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It's finally February and you know that means! Tons of loving. For that, Cult Party x BUST Magazine x Queers n Peers Variety presents: My Slutty Valentine: Up the Sluts Valentines Market at the Footlight Feb 8th 12-6! This Sex Positive, witchy market has it all: drag//burlesque shows, comedy, pansexual speed-dating, tarot readings, astrologers, raffles--all the eccentricities of Aquarius season in full force. And with a full moon in Leo, who knows what we could get into! Shows start at 4 and is donation based. Don't leave...
America’s favorite fashion doll, Barbie, just made major strides on the road to representation and inclusivity. That’s right, creators of the iconic doll, Mattel Inc. just announced that their 2020 Fashionista’s line will feature a whole new array of diverse and body-positive dolls. This line will feature bald Barbies, dolls with vitiligo and prosthetic limbs, a Barbie in a wheelchair and a Ken doll with long luxurious hair, just to name a few. While the blond bombshell herself has been serving looks since as early as...
THERE ARE FOUR phases that make up the menstrual cycle (which lasts an average of 28 days), each with a different purpose. Each phase supports the one that follows, and in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which I practice as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, herbs are believed to be warming or cooling, and can also be used to move qi (the body’s life force). Here are some of my favorite herbs* for each phase of the menstrual sycle. By honoring each part of the whole...
Two minds are better than one, and four minds are better than two. This is one of the Aquarian mantras. We shoot lightning-quick into the future perfect when we put our heads together and operate as a mind-meld, one collective Aquarian unit. Along the same lines as this, and on the heels of MLK day, is the idea that we need to walk together – to do it for love and to define love as something having to do not only with personal feelings but...
Scrolling through Instagram can be tiresome when your feed seems to be made up of posts about the latest depressing news stories, memes you’ve seen 1,000 times and selfies of random people you went to high school with. Luckily, if you search hard enough, there are dozens of kick-ass feminist artists whose daily posts are the perfect thing to add a little fire to your feed. In fact, BUST has even featured the artwork of a number of incredible feminist illustrators who share their work...
The travel industry mostly promotes influencers of the non-melinated variety (aka white people). But thankfully, YouTube has given people of color a platform to promote globetrotting reportage for us, and by us. Here are five of our fave female travel vloggers of color sure to give you wanderlust. GrrrlTraveler With a focus on solo female travel and food, Christine Kaaloa aims to inspire women of all ages to find their travel sweet spot. Kaaloa films and blogs around Asia and various other parts of the...
Tomorrow, January 18, is the fourth annual Women’s March in Washington D.C. Around the country, people are marching to display support for women and minorities and resistance against President Trump at sister marches. The principles and mission of the Women’s March are to support, enact change, provide intersectional education on a wide range of issues, and dismantle systems of injustice through nonviolent means. Protestors will meet at Freedom Tower for line up at 10 AM, and the march will kick off at 11 AM following the...
Meet Liz Tortolani, 43, the founder of cityWell in Gowanus, Brooklyn. CityWell, a boutique bathhouse fully equipped with two outdoor cedar saunas that can hold up to 12 people, an outdoor hot tub, indoor eucalyptus steam and showers, has been open for four years and is a woman-owned and -run business. CityWell is “bathhouse” in the purest sense of the word: a literal house converted into a beautiful, safe, and inclusive wellness sanctuary. Tortolani, a massage therapist for over 20 years, had moved to New York...
  Any Way You Slice It WE’RE WAY DEEP into pumpkin-flavored-everything season, but there’s ultimately no substitute for digging into an actual slice of this timeless dessert. Now’s the time, however, to bypass the tired “pumpkin spice” routine for something more stimulating. Aromatic garam masala is an ancient Indian blend of sweet and savory spices: the necessary cinnamon, nutmeg or mace, and cloves, plus unexpected and zesty extras like coriander, cardamom, cumin, curry leaf, and black pepper. This creamy, luscious dessert will be right at home in...
Our 16-year-old lord and savior Greta Thunberg has just been named TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year for her amazing work traveling the world and spreading the word about the effects of climate change and how to prevent them. Although this is a huge honor, I’m sure Thunberg isn’t too excited about the amount of paper that’s going to be used to put her face on TIME’s cover. And when told about her new title, Thunberg said she was grateful for it, but wished she...