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  “If, however, your feelings have changed, I will have to tell you, you have bewitched me body and soul, and I love…I love….I love you.”— Pride and Prejudice, 2005 If you are a serious, literary-minded Jane Austen fan, it may raise your blood pressure a bit to learn that there are many people who believe the above quote was actually said by Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. Similarly, there are those who are convinced that the famous scene where Darcy leaps into the lake at Pemberley...
A little bit of good news to brighten your social media feed—the new Bollywood movie Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga (How I Felt When I Saw that Girl) is now “the first mainstream, star-studded blockbuster about a family coming to terms with their daughter loving another woman" in India, reports The Guardian.  The film was released in cinemas this past Friday. It stars father-daughter duo (in their first onscreen appearance together) Sonam Kapoor and Anil Kapoor. Anil Kapoor plays the father of Sonam Kapoor’s character,...
2 Dope Queens the podcast may be over, but 2 Dope Queens the standup special series is back, with four new episodes premiering on HBO on February 8. Hosts Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson return for four themed episodes—"Fashion," "Nostalgia," "Music," and "Hair." In each episode, the 2 Dope Queens interview celebrity guests—including Lupita Nyong'o, Daniel Radcliffe, Janet Mock, Lizzo, and Keegan-Michael Key—and learn a few things from them, like braiding from Lupita Nyong'o, wand-waving from Daniel Radcliffe, and flute-playing from Lizzo. Each episode also...
If you’re like us, you were less than thrilled when it was announced that Maroon 5 was going to be the halftime show at this year’s Super Bowl. The announcement came as somewhat of a surprise, with many viewing it as a diss to Atlanta’s musical history. However, reports soon emerged that many artists, like Rihanna and Pink, were originally asked to perform instead, but said no in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and the treatment he has received from the NFL. The show itself was disappointing (and...
During an appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, actress Ellen Page made a passionate statement regarding the hatred and suffering perpetuated by the Trump/Pence Administration. Colbert congratulated her on the one year anniversary of her marriage to dancer/choreographer Emma Portner, which lead to a discussion on the slow progress of LGBTQ issues in Hollywood. Page grew emotional as she recalled the homophobia and misogyny she experienced throughout her career and emphasized the power of combatting isolation by finding community. The two went on to...
  In late 2015, news broke over Twitter that James Deen, a porn star who had staked his fame on his “feminist sweetheart” persona in countless adult films, was accused of rape by his ex-girlfriend and frequent costar, Stoya. Stoya’s accusation came out via a tweet, and was followed by two other women who came forward with sexual and physical assault claims against Deen. Eventually, nine women came forward to say that Deen had harassed, abused, assaulted, or raped them. Despite his denial of all accusations, Deen...
TINY RUINSOlympic Girls(Ba Da Bing Records) On Tiny Ruins’ third release, Hollie Fullbrook returns with complex and cryptic lyrics, touching and emotional vocals, and intricate guitar work. Fullbrook eschews a tight, predictable pop structure in favor of songs that change sound and mood during their duration, never meandering and always captivating. Lyrically, she often conveys idealism contrasted with cynicism.  On the title track, she seems to contemplate female empowerment and revolution, noting progress but also the journey ahead by singing, “We were only inches away/Still have a...
GIRLPOOLWhat Chaos Is Imaginary(ANTI-Records) Girlpool’s Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have always been in perfectly imperfect harmony with one another. So much so, that on their first two albums, the BFFs-since-high-school’s voices were often hard to tell apart through all the charming dissonance. With What Chaos Is Imaginary, they’ve both discovered their own voices, and together have found a new sound that’s more refined yet as earnest as ever. Tucker, who uses they/them pronouns, has gone through a transition, which they prefer to call a “gender...
  The second month of the year is here, and that means we're looking forward to new books! Here, we've picked the books by women coming out this month that we're most looking forward to reading.   The Hundred Wells of Salaga by Ayesha Harruna Attah (February 5) Ayesha Harruna Attah's third novel explores the history of pre-colonial Ghana through two young women, Aminah and Wurche.   Notes From A Black Woman's Diary by Kathleen Collins (February 5) Writer and filmmaker Kathleen Collins' work was little-known in her lifetime—she died at the...

Happy February! While you're inside hiding from the snow and cold, enjoy our picks for the best in feminist-friendly pop culture this week, including Natasha Lyonne's new TV series Russian Doll, new music from Girlpool, and The Collected Schizophrenias by Esmé Weijun Wang.  PODCASTS Poptarts: Feminist Folklore The hosts of the podcast Feminist Folklore join BUST editors Callie and Emily on the latest episode of our podcast Poptarts. Listen here or on iTunes.  MOVIES Miss Bala Gina Rodriguez stars as a makeup artist who has to take down a drug cartel...