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  Every Monday night I tune in to ABC and watch The Bachelor. Not because I actually enjoy it (I regard the two hours of “He’s so amazing!” and helicopter dates like a kind of torture) but because seeing a group of 22-year-olds compete for a 36-year-old makes my reality, the world of millennial dating, seem normal. Like, it could be worse. I could be one in 30 vying for the approval of a mediocre guy — on national television. Recently, a male friend of mine...
Samantha Bee’s show Full Frontal featured a segment dedicated to the Iraq War and what, if anything, we have learned in the 15 years since. Near the end (4:44 in the video), she addressed how the rumored new national security advisor, John R. Bolton, could make America repeat history. This time with Iran instead of Iraq. The next day, the White House replaced H.R. McMaster with John R. Bolton as national security advisor. This makes Bolton the third hawkish national security advisor in the Trump administration....
Krysten Ritter is returning to Netflix as Jessica Jones, and her role is more resonant than ever. Here, she opens up about managing her money, managing Jessica’s emotional toll, and managing a career that’s always “a little dangerous” By Sara Benincasa // Photos by Michael LavineStyling by Jardine Hammond // Makeup By Amy Nadine Clement // Hair by Pamela Neal   Krysten Ritter is a badass. Yes, so is Jessica Jones, the iconic Marvel character she wonderfully inhabits on the hit Netflix series of the same name, which...

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the return of Santa Clarita Diet, new music by Sunflower Bean, and more. Plus, catch our April/May issue with cover gal Samira Wiley on newsstands beginning Tuesday, March 26 — you can read a sneak peek here. MOVIES Beauty and the Dogs Tunisian woman director Kaouther Ben Hania’s new movie follows college student Mariam (Mariam Al Ferjani) as she looks for help after being raped by cops at a college party but finds only victim-blaming. Out Friday, March 23. Roxanne Roxanne  This new...
You probably recognize her from Netflix’s Santa Clarita Diet or Marvel’s Inhumans, but Liv Hewson is so not the walking dead — from acting to practicing aerial silks, she’s a “wandering enigma” of talent. As a bright and energetic 22-year-old, the up-and-coming Australian actor demands your attention with her big smile and bigger heart. She sat down with BUST to discuss relationships, the woes and wonder of being a teenager, and the importance of acting like a feminist. In Santa Clarita Diet, Liv plays Abby,...
A lot's changed since the first season of Marvel's Jessica Jones aired, in November of 2015. At the time, Harvey Weinstein was wrapping up work on Quentin Tarantino’s latest blood-soaked cinematic spectacle, The Hateful Eight. Brock Turner was awaiting trial, hoping for a lenient judge to serve him a lax sentence. And Hillary Clinton was putting in 12-hour days on the campaign trail, fighting to become the first female president of the United States. Women, in other words, had as much to be angry about then...
Jessica Jones is “female first in its DNA,” according to Rachael Taylor, AKA Jessica’s best friend Trish, and any show that has female best friends kicking ass and taking names is a fierce feminist dream come true. The second season of Netflix’s hugely popular series Jessica Jones debuted on International Women’s Day, and did I mention that every episode this season has a female director? Yeah, Jessica Jones isn’t scared to be fiercely feminist and truthful about women’s lives. Navigating family, friends, mental illness, violence against...
This weekend, you had better be bingewatching the new season of Jessica Jones. Netflix blessed us with season 2 of this women-centered, badass show on International Women’s Day. I went to the New York red carpet premiere the night before to get the scoop from the cast and creative minds behind the feminist series. The carpet was actually purple. And yes, all the actors I asked said they would consider themselves feminists.  Everyone I spoke to said we should be very, very excited for Season 2....
To her 2 million YouTube subscribers, Anna Akana is an ultimate role model, comedian, and probably your dream best friend. But as icy, power-hungry Farah Cutney on Youth & Consequences, out on YouTube Red on March 7, Akana takes on a new role altogether. “[Farah] believes in power, and she believes in having this front,” Akana tells BUST. “I really love the juxtaposition of being sort of ruthless, but deep down, your intentions are actually good—and you don’t let anyone know that.” The eight-episode show, produced by...
Florencia Manovil thinks the film industry has an ego problem — a big, masculine ego problem. The Argentinian director has felt this way since 1998, when she first started film school at Boston’s Emerson College. Working sets on and off campus, Manovil said, she was routinely demeaned and patronized by male co-workers with less experience. “It was very toxically sexist,” she tells BUST, her naturally high voice turning sour. “That’s a very common thing — the big egos, that you have to serve and tiptoe around.” Her...
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