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Herstory (n): a fraught subject and a sad, compelling legacy — bound up as it is in, you know, a culture of violence and disenfranchisement. But in honor of Women's History Month, let's take a flip-book look across countries, decades and ideas at some ladies (those famous, recognized, and not-so-much) who helped shape the way we think, talk, move, dress, and exist. Obviously, this list is abridged: ten billion other photos wouldn't ... Read More
You have probably been told in the last few days to stop using the word "bossy" as a part of the Ban Bossy campaign, the product of a partnership between Lean In and Girl Scouts of America, and headed by none other than our not-so-favorite but oh-so-prominent mainstream feminist and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.  You do you Sandberg, but we at BUST are going to keep on keeping on with our bossy selves because we like our bossy just fine, thank you. We believe ... Read More
Last week we published a post about TED's ban on abortion as a topic at TED events, including TEDWomen, where Jessica Valenti's article from The Nation was referenced and discussed. Since her article was full of goodies to really think about, we're taking a deeper look at the piece in this post.  TED Talks were first introduced to me by a college professor, and they have since provided some of my most well-spent viewing time on the internet. Spanning a ... Read More
   Are you coupled up? Single and ready to mingle? Don't give a rat's ass either way? Whatever you are, today's the perfect day to trot out some lovey-dovey jams.  We rounded up some of our favorite love songs, just 'cause we love you. Give 'em a spin below!Johnny Cash, "Ring of Fire""Ring of Fire" was born out of my all-time favorite real life love story: the relationship between Johnny Cash and June Carter. She wrote the song when ... Read More
The self-taught photographer Danny Evans is fascinated by the ways in which celebrities are photoshopped and airbrushed onto billboards and magazine covers. In an attempt to subvert the image of the affluent, picture perfect star, he photoshops images of celebrities, reimagining them the average American citizen. In his words, his “make-unders” reveal “what’s left after Hollywood has been scrubbed off,” positioning pop culture icons ... Read More
  At the presentation of the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award to the iconic Catharine MacKinnon, a woman asked the following question: I worry about the future generation of feminists; should they really be watching Beyoncé suggestively dancing? MacKinnon gracefully responded that feminist pop culture must evolve as the patriarchy adapts, and that’s the kind of work Beyoncé engages in. The singer’s achievements and ... Read More
Be still my beating heart. Beyonce has made it abundantly clear that she is, indeed, a feminist warrior in her commentary published by The Shriver Report, entitled – wait for it – "Gender Equality Is a Myth!" exclamation point and all! * swoon * Short and sweet, Beyonce tells it like it is: “Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal?"Admittedly, the post ... Read More
I know we all live in a perpetual state of watching/talking about/admiring Beyoncé, Beyoncé, and the cult of Beyoncé, but what's St. Bey up to herself? Turns out she's watching covers of her own songs, and she took to Facebook to post a pretty fantastic one by sister duo Chloe and Halle. Chloe and Halle cover "Pretty Hurts" from Ms. B's new album, and augment it with gorgeous harmonies and simple piano. It's a very grown-up song for sisters ... Read More
We know, we know. It's already New Year's Eve, so what do you want with another year-end list? To be honest, Laurie and I meant to do this weeks ago, but the traditional list-making season fell smack in the middle of our traditional February/March print deadline, so you can guess what took precedence. But think of all the things you can do with this appropriately timed year-end list: Play it tonight at your New Year's house party! Listen to it in its entirety ... Read More
Trigger warning: this post contains discussion of sexual assault and abuse.  What's behind the different ways we view celebrities' actions? What makes one person a monster and another a talented person who's done some awful things? This is the central question behind Brooklyn Magazine columnist Kristin Iversen's new piece on R. Kelly, Terry Richardson, and the ultimate impact of some widely-discussed recent information about people in the public eye. Iversen ... Read More
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