21 states have signed bills that deem it illegal to handcuff women while in labor and immediately after; however, correctional officers have taken on their own measures to “protect” citizens from these offenders. Despite what doctors have called life-threatening to both mother and child, women are still routinely shackled during and immediately after labor. A New York Times article written by Audrey Quinn depicts this as regular part of the birthing ... Read More
While the rest of America was celebrating beach season, we here at BUST were craftily gathering intel on all the best movies, TV, and music coming this autumn. And we packed all the amazing results into our annual Fall Preview Issue!  In this issue, BUST gets up close and personal with our cover gal, groundbreaking rocker and Portandia star Carrie Brownstein. We also have killer interviews with indie film darling Gaby Hoffman, funnyman Eric ... Read More
Lana Del Rey has opened up about a particular song from her album Ultraviolece. "Fucked My Way Up to the Top" is the 9th track on the most recent album, and the song hinges on the narrator’s pursuit of stardom and using sex to achieve it.  Knowing that Lana is an artist who writes songs based on voyeuristic nostalgia, I assumed that elements of this track (including lyrics like: ‘I’m a dragon, you’re a whore’ and ‘What I ... Read More
The Sims is one of my absolute favorite games, and with the approaching release of The Sims 4 (September 2nd for PC), I’ve been playing and talking about it almost obsessively. In my opinion, The Sims is a perfect world. I play Sims when I’m stressed out in real life and need to decompress and be in total control. I think my two favorite things about the game are the ability to experiment and the lack of judgement that exists within the game, as ... Read More
Australian supermodel and budding actress Andrej Pejic – now known as Andreja - has come out as a trans woman, sharing her transition with the world through her Facebook page and an interview with People magazine. Pejic told People, “One of my earliest memories is spinning around in my mom's skirt trying to look like a ballerina,” but that she truly came to terms with her gender at age 13.  It was then that she discovered the terminology for ... Read More
As most feminists know, the Women Against Feminism blog has blown up over the past couple of days. Hundreds of women have taken to social media to discuss why they are against the feminist movement, making arguments along the likes of “I love being a woman,” “I love men,” and “feminism isn’t about equality.” As much as I would love to sit with these women and argue with them over what feminism really is and whether or not ... Read More
In response to the blog Women Against Feminism, a new Tumblr has arisen, and it is Confused Cats Against Feminism. The blog is filled with photos of deeply misguided felines who have been led astray by the patriarchy (paw-triarchy? Sorry.) It’s comedic gold and probably the best response we’ve seen to Women Against Feminism yet. Below are five of the best submissions. Check 'em ... Read More
Black Milk Clothing is taking realistic body image to a whole new level this summer with their “Dem Guts” bathing suit—a suit with a print of the inner anatomy of the human body—guts and all!  It’s nice to see a clothing company which actually recognizes the fact that the women who will be wearing its products are human in every way (including some of the kind of weird/gross ways).  Lost at E-Minor interviewed Black Milk ... Read More
The feminist group femifesto is part of the collaborative team bringing us this hilarious infographic entitled “How Not to Get Raped,” which pokes fun at the victim-blaming culture that runs rampant in our society. These “safety tips” are based on actual pieces of advice that buy into victim-blaming and shaming that ignore the institutional reinforcement of rape culture and the responsibility of the ... Read More
Hayley G Hoover, an awesome feminist on YouTube has made a video about Underage sex and consent that I think is very important and worth watching especially considering the latest Youtube news. To summarize, quite a few men have grown “YouTube famous” and have used their Internet fame to manipulate and abuse underage woman. Their behavior ranges from emotional manipulation to adultery to physical abuse. One of these despicable YouTubers, ... Read More
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