When Nelson Mandela passed away last week, the people of the world collectively mourned and honored the hero. Some of the most poignant moments of grief and gratitude can be found in the most personal and private thoughts. The photographer George Qua-Enoo captured some of these moments in individual lives, asking people on the streets of Cape Town to express how Mandela affected their world. The images and sentiments are all the more moving for the simple ... Read More
  To quote Billy Eichner, “Let’s go, Amy Poehler!” If you haven’t checked out the hilarious comedian Billy Eichner of “Billy on the Street” in action, be sure to check it out. This Christmas, Billy is teaming up with the Queen of Comedy herself to deliver some holiday cheer to the streets of New York. The pair was just outside the BUST office, and we're so sad to have missed them. Their adventures are so very funny and ... Read More
  From Skyler White to Dana Brody, female TV characters have been getting some hatred lately. And it’s kind of incomprehensible that so many female characters invite so much violent wrath. In a recent column, IO9’s Rob Bricken addresses the issue and points to three causes for the glacial attack on female characters: the writing, the audience, and the actors. Writers just don’t write women as well as they write males; a typical television role for ... Read More
  Remember when Lululemon CEO Chip Wilson embarrassed himself and his company by blaming women’s bodies for defective pants? Yeah, that really did a lot for his business. So did his previous comment that birth control causes divorce. Oh, yeah, and his racist remarks about Japanese people. Friendly guy.    Well, thank goodness for Stephen Colbert. In a recent piece, the comedic genius exposes just how much of a non-apology this guy gave for his ... Read More
  With the exception of that one time a bisexual female contestant flirted with a woman she found attractive, ABC’s The Bachelor oozes heteronormativity. We all know the drill: conventionally attractive man is wooed by 25 nearly-identical women, chooses his favorite one and proposes to her. If we turn a blind eye to the overnight dates, it’s all quite conservative. Sure, there are other dating shows that are less limited and exclusionary, but ... Read More
  The internet is ablaze with fury after the release of an advertisement by ProgressiveNow Colorado and Colorado Consumer Health Initiative for ObamaCare. The ad features a woman beside a man; he holds her around the hips, and she holds a packet of birth control pills. Beneath the image reads, "OMG, he's hot! Let's hope he's as easy to get as this birth control. My health insurance covers the pill, which means all I have to worry about is getting him ... Read More
  It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.    She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Of her decision to endorse the alcoholic beverage, she told MTV News, "I was just feeling like with ... Read More
  It’s Wednesday; you need some spice in your day. Well, here it is. This adorable group of people figured out that New York City’s subway conductors have a tedious and somewhat pointless task: when they arrive in the station, they must point at a sign to prove they’re awake. And they decided to make their day, and this video just might make yours too!   Video via YouTube Image via LM&M ... Read More
At 25, April Ashley was a sensation, gracing the pages of Vogue, appearing in Blockbuster hits, and partying with celebrities and socialites. Those who witnessed her rise to fame called it “fairytale-like.” She rubbed elbows and flirted with Elvis Presley. April Ashley is also a transsexual, and she is one of the first people ever to transition from male to female through reassignment surgery.  Sadly, the glamour of her life and career was ... Read More
  Elliot Sailors had a successful career as a female model with Ford agency until she hit thirty. Facing a dramatic decrease in job offers, many models are forced to shift gears as they age. But instead of turning to behind the scenes fashion work or hosting shows like America’s Next Top Model, Sailors pursued a career as a male model.    To make herself appear more conventionally masculine, she binds her chest, cuts her hair, and highlights ... Read More
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