Of all David Bowie's myriad alter egos, perhaps none is as well-known and iconic as Ziggy Stardust, the apocalyptic rock'n'roller and self-proclaimed prophet of the Starmen who sang of the lack of meaning in everyday life and ultimately ended up committing rock'n'roll suicide. It's been 40 years since the release of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, and wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, several photos from the iconic album cover photo sesh ... Read More
Diane Tran is a straight-A student at Willis High School near Houston, Texas. She takes advanced placement and dual credit courses, and works hard for her good grades. She works two jobs outside of school to support her older brother and younger sister, for whom she is financially responsible. She is also, according Texas law and Judge Lanny Moriarty, a criminal. Tran was recently sentenced to 24 hours in jail and a $100 fine for missing too many days of school. ... Read More
I’ve always been fascinated by outer space. It’s so easy to feel small and almost lost in the vastness of the universe when you stop and think about just how big it really is. (Although I’m reminded of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote that advises otherwise: “I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” ... Read More
 Here in the US, we're constantly reminded of the systematic inferiority of women in the workplace– we earn 77 cents on the man’s dollar (and women of color make less than that - African American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 54 cents on the white man's dollar). Women out-earn men only in the “personal care” sector of the workforce. Even though the pay gap is currently the smallest it’s ever been in the US of ... Read More
  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some form of street harassment – getting catcalled at, peeped at, or even groped in a crowded area. But there’s another kind of harassment that doesn’t receive quite as much attention, mostly because it’s so covert: the “upskirt” video or photo. The issue of upskirt videos was a pretty hot topic in the BUST office today, because one of our editors was upskirt-video'd recently on ... Read More
Gossip frontwoman and former BUST cover girl Beth Ditto has a riot grrrl background and her personal fashion icon is Divine – “a drag queen who ate dog shit” – meaning she's a rebel who doesn't take any guff. In a recent NY Magazine interview, Ditto talks about being a “fat activist” and bringing her down-to-earth sensibilities to the fashion industry. In the Vulture.com interview, she condemned the lack of ethical, attractive, and affordable ... Read More
Unfortunately, the world of sports is one that is riddled with sexism - especially the world of my favorite (and the world's favorite) sport, soccer. The current president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, is infamous for his sexist stances in regards to the game. In 2004, he stated that the women's uniforms should have "tighter shorts" and "low-cut shirts" to for a more "female aesthetic" to make the game more interesting. Because all female athletes need to do is flash ... Read More
The Occupy Wall Street movement doesn't exactly have the most shining reputation. It has been criticized for having no concrete goals or any sort of discernable structure, for oversimplifying the complex issue of the economy, and for its treatment of gender and race (among other things). #OWS's treatment of women in particular hasn't been great. From the repulsive Hot Chicks at Occupy tumblr (which I know isn't a blog sanctioned by #OWS, but still represents ... Read More
Throughout history, fans have been used for a whole slew of reasons: for dance, for fighting, for modesty...and of course, for cooling down! These convenient little tools can fold away to easily fit into a purse or clutch, and are a great way to beat the heat at weddings, or just when you're on the go. Take a look at some of these sassy and zany hand fans! Enjoy!  "Call Me," $8.70, ASOS  "Zebra Chic," $20, Etsy  "Panda Sandalwood," $6.90, Asian ... Read More
The term "feminist peep show" may sound like an oxymoron, but the Lusty Lady of San Francisco is one such joint. The club gained national attention in 1996 when its dancers, fed up with unfair pay cuts, random firings, and policy shifts, mobilized to form a union. The management obviously was not happy with this development, and tried to stop union elections. But in the spring of 1997, the employees successfully voted to unionize. They formed the Exotic Dancers ... Read More
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