28 September, 2016

Bust magazine

Bust is an alt-feminist publication from New York that definitely deserves a shout out. I love fashion and beauty and I enjoy reading women’s magazines, especially Vogue and Marie Claire, but I also find them at odds with my feminist ideals. Let’s face it – most lady mags are primed to make us feel insecure and therefore consume more, which is why I find Bust so refreshing.

Bust manages to strike a balance between feminism and femininity.  Articles on serious women’s issues such as rape culture and equal pay appear alongside items about celebrities, make up, food and other girly goodies.

With a slogan “for women with something to get off their chests” you won’t find any features on trashy reality TV stars here. On the cover of the July/August edition is one of my favourite people ever: Kathleen Hanna – original Riot Grrrl and rock’s reigning feminist. Previous cover girls include Courtney Love, comedian Sarah Silverman and singer and stylista, Beth Ditto.

True to 3rd Wave Feminism, Bust champions body positivity and sex positivity. All fashion editorials showcase non-mainstream and non-normative models. The latest edition features the sultry and tattooed Kristin Welch from indie band, The Dum Dum Girls, as well as an item on plus size swimwear.

There are also regular columns on women’s sexuality which promote women’s enjoyment of it – rather than Cosmopolitan magazine’s sex writing - which is all about pleasing men.
Also, unlike mainstream women’s mags there are no ads for ‘feminine hygiene’ products. Bust sticks it to The Man and his Tampon Tax with ads for cheap and eco-friendly washable, reusable sanitary pads and menstrual cups.

With a focus on indie/alternative pop culture, I find Bust’s book, music and film reviews really useful for finding interesting new things to request at the library. If you’re looking for an empowering, thought provoking, fun and inspiring read then check it out.

Title: Bust
Publication info: New York, NY : Bust, Inc.
Frequency: Bimonthly

Recommended by Karen I, Devonport Library

Karen I likes reading memoirs and biographies about people with interesting and unusual lives, because she spends a lot of time reading and doesn't get out much.

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