BY Shannon Iggy in Boob Tube on Jan 16, 2014 |
I don’t watch reality television expecting intellectual stimulation. I enjoy the drama and theatrics of women living a lavish lifestyle that I can’t afford (at least right now). I heartily laugh at the witty one-liners the ladies spew in confessionals. I don’t care if most of it is staged; it’s entertaining as hell. With 2.5 million viewers in its first week, Bravo’s latest show “Blood, Sweat, and Heels” proves I’m ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Artsy on Jan 09, 2014 |
There is the teen mother who opens up about her previous sexual abuse and subsequent incarceration. A trans* woman stares into the camera with "I was born a man" written boldly across her chest. A young woman who drew arrows pointing to the visible scars on her arm. They are each part of photographer Steve Rosenfield's "What I Be" project, a powerful set of images that will stay with you long after you look away.
"What I Be" allows any viewer ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Movies on Jan 06, 2014 |
Take a glance back in time, just for a second, and think about what you were doing when you were 14. Maybe checking out TRL after school? Eating junk food and talking about young love at sleepovers with your best buds? Cutting your own bangs? Well before she was old enough to drive a car, Laura Dekker sailed around the world.
Maidentrip chronicles the journey of 14-year-old Laura Dekker’s record-breaking sail in an inspiring film, screening on January ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Jan 02, 2014 |
2014 may just be the year in which our favorite pop divas start working together instead of trying to tear each other apart, or at least I hope it is! While you were primping for your New Year’s Eve party, Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera made a major power play.
After their epic duet on The Voice (see below), Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera released a studio version of “Do What U Want” at midnight on New Year’s Eve. Lady Gaga ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in General on Dec 30, 2013 |
Now here’s a petition we can get behind! 10-year-old Melissa Shang, along with her older sister (Huffington Post’s YingYing Shang), is asking for American Girl to release a differently abled doll. Melissa, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has been an avid fan of the dolls for years. Her favorite collection of dolls are the Girl of the Year dolls. “Every year,” Melissa wrote, “American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Dec 30, 2013 |
Warning: This post may contain high velocity bitterness.
The Righteous Retreat, hosted by the legendary songwriter and feminist activist Ani DiFranco, was billed as a four-night workshop in which attendees would attend workshops to develop creativity and performance skills. Who wouldn’t want to spend a few days outside of New Orleans surrounded by so much talent?
But there was an issue with the retreat’s location: Righteous Retreat was being held at ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Dec 20, 2013 |
What are you doing tonight? Catching up on those New Girl episodes you missed? Re-watching the Beyoncé videos for the umpteenth time? Change of plans! Make your way down to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar instead for a night full of music from BUST-approved ladies.
For the generous price of $0, you’ll see SISU, Lizzo, U.S. Girls, and DJ Sheila B put on one hell of a show. This BUST curated lineup is guaranteed to have you dancing the whole damn ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Feminizzle on Dec 19, 2013 |
Meghan Murphy of Feminist Current has declared that Twitter may be “a necessary evil”, but is “a horrible place for feminism.” Murphy explains that the platform encourages bullying and oversimplifies complex theories. She finds that Twitter is not representative of the entire spectrum of feminists (“The women who built this movement….are not on Twitter”). Murphy concludes that though “hashtag activism” can be ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Music Stuff on Dec 13, 2013 |
Despite a year of lows for women in the media, there were several ladies smashing the patriarchy in the music business this year. Here are some of our favorites!
Batches and Cookies – Lizzo feat. Sophia ErisThis video has it all. Badass ladies riding motorcycles? Check. Queer pride? Check. Baked goods? Check. Check. Check. Lizzo and Sophia Eris are incredibly talented lyricists whose clever bars will have you hooked after one listen. The video ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in Movies on Dec 12, 2013 |
David O. Russell, director of Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter, delivers another smash with his new film, American Hustle. The film takes place in the 1970s, following an eager FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) who is reluctantly aided by two con artists (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) on a quest to expose corruption in Camden mayor Carmine Polito’s (Jeremy Renner) inner circle.
Performed by an all-star cast, American Hustle is a cunning tale of ... Read More