If you’ve ever graced the aisles of a Toys ‘R’ Us or Duane Reade, then you know that the relentless pressure of gendered normativity is alive and well. Pink and purple products ranging from pens, earplugs, and Barbie dolls wrangle for female attention next to the more subdued, often blue or grey, products geared toward male shoppers.  The next frontier of gendered products has now appeared in an unlikely place: a hot pink pepper spray ... Read More
  In case you had forgotten, Instagram is apparently not down with the fact that women menstruate. Artist and poet Rupi Kaur's photograph, which revealed her period-soaked sweatpants and stained sheets, was twice taken down, although Instagram later claimed it was an accident.  Right.  Instagram is just the latest in a series of media outlets that flagrantly censor what they deem "inappropriate" depictions of the female body. Never mind that mass ... Read More
Feminism. The term sometimes gets a bad rap because people don’t fully understand what it actually means. (side note: LOOK THAT SHIZ UP) Delve deeper into the various facets of feminism, and things can get even more convoluted. But fear no more! Akilah, Obviously, the mastermind behind the smoothiefreak channel on YouTube, has created a video that explains intersectionality in feminism. WITH PIZZA. It's fantastic and exactly spot on, so check it out, ... Read More
Square footage is a hot commodity in New York City, and what little we manage to find is rarely dedicated to anything other than the necessities, like multiple shoe racks and IKEA bar stools. But two Brooklynites have decided to make the most of their Williamsburg abode by creating a literal museum in their hallway. Of what, you ask? The infamous 1994 figure skating conflict between Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding. Matt Harkins and Viviana Rosales Olen, both ... Read More
For the average bride-to-be, any mention of disruption can incite a wave of nightmares about botched seating charts and drunken groomsmen. Yet that is exactly the goal of Liz Susong and Carly Romeo, the two twenty-something founders of the new feminist publication, Catalyst Wedding Magazine. They want to disrupt and revamp the image of a modern wedding, an industry that has too long been marketed to the overwhelmingly white, heterosexual, affluent and ... Read More
For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus. In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had ... Read More
A 20-year-old college student in India confronted her would-be attacker by dragging him to the nearest police station while bystanders silently watched. Pradnya Mandhare was entering the train station during an afternoon in Vile Parle, a suburb of Mumbai, when a drunken male stranger approached her. The man, now identified as Chavan Chowdee, allegedly grabbed her inappropriately amidst the crowd of travelers. Mandhare stated, as told to the Telegraph, “I was ... Read More
  Last week, we here at BUST were so excited to discover that visionary journalist Maia Weinstock had created a set of Legos featuring the four past and present women of the Supreme Court. O’Connor, Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Kagan, the whole gang, their bench and the SCOTUS library were ready and submitted to Lego Ideas- the platform that allows people to submit designs for potential products with the company.  But five days after proposing her ... Read More
As winter finally comes to a close, and we remember that the bright shiny spot in the sky is called THE SUN, many of us are starting to rearrange our closets to make room for warm weather gear. But after months of virtual hibernation and voluminous puffy coats, a few of us aren’t feeling quite as confident as we should. Cue body positive takeover! Here are some of the best ladies to follow on Instagram in order to jump-start your self-assurance and remember ... 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
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