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The now month-long storm of women sharing stories of sexual harassment has been an earth-shattering and powerful beginning to what seems to become an increasingly important feminist movement. A movement which has already lead to significant justice and change (look at all the powerful men being fired and removed from their once-upon thrones on a daily basis). And as powerful and impactful as words are, and the #MeToo movement has solidly confirmed that's true, there is sometimes something equally as poignant about the words not...
On Thursday, The Handmaid’s Tale became even less fictional. The State Assembly of Wisconsin approved a bill further blocking health insurance plans for state employees from covering abortions, and Republican Representative Scott Allen of Waukesha not only supported the bill, but posited that anyone with a uterus actually has an obligation to reproduce in order to help increase labor force. “Labor force shortages are tied to population declines, and labor force shortages are a limiting factor in economic growth. And limited economic growth poses a problem when government...
    Yesterday, Sunday, November 5, a 26-year-old white man named Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others. Kelley was later found dead, though according to NBC, it’s unclear if his death was a suicide or if he was killed by a local resident. As details emerged about Kelley, it became clear that Kelley had something in common with many mass shooters: he’s a man with a history of domestic violence. The Washington Post reports...
As I am writing this, I stare out the library windows on Marquette University’s campus in Milwaukee at a field of little pink and blue flags commemorating female (pink) and male (blue) fetuses. Since I began my undergraduate career at Marquette University in the fall of 2014, I have witnessed the annual "fetus graveyard" in the central greenspace of campus. The “Memorial for the Unborn” is sponsored by the pro-life student organization and supported by the university administration.Last year, on my way to class, I...
According to Politico, Christian conservative Penny Nance is being considered for the position of foreign envoy for women's issues in the Trump administration. This role would involve supervising the State Department’s programs to fight gender-based violence and promote women's and girls’ educational and economic achievement, which seems contradictory considering Nance's history of misogynist and homophobic views. Even if her name doesn't ring a bell, you are probably aware of the objectively terrible activism Penny Nance has pursued as CEO and then President of Concerned Women...
A beauty pageant is one of the last places you would expect to see a feminist protest. But that is exactly what happened during the Miss Perú 2018 pageant, when the contestants took the opportunity to draw attention to the extreme levels of violence against women in their country, according to El País. In the portion of the pageant in which they would usually repeat their body measurements to the camera and judges, all 23 women gave statistics about femicide. Then, in the bathing suit...
Remember the Leonard Cohen song, "Anthem," where he says, "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in"? Well, in the midst of what increasingly seems to have become the official year of darkness (2017, we are done with you, get out of our our way and take Trump, Weinstein and the rest of the misogynist patriarchy with you), we are seeing some new, hopeful cracks of light shining through the sometimes seemingly impenetrable dark ceiling.  During the first Women's Convention in Detroit, arranged...
Last week, the Education Department, led by education secretary Betsy DeVos, rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities. Some of the guidelines had been in effect since the 1980s, and formed an essential part of communicating the laws to parents, teachers and students. Students with disabilities and avocates are still exploring what specific effects these changes will have in practise, but less protection for marginalized folks cannot bode well in schools or anywhere else. These latest rollbacks are part of a...
A Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ruled yesterday that the Trump administration could not legally block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant from Central America from obtaining an abortion. After a monthlong legal battle, she underwent the procedure this morning, according to the Dallas News. Because she is an unaccompanied minor, the teenager is under the protection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. She initially obtained a judge’s permission to undergo the procedure on September 25 and had an abortion...
Another day, another sexual harasser (finally) getting called out and revealed to the masses in the aftermath of the Weinstein storm and the #MeToo campaign that it sparked. BUST has rounded up an incomplete (because many predators are still lurking in the shadows and remain unnamed) and constantly expanding (because a new name is being dropped every minute, it seems) list of all the famous, and powerful, men who have been accused of various degrees of sexual harassment and assault in the past month. From...