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  In college courses, I studied Asian American women and their vast contributions to feminism. Oppressed both as women and as Asian-Americans, amazing ladies have fought for their civil rights since the days of the Transcontinental Railroad (and before). But we have a long way to go before we truly embrace what Asian-American women have to contribute to feminist discourse, and we can start by hearing what racial justice advocate Lindsey Yoo has to ... Read More
Neko Case, BUST's upcoming October/November cover girl and crooning songstress extraordinaire, has a new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, out on Anti- September 3rd, and it's some of her most revealing stuff yet. Her unique, full voice ain't hiding anything on this record. Since her move to Vermont, Case seems to be showing a deeper side of herself to her audience. Once relatively private, her music has ... Read More
Trigger Warning: This post mentions sexual abuse within the prison system. Spoiler Alert! If you're not caught up with the whole season, avert your eyes! It’s safe to say that Netflix's Orange is The New Black has taken over my life. It’s okay; the first step is always admitting you have a problem, and I’m an OITNB addict. I’m at the point of wanting to read the real Piper Chapman’s (who’s actually Piper Kerman IRL) actual ... Read More
It turns out that Portlandia star Fred Armisen has an excellent Ira Glass impression in his arsenal of celebrity impersonations. Armisen delivered his best Ira Glass act on Glass's own NPR show, This American Life. The impression is also featured in a web exclusive out from NBC. Armisen's portrayal of Glass was scripted into a "Weekend Update" segment on SNL, but nixed after the audience didn't find it funny enough. Be sure to check out the video, as ... Read More
The linguistic phenomenon of “creaky voice” has been well documented and, one would have thought, sufficiently argued about. If you’ve spent any time on a college campus in the past decade, or have even found yourself in the presence of young women in that time, you’re probably very familiar with what is called “vocal fry”. It’s that speech pattern, most evident in young women, that involves letting the ends of phrases ride ... Read More
On NPR's "The Takeaway" this morning, BUST's Managing Editor Emily Rems remembered the groundbreaking subversiveness of legendary funny lady Phyllis Diller. The comedy icon, known for her self-deprecating humor, died yesterday, leaving behind a sassy legacy for today's lady comics. Listen to the full segment here, or below! {audio}http://www.thetakeaway.org/audio/m3u/231605/{/audio}   Photo credit: ... Read More
When I was younger, I lasted in my local chapter of the girl scouts for a whole two weeks before I quit. In that time frame I never got any cool patches or anything, but I did get to sell and eat lots of those delicious thin mint and coconut-y cookies. And although all of the women who ran my sect of the girl scouts were extremely pretentious, I’ve always secretly found scout culture interesting. Wes Anderson’s new movie, Moonrise Kingdom, follows the ... Read More
To say that there’s been cultural debate about HBO’s Girls would be a major understatement. Journalists, TV critics, and bloggers alike have all put in their two cents about its shortcomings–its apparent lack of racial and ethnic diversity in particular. Girls, which is written (and directed and produced) Lena Dunham, focuses on the lives of four close twenty-something friends as they live and attempt to make their way in New York City. Those ... Read More
Since Best Coast debuted the first single, “The Only Place,” from their new album (also named The Only Place), I have been impatiently awaiting the full album (as in, listening to the single, non-stop, on repeat, for days on end). Like 2010’s Crazy For You, the new album puts Bethany Cosentino's sentimental and direct lyrics against a backdrop of waves and sun. And, thankfully, NPR’s First Listen is now streaming the whole album ... Read More
Heralded as one of the top bands to watch of 2012, you could say that the Alabama Shakes are under a fair bit of pressure with their highly anticipated freshman album, Boys & Girls. Set to release internationally April 9, NPR started streaming the entire album on their website, and folks, it does not disappoint in the slightest. Their tracks tend be on the shorter side, but what they lack in length they more than make up for in sheer raw power. And a key ... Read More
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