ALL HAIL IKEA! I mean Sweden, right...Sweden. The land of moderately-priced decor, beautiful people, and delightful meatballs is out to make the world a better place. Swedish movie theaters are now incorporating the Bechdel Test into their ratings system, giving moviegoers the opportunity to know in advance which films treat women like, you know, humans and stuff.  If you're just tuning in, the Bechdel test "asks whether a work ... Read More
Claire Meyer and Alan Linic have been dating for eight-ish months. Like any couple, their relationships has its ups and downs. Unlike any couple, every "fight," from minor spat to all-out war, is documented on their Twitter account: We Fought About. The updates come roughly every other day, with a general balance between the aggressor and the offended. According to an interview with The Cut, no fight goes undocumented, regardless of content or severity.  My ... Read More
Founder of Lululemon and resident bald dude Chip Wilson has always been a bit...off. In a 2009 blog post, he suggested this sigh-inducing theory: "Breast cancer also came into prominence in the 1990's. I suggest this was due to the number of cigarette-smoking Power Women who were on the pill (initial concentrations of hormones in the pill were very high) and taking on the stress previously left to men in the working world." Who knew giant piles of money also ... Read More
Nikki McClure, known for her intricate paper-cut art, will be displaying the original works featured in her 2014 Calendar, "Home," tonight at Land Gallery in Portland.  "Home" juxtaposes McClure's strong signature style with the delicacy of pastoral life, creating a somewhat eerie and nostalgic sensation. The artist creates her works using only a single sheet of black paper and an x-acto knife, making the pieces that much more awe-inspiring to witness in ... Read More
M.I.A.'s much-anticipated fourth studio album, Matangi, is set for release tomorrow, November 5th. But you don't have to wait another 24 hours to hear the new tracks--Matangi, in its entirety, is currently streaming on YouTube.  It's everything you would expect from M.I.A.--heavy beats, witty rhymes, references to political movements you have to look up on Wikipedia later, and last but not least: a serious dose of bad-ass-ery. The album, which she describes ... Read More
Just because Halloweekend is over doesn't mean you can't bring a little spooky spirit to your Monday. Last Friday, current BUST coverlady Neko Case performed with her band for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series. To add to the festivities, the group donned various confusing/weird/awesome costumes for the performance of their unplugged set. The set list included "Night Still Comes," "Calling Cards," and "Local Girl,"--all tracks from her latest release The Worse Things ... Read More
Suddenly, the internet seems to be running rampant with debates over the notorious "thigh gap." Tumblr is full of "how-to"'s that will guide you to supposed perfection, a Twitter hashtag explodes with a plethora of new 140-character musings each second, and now even models can't escape ridicule if their thighs aren't in possession (or lack thereof) of the perfect amount of flesh.  In case you are just tuning in, a "thigh gap" is a triangular area at the top ... Read More
Yoko Ono's newest video for her track "Bad Dancer" is what all music videos should aspire to be: part funky-fresh music, part all-star dance-party, part totally WTF-worthy. It's essentially what would happen if a bunch of kickass musicians got together for a high school art project.  In the clip, she and her crew--featuring Ira Glass, Questlove, and Roberta Flack among others--get weird in what appears to be Andy Warhol's Factory (but without cocaine on ... Read More
Over the past 20 years, psychologist David Lisak has been researching rape and sexual assault on college campuses. He's asked over 2,000 men questions like "Have you ever had sexual intercourse with someone, even though they did not want to, because they were too intoxicated [on alcohol or drugs] to resist your sexual advances?" His results? One in 16 men answered "yes" to some version of that question.  Lisak describes the "narcissism" of a rapist and how ... Read More
Anyone with a brain would agree that the rise of women like Marissa Mayer (Yahoo!) and Meg Whitman (Hewlett-Packard) to the coveted role of CEO should be cause for celebration. For the first time in history, women are in charge of some of the most important change-making companies out there. But Women's E-News is suggesting that we "hold the cheers." As it turns out, a woman at the top may be nothing more than a scapegoat for a  faltering company. After all, ... Read More
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