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Growing up girl in America is tough. We are simultaneously told to be vigilant keepers of our sacred virginity and also to be ready to whip off our tops if the Girls Gone Wild camera crew shows up on spring break. We are deemed to possess a priceless, powerful, can't-get-it-back-after-you-lose-it gift from the big guy upstairs, but we're expected to cheat the system a little, too. The virgin/whore dichotomy is such old news that won't die. Therese Shechter's new documentary How to Lose Your Virginity attempts...
  Seventh grade isn't a great time for anyone, but it was my worst year in school. Why? Because I was constantly bullied and sexually harassed by some boys in school. I never talked to anyone about it (because it seemed to be par for the course), but those experiences affected how I felt about myself for years to come.  I overcame these experiences over time, but not everyone does. That's clear if you take a look at how many kids have committed suicide due to bullying...

The Hunger Games hit theaters last Friday with the third most successful opening weekend in North American history. One of the reasons I love the story so much is because of Katniss Everdeen, the strong female protagonist who volunteers to take the place of her sister, represents District 12, and proceeds to kick tons of ass. And in this age of blockbuster hits like Twilight that emphasize little more than the idea that every woman needs a man, an independent lady at the center of the...

And the Hunger Games madness continues! This time it takes the form of the (extremely awesome) Hunger Names generator. Click the link, and it tells you your Panem name, which Hunger Games you participated in, and the way you died. Give it a go, and leave your Hunger Names in the comments! According to Hunger Names, my name is Dabble Portmanteau, I was a District 6 tribute in the 70th Hunger Games, and I was killed by a poison kiss (guess I didn't have any rubber...
Not gonna lie, y'all--I am way more afraid in my parents' quiet, suburban home than my urban apartment. True, I could get mugged or something on my walk home, but I'm probably never going to get BTK'd. That sort of stuff happens where nobody can hear your screams. And that sense of helpless isolation is exactly what is so scary about Silent House, a new thriller from Chris Kentis and Laura Lau, the duo behind Open Water.  Sarah, a young woman(played masterfully by Elizabeth Olsen) is...

                             Amid all the glitz and glamour of Sunday night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards, the ceremony touched on a serious issue that affects women when it honored the new Pakistani documentary Saving Face. Pakistani Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and co-director Daniel Junge took home an Oscar for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for the film. The 40-minute documentary explores the horrible acid attacks perpetrated on over 100 Pakistani women per year. The victims of these attacks are...

A lone woman is standing at baggage claim in full army uniform. The look on her face suggests doubt that anyone is coming for her.  She lingers for a moment until a squeal is heard and the camera pans down to her young daughter latching on to her. As Kelli, played by Linda Cardellini (of Freaks and Geeks fame) reunites with her husband and two daughters, the camera hangs so close to their faces it's almost suffocating.  In writer/director Liza Johnson's debut film, Return, Kelli returns home from the Middle East...

At the end of a controversial week for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, a documentary premieres across Canada today that shines a critical light on the Big Pink. Pink Ribbons, directed by Léa Poole, investigates the charity-corporation machines that have risen out of the fight against breast cancer. Despite the billions of dollars that have been raised over the years, cancer rates have also risen to a staggering 1 in 8 women.  The film, based on Samantha King's 2008 book by the same name,...

You won't see this at the Oscars: an award for "The Fempire" -- Diablo Cody, Dana Fox, Liz Meriwether, and Lorene Scafaria -- to celebrate their creativity and panache as screenwriters. These female filmmakers and many more will be honored at The Athena Film Festival: A Celebration of Women and Leadership, taking place from February 9-12 on the Barnard College campus in Morningside Heights, NYC.BUST Magazine is thrilled to sponsor the second year of The Athena Film Festival, which continues to highlight stories of courageous...

The snow is falling here again, and the Sundance Film Festival is still plowing through the town of Park City. I’ve been to 21 films so far and the main theme that I’ve noticed is the overwhelming presence of strong female leads and women directors.  One of the hottest films here is Beasts of the Southern Wild, a truly original film that takes place in the swamps of Louisiana, and stars a six year old girl named Quvanzhand Wallis. Melanie Lynskey gives a beautifully nuanced performance...