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Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction novel The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. It tells the story of a near-future dystopia called Gilead, where people live according to strict gender roles. Women are divided into three main groups: Wives (wealthy, infertile women married to wealthy men), Marthas (servants), and Handmaids — who, like in the Biblical story of Rachel and Leah, bear children for the Wives. (There are other women's roles, including Aunts, Econowives, and Jezebels, but most women are Wives, Marthas, or Handmaids.) I first...
  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 Handmaid's Tale panel at Tribeca. Cast stressing over and...
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 female African American Fox...
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...
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 coming out in 2015, it has become...
Katie Leclerc has stepped into a new and more mature series, and it is all too fitting for her. With the release of the series Confess, based off of Colleen Hoover's romance novel, Katie plays the role of leading lady Auburn Reed. Auburn is a complex character, moving to Los Angeles to try to rebuild her life and gain custody of her son. After entering an art studio in search of a job, she finds the ruggedly charming Owen Gentry, and so begins the budding...
Last month, season one of the revamped Powerpuff Girls series made its streaming debut on Hulu, alongside Powerpuff Girls (Classic). As someone born in the '90s, the Powerpuff Girls were all the rage for my generation. I remember collecting the dolls as a kid, and always identifying with Blossom, as much as I wanted to be more like Buttercup. When I helped out at a kindergarten class during my senior year of high school, I asked the 4-year-olds if they'd ever heard of the Powerpuff Girls —...
Dates, especially first dates, and ESPECIALLY blind first dates, are hella uncomfortable. Luckily, you can now watch painfully awkward dinner dates from the safety of your own futon. I watched the first two episodes of Ellen DeGeneres’s new docuseries, First Dates, which is based off a successful UK show under the same name. The dates all happen at a restaurant in Chicago, which is supposedly the place to go to find love. There isn’t anything you need to know besides what the title tells you. First dates,...
Samantha Bee's latest video is dedicated to figuring out what the hell Ivanka Trump will be doing these next four years. Ivanka was recently given an official government position — Assistant to the President — and an office in the West Wing. So, what exactly does 'Assistant to the President' entail? According to MSNBC, 'Ivanka will be the eyes and ears in the White House,' to which Bee responds, 'If Ivanka's supposed to be her dad's eyes, she'll be spending a lot of time staring at her own boobies.' But...
At last weekend’s PaleyFest, Cuba Gooding Jr. took it upon himself to play the annoying kid on the playground and lift up his co-star Sarah Paulson’s dress. Like most women who are forced to “laugh it off” and “not make such a big deal” out of similar behavior, Paulson appeared to take his violation of her privacy and space in stride. Still, the Twittersphere was quick to wonder why a grown man in 2017 thought pulling such a stale move would be cute. While others have...