BY BUST Magazine
on Sep 30, 2014
In Afghanistan, where having a son is vital for any respectable family, little girls are sometimes disguised and raised as boys. Here, journalist Jenny Nordberg investigates this complicated cultural game of hidden identity
“Our brother is really a girl.”
One of the eager-looking twins nods to reaffirm her words. Then she turns to her sister. She agrees. Yes, it is true. She can confirm it.
They are two 10-year-old identical girls, each with black hair, ... Read More
BY Maddie Maschger
on Aug 14, 2014
Vivian Fu is a San Francisco based, San Fernando Valley raised photographer pushing the limits, shattering boundaries, and taking names. She earned her B.A. in Fine Arts with an emphasis on photography at the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2012, and has since been creating an incredible body of work exploring identity, delving into her own experiences as an Asian American woman and working with her body and her relationships. For a recent graduate, the ... Read More
BY Lex Ellenthal
on Jul 08, 2014
Recently, I came out as bisexual (surprise, Mom!) and was met with entirely positive reactions from everyone I told. However, before coming out I was terrified of telling people. I've heard bisexuals being totally discounted, and with rampant bi erasure and biphobia in media, spewed by people I know online and in real life, it's no wonder I was freaked. So, here's a list of myths that are as false as can be regarding bisexuality and pansexuality. Let's learn ... Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on Jul 03, 2014
The 4th of July is right around the corner. Americans across the country are breaking out the barbecues, stocking up on red, white, and blue paraphernalia, and trying to find the best vantage point from which to view the fireworks. (I recommend finding a friend who lives in a tall apartment building and hanging out on their roof.)
Now, I love a celebration as much as anyone, but I think it’s important that we remember that, much though we’d like ... Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on Jun 24, 2014
On a Friday evening in Harlem, I met up with Mitra Kaboli, one of the Producers and Editors for the feminist podcast Audio Smut. On June 17, Audio Smut shot to number one on iTunes in the sexuality category, beating out famed talk personalities like Dan Savage. Big things are happening in the radio world for this team, primarily made up of young women. Kaboli's sly answers about the undoubtedly bright future of the podcast she nurtured from infancy are ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 20, 2014
Earlier this year, the My Brother’s Keeper program, a national initiative with the goal of improving the lives of boys and young men of color (specifically Black and Latino youth) was established.
The initiative itself is somewhat flawed in that it is perpetuated by a rhetoric that supports white supremacy. While, yes, the fact that the first Black president is coming out with this type of program is eons beyond what we would expect a white president to do ... Read More
Apart from her amazing performance in her band White Lung, it was Mish Way's unabashed admiration for Courtney Love that first endeared her to me. For all her faults, Courtney taught a generation of girls that women could be wild rock stars too. Sure, there were lots of female-fronted rock groups like Veruca Salt and Garbage around, but none were nearly as in-your-face, smart and unapologetic as Courtney. She always had an articulate and witty reply ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 12, 2014
It is still of the upmost belief that in child custody battles, women have an advantage. In fact, it is a popular argument by many Men’s Rights Activists that men are “oppressed” because of this “fact.”
As usual, these MRAs have no warrants to their claims. Unfortunately, more than just MRAs buy into this particular belief. Many women also believe that child custody cases favor them – meaning they believe that women more often ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 03, 2014
Growing up, I knew what it felt like to be brown. I knew that going over to my friend's house for dinner meant that my mom would think I was malnourished when I came back. I knew that I dreaded being out in the sun for too long because that meant I got darker, and God forbid I get darker. I knew that I would feel ashamed when my mom talked too loudly in Spanish, or I had to translate for her.
Being brown – for me – meant that as a kid, I constantly ... Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on May 21, 2014
Aw, there's nothing like a good ol' bit of satirical internet mischief to get you through Hump Day.
And our favorite new blog's premise is based off the old chestnut about men taking up too much space on the train-- there's even a Tumblr devoted to it. But this new blog suggest that men take "spread their legs while sitting down" because, of course, "they're saving room for cats! Duh!"
Here are a few goodies...
Check out the SavingRoomForCats Tumblr and thank ... Read More