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  With the outpouring of sexual assault allegations against powerful men and Time’s Person of the Year dedication to “the Silence Breakers,” it feels like the world is finally listening to survivors — and it's incredible.. But in a recent interview with The New York Times, Gabrielle Union pointed out something really important about #MeToo and whose stories being heard. “I think the floodgates have opened for white women,” she said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence whose pain has been taken seriously. Whose pain we have...
Congresswoman Maxine Waters currently serves as the U.S. Representative for California’s 43rd district. But in these troubled political times, she also serves as a beacon of hope, a force for change, and a powerful voice for the #resistance. Representative Maxine Waters, the former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and the senior-most black congresswoman in the House, has been speaking truth to power for over 25 years. When the intrepid lawmaker is not making headlines for being one of the lone righteous voices advocating for the...
  Kristen Sollee is an educator, curator, and founder of the sex positive website, Slutlist. She teaches undergraduate gender studies at The New School and is the curator of the annual Legacy of the Witch music and burlesque festival in Brooklyn. Sollee is an outspoken advocate of sex positive feminism, particularly through the lense of the occult, where she draws on the historical context of the “witch” to depict a long line of brutality against women. Sollee is also a self-identified “witch” and author of bestselling...
  "VladTV," an online news site, released a YouTube video on Tuesday of Nick Cannon discussing his new app. The app, pronounced "consent" but spelled “CNCNT,"  an acronym for “consensual, and contractual, and tested” is meant, and Cannon explains, to aid in garnering consent from both parties before sex. Cannon initially states that the app is to protect women, but, as the video continues, it becomes clear that the app will effectively protect sexual assaulters. Although the app is still in production, Cannon gave a cursory run...
These may be days of rage for women’s rights activists burning it all down in the age of Trump, Weinstein, and #MeToo. But here at BUST, we also know that feminism can be super fun, and we’ve got a bunch of great activist-inspired workshops at this year’s BUST Holiday Craftacular—Dec. 9 & 10, Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St.—that prove exactly that. First up, we have amazing talks featuring Lindy West, Amber Tamblyn, and Kristen Sollee.  Then, we've got amazing classes going on all day. Gather your girl...
  Early Wednesday morning, TIME’s Person of the Year was announced as the “Silence Breakers” — those who spoke about their own experiences with sexual assault and harassment at the hands of powerful men, and used their platforms to invite others to unlearn their own silence as well. Many felt relieved that the title hadn’t gone to Donald Trump, a known abuser and predator himself, and that Tarana Burke, who founded the movement in 2006, was given credit in the #MeToo narrative (though many said that...
  On June 26, 2017, four months before the “me too” campaign reignited, Cosmopolitan.com published the story of Calla Hales' rape in an article titled, "She Told a Guy She Worked at an Abortion Clinic. On Their Next Date, He Raped Her." No one, including Calla, could have predicted the vitriol directed at her from FOX News, the anti-choice movement (which claims Calla made up her rape as a part a pro-choice agenda), journalists, and even some feminists, all for opening up about her experience. While extraordinary...
Time has revealed its 2017 Person of the Year, and it isn’t a person — or, rather, it’s many, many people. In a powerful spread available online, the magazine honored a movement they called the Silence Breakers, referring to the litany of survivors who have spoken out this year against sexual assault and harassment in America. Edward Felsenthal, Time’s editor-in-chief, announced the choice on NBC’s Today Show. “The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover, along with those of hundreds of others, and of many...
  As the list of men accused of sexual harassment (and subsequently often being fired from their powerful positions at everything from media companies and TV networks to cultural organizations and Hollywood studios) keeps on getting longer, a new man has come under fire amid rape allegations. On Monday, December 4, Netflix announced that they are cutting all ties with Danny Masterson, the star of their show The Ranch, after rape allegations against him have emerged or, should we say, re-emerged.  In March this year, PEOPLE first detailed how...
In March 2016, Brock Turner, who the media continues to refer to as the "Stanford University swimmer" and the rest of us (rightly) refer to as the "Stanford rapist," was convicted on three counts of sexual assault: sexual assault of an unconscious person, sexual assault of an intoxicated person, and sexual assault with intent to commit rape. Turner was released after serving only three months of an atrociously lenient six-month sentence. Last Friday, Brock Turner’s attorney, Eric Multhaup, filed to appeal Turner’s conviction. According to The...