Week Of Women: May 18-24, 2018

by Erika W. Smith

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a movie starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen; new music from Courtney Barnett; Franchesca Ramsey’s first book; and more.


Book Club

Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen star as four women who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey in their book club. Out Friday, May 18. Read our review here. 

On Chesil Beach

Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle star in this historical drama about a young couple who gets married—but have some trouble consummating that marriage. Out Friday, May 18.

American Masters: Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

This Hedy Lamarr documentary debuts on PBS this Friday, May 18. Listen to the film’s writer/director Alexandra Dean on BUST’s podcast, Poptarts. 



Australian filmmaker Yolanda Ramke wrote and co-directed this new Netflix TV series, starring Martin Freeman as a man trying to get his infant daughter to safety before he turns into a zombie. Out Friday, May 18 on Netflix.

The Royal Wedding

The BUST staff has mixed feelings on the royals, but it’s worth noting that royal bride Meghan Markle is a self-described feminist—and one of the first people of color to join the British royal family.


“Geyser” by Mitski

Mitski’s new song was released alongside the announcement of her fifth album, Be The Cowboy. Out now.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett’s sophomore album “uses fuzzy guitars and inventive hooks to create a record that feels rooted solidly in the pain of this specific time, and trying to make the best of it,” writes BUST. Out Friday, May 18. Review in June/July 2018 issue.

“Lost & Bound” by Taleen Kali

ICYMI, yesterday we premiered the new song “Lost & Bound” by Taleen Kali. “I wanted to write a song that was really dark but also danceable, so I wrote a dirge dedicated to a ‘lost self,’ and I added a disco beat to add this sense of movement, of celebration, of making it to the other side,” Kali told BUST. Out now. Read more here. 


 Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memories and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey

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YouTube star and MTV’s Decoded host Franchesca Ramsey’s first book “tackles racism, sexism, and intersectionality…Ramsay writes an approachable, informative guide for budding members of the #resistance,” writes BUST. Out now. Review in June/July 2018 issue.

 Eternity Girl by Mags Visaggio

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This week, we interviewed writer Mags Visaggio about creating her comic series Eternity Girl, which follows a character who has depression and is suicidal—but has superpowers that make her immortal. Out now. Read more here.

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