The intimate portraits and accompanying interviews below are by Rebecca Swan. They showcase men and women from Nepal and India, relaying their struggles as advocates for LGBTQI rights, their experiences with hatred and violence, and their subsequent perseverance.     Thanks to Feministing and Youth ... Read More
A campaign called Operation LIPSTICK out of Dorchester, MA is calling attention to women's role in illegal gun trade and putting the onus on females to help lessen gun crimes. While most gun crimes are committed by men, women play a large part by purchasing and concealing guns for criminals who can't acquire their own.  LIPSTICK, which is an acronym for "Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings," was founded in 2012 by Nancy Robinson. Robinson ... Read More
2013 was a strange year. Pop culture-wise and politically, we had some memorable moments, even if most of those moments make us cringe or tear up pieces of paper or throw something upon reflection. Thankfully, though, it wasn't all doom and gloom. Microsoft made this video of the year's highlights, showcasing people who invoked technology in different parts of their lives. It serves another purpose, too: to celebrate women who achieved amazing things this past ... Read More
There's been some debate over whether Disney's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," is borderline sexist or fairly accurate, mostly in regards to the portrayal of P.L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins (played by Emma Thompson). In a review of the film for LA Weekly, writer Amy Nicholson explains that Travers is portrayed as uptight and, well, bitchy, while Walt Disney, (Tom Hanks) comes off as a hero. Nicholson's reader's were pretty up in arms about these ... Read More
On her blog, Momastery, Glennon Doyle Melton shares her awesome answer to her daughter's question: "Mom, am I pretty?" While many may have simply said 'yes,' Melton's response was a little more complex—she takes emphasis away from the word "pretty" and physical beauty in general. Here is an excerpt of what she said: “I think you’re pretty, Tish. I think you are very, very pretty. But pretty is a weak word, because it means different things ... Read More
I'm sure by now you've heard about Macaulay Culkin's Velvet Underground parody band, "Pizza Underground," or rather the band that's existed for a year and a half and was recently joined by Culkin. The concept is simple: the band takes Velvet Underground songs and changes the lyrics to make them everything pizza. According to an interview with Vulture, vocalist and Nico impersonator Phoebe Kruetz said Culkin, who she refers to simply as, "Mack," was the "extra ... Read More
Toward the end of high school I became obsessed with looking “punk rock.” A lot of the guys I knew from my hometown were punks and I wanted so badly to emulate them, which led to me dressing more androgynously. I not-so-subtly stole elements of their style: bullet belts, Doc Martens, leather jackets, t-shirts found in the little boys’ section at the Goodwill—eventually I had my friends give me a mohawk and started dying my hair wacky ... Read More
Tyra Banks has partnered up with Special K Cereal to promote positive conversations about body image. According to the Kellogg's Newsroom, 93% of women engage in fat talk  and make self-depecrating comments about their bodies. FightFatTalk.com  and the trending #fightfattalk is about silencing  negativity, hence the "Shhh" gesture you might see on the website.  "I know how much criticizing your body negatively affects self-esteem," ... Read More
A worldwide movement to end street harassment through crowd-sourcing called 'Hollaback!' has launched a petition on Change.org, demanding that Rush Limbaugh apologize for the ridiculously insensitive statements he made on his show last night concerning street harassment: "The first way to deal with this that came into my mind, is you find yourself staring, looking at, casually glancing at a woman, but you know that it's now socially taboo. You shouldn't be doing ... Read More
 S.W. Basics makes skincare products from scratch, using only essential ingredients so that it's safe, even for sensitive skin types. Dedicated to ethical practices, the ingredients are either certified organic or Fair Trade, or they come from small, family-owned farms. We're very excited to have S.W. Basics as a vendor at our upcoming BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular & Food Fair! Founder Adina Grigore tells us more about the products: Tell us ... Read More
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