Heads up, sun-drenched, mason-jar-drinking, fishtail-braid-wearin’ lovelies: Brooklyn singer/songwriter Gina Cimmelli has a new tune out for your aural pleasure. “Like I Did” comes off her forthcoming EP “Summer Singles,” and packs a serious sonic punch. Cimmelli’s music echoes the stylings of Leslie Feist and June Carter, with the vocal power and angst of a female Conor Oberst. “Like I Did” laments a lost love who ... Read More
Dame Helen Mirren knows sexism. The 67-year-old, Oscar-Winning actress got her start in film adaptations of Shakespeare plays, but says that gender relations back then were no better than in the time of the Bard. “The ‘60s and ‘70s were pretty ghastly, I think,” said Mirren in an interview with the Daily Mail.  “And into the ‘80s, as an actress, you would be the only female on set, apart from the continuity person, who was ... Read More
  I don’t know where you are, but here at BUST HQ, it’s a really poopy day: it’s rainy, windy and way colder than it should be for the first day of August. But even if it's sunny and 70 with a light breeze coming off the beach, these photos of quokkas will brighten up your day x 1,000:   MUH.  The quokka, aka the world’s squee-inducing animal, is possibly the first Australian mammal glimpsed by Europeans. They were originally ... Read More
Ha ha, here’s something horrible from the state of Florida, ha. Salon a while back posted about a Florida man, Lazaro Sopena, who attempted to change his last name to his wife’s, in a neat-o reversal of gender norms. Cool! Sweet! Awesome! His wife, Hanh Dinh, is of Vietnamese heritage, and Sopena decided to honor her culture rather than keep his own last name, to which he has “no particular emotional ties,” he told Reuters. But wait. After ... Read More
When was the last time you heard some jack-off say that women don’t make music, or that chick-fronted bands pale in comparison to bands of Big, Strong Men? Well, tell those jerks to whine no more, because I have a playlist for you that will prove them all wrong. Extremely funny Twitter lady Amber Earnest (@rare_basement, and if you don’t follow her yet I suggest you do) made a 1,000+ song Spotify playlist composed entirely of female-fronted bands, ... Read More
The next stop on the Anthony Weiner crazy train – cough, campaign – is a very NSFW rant by his top aide against a former intern, the highlight of which seems to have twisted the Internet's collective knickers. A top Weiner aide (lol) called former intern Olivia Nuzzi, who wrote a bylined article for the New York Daily News about working for the mayoral candidate, a “slutbag,” which is apparently an insult we’re using now.  The ... Read More
The pop star, wonderwoman and possible goddess Beyoncé recently posted this photo of herself posing as an eight- or nine-year-old to her Tumblr. In the photo, she’s decked out in a gold lamé one-shoulder dress and matching beehive turban, with huge, dangly earrings, possibly getting ready for a school play. (Or, if you ask me, just dressing up.) It’s a look lacking the subtlety of the star’s later wardrobe, but, hell – ... Read More
Here’s a feel-good story for the end of your day: Brooklyn-based independent bookseller Kicks Books thought their entire stock of paperbacks was lost when Hurricane Sandy flooded their warehouse in October 2012. But thanks to rapid community organization, speedy volunteers and “the best coffee in the world,” Kicks Books has restored its stock and is issuing reprints of the six books it has on its roster. Created in the late 2000s by the former ... Read More
The U.S. Military has begun issuing Army Combat Uniforms (ACUs) specifically tailored for the female form … finally. Owing to a growing proportion of female soldiers in the military, these new uniforms are meant to increase professionalism, improve fit and comfort and decrease the restriction of movement that came from covering ladies with the standard, ‘burly-dude’ fit uniform. The original ACU was built “by males for males,” states ... Read More
     Yahoo! Shine reports this morning that Prince William of Wales, Duke of Cambridge and husband to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, will take two weeks of paid paternity leave following the birth of his son, Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge.This sends a huge and important signal to the international community of dads: that it’s okay to take paternity leave. Paternity leave is awesome for a whole mess of reasons. Dad gets to bear ... Read More
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