A few short days ago, the writer Suey Park set Twitter ablaze with the hashtag #NotYourAsianSidekick, meant to open discussion on feminist and queer issues within the Asian American community. In conversation with Buzzfeed, Park expresses concern over patriarchal ideologies within the Asian American spaces, and she explains her desire to create a space for honest dialogue about stereotyping and prejudices that are often overlooked in ... Read More
Ever since I first saw the beautiful claymation creation Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, I yearned for a stuffed animal from the Island of Misfit Toys, that glorious realm of toys that had been rejected for flaws, big or small, in their construction. These stuffed animals were one-of-a-kind; they were inexplicably soulful, both sorrowful and enduringly hopeful.
When I stumbled upon the work of the brilliant toymaker Matlyak Tatiana, my ... Read More
The photographer Rhiannon Schneiderman captivates viewers with her beautifully intimate yet political images. From her personal snapshots of friends and partner, captured on disposable cameras, to vivid and advanced digital renditions of bloody tampons and downy vulvas, she has built a name for herself as an outspoken feminist artist who creates work that is both beautiful and courageous. Schneiderman’s work challenges the aesthetic expectations of ... Read More
Grab your candy-cane latte and get ready for some Christmas cheer: the photographer Ed Wheeler has inserted himself into all your favorite works of art... as Santa Claus himself. The gleefully silly and surprisingly earnest self-portraits situate the Santa legend within beautifully anachronistic moments in the Italian Renaissance, French Impressionism, and even early Modernism. Wheeler and his bearded alter ego impersonate everyone from Venus to Jesus to ... Read More
It’s finally time for the 8th annual BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair! It’s all goin’ down this weekend, December 14th and 15th, from 10 AM to 7 PM. Head to the Metropolitan Pavilion at 125 West 18th Street, one of the most in-demand event locations in Manhattan, with high-ceilings and easy train access right in the heart of Chelsea!
This year, we have some truly amazing vendors and ... Read More
After being called out as grossly sexist, a children’s joke book in Spain has been pulled by its publisher. The book, "Pequechistes: Sobre chicas (sólo para chicos)" or "Little Jokes: About Girls (for Boys Only)," includes some deeply upsetting jokes about women and our relationships to men. Not only does it compare women to tiles by quipping “they’re both at [men’s] feet,” but it also glamorizes domestic violence: "What ... Read More
The student artists Ayako Kanda and Mayuka Hayashi of Musashino Art University in Japan recently unveiled a gorgeous series of portraits of X-Ray and CT images of embracing couples. One might expect images devoid of flesh, readable facial expressions, and color to read as clinical and sterile, but the photographs are strikingly human: “X-ray images usually show the finite nature of our bodies composed only of matter. But these couples’ portraits ... Read More
Daniel Seung Lee. Pink Flamingo, #FC74FD
From Brick Red to Blush, the magic of Crayola crayons lies in their color names. While teaching to children a wide array of color, the utensils also teach us some of our first vocabulary words: I learned what a Flamingo was from a crayon! As we grow up, we can lose the sense of wonder brought on by a fresh box of Crayola crayons; unless we live in Pleasantville, the joy the fact of color often escapes ... Read More
The Milwaukee artist Molly Evans was inspired by discarded furniture around her neighborhood, viewing each lumpy mattress as a relic of recent graduates, new families, and people moving on. To ad a little warmth to the remains of apartments and days forgotten, Molly adorned them with love ballads... literally. Stitching Lionel Richie’s lyrics across all the tossed-out furniture she could find, she created “Lionel Stitchie,” a straw-colored ... Read More
A recent Pantene ad titled “Labels Against Women” has sparked a feminist debate: is it okay for the company to use feminism to sell products? Some think that the use of feminism in advertising is a great way to appeal to the masses and to sneak difficult ideas on inequality and wage gaps into pop culture; the ad has been touted as a powerful beacon for women in the workplace. But others have been disturbed, claiming that what advertisers ... Read More