After spending a year at New Jersey’s most notorious party school and watching just about every episode of Gossip Girl, date rape drugs are a very real fear to me. No, I’m not trying to sound glib; it doesn’t matter if I’m having a beer with a female friend and Harvest Moon Brewery happens to be empty because, you know, it’s 11 am on a Tuesday. I am guarding that lipstick-stained glass like a hawk. Enter Michael Abramson, a Boston ... Read More
Imagine Don Corleone played by an 11-year-old, menstruation-obsessed little girl. That's this video.  It follows the touching story we're all familiar with: a little girl feels isolated at camp, until she becomes the first to get her period. Then she becomes an oppressive dictator who deals out tampons and unwarranted advice to her fellow campmates. #kidsthesedays  It's cool especially because they stray away from the lame tropes we usually see in tampon ... Read More
From games that teach girls how to masturbate, to a period diary that chronicles your day-to-day mood, we love a weird app here at BUST, but this one takes the cake. Or, it WOULD take the cake as long as you're not afraid to be insulted by THE MOST KAWAII GUY IN YOUR SCHOOL OMIGOD LOL. Huh? So there's this new app called Nenshou (FOR GIRLS) in development where a bunch of hot anime bros insult you into losing weight. What I'm getting from this is that it's like, ... Read More
Meanwhile in Pakistan, a new 3-D, animated children’s show is supposed to debut featuring a crime-fighting WOMAN in – get this – a burka. In case you couldn’t tell by the title.  Yes, it's the Burka Avenger, a mild-mannered school teacher by day and a defender of women’s education by night. She fights villains who are trying to close girl's schools with pens and books. Are those super powers? I guess they can be. BECAUSE ... Read More
  If you didn't have a Lisa Frank backpack at some point in your life, then I'm sorry your childhood was so miserable. Those iconic neon animals and the weird, ice-cream filled world they lived in was the stuff of dreams. Or the stuff you would hallucinate if someone spiked your Sunny D with acid.      Not that I would know from experience. In any case, there's a so-simple-it's-brilliant new Tumblr called Funky Fresh in Lisa Frank, and it is ... Read More
Okay, I can’t lie to you, BUSTies, despite the nonchalant title I am FREAKING OUT RIGHT NOW. You’ve probably already heard, but Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, wife of Prince William and flawless individual, just gave birth to the future heir of the throne. I mean, it's like, 4th or 5th in line (Elizabeth II is not letting go of that crown) but this is still REALLY EXCITING STUFF. Oh, and it's allegedly a boy. This is what I'm hearing. It's still ... Read More
Apparently ladies are not allowed to craft in the big house. After zipping through Orange is the New Black this shouldn't be a shock, but we were still bemused when this letter sauntered into our mailbox today. Our June/July 2013 issue (that’s the 20th anniversary special) was banned in the State of Missouri Department of Corrections for the article "Return of the Mac(ramé )." Is it because the administration is trying to keep a strong DIY ethic down? ... Read More
No snark this morning. Just sadness. Below is a video of a little girl from Yemen named Nada Al-Ahdal, who threatens to commit suicide if her parents force her to get married. Yeah, seriously.  “What about the innocence of childhood,” she asks, as my heart sinks into my stomach. “I would have no life, no education. Don’t they have any compassion?” She says. It's heavy stuff. And then it gets worse. She recounts the story of ... Read More
What’s in a name? Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet were able to forsake their last names for love. But Romeo and Juliet were idiots. What does it actually mean, in a 21st century context, to trade in your last name for your spouse’s? According to a new study (conducted by observing Facebook analytics, of all things) about a third of women who marry in their 20's choose to retain their original last name. This is a considerably larger ... Read More
  With a smudge of red lipstick, thick bleach streaks and sweet babydoll dresses, Kim Shattuck pulls of 1993 well. It's impressive, considering it's 2013, AND considering that Kim turns 50 today! Seriously? Seriously. And she's left us a pretty rock and roll resume for us to stare at, so grab my hand as we take very quick stroll down memory lane.  Kim Shattuck’s career as a fierce musician/badass/deputy mayor of Babetown started back in the ... Read More
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