Most New Yorkers have probably seen the new MTA ads featuring faceless green and red stick figures and asking commuters to stop manspreading, nail-clipping, and performing gravity-defying dance routines on the subway. But did you know that the practice of manspreading dates back to the mid-20th century? As part of The New York City Transit Museum’s AfterHours program series, the MTA has released a series of incredible train etiquette ads from the 40’s ... Read More
Menstrual pads and street art activism have finally united in one young woman's fight for gender equality. Elone has been putting up period pads with feminist messages about rape all over her German city, and the response is already worldwide: After launching the campaign on International Women’s Day (March 8th), women in Brazil, Sweden, and the US have contacted Elone in hopes of starting similar campaigns in their own cities. This trumps any criticism and ... Read More
Indonesian sports apparel manufacturer, Salvo, just brought us back to the 1950s with some solid advice on how to properly wash clothing. The short answer? By re-establishing antiquated gender roles. It’s a well known fact that misogyny leads to cleaner laundry, and now we have some direct instructions. Thanks to Salvo, men no longer have to struggle to understand complicated terms such as “tumble dry low” or “hand wash only," and us women ... Read More
Planet Fitness Center has revoked the membership of a Michigan woman after she made transphobic comments about another member. Yvette Cormier’s problem began when she saw a transgender woman walk into the women’s locker room at her local Planet Fitness. Cormier was taken aback because the woman was not dressed in traditional women’s clothes and seemed to be a “man.” "I wanted to know why there was a man in the women's locker room," ... Read More
Sure, you could wear your heart on your sleeve ... but why not wear an awesome button on your chest, backpack, or pretty much anywhere else instead? On our search for fearless feminist buttons, we discovered we're actually budding button hoarders—but how could we not be when there are so many amazing options, all under $3. Let's do this: 1. Ask Me About My Feminist Agenda Available on Etsy 2. Rosie the Riveter Available on Etsy 3. Break Gender ... Read More
Everything is awesome when there are LEGO Supreme Court Justice ladies around! Maia Weinstock has created a set of customized LEGO figurines featuring the four women who have served on the Supreme Court Bench: Sandra Day O’Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan. Also included is a U.S. Supreme Court replica and SCOTUS library area. The aim behind Weinstock’s project is to inspire young women and girls to aspire towards ... Read More
On March 9, 2015, the 59th session of the Commission of the Status of Women began at the United Nation Headquarters in New York, and will last until the 20th of this month. Representatives of Member States, UN Entities and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (oh that’s what NGO stands for!) from all around the world are meeting to discuss what often feels like the never ending fight for international women’s rights. According to the UN ... Read More
March 8th was International Women's Day, and images poured in from around the world on social media and throughout major news organizations. We here at BUST are so excited that women's issues, as well as the call for international equality and justice, were given the attention they deserve. We hope that this annual celebration will continue to gain traction and spread the message about the need for women and girls to gain equal footing with men and boys in each ... Read More
In an age when un-retouched pictures of beautiful women are often considered scandalous, it can be kind of hard to keep up your own self-esteem. Yes, Beyoncé’s skin may not be perfectly ***Flawless, but who among us is without an occasional blemish? Looking "normal" is treated more and more like a deformity than simply being a human being (cellulite, stretch marks and acne, oh my!) and nobody can express how ridiculous this is better than the fierce ... Read More
A Belgian advertisement for the upcoming 2015 E3 Harelbeke cycling competition released an image of a male biker reaching up to grab a woman’s exposed behind. The tagline: “Who squeezes them in Harelbeke?” Not only is this ad disgusting, but it says zero about the actual sport and alienates any female cyclists who might want to participate as equals. Sigh. The design was inspired by previous winner Solvak Peter Sagan, who pinched a woman’s ... Read More
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