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We recently read an article about the science of politely ending a conversation, which got us thinking about all the ways we deflect awkward advances on a regular basis. It’s no secret that women are targeted in what seem like even the most innocuous settings: pumping gas, ordering take out, and just getting the mail. These are all scenarios that have given us some regular practice at halting unwanted dialogue. And at the bar, come ons can sometimes be more obvious and aggressive. So what do...
According to a recent study by San Diego University, not much progress is being made in the movie biz regarding female directors, producers, and execs. The percentage of women doing major behind-the-scenes work -- from writers to cinematographers – was only 17%, which was the same number in 1998. This fact is even more disappointing when the data shows that it was a 1% increase from 2013’s figures. This means that there was a slight regress rather than any progress at all. What’s more, the...
A powerful riot grrrl combination is brewing and by the time they hit the road this spring, stages across the country are likely to explode. Hip-hop artist (and one of our fav girls) Lizzo will be  joining Sleater-Kinney for the first leg of their spring tour officially starting in February. As if Sleater-Kinney’s ‘No Cities To Love’ reunion (after a looong ten years) wasn’t enough, the beginning of their US tour is likely to have audiences losing their shit when Lizzo opens February 8th in Washington...
  Earlier this week we discussed Ava DuVernay’s historical Golden Globe nomination and expressed our sincere hopes that she would be able to conquer the Oscars’ Best Director category. Sadly, that won’t be happening. Though the film itself deservedly nabbed a nomination for Best Picture, DuVernay was shockingly left out of the race for Best Director. On one hand, it’s not surprising. Out of the eight best picture nominees, only The Theory of Everything (arguably) has a female protagonist, and only Selma is about people of color—the...
Happy Friday, BUSTies! We made it. Here are some noteworthy pieces of feminist news we know you wouldn't have wanted to miss along the way: Maggie Gyllenhaal’s very sweet and inspiring Golden Globes speech about the burgeoning “wealth of roles for actual women.” The US receives a “D” for reproductive rights on NARAL Pro-Choice America’s report card. This cute music video about douchebags made by some badass ladies. 10 ways women can stop manterruptions in meetings, courtesy of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg. This depressing study finding that 1 in 3 male college students...