Feminist writing can often be mislabeled as dull, preachy, overly political, and other eye-roll-inducing adjectives. (Just so you know: Betty Friedan is awesome! Simone de Beauvoir rocks! Gloria Steinem is cool as heck!) But while compendiums of that type of writing abound left and right, small, everyday kinds of feminism are lost right under our noses - on TV, on the radio, in the fiction stacks of your public library. This great list by Flavorwire racks up 50 ... Read More
These days, I’m so benumbed to articles about what’s “wrong” with feminism that I don’t even bother to skim the headlines as they appear like fruit flies out of the ether of my Twitter feed. But this article (Blogpost? Feelpinion? Vague stab at polemic?) from IndyStar perked my ears up. Its subject? Why conservative feminists are the only real feminists – because “they don’t look for a handout.” The essay ... Read More
Three cheers for freedom! Bradley Manning, the Army private who leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the organization Wikileaks, announced yesterday to Today.com that he no longer wants to be referred to as “Bradley,” and instead will live out the rest of his life as a woman named Chelsea. Manning was recently sentenced to 35 years in military prison for leaking nearly a million documents, including material related to the Iraq and ... Read More
  Is Lena Dunham the awesomest or is she the awesomest? This morning, the Girls creator/writer/actress/goddess posted a [long-ass] letter written to and answered by Time Out New York’s resident sexpert, Jamie Buffalino. “What a rite of passage! I feel like I’m in a Judy Blume novel: Are You There Jamie? It’s Me, Margaret,” she asks in a long, LONG letter asking for advice about being a virgin at 19. (Jamie’s advice back to her is ... Read More
 My XX chromosomes can be confusing, even vexing, sometimes. Between preparing anxiously for Aunt Flo to come into town and making sure the men in my life are kept fed, sheltered and nourished emotionally, I barely have time to keep up on news of the day, let alone devote time to understanding sports. There’s something about sweaty men chasing after a ball that makes my estrogen-addled brain shut down completely, reducing me to a potato-chip- and ... Read More
All over New York City, art is everywhere. From the star-spangled ceiling of Grand Central to the mosaic tile under the street sign at the corner of Spring and Elizabeth, art is the thread from which New York is woven. But for women in the arts, it remains difficult to gain the visibility of a Times Square billboard. That’s why, in 2006, the artist Alice Mizrachi founded Younity Collective, a 120-woman strong network of urban artists who put together shows, ... Read More
When I’m not racking up long hours making the cogs of the BUST blog turn, you can find me shelving books part-time at my local library.   So when I found this incredible shot-for-shot remake of the video for the Beastie Boys’ “Sabotage,” filmed in a REAL library, with REAL librarians, it confirmed my theory that librarians do in fact have more fun.The original video for Sabotage (below) came out in 1994 and was nominated for ... Read More
Some say there are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. In a brazen display of Internet chutzpah, the talk-show circuit ‘doctor’ posted this unbelievably stupid question hoping, probably, for some unbelievably stupid answers. Dear Dr. Phil: is it OK to ask the Internet if rape is OK? The tweet was almost immediately deleted, probably because some nice intern at the Dr. Phil offices politely raised her hand and told whoever is in charge of ... Read More
The Hollywood Reporter wrote yesterday that the 30 Rock creator and comedic HBIC has gotten back together with 30 Rock teamsters Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock for a new comedy that has put networks in a bidding frenzy. Sounds like music to your ears? Keep reading: The as yet untitled comedy would take place at a women’s college that has just recently started accepting men. Prediction: hilarity ensues. As a student at a small liberal arts college at which ... Read More
Fiona Apple commands a certain level of crazy, but would you love her any other way? This video of Apple posted by tourmate Blake Mills’ record label, Record Collection, shows her and Mills singing an acoustic cover of “I Know,” from 1999’s When the Pawn…, as a gaunt-ish Apple holds an unidentified elderly woman’s hand. Another, aptly titled “Untitled,” shows Apple cutting off her locks in front of a bathroom mirror ... Read More
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