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Britney Young first kicked ass and stole hearts when we met her last summer as Carmen “Machu Picchu” Wade in Netflix’s GLOW—and now, she’s back for the show’s second season, which she describes as even “bigger and better.” “So many of the girls get deeper storylines,” Young told BUST. “Everyone just shines brighter. The producers definitely play to all of our strengths, and I think that’s something that’s very rare.” If you aren’t familiar with GLOW, you definitely should be. The show, based on the ’80s syndicated women’s...
  Most of us are familiar with comics such as Archie or Peanuts, but not everyone is familiar with the graphic novel -- the longer form medium that uses illustration and writing to tell a more involved narrative. While comics have emerged as early as the mid-19th century, the drawn novel only rose to public reception beginning in the mid-1960s. Since then, many works have garnered cult adoration, such as Art Spiegelman's 1986 Maus, an account of the athour's father's experiences as a Jewish person in...
The new documentary Three Identical Strangers begins by recalling a heartwarming media story that was “viral before there was viral”: In 1980, 19-year-old Bobby went to his first day at Sullivan County Community College and encountered countless people greeting him as “Eddy”—girls even kissed him on the lips. And then someone filled him in: Bobby looked EXACTLY ALIKE this Eddy. Bobby called Eddy and found out that they shared the same birthday and were both adopted from the same adoption agency: Louise Wise. They were...
Happy Fourth of July, BUSTies! While you might not feel much like celebrating the United States right now, at least you might get a day or two off from work? Here are our feminist-friendly pop culture picks for the week ahead.  MOVIES Leave No Trace  Director Debra Granik’s (Winter’s Bone) latest movie, Leave No Trace, “paints a heartbreaking portrait of a father-daughter duo who live off the grid in an urban Portland forest,” writes BUST. Out Friday, June 29. Read our review here and subscribe to our...
Leave No Trace paints a heartbreaking portrait of a father-daughter duo who live off the grid in an urban Portland forest. The father, Will (Ben Foster), suffers from PTSD and a fundamental lack of trust in civil society; he has raised his daughter, Thom (Thomasin McKenzie) to feel the same. Their woodland routine is idyllic: they forage for mushrooms, gather water in a tarp, and play chess under the eaves of canvas. But when a moment’s mistake brings them into contact with the real world—a...
The wild world of female wrestling isn’t always thought of as a feminist frontier, but the Netflix series GLOW (returning June 29) has been as much a source of empowerment for its stars as it has for fans. This is especially true for 31-year-old New York native Betty Gilpin, who plays soap-opera-actress-turned-wrestler Debbie Eagan on the show. “Being on GLOW, particularly coinciding with [the #MeToo movement], feels like a rehab, workshop, feminist camp,” she says. “I’ve wasted so much time on sets trying to get...
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...
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...