For the past eight years, it has been the age of the woman in Washington state politics. The Evergreen State is not only the singular state to have a female governor and two female senators currently, it is also the only state ever to have accomplished this feat. Washington seems to be doing something right. Governor Christine Gregoire and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are doing exactly what we love here at BUST: setting goals, achieving them, and supporting other women in the process. Read More
  I have repeatedly tried to teach myself to bounce. As much as I wiggle, my ass is just not having it. Because of my own failure (and believe me, I keep trying), I can't help but be impressed by those fly few who can truly shake dat booty. Bounce enthusiasts in New York better hold onto their hot pants: a week long bounce extravaganza is taking over the city starting next Monday, April 2nd. The week of events culminates in an Easter Sunday bounce-a-thon complete with an all girl DJ lineup and an egg hunt, sponsored in part by yours truly here at BUST. Read More
The Guerrilla Girls have been raising hell in the art world for 27 years now, but despite their nearly three decades of feminist activism, not much has changed. In a conversation facilitated by Interview Magazine, the activists field questions from 21 female artists, including Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, and Miranda July. The Guerrillas bring up a famous 1989 statistic from their posters and billboards that states "Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art sections [of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York] are women, but 85% of the nudes are female. Read More
  We reminded you last Friday that International Anti-Street Harassment Week is this week. Hope you're all fighting back in whatever way suits you best: blogging, a well-placed status update, or speaking out on the streets in safe and responsible ways. Read More
Unless you live in the Twin Cities, prepare to be very jealous, indeed. This May, St. Paul will host the Girls Got Rhythm Fest, a two-night concert extravaganza featuring veritable music legend Ronnie Spector, among other acts. A pioneer in the girl rock scene since the 1960s, Spector is no stranger to the limelight. She is responsible for hits like "Be My Baby" and "Baby I Love You," which were basically written to be sung into the mirror with a hairbrush in hand. (Don't be ashamed, we've all done it.) The 5.6.7. Read More
Having a place of one's own is quite the challenge, and not only with regard to paying the bills and making sure that the couch isn't consistently covered with cat hair. On top of these basic requirements, there is also the task of making one's house a home, adding those tender touches that can really transform a living space. A perfect way to create visual interest and generate conversations for those grown-up dinner parties you've always wanted to have is by choosing some art to line the hallowed halls of your abode. Read More
Most of my daily activities require me to behave as if I'm far more mature than I actually am. Taking the subway without giggling at other peoples’ conversations or engaging in staring contests with small children: definitely a struggle. So when I stumble across something that elicits adolescent squeals of joy from my inner pre-teen, I have to share it. Enter this Tumblr: #whatshouldwecallme. A collection of gifs set to scenarios, they are spot on and hilarious. Here, just a taste of the magic that awaits:           Image source you-win-the-internet. Read More
2012 has been a tough year so far for women’s rights, and it’s only March. With legislation cropping up across the nation that seeks to limit our access to birth control and to put hurdle after hurdle between a woman and a legal abortion, it seems only fair that female legislators are turning the tables. Democrat Nina Turner of the Ohio State Senate has introduced Senate Bill 307, which aims to regulate men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra. Read More
  We've been following the growing controversy in Virginia regarding HB1, the so-called "personhood" bill, and SB 484, which requires women to undergo an invasive ultrasound if they are seeking an abortion. These pieces of legislation are drawing national attention, even in the current pervasive climate of assault on women's rights, and on Saturday, March 3 in Richmond, Virginia, citizens took to the capitol steps to protest. Read More
A trip to the movie theater usually stresses me out, and it's not just the $12 popcorn that does it. I am notoriously that movie-goer who easily gets offended by the portrayal of women onscreen. There have been some standouts lately--films like Bridesmaids and Pariah that have made me optimistic about what can be done if female writers and directors are given a voice. But the majority of movies still disappoint. Read More