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Spring has sprung here at BUST and innovators are all over our new April/May issue, starting with our boundary-breaking cover goddess, Solange! (Take a sneak peek at the cover story here.) Inside, we’ve got a crash course in how our government works; a revealing peek inside the dangerous world of female social justice detectives; a celebration of feminist art icon Carolee Schneemann; an intriguing investigation of how abortion has been portrayed on film; and more.





Table of Contents Apr/May 2017

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ON THE COVER: Solange Shot in N.Y.C. By Nadya Wasylko; Styling by Peju Famojure; Makeup by Tracy Alfajora @ Jed Root; Hair by Amy Farid @ Honey Artists; Nails by Miss Pop; Dress by Three as Four.


Turning the Tables

A Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/producer/activist and fashion icon with a LOT to say, Solange is exactly the kind of star we’ve been waiting for. By Jamia Wilson

Politically Correct

During these troubled times, we could all use a crash course in Civics 101. By Elizabeth King

Body of Work

Feminist art pioneer Carolee Schneemann looks back on over 50 years of breaking rules and blazing her own trail. By Miss Rosen

Great Expectations

A cultural history of abortion on the big screen, from Dirty Dancing to Grandma. By Marisa Crawford

Desperately Seeking Social Justice

Meet three brave women who use detective work to expose dark money, border injustice, and hate groups. By Ian Allen

California Girls

Seaside styles straight from the Venice Beach boardwalk. Photographed by Kat Borchart, Styled by Alison Lewis

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Photos: Kat Borchart (spring fashion); Michael Lavine (Jon Glaser); Embroidery: Britt Hutchinson


  • Cabaret cutup Bridget Everett brings down the house; Afghan graffiti queen Shamsia Hassani; My Favorite Murder will be your favorite podcast; and more.
  • The Hotness: Freshly baked pop culture buns. By Emily Rems
  • Boy du Jour: From Parks & Rec to Girls to Inside Amy Schumer, Jon Glaser is the dude on all our fave lady shows.
  • Bra-ometer: Feminist news at a glance. By Solange Castellar
  • Museum of Femoribilia: Maidenform’s ads were the stuff that dreams are made of. By Lynn Peril
  • Pop Quiz: We sure do miss ya, Carrie Fisher. By Lynn Peril


  • Craft an out-of-this-world lunar wall hanging; invite the girls over for some D&D; turn tarot into a self-care practice; and more.
  • Eat Me: Next level avocado toast. By Chef Rossi
  • You Go, Girl: Soak up the romance of Lyon, France. By Lisa Butterworth


  • Style advice from clothing designer Hana Tajima; shine on with glitter makeup; advanced ear piercing; and more.
  • Good Stuff: Garden party pieces for the great outdoors. By Stephanie J.
  • Booty Call: Don’t call it a comeback, bodysuits are eternal. By Callie Watts


  • Music: Reviews; plus Alynda Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff!
  • Movies: The Colossal Zookeeper’s Wife decided to Paint it Black.
  • Books: Reviews; plus plus too many drugs.


  • “Cannasexuality” brings bud into bed; and more.
  • Questions for the Queen: Hands-on girls and hands-off boys. By Dr. Carol Queen
  • One-Handed Read: Car Service. By Callie Little
  • Whore-O-Scopes: Hey baby, what’s your sign? By Jonna Bond


  • Party Pix: Sweet snaps from the Women’s March on Washington!
  • X Games: Truth be Told. By Tracy Bennett
  • The Last Laugh: Making a prom dress mess By Esther Pearl Watson

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