A 30-something asexual woman reveals the truth about her oft-misunderstood orientation By Keira Tobias // Illustration by Emily Flake I remember it clearly: I was in the sixth grade, and my mom asked me which boy I had a crush on. I refused to give a name, but she pressed on, asking which actors I thought were cute. I felt acutely embarrassed by the question, and didn’t want to answer her, but I finally said Ethan Hawke (this was the era of Reality Bites) just to appease her, and then changed the subject. Read More
Today in silly news: Julie Baker, a Baltimore woman, got a note from her neighbor saying she needed to tone down her decorations because her “yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay!” (She had rainbow solar lights in her yard.) Baker had the proper reaction to this note—she set up a GoFundMe page to raise funds for more “relentlessly gay” yard decorations. Currently, she has raised over $30,000 to maker her home the gayest it can be. We’ve rounded up the top ten items you need to make your home relentlessly gay too. 1. Read More
Brian Sloan, the visionary behind the blowjob-simulating sex toy called the Autoblow 2, has done it again. He put that inventive spirit of his toward something the world really needed: a vagina beauty pageant. Finally! Autoblow Vaginal Beauty Contest from Letsgasm! on Vimeo. According to a press release for the World’s Most Beautiful Vagina Contest, competitors can win up to $5,000 if their vaginas are beautiful enough. Wow! In order to enter, participants must digitally photograph their vulvas while holding a printed-out hashtag in the frame. Read More
This Sunday, June 21, is the summer solstice, the longest stretch of daylight all year for those of us in the Northern hemisphere. Regardless of if you’re a practicing pagan or just pumped about the start of summer, the solstice is the perfect day to celebrate warmth, transition, and renewal. Shout out to 8th grade earth science for teaching me why we have seasons!  Summer solstice has a long and rich history; it’s one of the oldest holidays, since people were basically always keeping track of the sun's movements. Read More
Reddit can be a pretty a bleak place for feminists, with upvoted posts like this and this floating around. But redditors—or lurkers like me—who delve beyond the front page know there are corners of this sprawling open platform ruled by badass, empowered women. Take, for example, Reddit’s growing sex work community, where women are making bank selling adult goods and services on subreddits such as /r/pantyselling, /r/CamShow, /r/KikSnaps /r/fetishitems, and /r/Sexsells. So today I’m bringing you a few TIL dispatches from their neck of the Internet woods. Read More
Well now we know the next concert tickets you have to buy…Amy Schumer is opening for Madonna! You might not have been particularly impressed by Madonna’s latest music video—most people weren’t—but the concert is totally worth it for Schumer.  Schumer tweeted out the good news yesterday. She’ll be joining Madonna for her Rebel Heart Tour  in NYC on  the 16th, 17th, and 18th of September. Schumer also tweeted and 'grammedanadorable video of her “audition tape. Read More
  In theaters now is The Wolfpack, an extraordinary new documentary by Crystal Moselle. Winner of the 2015 Grand Jury Documentary prize at Sundance this past January, this film—produced and edited by women, and with a mostly-female crew—tells the story of the six young Angulo brothers, who were raised in New York City with little to no contact with the outside world. Paranoid the “drugs and crime” of the city would harm them, the boys’ father kept the door to their Lower East Side housing project apartment locked at all times, a ladder wedged tightly against it. Read More
We will assume you’ve finished binge-watching season three of Orange Is The New Black by now (I haven’t, so no spoilers or I’ll cry) so you must be as madly in love with Ruby Rose as we are here at BUST. In an awesome interview with Elle, Ruby Rose discusses gender fluidity and the freedom that comes with working on such a positive, female-driven TV show. Read More
Model Lauren Wasser is suing Kotex after losing her leg to TSS (Toxic Shock Syndrome). Tampons have had warnings that tampon use could lead to TSS since the 1980s, but the design and makeup of tampons hasn’t changed to reduce this risk. Basically, tampon companies have slapped on the TSS warning and ran away from liability—thanks, guys! TSS occurs when there is staphylococcus aureus bacteria (staph) that grow rapidly and release poison in the bloodstream. While TSS isn’t limited to women who use tampons, their usage has been connected to fifty percent of TSS cases. Read More
The coolest kind of grandparent is a graffiti-making grandparent—and the members of LATA 65 certainly are cool. LATA 65 was founded by Lara Rodrigues as an arts education group for seniors through WOOL Fest. Through two-day sessions, the seniors learn about graffiti; when it is done, Rodrigues takes them to the streets and they use the stencils they made to graffiti walls. Senior citizens definitely aren’t the first people you would think would be making street art. Read More