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“When you touch me, I die / Just a little inside  I wonder if this could be love / This could be love / Because you’re out of this world / Galaxy, space, and time / I wonder if this could be" — "Venus" by Lady Gaga  Birthed from sea foam, after Saturn defeated his father Caelus to rule the sky when his blood and semen dropped into the waters after Saturn castrated him. Emerging from the waves, in full adult female form, Venus’s beauty could...
In October of 1886, at the Marlborough Street Police Court in London, a young woman dressed in boy’s clothing was charged with stealing from her employer. Her name was Lois Schwich (sometimes spelled Schwick). She was twenty-one years old and had been wearing male attire since the age of seventeen. According to a October 29, 1886 report in the Herts & Cambs Reporter & Royston Crow: “[Miss Schwich] had made every effort to obtain employment as a girl but had failed, and in desperation to support her...

The same night I met her, I sent a screenshot of Hayley Kiyoko’s “Girls Like Girls” video to my best friend. “This will never be me,” I said. I was in Snowdonia, a mountainous region in rural Wales, on an “adventure weekend” retreat for my study abroad program. I’d spent the day in a slate mine that had been converted to the world’s largest cavern trampoline. The only thing to do that night was a dance party in the hotel basement. I was ignoring a...
Women are totally owning the spotlight. Since the first Women’s March in 2017, people have been speaking up more and more about the injustices and inequality women face on a daily basis. With the help of social media, pussy hats, and numerous bills being introduced to protect women's rights and close the gender wage gap, people are actually listening. It's the perfect time to own your power and make some serious moves to show the world how badass you are.  At the BUST School for Creative Living, we...
Recently, I attended a talk given by Barbara Lipska, "the neuroscientist who lost her mind." A few years ago, Lipska started exhibiting symptoms of schizophrenia (coincidentally the disease she studied) after she developed multiple brain tumors. During this period of madness, she had intense paranoia and rejected her family’s efforts to help her get well, snapping at them and insinuating that they were trying to harm or kill her. In one instance she exploded at her toddler grandson after he bumped into her. Miraculously, Lipska...
When considering dog folklore, we generally think of those stories which feature the Grimm, the Gytrash, or other sinister black dogs roaming the moors in the North of England. But there is more to canine folklore than the ominous black dogs of legend. Companion dogs, such as pugs and corgis, have their place in dog folklore as well. In Wales, for example, Pembroke Welsh corgis were once believed to have originated with the fairy folk. According to legend, a Welsh farmer’s children found two corgi puppies...
I don’t have a green thumb. But one year, I tried my hand at planting herbs on my roof. They all lived—it was a miracle! What I hadn’t planned on were the pretty flowers they sprouted in late spring and summer. Turns out, they’re also yummy. Just about all herb flowers are edible, and one of the most fragrant and delicious is lavender. We are definitely in a cocktail craze these days (it probably has something to do with the state of our country), so use...
Here's why you need to be in Harlem, NYC, this week: to give back to the community and receive a free BUST magazine issue, obviously! The “Women’s Drive: NYC Tour, an initiative dedicated to providing basic hygiene products to women in need throughout New York City, kicked off this past Sunday and we are more than excited! The drive was created by Essence Beaute (@EssenceBeaute), a start-up digital content brand that aims to support, empower, and provide equal media representation for all women. EB was founded by...
Frida Kahlo’s Family Keeps “Frida Barbie” Off Mexico’s Shelves A Mexican court ruled last Friday that the family of deceased artist Frida Kahlo owned the sole rights to Frida’s image, and that they could prohibit the sale of Mattel’s Frida Barbie in Mexico. The family had previously expressed their anger at the way Mattel had rendered Kahlo's image, criticizing the doll’s light skin, thin body, and the absence of Frida’s famous unibrow. They now hope to bring their suit to the United States. Read the full...
Toking Care of Business If you live in California, you can purchase any of the Golden State-produced items shown here. Outside of Cali, you’re limited to those that only contain CBD, a cannabis derivative with medicinal properties that won’t get you stoned. Hopefully, we’ll soon all be living in weed-friendly states. Until then, here’s a preview of the future of cannabis products.   Pot-Tarts  Available in Strawberry Rose and Cherry Almond, these tasty, vegan, gluten-free treats use a 1:1 ratio of CBD:THC to help curb chronic pain. Mini Toaster...