The Human Rights Watch Film Festival will take place June 16-30 at the Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center in New York. This year the festival features 19 films from 12 countries, and nine female directors. As we all know, the film industry (like many others) is overwhelmingly male-dominated, so this gender equality is highly commendable.   Though perhaps we should expect no less from Human Rights Watch, which is a truly wonderful organization devoted to ... Read More
Well, for their companies anyway. The Senate Joint Economic Committee’s 2010 report says that, though women are still only getting 77 cents to the dollar of a man, they’re actually earning their companies much more. Invest in Women, Invest in America: A Comprehensive Review of Women in the U.S. Economy, the 256 page compendium the committee released, explains that though women make up half of the U.S. workforce and more than half of graduates from ... Read More
Beautiful, eerie, and a little sultry, Agent Ribbons' video for "That's Not Edgar's Heart" is absolutely mesmerizing. Dressed in vintage party dresses and fascinators, these ladies have created unforgettable imagery for this moody song. With lyrics like "my voice will turn the smoke and tell you I love you while you sleep" it's impossible not to fall in love. Watch for yourselves: You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video Their own description ... Read More
The 7th annual Afro-punk Festival returns to Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY and the line-up is probably the most spectacular yet. Incredible artists such as Santigold, Janelle Monae, Cee-Lo Green, Joi, Rocky Business, Toro Y Moi, and many others will take the stage August 27th and 28th. There’s music for almost any taste because, like the 2010 promo video states, “Afro-punk is not a genre—it’s a state of mind.” But this ... Read More
  Though Kat Roberts has worked as a footwear and handbag instructor at FIT and 3rd Ward, what she really loves is “making beautiful new things from the destroyed and discarded.” So this spring she created a blog, We Can Re-Do It, on which she shares some of her creative repurposing ideas. Her projects are all surprisingly easy and cheap, yet the results are stunning. Follow her instructions to turn a lame logo bag into a lovely summery ... Read More
Despite being outlawed in 2004, the rates of selective abortions of girls in India have substantially increased—particularly among the wealthier classes—according to a recent study published by The Lancet. The sex of a fetus can be determined in an ultrasound after 14 weeks, and in India abortions are only legal until the 12-week point. While gender ratios vary among the regions, the overall rates of girls have greatly decreased since the last Indian ... Read More
Navigating gendered vocabulary can be tricky. I use the term “guys” to refer to just about anyone—men, women, children, even the elderly—but every now and then my poor vocabulary has led to confusion or even discomfort.  But terms for the “fairer sex” are pretty limited. “Females” sounds starchy and medical, and even “women” often feels too official. “Girls” indicates youth and can be ... Read More
The “Gender in Society” team, made up of folks from POTENTIA magazine, (which "covers gender, sexuality and power relations in a non-pretentious manner”) and Utrecht University, NL (where our own BUST editor-in-chief, Debbie Stoller once worked!) have entered the 2011 Academic Yearprice Competition. The grand prize is 100,000 euros, which the “Gender in Society” group plans to use to create a documentary on gender. Sounds pretty ... Read More
  I love drag. I always have; when I was about five years old I apparently watched the classic drag movie The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert so often that the tape of the VHS wore out. Now, 16 years later, I watch just about everything online, so there’s no problem if I want to watch the same thing over and over, like I’ve done with the first season of “Rupaul’s Drag U.” But soon there will be a new batch of women ... Read More
We’ve all heard it before: someone tries to inform young women about their options regarding an unwanted pregnancy, and they’re blamed for “promoting abortion” to young girls. But this time the attacks are coming from two Texan teenagers—against Girl Scouts. Tess and Sydney Volansk have launched a new anti-abortion rights website, Speak Now: girl scouts. The sisters were involved in Girl Scouts for eight years, but left after ... Read More
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