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Sex and the City has been widely dismissed and derided, for reasons both valid and deeply misogynistic. When the show first came out in the late '90s, I rolled my eyes along with the rest of our culture. I was a high school student whose main interests were art club and Ani DiFranco—what could these Gucci bag-carrying, shoes- and men-obsessed women possibly have to do with me? Then I entered my twenties, went through several hard breakups, and moved across the country alone, and slowly...
The Slits were the first all-female rock band originating from the mid-1970s punk scene in London. They combined punk thrash with reggae rhythms, forming a new post-punk sound. Their debut album, Cut, had cover art featuring band members Ari Up, Tessa Pollitt, and Viv Albertine topless and covered in mud. They were provocative, outrageous, and having fun—they were not manufactured by some male record executive. A new documentary directed by Wiliam E. Bagley, Here To Be Heard: The Story Of The Slits, tells their story. In the documentary,...
We're bringing some of our favorite BUST articles from the past online as we prepare to celebrate our 25th anniversary. Here's our Oct/Nov 2012 cover story with Aubrey Plaza. Actress Aubrey Plaza’s naturally deadpan personality is so entertaining, the role of April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation was based entirely on her dry wit and trademark sullen stare. Here, the up-and-coming Hollywood hotshot opens up about funny women, famous feminists, and facing death “What’s my cover line gonna say?” Aubrey Plaza asks as we walk down a sun-drenched...
On Monday,The London Times reported that the popular ride-sharing app Uber has investigated over 2,500 drivers in London for offenses including sexual assault and stalking—and apps like Uber and Lyft are notoriously dangerous for female drivers, too. The new appropriately-titled app Safr, which will be available in Boston, Orlando, and Washington, D.C. this fall, offers a better, alternative option. Safr, built with female riders and drivers in mind, uses a myriad of tactics to ensure secure rides for everyone in the car, including an emergency SOS button and...
Note: For those of you who are still catching up on the Handmaid's Tale Season 2, this story contains spoilers for episode 10, “The Last Ceremony" (aired June 20). In its most gut-wrenching episode to date, The Handmaid’s Tale presents a harrowing plotline that feels less like a fictional dystopia and more like this week’s news. While we’ve come to expect deeply traumatic content from this series, the horror of this particular episode was amplified by its resonance with stories of immigrant family separation currently dominating headlines. As...