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"Boundaries" Chooses Quirkiness Over Depth Or Humor

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Jun 22, 2018

The opening scene of Boundaries (out June 22), written and directed by Shana Feste, shows lead character Laura (Vera Farmiga) discussing, appropriately, her difficulty setting boundaries with her father during a therapy session. In the midst of their discussion, a kitten peeks its head out of Laura’s purse, leading Laura’s therapist to scold her about breaking her promise to stop adopting animals for one month. The scene sets the tone for the movie: serious mental health problems are played as adorable quirks, whether… Read more
Puberty. We’ve all been there. And it hasn’t always been pretty. (For me, it involved years battling with hormonal acne, much grieving over the many beloved pairs of shorts lay to ruin because of Aunt Flow’s ill-timed visits, and the overwhelming realization that the smell I had been trying to ferret out was, in fact, just me). Luckily, the next generation may be a little more #blessed when their metamorphosis rolls around. Enter: BLUME, the first subscription-based line of self-care products curated specifically for… Read more

Why Amber Tamblyn Wrote A Novel About A Female Serial Rapist

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jun 22, 2018

“The feminist I am today is cumulative,” Amber Tamblyn tells me. “It’s been a result of so many unfair experiences, across a lifetime, that I wouldn’t even know where to begin.” For many, Tamblyn has always been a part of the pop culture landscape. From her tween years starring on General Hospital, to her teenage turn on the the beloved TV series Joan of Arcadia, to her portrayal of feisty Tibby in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movies in her early 20s, Tamblyn has been a familiar face for decades.But in the… Read more

We Still Don't Know Where The Detained Migrant Girls Are

By Lydia Wang  In Feminism  On Jun 22, 2018

In early May, Jeff Sessions announced the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” for immigrants seeking asylum. A month later, officials with the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that 1,995 children had been separated from their families at the border, a number that continued to increase to over 2,300 just the next week. A group of journalists visited one of the all-male facilities in Brownsville, T.X. on June 13, and since the visit, the pictures have gone viral: creepy Trump murals, children in… Read more
Satan may not be psyched about this, but most Satanists don’t believe in him. Despite what we know from metal lyrics, South Park, and B-horror flicks, the concept of a cloven-hoofed red guy with horns demanding worship and blood sacrifice from his followers doesn’t really resonate with the modern Satanist. You know what does? Feminism, reproductive rights, animal welfare, and political activism. So, what is Satanism? If your image of Lucifer is a bald guy with a goatee, you are thinking of Anton LaVey, who founded the… Read more

Week Of Women: June 22-28, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jun 21, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a new album from Beyoncé and Jay Z, an indie comedy called Izzy Gets The Fuck Across Town, the return of the Great British Bake-Off, and more. MOVIES Izzy Gets The Fuck Across Town Mackenzie Davis stars in this indie comedy directed by Christian Papierniak about a “riot grrrl rocker and shameless hot mess” who goes on a quest across Los Angeles to break up her ex-boyfriend and ex-best friend’s engagement party. Carrie Coon, Alia Shawkat, and Lakeith Stanfield… Read more
Trump Administration reps say there is not yet a clear plan on how to reunite the thousands of families separated at the border following the zero-tolerance policy criminally prosecuting anyone caught entering the U.S. illegally, largely due to a lack of documentation and accurate record-keeping. Read more at PBS. The Barbershop Harmony Society Will Allow Women To Join After 80 Years Initially an all-male, all-white organization at its inception in 1938, leading barbershop singing group the Barbershop Harmony Society… Read more

"My Baby, My Baby"

By It's Not Personal  In Living  On Jun 21, 2018

A part of me has always believed I could only be my best self in love. Boundless, gut-wrenching, tear-jerking love. I can’t stop chasing it, no matter what I do. That desire is always there; a little voice telling me that I’ll reach my true potential when I find the right person, my other half. It’s not that I was unloved as child. My parents divorced when I was ten years old, but I’ve always felt their love. My mother, a July 4th baby, a Cancer crab, has always showered me and my brother with affection. My father took… Read more
No matter how hard we try to fight it, we all love to indulge in a little gossip from time to time. Whether we’re dishing out some office dirt to our cubicle-mates or losing ourselves in an E! News segment about Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s lightning-fast engagement, a little drama can help break up the monotony of our everyday lives, not to mention distract us from the fact that the world’s on fire. Even if you think you’re immune to it’s siren call, you know you’ve picked up a copy of Us Weekly in the waiting… Read more
The turning of the seasons is a great time to start a new routine, and we want to help elevate your routine into a ritual. We have partnered with indie beauty brand Element Botanicals to offer you the chance to win a year’s supply of their natural aromatherapy-spiked, botanically-charged goods, plus a gorgeous limited-edition Solstice Perfume (above) that will help take your self-care game to the next level. One lucky winner will win a $200 shop credit for the Element Botanicals webshop, as well as a delicate Solstice… Read more
To celebrate BUST's 25th anniversary, we're bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here's our interview with Rosario Dawson from our August/September 2007 Fashion & Music issue. Screen siren Rosario Dawson has spent the last 13 years transforming a chance encounter into a career chock-full of roles that keep women riveted. Here, she opens up about movies, her mom, and standing by the choices she makes. Rosario Dawson is so naturally dynamic that she landed her first feature role in the movie Kids at the… Read more

These 3 New Books Give Us An Inside Look At Women In Showbiz

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Jun 20, 2018

From our June/July 2018 print issue, we're bringing you a sidebar on three new books about women fighting the good fight in the showbiz trenches. Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy Edited by Linda Mizejewski and Victoria Sturtevant(University of Texas Press) Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy is here to meet all your funny female deep-read needs. While it’s an academic text chock full of thoughtful essays, this hefty volume is also a juicy read for those who love the many ways female comics use their art to… Read more
We are giving away a pair of general admission tickets to Planned Parenthood’s Summer, Sex & Spirits Event at Second Floor NYC. The event features Mike Hot-Pence (a Mike Pence impersonator who raise awareness and money for varying organizations including the Trevor Project), The Self-Portrait Project (a photo-based, interactive archive project whose mission is to empower people in the creation and curation of their own images), live performances, open bar all night, music by Hudson Horns, naughty balloon art by… Read more

6 Ways To Celebrate The Summer Solstice

By Alex Vasquez  In Living  On Jun 20, 2018

The summer solstice starts tomorrow, marking the longest period of daylight and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere as Earth reaches its maximum axial tilt toward the sun. Also referred to as Midsummer or often by Wiccans and other Pagan groups as Litha, the summer solstice has been celebrated since the Stone Age as a time of transition, renewal and warding off demons. However deeply your beliefs in the spiritual may run, everyone can enjoy this tipping point of the astronomical summer in several… Read more
If you are horrified by the news of families being separated at the border: good, you should be. If you are not horrified, you must be misinformed or not paying attention. Understanding and spreading the correct information is one of the first ways you can start to help. The Trump administration is telling people that families are being torn apart due to a law put in place by Democrats and they are simply “following orders.” This is fake news. But does it sound familiar? Maybe that's because that was the excuse used… Read more
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that the state will file a lawsuit against the Trump Administration for separating families at the border. At the time of the announcement, over 70 immigrant children had been placed in at least 10 federal shelters across New York. “The Trump Administration’s policy to tear apart families is a moral failing and a human tragedy. We will not tolerate the Constitutional rights of children and their parents being violated by our federal government,” Cuomo said in a… Read more

14 Ways To Represent Pride At Your Queer Wedding

By Emma Murphy  In Style  On Jun 20, 2018

I don’t know about you, but during Pride Month, my Facebook feed is always filled with stories of romantic proposals and pictures of engagement rings from my queer friends and family, and even pictures from their weddings. And if you think about it, Pride and weddings go together perfectly. What better way to be out and proud than to marry your partner in front of all of your friends and family? Especially during a month that many of us spend celebrating how far we’ve come (marriage equality ftw!) and looking ahead to… Read more
During the mid-nineteenth century, Empress Eugénie of France was the undisputed arbiter of Victorian fashion. When she appeared at a Paris theatre in 1853 with her fair hair dusted in glittering silver powder, the fashionable world sat up and took notice. Ladies—from the upper echelons of the haut ton to the minor ranks of country gentry—were quick to imitate her and it was not long before perfumers, like Eugène Rimmel of London, began advertising glittering hair powder for the masses “as worn by the Empress Eugénie… Read more

Viola Davis Takes On The Judicial System With "The Last Defense"

By Erica Commisso  In TV  On Jun 19, 2018

As How To Get Away With Murder’s Annalise Keating, we’ve seen Viola Davis do a lot of things to get herself out of trouble. But on The Last Defense, she’s using her power to get someone else out of it. Darlie Routier is one of only six women on death row in Texas, convicted of a horrible crime: the brutal murder of her five-year-old son, Damon, in June 1996. Her six-year-old son, Devon, was also killed, but Darlie wasn’t tried for it—prosecutors wanted to leave the option of a second indictment open, in case the first… Read more
Spearheaded by San Diego comedians Jaleesa Johnson, Jordan Coburn & AG (an anonymous veteran with a doctorate in public policy, working in Trump’s executive branch), Mueller, She Wrote is a podcast set to focus on the Mueller investigation. The female-owned & operated podcast has been catching the attention of listeners by combining comedy and journalism. We talked with AG to get the scoop on the reactions to the podcast. So what in particular inspired you ladies to choose this case? The week the first indictments… Read more
With so many wonderful vegan ice creams on the shelves, why bother making it? Well, there’s still nothing finer than eating your own made-to-order frozen goodness, created with ultra-fresh homemade almond cream, especially since you can make delicious uncommon flavors by adding just a few ingredients. (You do need an ice-cream maker, though.) Here’s my dairy-free spin on some New England favorites: Grape-Nuts (yup, the cereal) ice cream, which has a soft crunch and malty notes; Rhode Island–style coffee milk ice cream;… Read more

We Need To #KeepFamiliesTogether: Link Roundup

By Lydia Wang  In Feminism  On Jun 19, 2018

Today, New York Representative Jerrold Nadler is introducing the Keep Families Together Act, the companion to a Senate bill calling to end the separation of migrant families. Like the Senate’s bill, this one also mandates that border control officials complete child welfare training and that the Department of Homeland Security put measures into place to reunite separated families. A new idea the bill introduces, though, is that prosecutors must delay taking action against immigrants seeking asylum. Nadler told TIME… Read more
Stenberg identifies as nonbinary and uses both she/her and they/them pronouns; she requested we use she/her pronouns when writing about her in our 2017 cover story, so we'll continue to follow her request here. In happy news this Pride month, Amandla Stenberg revealed that she identifies as gay. In an interview with fellow queer-identifying celebrity King Princess, otherwise known as Mikaela Straus, Stenberg opened up about the “profound sense of relief” that she felt when she came to the understanding that she is “not… Read more
A recording of children’s voices from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Facility has been released and it is heartbreaking. In the recording, you can hear the wails of ten children, ranging from ages 4 to 10, who have been taken from their parents at the border, ProPublica reports. The children are crying for their parents, screaming “Mami” and “Papà” while a border agent jokes that they sound like an orchestra. Over the screams of the other children, one 6-year-old girl pleads with consular representatives… Read more
"Feminist" academic Germaine Greer made the news again recently for yet another of her controversial theories, this time surrounding rape. Speaking at the Hay literary festival late last month, Greer argued that the legal system cannot cope with the “rampant numbers of rape cases,” and that offenders should serve a reduced sentence of around 200 hours community service, as well as having an “r” tattooed on their hand, arm or cheek. Dystopia much? If, like me, you happened to come across the speech, there is a good… Read more

21 New Albums to Listen To This Summer

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On Jun 19, 2018

Here are the album reviews from our June/July 2018 issue! We’re including new music from artists like Courtney Barnett, Cardi B, Remember Sports and Lily Allen. And we’ve got a Spotify playlist for you, too: COURTNEY BARNETTTell Me How You Really Feel(Mom + Pop Music) It’s about time the clouds parted and gave us a new Courtney Barnett album. The Australian songwriter’s excellent 2015 debut, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, wove nuanced, undramatic feelings into whip-smart rock songs that made… Read more
Miss Eaves’s new song “Bush for the Push” pushes you to embrace your pubic hair. The chorus goes, “What should I do with my hair down there? Trim, wax, shave, or even use Nair? Maybe rock a bush all natural. Who cares? Just dance, let it go!” Miss Eaves—who we fell in love with for her body-positive anthem "Thunder Thighs"—asserts that what you choose to do, or not do, with your pubic hair is fine, because it doesn't matter. The anthem frees women from the expectations that there is a right way for your body to look or… Read more

Even Introverts Will Love This Networking App

By BUST Magazine  In Sponsored  On Jun 18, 2018

Do you dread introducing yourself to strangers? Or prefer staying home in your jammies instead of making awkward small talk at networking events? We feel you. Even the most outgoing extroverts feel exhausted after a night of working a room. But meeting new people is incredibly important for moving your career forward, building connections in your city, and personal growth into the awesome human you are. That’s why the team Shapr, the free networking app, is making it easier than ever to connect to professionals near… Read more
The Hollywood Reporter just named Amy Poehler one of the most powerful people in comedy. THR wanted each candidate to participate in a light Q&A to appear alongside their comedy creds. Many candidates replied with the expected type of answers—but not Amy Poehler. Poehler utilized this opportunity to speak out about important issues. She touched upon environmental issues, Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, and gun safety. My most memorable heckler: Who cares? The whole world is on fire. Dream product… Read more
At the end of their London concert during their On the Run II World Tour, Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped their first collaborative album on TIDAL (and as of this morning, it's now on Spotify too). Collective screaming ensued all across the world. Read more at Vulture. The U.S. Government is Keeping Immigrant Children in Cages Lawmakers were given a look inside the US Border Patrol’s holding facilities for immigrant children and many are criticizing the centers for their inhumanity. Children, many of whom are separated from… Read more
From June 18th until November 24th, Neptune, the planet of illusions and dreams, will be moving backwards. As Neptune glides backwards during its retrograde season, be prepared to have the wool that was once pulled over your eyes suddenly lifted, and to see situations and people with stark clarity. Neptune is called “the divine discontent,” which refers to the dreamy fogginess that Neptunian aspects bring to our lives. While our senses may be heightened, as in a dream, it’s easy to get lost in the fog of our headspace,… Read more
Pride Month is upon us, and with it comes a bunch of fabulous ways to celebrate your individuality, including a dope party hosted by BUST, Ace Hotel New York, and The John Dory Oyster Bar in New York. The John Dory Oyster Bar located inside the Ace Hotel (20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001), and conveniently happens to be on the same street (W 29th ) this year's Pride march wraps at 3 pm on June 24th. The sunny venue is the perfect place to fuel up on food specials and party 'till the sun goes down. DJ Gooddroid The… Read more
Okay, hands up: who has ever been ill? Everyone, right? So then, you’ll know that food can be a godsend when you’re under the weather. Maybe it's a bowl of soup, maybe it’s your Granny’s homemade stew, maybe it's a mammoth tub of ice cream. One thing's for sure, the saying's true: chicken soup (or whatever your sick day fix) is good for the soul. But, just where did this food-for-feeling-better idea come from? MAY WE PRESENT...MS. FANNIE FARMER! (YES OKAY, WE KNOW…NOW LET'S ALL BE GROWN-UPS AND GET OVER THE NAME.)… Read more
From Michelle Wolf to Samantha Bee, female comedians have been grabbing headlines lately for their pointed commentary on our current administration. But do they ever go too far? And what about the one notable exception—Roseanne Barr? To help us sort out our complicated feelings on this episode of the Poptarts podcast is veteran standup and Daily Show co-founder Lizz Winstead, whose personal experiences and insider intel should not be missed! About: BUST's Poptartsis a twice-monthly podcast hosted by BUST Magazine… Read more
Jamie Foxx was recently accused of hitting a woman in the face with his penis in 2002. His lawyers are arguing that it does not count as sexual assault because it occured in Nevada, where the legal definition of sexual assault is limited to “penetration.” Read more at BuzzFeed. Chloe Dykstra Accuses Chris Hardwick Of Sexual Abuse Chloe Dykstra wrote an essay entitled “Rose Colored Glasses: A Confession” about her ex-boyfriend putting her through long-term abuse and career blacklisting. Although she did not name him in… Read more
Once again being the celebrity family of our dreams, Chrissy Teigen and John Legend pledged $72,000 for each of their four family members to the ACLU in honor of President Trump’s 72nd birthday yesterday. The model, chef and host of Lip Sync Battle posted a note on Twitter stating that she and her Grammy-award winning husband were motivated to act after learning about the “horror stories” of immigrant parents and children being separated at the border, People reports. via Twitter/Chrissy Teigen Calling out the… Read more

With "This Is America," Donald Glover Forgets Black Women—Again

By Jaylin Mitchell  In Music  On Jun 15, 2018

Childish Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, recently released a video for his new single “This is America.” The song revealed many hideous truths about America and the part black people often play in it. The video featured a variety of symbolism and themes including (but not limited to): gun control, minstrel shows, police brutality, protests, capitalism, marijuana, and the death and birth of a corrupt nation. But even with the dizzying array of issues Glover managed to include, I was still left longing to see… Read more
For her directorial debut, actor Lea Thompson made The Year of Spectacular Men a family affair. The film follows Izzy, played by Thompson’s oldest daughter Madelyn Deutch, as she awkwardly navigates her first year out of college. Alongside Izzy is her seemingly more mature younger sister Sabrina, who also happens to be Madelyn’s real-life sister, Zoey Deutch. As Izzy jumps from month to month, romance to romance, and rides the waves of emotional and physical uncertainty that often overwhelm 20-somethings, she’s forced… Read more

Tina Fey, Just Before "Mean Girls": From The BUST Archives

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On Jun 15, 2018

As we get closer to BUST's 25th anniversary this July, we're bringing some of our favorite pieces from the past online. In Spring 2004, Tina Fey appeared on our cover—an experience she later recalled in Bossypants, writing, “Feminists do the best Photoshop, because they leave the meat on your bones. They don’t change your size or your skin color. They leave your disgusting knuckles, but they take out some armpit stubble. Not because they’re denying its existence, but because they understand that it’s okay to make a… Read more
Years before Kandinsky and Mondrian, Swedish painter Hilma af Klint created some of the world’s first abstract paintings—then hid them away for decades History is written—and then it is revised to make space for those who have gone underground, been misrepresented, erased, or otherwise marginalized. The past continuously speaks to the present and to the future through the artifacts it leaves behind. Such is the case with Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944), a pioneer in the field of abstraction who… Read more

Week Of Women: June 15-21, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On Jun 14, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the long-awaited Incredibles 2; the return of Queer Eye (with women included for the first time!); and new music from Awkwafina. MOVIES The Incredibles 2 The Incredibles gets a sequel 14 years in the making, and this time the focus is on Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), who is selected to be the public face of superheros for a publicity campaign. Out Friday, June 15. Lust Stories This Indian anthology film features four short films about love and lust, each with a woman… Read more

There Is So Much To Celebrate At This Year's Color Me Bushwick

By Janeth Gonda  In Music  On Jun 14, 2018

The New York music scene is full of an extremely eclectic and never-ending variety of genres, artists, and venues—and each has their own sense of community. The Brooklyn DIY community is no exception. All of the bands and bills are all so integrated that you find strangers who have become friends, and friends who have become family. The We Color Live and Pickthorn team, led by Jocelyn Simone and Chelsey Pickthorn, are extremely active and a large part of the punk rock garage music scene in Brooklyn. They continuously… Read more
Last night at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, Brie Larson spoke out about a need for more prominent film critics who aren’t just white men. “I don’t need a 40-year-old white dude to tell me what didn’t work about A Wrinkle in Time. It wasn’t made for him,” she said. “I want to know what it meant to women of color, biracial women, to teen women of color…If you make a movie that is a love letter to women of color, there is an insanely low chance a woman of color will have a chance to see your movie and review… Read more

Eve Ensler Is Back With "The Fruit Trilogy"

By Desdemona Dallas  In Entertainment  On Jun 14, 2018

2018 has been a big year for legendary playwright Eve Ensler, who won the 2018 Lucille Lortel lifetime achievement award in May. Alongside receiving this award for her lifelong commitment to creating theater with an edge of social commentary, her new play series the Fruit Trilogy will be running until June 23rd at the Lucille Lortel Theater in New York. Since writing The Vagina Monologues in 1995, Ensler has been known in the theater and feminist spheres for bringing attention to women’s issues worldwide. She crafts… Read more
Having your period is a miserable experience—but if you’re homeless, it’s even worse. Since 2015, Chelsea VonChaz has been fighting to change that. After seeing a homeless woman bleeding on the side of a road in downtown L.A.—and learning that shelters hardly ever receive pads or tampons as donations—VonChaz started #HappyPeriod, a non-profit that mobilizes volunteers and provides hygiene products to people who need them. Once a month or so, #HappyPeriod chapters across the country collect donations and assemble small… Read more

Diablo Cody Interviewed By Jill Soloway: From The BUST Archives

By BUST Magazine  In Movies  On Jun 14, 2018

From the BUST archives, check out our August/September 2009 cover story, featuring Diablo Cody interviewed by Jill Soloway. The powerhouse screenwriter behind Juno and The United States of Tara is back this fall with a vengeance. Here, she talks with fellow Tara writer, producer, and friend Jill Soloway about her new film, Jennifer’s Body; calls out feminists for being too hard on other women; and explains why the world needs to see more size-ten ladies naked. A few years ago, a fellow writer was telling me about a… Read more
Hawaii? Who doesn’t know about Hawaii? Beaches, hula, mai tais, surfing—a sweet-paced life of simple pleasures. Pretty typical, right? It can be, but there’s so much more. On Oahu, the contradiction of exclusive golf courses and mega-hotels on the sovereign land of the Hawaiian people looms large. To have the best experience, it is important to understand that you’re a haole, a foreigner, here, and the most crucial rule to observe in this sacred, wondrous place is aloha. Aloha is the Hawaiian word for love, peace, and… Read more
Valedictorian’s Mic Is Cut After She Tries To Talk About Being Sexually Assaulted At School While delivering her valedictorian speech during Petaluma High School’s June 2nd graduation, senior Lulabel Seitz’s mic was muted mid-sentence as she began to discuss her experience of being sexually assaulted by another student, the Huffington Post reports. After realizing her mic was muted, Seitz finished her speech at the end of the stage to applauding classmates who chanted, “let her speak!” Seitz told the The Press Democrat… Read more
Indie pop sister trio HAIM have recently fired one of their booking agents in light of finding out they were paid one-tenth the amount of a male arist playing the same festival as them. They have not disclosed the name of the festival nor the name of the male artist. In an interview with Grazia magazine, they said they did not question the low wage for the festival because they were told it was a good promotional opportunity and they may end up on the radio. Alana Haim told Grazia, “That’s why I love my sisters so… Read more

Alok On Why Their Personal Style Is Political

By BUST Magazine  In Style  On Jun 13, 2018

In every print issue of BUST, we talk to a fashionista about their personal style. In our June/July 2018 issue, we talk to Brooklyn-based artist Alok (@alokvemenon). Tell me about this outfit.I designed the [“Some of my best friends are cis”] T-shirt dress with one of my friends in New Delhi. I wanted to highlight the ways people tokenize trans people. The leggings are thrifted. The platforms I found on Amazon, some generic brand; they make me feel really strong. As a trans person, I get policed for taking up space. I… Read more