think so. I feel incredibly privileged to be a part of the community of women and non-males in music, because I do feel that there is a strong movement for us happening in the scene right now, even though it comes with certain battles. Like, I recently went guitar shopping with a male friend, and the store owner was asking questions and was shocked when he found out he guitar was for me… In situations like that, I could take offense, or I could be like “Yeah it is for me, now look how good I am at playing guitar.” Like, women, femmes and non-males are really fucking good at this, and there is a whole load of them doing amazing things right now. I feel really inspired being a part of that community.

I love that mindset, and I love the confidence. When did you start playing guitar?

My dad gave me my first lesson when I was 13, and I got my own guitar when I was 16. I’m turning 25 now, so… 9 years? 12 years? [laughs] Quite a while.

I think it’s fair to say that the music scene has improved [recently] in terms of gender inclusivity, but there is still plenty of progress to be made. How do you think the scene can work to displace the emphasis on cis-men and evolve into a more welcoming space for everyone?

I think a crucial step is for promoters to be hyper aware of lineups that they’re putting on. I think it is really easy to say, “I know this band, and this band, and this band and they should all be on this bill together.” And, oftentimes, they do that without inspecting the demographics of each band, and as a result, bills are oftentimes made-up entirely of cis-gendered, white males. My other band [Rose Bush] has started to vow that anytime we do a show, there must be diversity in the bill. We want to see intersectionality: different sexualities, genders, races, etc. And, you know, sometimes that might also include bands with white males in them. That'll happen. I don’t think the answer is trying to totally gate them, either; I just think the focus should be displaced. 

Similarly, bills and festivals need to look at lineups and think critically about who belongs to them and what voices they choose to amplify. There needs to be a change in thought – I guess that’s the main thing. I think there is this widespread assumption that diverse artists are hard to find, or that they hardly exist, and that is perpetuating this vicious cycle. Like, these artists don’t make themselves known because there isn’t space for them. So, the first step is carving out that space and saying, “This show is for you.” That’s a way to encourage them – that’s a good place to start. 

Stream "If After All" by Common Holly here, and be sure to download Playing House via Bandcamp on Sept. 25th. 

 Images via Common Holly/Bandcamp

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gdiekho@gmail.com (Gabrielle Diekhoff) ROOT Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:33:06 -0400
How Gina Rodriguez Of "Jane The Virgin" Is Changing TV For The Better: BUST Interview http://bust.com/feminism/193502-gina-rodriguez-interview-cover-story.html http://bust.com/feminism/193502-gina-rodriguez-interview-cover-story.html ginagoldskirt

Our Lady Of Prime Time

For her title role on the CW’s comedy hit Jane the Virgin, Gina Rodriguez became one of the first Latinas to win an acting Golden Globe. Here, the trailblazer reveals the real woman behind “the Virgin,” and opens up about masturbation, her man, and finally making it

By Erika W. Smith
Photos by Kat Borchart // Styling by Ashley Avignone
Hair by Kristin Heitkotter // Makeup by Carissa Ferreri // Props by Chelsea Maruskin

It seems impossible, but Gina Rodriguez may be even sweeter in real life than her character is on the CW show Jane the Virgin. Here are a few things that happen in the first five minutes of our interview: As she orders a late breakfast of scrambled eggs, chicken sausage, and avocado, she stops to ask our waitress about the origins of her name (“Silke”), which she proclaims “stunning.” She compliments my long hair, saying that she can’t wait until hers grows out again (she got an undercut to film the action movie Annihilation last year). She takes a quick Facetime call from her boyfriend, actor Joe LoCicero, tells him, “Baby, I’m in an interview, I love you so much,” hangs up, then says, “It took me 32 years to find him, so let’s hope I can hang on to him!” And after all that, she finally launches into describing for me her unbelievably busy schedule promoting the Season 3 finale of Jane the Virgin, which will air just a few days after we meet.

To say she’s been “busy” is an understatement—Rodriguez is still wearing a white Kate Spade dress (which she has to return later, she tells me) from an early morning appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, and the day before, she followed up her BUST photo shoot at the Gramercy Park Hotel with an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she talked about finally paying off her student loans. After our interview, she’s off to train for her next film role, Miss Bala, in which she’ll star as a woman who becomes a CIA agent. “I was a starving artist for so long, and then it hits, and all you do is work,” she says. “My parents are like, ‘For the first 10 years, you were practicing relaxing. Now, you get to work!’”

In fact, Rodriguez, 32, has been acting professionally for half her life; she was admitted to NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts at 16, where she trained with David Mamet and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Her first TV role was in 2004, a one-episode appearance on Law and Order. But it wasn’t until 2012 that her first big break happened: She played an aspiring rapper in the indie film Filly Brown, which was nominated for a Sundance Grand Jury Prize. The movie got her some attention, and two years later, she landed the starring role on Jane the Virgin, an impossible-to-categorize program that can be described as both a satirical romantic comedy and a dramatic telenovela. It is, on the surface, a show about a young, devout Catholic woman saving herself for marriage who, after she becomes accidentally artificially inseminated with her boss’ sperm, decides to have the baby. But along with its soapy plotlines (multiple pairs of secret twins have shown up), Jane the Virgin has made headlines for the way it handles social issues including immigration, abortion, and purity culture, and has received praise from progressive organizations including Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the NAACP. And, NBD, it’s won a ton of awards, too—including a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Actress for Rodriguez, which made her only the second Latina to win in that category since the awards began in 1944.



Playing a fictional virgin (Jane finally loses her virginity in Season 3 after marrying her longtime boyfriend Michael) means that Rodriguez is used to fans telling her about their sex lives. “Lots of young girls tell me that they’re saving themselves for marriage, or they want to wait longer, or, ‘I’m 16 and I’m still a virgin!’ And I say to them, ‘You go girl, it’s your body, it’s your ownership, it’s your decision,’” she says. The openness of her fans has also made Rodriguez more ready to talk about her own sex life. “I have no discomfort with sex whatsoever,” she says. But she does admit to feeling a little nervous—after demurring in earlier interviews promoting Jane—about finally sharing her own virginity loss story on comedian Phoebe Robinson’s podcast Sooo Many White Guys this past April. In a nutshell: She was 17, it was to her high school boyfriend of about a year, he was also a virgin, and “it was pretty magical.” After that episode aired, Rodriguez says that she barely got a reaction, which was OK by her. “It was as if my fans were like, ‘Alright, get it girl!’”

Earlier this year, Rodriguez also announced that she’s going to play the most famous virgin ever, the Virgin Mary, in an animated nativity movie called The Star. “All the virgins, I play all the virgins,” she jokes. (BUST readers might be more excited about another animated project—Rodriguez will also be voicing Carmen Sandiego in a Netflix reboot of the ’90s hit kids’ show.) Rodriguez’s own religious views, however, are a little complicated. She grew up in a Catholic, Puerto Rican family in Chicago, has some Jewish extended family, and explored Christianity and Buddhism as an adult. “I think I’ve settled on the all-inclusive religion of love,” she says. “I think God is love.”

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Although Jane is a devout Catholic, Jane the Virgin shows how its main character sometimes suffers under the pressure of a culture that highly prizes sexual purity—including feeling lost after finally losing her virginity within marriage and hesitating to have sex outside of marriage after her husband dies. When I tell her that as a former Catholic, this felt very true to me, Rodriguez answers, “Hell yeah. Guilt, are you kidding? I was definitely raised with that. In all honesty, I used to feel guilty for masturbating. Oh my God, this extreme guilt! And that lasted way too long. Or maybe I masturbated too much!” She adds, “It’s OK to look back in retrospect and be like, it wasn’t good that I felt bad about touching myself. And it isn’t bad that I want to share my love with my boyfriend. I’m 32 years old, I’m an adult, I can do that!’”

Another thing she’s old enough to do is take her politics to the streets to march against inequality, something that Jane also does in response to increasing ICE raids. In January, Rodriguez joined the Women’s March in Los Angeles, wearing a shirt that read, “Torch your bra.” But that wasn’t the only march she’s attended. “I march whenever there’s a march,” she says, adding that she also participated in A Day Without A Woman. “I told the CW that I wasn’t going to come to work,” she says about the national strike day. “You need women, or else this TV show does not exist.” 

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Considering the kinds of marches she’s been attending recently, Rodriguez’s answer to the question “Are you a feminist?” comes as no surprise. “Hell yeah!” she says. Then adds, “Everybody should be a feminist.” Her definition of feminism, she says, is simple: “Equality.” It’s something she learned growing up in a household with four women—her mother, her grandmother, and her two older sisters. “My grandmother is the biggest feminist,” she says. “She is an activist, she is a voice against injustice. I grew up with that.”

For herself, she considers acting in Jane another form of activism. “I feel so fricking lucky to be part of a project that understands its ability to be a platform for change,” she says, giving credit to “brilliant” showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman. Rodriguez personally has also been using the Jane platform to become an outspoken advocate for putting more people of color, particularly Latinos, both in front of and behind the camera. In her Golden Globes speech in 2015, she said, “This award is so much more than myself. It represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.” Rodriguez has backed that up with her production company, I Can And I Will Productions, which earlier this year signed a deal with CBS. It’s named after a saying from her dad that she quoted in her Golden Globes speech. “My father used to tell me to say every morning, today’s going to be a great day, I can and I will. Well, Dad, today’s a great day, I can and I did.”



“If I didn’t help create opportunities for other Latinos, I would be doing myself a disservice because I am the collection of everyone’s hard work,” she says. “So how can I not do that for others?” She has been vocal before about turning down roles because she was tired of seeing the only Latinas on TV be “the pregnant teen, the maid, or the landscape artist.” But she’s also quick to clarify that there’s nothing wrong with a Latina in the real world being a maid. “There’s nothing wrong with the job, it’s that we’ve seen these roles played,” she says. “We haven’t seen the lead lawyer DA be a Latina, we haven’t seen the President of the United States be a Latina, we haven’t seen the character I’m playing next in Miss Bala, who is a woman in the CIA, be a Latina.”

Rodriguez is also using social media as a form of activism. After the #OscarsSoWhite conversation in early 2016, she began posting a photo and bio about a person of color in the film industry or activist sphere every Monday to her 1.7 million Instagram followers; recent spotlights include Black-ish star Yara Shahidi; comedian Nasim Pedrad; actor John Leguizamo; and Puerto Rican activist and attorney Iris Morales. These posts sometimes prompt dialogue with more conservative fans, and when that happens, she’ll go the distance to engage with them. “I can love a Trump supporter,” she says. “Maybe not a racist, that would be very hard for my heart. But I’m saying that you don’t have to have the same political views as I do in order for me to love you and be kind to you.”

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It’s impressive how Rodriguez is able to have such a compassionate response in the face of so much social media hate. “I get so much shit,” she says, going on to describe what happened when she interviewed then-President Barack Obama for the Latino web series We Are Mitú, during the 2016 election. “I asked him, ‘What would you tell our undocumented citizens?’ I consider them citizens because of what they contribute to this country. And I had such a sense of joy and pride to interview, to me, the best president we’ve ever had. But I got destroyed, I got hate, I got people telling me they were going to kill me because I was going to throw off the election. It sucked.”

It was Lena Dunham, ultimately, who gave Rodriguez some advice to get over it. “I asked her, I was like, ‘Dude, I am getting destroyed, I am getting hate mail, I am getting attacked, and all I said is that I believe in the inclusivity of people from other cultures and religions and ethnicities coming to our country.’” Dunham’s advice? “She was like, ‘Girl, it’ll be over in a few days. They’ll be on to the next person to destroy. Don’t let them steal your joy.’ And I started to let go of that, because there was also a lot of love. There is always love amidst the negative, even though the negative is always so much louder.”



Rodriguez currently has two great loves in her life: her aforementioned boyfriend, Joe LoCicero, and her eight-year-old dog, Casper (featured in the photos for this story). She rescued Casper in Los Angeles seven years ago, back when his fur was so matted, “his legs could barely stretch.” Rodriguez took him home to groom him and decided to keep him. “He’s been my road dog ever since,” she says.

And as for Rodriguez and LoCicero, they celebrated their one-year anniversary in August. They met when he appeared on Jane the Virgin, playing a stripper dressed as Don Quixote for Jane’s bachelorette party (and he later reappears as a stripper dressed as Prince Charming for Jane’s mother’s bachelorette party). While she says she thought he was hot when she first met him (“He’s so cute, he’s so pretty, his body is ripped for days”), they really connected when they ran into each other at Rodriguez’s boxing gym—she’s been boxing since she was three—six months after his first appearance on Jane. “The second time I saw him, I didn’t realize who he was. He came in through the door and I was like ‘Good God!’ and I fell into his eyeballs.” Rodriguez reintroduced herself, and they ran into each other at the gym for the next four days. “On the fourth day, he asked me out, and I have been dating him ever since,” she says. “Now I know what it means to date your best friend.”

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It’s a much more stable love life than the one written for Jane, who, in the first season, was caught between her longtime boyfriend Michael and her boss/former crush/baby daddy Rafael, before marrying Michael in the Season 2 finale; Michael dies midway through Season 3, and the Season 3 finale sets up a new love triangle between Jane, Rafael, and a new character named Adam. For her part, Rodriguez says, “Jane with Michael was everything to me, and I really can’t imagine Jane being with anyone else.” But she’s on board with the fans who ship her with Jane’s frenemy (and Rafael’s ex-wife) Petra, with the couple name “Jetra.” Rodriguez says she sees that fantasy pairing online “so often,” adding, “and so many fans ask me if Jane is bisexual. Jane is the furthest from bisexual—maybe Gina’s a little closer than Jane is!—but I love that they want that. And I’m all about ‘Jetra.’ I love ‘Jetra.’” She’s also on board for playing her longtime friend Stephanie Beatriz’s girlfriend on Beatriz’s show Brooklyn Nine-Nine, something fans have suggested for the pair on Twitter. “I want to play her love interest so bad,” says Rodriguez. “I really hope they make that happen.”

Along with her #MovementMondays and volunteering to fictionally pair up with Beatriz, Rodriguez has also used social media to be open about her health, both physical and mental. She was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s—an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid—right when Jane was beginning to film. One of the symptoms is depression, which Rodriguez says she struggled with while shooting Jane’s third season. “For anyone who deals with depression,” she says, “it’s like, ‘My family’s great, my boyfriend’s great, my career is great, so why can’t I smile? Why don’t I want to get up? Why is this so much harder?’” Another symptom is that it’s difficult to lose weight, which Rodriguez says she has learned to embrace. “It gave me a new fight,” she says, “to change the way I felt about myself. So many girls believe they have to be two fricking pounds to be any kind of success, and that is not the truth. I believed it for so long, and it hurt me. But then at 27, I was like, ‘They say I can’t be a lead because I’m not skinny enough, tall enough, pretty enough, light enough, white enough, Latino enough, whatever enough. That’s bullshit, and I’m going to change that.’” She also names Dunham, Mindy Kaling, and America Ferrera as other women who are inspiring her to fight to bring body diversity to TV.

Whether it’s size, gender, or race, Rodriguez knows that we need to see more diversity in pop culture. And even if you don’t have a hit TV show, your own production company, or millions of social media followers, you can still do something about it. “Don’t consume the products [that don’t represent you],” she says. “Especially Latinos! Latinos make up 38 percent of the box office every weekend. That’s a lot! So if you want to see Latinos in big studio films, and they don’t exist in them, don’t see them, because in this industry, money talks more than anything. If you do not see yourself and your community in the ways that you want, don’t purchase tickets. If you don’t purchase, they’ll stop making [something exclusive]. If you don’t purchase, they’ll start to include.”

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This article originally appeared in the August/September 2017 print edition of BUST Magazine. Subscribe today!

 

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This New Book From The "Guys We Fucked" Gals Has No Time For Your Slut-Shaming Nonsense: BUST Review http://bust.com/books/193468-this-new-book-from-the-guys-we-f-cked-gals-has-no-time-for-your-slut-shaming-nonsense-bust-review.html http://bust.com/books/193468-this-new-book-from-the-guys-we-f-cked-gals-has-no-time-for-your-slut-shaming-nonsense-bust-review.html  

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If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard of "Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast," you are in for a wild ride. The hosts, comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, started out by — you guessed it — interviewing guys they’d slept with about sex and relationships. The podcast became so popular that listeners began emailing in their own questions and stories about sex, which ranged from funny to heartbreaking and everything in between. Eventually, Fisher and Hutchinson branched out into discussing these emails and interviewing listeners and experts on the show, and now around a million listeners tune in each week to hear it.

What sets Fisher and Hutchinson apart is their frank and funny approach to taboo topics, and they have brought this same fresh attitude to their new book F*CKED: Being Sexually Explorative and Self-Confident in a World That’s Screwed. The book is part manual, part confessional and part stand-up comedy. But it is all honest as fuck. They cover the origins of shame and explain why it should absolutely not be a thing, and provide essential information about bodies, different types of sexual acts, safe sex, rape and relationships. More structured than the podcast, F*CKED lays out the anti slut-shaming philosophy in detail for the rest of the world.

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The "Guys We Fucked" podcast is not just hosted by two women, it is made up of a whole community of listeners (or "fuckers") as well. The book is written in a similar conversational tone, playing the role of an older sister, or that more sexually-experienced friend you always turn to for advice. The authors are not experts, just two women with life experience. In some sections this can wear thin, because it feels like most people in the book’s target audience know and intellectually understand the things that Fisher and Hutchinson discuss. We know we shouldn’t feel bad about masturbation, or having sex with multiple people. We know that sexual fetishes are not something to be ashamed of, and that abortion is a woman’s choice. But most people don’t talk about it, and this is the key to Fisher and Hutchinson’s appeal. Knowing something, and being comfortable talking about it, are two very different concepts, and breaking down the taboo and shame around sex for women requires both. Judging by the trolling and online hate these two women are subjected to, there is still a long way to go before everyone is as open and accepting as they are. 

And so the emails continue to flood the "Guys We Fucked" inbox, and Fisher and Hutchinson continue to dispense the best advice they can. One of their most common exhortations: Talk about it with your partner/s. Another: Get to know yourself. According to Fisher and Hutchinson, open communication is one of the most important aspects of sexual satisfaction. Oh, and never fake an orgasm.

Header image via Guys We Fucked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, body image via Amazon.

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mollysgmcl@gmail.com (Molly McLaughlin) ROOT Thu, 14 Sep 2017 17:13:36 -0400
How "Texas Killing Fields" Director Ami Canaan Mann Got From Her Tiny Hometown To Venice Film Fest http://bust.com/movies/17013-52-weeks-of-directors-ami-canaan-mann.html http://bust.com/movies/17013-52-weeks-of-directors-ami-canaan-mann.html ami canaan mann film still

Like Sofia Coppola, Ami Canaan Mann has a family connection to the film industry. But Mann didn’t grow up watching her father, director Michael Mann, on set. Her parents divorced in the early '70s, shortly after Ami was born, and Mann grew up with her mother in small town Dayton, Indiana, which had a population of less than 1,000 and no movie theater.

Growing up, Mann played viola and had an interest in photography. Wandering through her living room one day, she saw Apocalypse Now on television. “I don’t know what it was but there was that moment where I realized, everything I am seeing is a series of decisions made by somebody and this was their vision, and it was all being cobbled together to have this collective effect on me,” Mann said.

At 16, she was an art department production assistant on her father’s television series, Crime Story. Mann said she had to be talked into returning to high school after the experience, but once she finished high school, she attended USC film school.

“Once I got to L.A. and film school, I found myself surrounded by people who’d spent a lot of time in their youth watching films. Spielberg films, Lucas films. An awful lot of Star Wars. A lot of The Godfather. I grew up in Dayton, Indiana, where film was not a frame of reference. Nor were books, except between my mother and myself. Or television. Our town had one television channel, Channel 18, which played a lot of 'Hee Haw.' The common frame of reference was the town itself and the neighbors and their stories. And the things we saw and heard and knew as only kids can know things. We had those sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying events in silent common,” Mann said of her childhood. She said she tries to remember that everyone on a film set brings in their own worldview and their own frame of reference to the work they do.

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While working on developing her directorial debut, Morning, Mann wrote for NYPD Blue and penned a Nancy Drew movie.

Her father had been researching and developing the idea for a film about the Texas killing fields for nearly a decade. Since 1969, the fields and swampland outside Texas City have become a dumping ground for more than 50 female victims of sexual assault and murder. The detectives who worked the cases believe several killers are involved, possibly several different serial killers.

Mann commissioned former DEA agent Don Ferrarone to write the script. He met with the real-life detectives and at one point, Danny Boyle was considering the project, but turned it down, saying it was too dark and would never get made. But Ami Mann tuned into the idea when she found a map pinpointing where the victims were found, illustrated with headshots.

“I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a photograph and you can’t take your eyes off it, but there was something about seeing these girls. What struck me is they all had hair-dos that were indicative of their decade — be it eighties bangs, nineties streaks, whatever. They were looking at us, me, and there was a feeling that struck me. I felt like they were people who had literally had their voices taken,” Mann said.

Shot in 32 days, Texas Killing Fields (2011) focuses on the two detectives, Mike (Sam Worthington) and Brian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) assigned to investigate the murder of an unidentified teenage girl. Their work crosses over into a neighboring jurisdiction where Detective Pam Stall (Jessica Chastain) is investigating the disappearance of another girl. Stall is Mike’s ex-wife and Brian, in addition to his police duties, has to work to keep peace between the two.

While Mann’s intentions are good, wanting to give voices to these girls who have been silenced, the missing girls become confusing. I love films based on real events, but focusing on multiple cases is a tricky plot point to handle well, and since the girls are already missing and we know little to nothing about them, it’s hard to evoke sympathy from the audience for these ghostly girls. Perhaps if we saw grieving parents or a worried sister, it would make the stories of these girls a bit more human. The real life cases are intriguing and heartbreaking, but that emotional impact doesn’t make its way to the screen.

The film’s cinematography is strong and no doubt that Mann has inherited her father’s eye. The locations are gritty, real, and dark, and if you didn’t know better, you would think Mann was a Texas native. While the acting by Worthington, Morgan, and Chastain is strong, the backstories of the detectives are hurried and feel a bit cliched. I wanted to spend more time with the detectives before jumping into the action. There’s also a great cameo by Jason Clarke, almost unrecognizable, as a potential suspect.

The film was part of competition at the Venice Film Festival but received mixed reviews from critics. Mann has gone on to direct an episode of Friday Night Lights and more recently, she directed her third feature, Jackie and Ryan, starring Katherine Heigl as a singer who meets a mysterious modern day train hopper.

Top image: Texas Killing Fields

This post originally appeared on laurencbyrd.com and is reprinted here with permission.

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Week Of Women: September 22-28, 2017 http://bust.com/entertainment/193501-week-of-women-september-22-28.html http://bust.com/entertainment/193501-week-of-women-september-22-28.html  

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It’s that time of week again! Take a look at our 10 picks for women-centered pop culture in the week ahead. This week's edition features the Battle of the Sexes, the return of Transparent, and new music from The Blow. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to all of these ourselves, so if you hate them, don't blame us! But if we have reviewed them, we’ll include a link to the review, or refer to it if it’s in print but not yet online.

MOVIES

Battle of the Sexes


Emma Stone stars as tennis legend Billie Jean King in this biopic directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Steve Carell plays Bobby Riggs, the sexist loser of the match. Out Friday, September 22, via Fox Searchlight Pictures. 

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Kate and Laura Mulleavy — the sisters behind Rodarte — pulled a Tom Ford and made a movie. Early reviews are...not great, but Kirsten Dunst stars as a weed dealer, and also, that #aesthetic. Out Friday, September 22, via A24.

Bobbi Jene


In this documentary, Danish director Elvira Lind follows dancer Bobbi Jene Smith as she moves from Israel to the United States and begins a new phase of her life and career. Out Friday, September 22, via Oscilloscope Laboratories.

 

TV

Transparent



The groundbreaking Amazon series returns with its fourth season, and this time, the Pfeffermanns are going to Israel. Out Friday, September 22, on Amazon.

Star Trek: Discovery


The latest Star Trek installment sounds badass, with Sonequa Martin-Green (the Walking Dead) starring and Anthony Rapp playing the first openly gay character in a Star Trek series. Out Sunday, September 24, on CBS All Access.


MUSIC

Brand New Abyss by The Blow


Electropop duo The Blow return with their seventh full-length album, which BUST says “trades in funkier grooves for a streamlined confessional approach.” Out Friday, September 22, self-released. Read about “The Women You Want Her To Be,” which BUST premiered, here, and see BUST’s October/November 2017 issue for an album review. 

Fool’s Paradise by Cold Specks



Toronto songwriter Ladan Hussein’s third album is “perhaps her most raw work to date,” BUST says, calling it “a gorgeous, sensitive exploration of identity and womanhood.”  Out Friday, September 22, via Arts & Crafts. See BUST’s October/November issue for review.

Hiss Spun by Chelsea Wolfe



Wolfe recorded this distortion-filled album in Salem, so expect witchery of the best kind. BUST calls this “heavily, richly crafted… a dark record for dark times.” Out Friday, September 22 via Sargent House. See BUST’s October/November issue for review.

BOOKS

Like A Dog by Tara Jepsen

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Tara Jepsen’s debut novel puts the reader squarely inside the brain of its thirtysomething skateboarder/comedian narrator, Paloma. BUST says it “contains some brilliantly casual radical feminism along with its rising action and denouement.” Out Tuesday, September 26 via City Lights/Sister Spit. See BUST’s October/November issue for review. 

The Not So Subtle Art Of Being A Fat Girl: Loving The Skin You’re In by Tess Holliday

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Plus-size model and #effyourbeautystandards creator Tess Holliday shares her personal story and her best tips on learning how to love yourself. Out Tuesday, September 26 via Bluestreak.

Top photo: Battle of the Sexes

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erikawsmith@bust.com (Erika W. Smith) ROOT Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:05:27 -0400
"Sabrina: The Teenage Witch" Is Returning — In New, Goth Form http://bust.com/tv/193498-the-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-the-new-teenage-witch-haunting-you.html http://bust.com/tv/193498-the-chilling-adventures-of-sabrina-the-new-teenage-witch-haunting-you.html  sabrina

 

Apparently witches are scary, or rather Sabrina the Teenage Witch is about to be. The CW is developing a new show entitled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is focused on the original Archie Comics version. That version followed a much darker Sabrina then you may remember from your younger years. This adaptation is being compared to the Exorcist and Rosemary’s Baby — um, excuse me, Hilda and Zelda would never let something like that happen.

The new adaptation shares executive producers with other CW dramas Riverdale, The Flash and Supergirl. The new Sabrina will premiere in the 2018-2019 CW schedule. Fans are already excited at the premise of Sabrina showing up in Riverdale’s upcoming season — similar to how they introduced The Flash by cameo in Arrow.  

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It is doubtful Melisa Joan Heart will be coming back in this adaptation, so who will star as Sabrina is still up in the air — but if there isn’t an animatronic Salem, I will throw a fit. The OG Sabrina The Teenage Witch aired from 1996-2003, and if this new adaptation can run for half as long, it would be a huge accomplishment. The network is being real hush-hush about this new and exciting adaptation, so unfortunately we’ll have to be patient and cross our fingers that the into credits still involve her outfit changes and classic one-liners.

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Header Photo via Sabrina The Teenage Witch 

Photos via Archie Comics 

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kanebrianne@gmail.com (Bri Kane) ROOT Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:54:40 -0400
Remembering Billie Jean King's Badass Battle Of The Sexes http://bust.com/movies/193496-battle-of-the-sexes-remembering-billie-jean-king-s-badass-battle-of-the-sexes.html http://bust.com/movies/193496-battle-of-the-sexes-remembering-billie-jean-king-s-badass-battle-of-the-sexes.html 5969739467 0dfff1871d o

 

1973 was a wild year in this country: Roe V. Wade was won, a gallon of gas was 35 cents, and Richard Nixon was the president – oh, how much has changed. And on September 20th, 1973, Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs in one of the biggest exhibition matches ever, nicknamed the “Battle of the Sexes.”

After a long winning streak — in which he collected $100,000 by betting on himself — Riggs felt he needed a real challenge: Beating a woman at tennis. After defeating Margaret Court, a match called the “Mother’s Day Massacre” because Riggs eviscerated Court, 6-2 and 6-1, Riggs decided to focus on our queen Billie Jean King. He taunted her, mocked her feminism, and made sure the entire event was taken as a joke. The media loved the two battling, and especially loved how chauvinist and loud Bobby Riggs was. Billie Jean King was famous to true tennis fans, but like most women athletes, her name was not as well-known as Riggs'. For King, this was her chance to take over the spotlight. The event was a highly gender-stereotyped match, focusing on Billie Jean’s proud feminist ideals compared to Riggs’ famous comments like “women belong in the bedroom and kitchen, in that order.” 

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All us hairy-legged, athletic, loud-mouthed feminists rejoiced together: Billie Jean King destroyed Riggs, and boom, the patriarchy toppled. Well, not entirely, but King did beat Riggs in the smackdown of the century. King is famous for explaining the pressure she felt to win as, "I thought it would set us back 50 years if I didn't win that match...it would ruin the women's tour and affect all women's self-esteem."

Emma Stone and Steve Carell will be taking on the roles of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in the film the Battle of the Sexes, debuting September 22. The film has been receiving decent reviews and tons of anticipation. The campy, desperate comedy of Riggs is portrayed perfectly by Steve Carell, who is perfect for such a physically comedic role. Emma Stone shines as Billie Jean, with great confidence. Billie Jean King is an out and proud lesbian now, but at the time she was not, and Stone’s portrayal of King’s attraction and subtlety is both nuanced and complicated. 

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So check out the movie and never forget: Billie Jean King was carried in an ostrich feather-covered platform and beat a guy wearing a “Sugar Daddy” jacket so that you will always go out for the varsity team.

 

Header Photo via Flickr/Blair 

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kanebrianne@gmail.com (Bri Kane) ROOT Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:32:12 -0400