Five illustrations of girls in blue dresses and bows appear against the white canvas. “Show me the ugly child,” says the soft-spoken woman to the young black girl barely above the table’s edge. The illustrations are an array of five different skin shades--light to dark. The little girl’s finger lightly touches the last illustration on the canvas. Her tiny hand darts back. “And why is she the ugly child?” “’Cause ... Read More
Sarah Fraunfelder was about to embark on a college tour with a group of other high school students when it happened. According to the 15-year-old, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at the security checkpoint in LAX glared, mumbled, and then said, “You’re only fifteen, COVER YOURSELF!” after she inquired about his hostile behavior. Shaken up, Sarah texted her father, Boing Boing blog co-founder Mark Fraunfelder, who recounted ... Read More
(Of all time!) When the web gives us wonders like Feminist Ryan Gosling, Feminist Harry Potter, and now the ultra-viral Feminist Taylor Swift account, it seems like the whole cyberverse explodes—and for good reason. Feminist Taylor Swift is probably my favorite parody to come out this year, and it’s all thanks to Brown University student Clara Beyer, whose quest for lyrical justice began like most movements: out of frustration. As both a fan and ... Read More
  Here at BUST, we strive to give you the latest in feminist news, pop culture, and, of course, baby animals. Because we all know the world would be a darker place without them. Today we’ve got a whole new load of photos from my new favorite species. Meerkat siblings Fips and Luck were born on April 23 at Aachen Zoo in western Germany and were unfortunately rejected by their mother. The zoo staff has since been dedicated to the cuddly twosome as their ... Read More
  I’d like to thank The Entertainment Software Association for what we already know. Women make up close to half of the entire video gaming population—45 percent. And hey, guess what? It’s not really news at all. That’s not to say that all’s well in the console world. After reading up on this new statistic, I scrunched my eyebrows and had to revert back to last week, where I was curiously watching the Electronic Entertainment ... Read More
The fight for gender equality in fiction lives on. For the past year, gendered book covers and the people fighting against them have highlighted the inner workings of sexism in the publishing biz. Who could forget the outcry over The Bell Jar’s 50th anniversary cover?     By the way, that cover is still featured on Google’s results page for the novel. Thanks for listening, publishers. And what about author Jim Hines’ genius photo ... Read More
We can’t get enough of cute critters taking baths. Is that really so wrong? I mean, yes, maybe we went a little overboard with a list of our favorite bathing beauties, but hey, we make no apologies for bringing you the best in cute. So once again, let us baby talk.   What animal could we possibly have in store for you today? A bunny, of course. Now, I’ll be honest: bunnies aren’t my favorite YouTube stars out there. They’re kind of ... Read More
My X-Men love affair just got way more intense. Last week, Marvel released X-Men #1, the first all-female comic in the X-Men series’—wait for it—50 year history. For the company to have waited this long to give Storm and Kitty Pryde the spotlight is beyond, well, pretty much everyone. But according to series writer Brian Wood, the new comic was created in hopes of squashing any fears readers might have over, you know, “shopping and ... Read More
Apparently, we needed this statistical answer: women make up 42 percent of the HBO series’ total 4.8 million viewers. Not a big number compared to True Blood’s 52 percent female viewership, but still big enough to stomp out Breaking Bad’s 36 percent.  What’s even more interesting is the fact that women make up half of the show’s online conversations and it’s pretty much all positive talk. I’ve tweeted countless times ... Read More
  A kitten could roll around in excrement, and I would still give it all the love in the world. Luckily for me, this one little fur ball thoroughly enjoys a good cleaning and is even afraid to venture out into the real world without its mini-bathtub. I feel you, Cat. I feel you. The video shows the white kitten lazily bathing with a few human-provided captions here and there. I mean, it’s like the cat knows what it has, and who could blame it? ... Read More
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