BY Marissa Dubecky
on Jan 29, 2015
Plot twist! Turns out the leader behind the controversial Men's Right's Movement used to be pals with Gloria Steinem. Mother Jones released a profile of Warren Farrell's journey from feminist to hero of the haters, and we are left with an unshakable feeling of unease (as well as many questions—like, for one, why is this guy only ever photographed in a cave? Like here. And here. And oh yeah, also here. Read More
Miley Cyrus is naked (again), this time in V magazine’s music issue (out January 15th). By this point, Miley’s transformation from Disney Channel’s packaged innocence to subversive pop star is about complete. A proud supporter of the Free the Nipple campaign, Miley has no qualms about baring buns and other bits—and she has a solid reason behind her decision to strip down. “It’s not about getting your titties out. It’s about equality,” the singer/actress recently tweeted. We're dig it. Read More
Graphic novels are awesome, hands down. From Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by author, and recently-named 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Alison Bechdel to Persepolis by novelist/ director Marjane Satrapi, some of my favorite books are graphic novels, which is why I was so psyched to see that “Female Force” is issuing a new comic book about the lives of Angelina Jolie, Arianna Huffington, Melinda Gates and Gloria Steinem. Read More
on Oct 07, 2014
Head on over to Facebook at 3pm EST today for a live Q & A with Gloria Steinem about her new project with ebook publisher Open Road Media. "Reading Our Way to the Revolution" will be a monthly series of blog posts, in which she will recommend books that have been "life-giving" to her. We will be republishing those posts here.
Below, Steinem writes about the importance of books in her life, and introduces the project.
Reading our Way to the Revolution: An Introduction
In my twenties, I was in love with the movies of Francois Truffaut. Read More
BY Emma Tilden
on May 23, 2014
Members of the group Sangre Menstrual at their performance in support of the "Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period."
Sangre Menstrual, a Spanish performance group, took to the streets wearing white pants and shorts stained with menstrual blood in support of their “Manifesto for the Visibility of the Period.” Sangre Menstrual wrote the manifesto to point out that, by attempting to hide our periods, a perfectly natural bodily function, we are participating in the patriarchal system and effectively punishing ourselves for being women. Read More
on May 15, 2014
“All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.
Seen here as those social justice and feminist activists who came before us, these children are the movement’s future. Read More
Now we can officially stop talking about Miley-gate. No matter how tired we are of rehashing the VMA performance and “Wrecking Ball” video, Cyrus’ work does offer insight into how women are encouraged to express themselves and how young women are viewed by the public. Are Cyrus’ performances feminist and sex-positive as some claim? I personally think not; after all, she has a team of men who aren’t exactly known for respecting women and their bodies (ahem, Terry Richardson) behind much of the work. Read More
The term “feminism” wasn’t coined until the second wave, and it caught on like wildfire. Gloria Steinem’s Ms. Magazine aimed to educate women on equality and open their eyes to injustices; the magazine explained that women (and men) just needed to feel the ideas “click” into place. And the best way to help someone have a “click” moment was through a relatable anecdote. Read More
Although we at BUST are always sad to hear about a fellow print publication struggling, I can't say I'd miss Penthouse. Due to the availability of pornography on the internet, the porn magazine is having trouble making ends meet. Los Angeles Times reports, “the California company that owns Penthouse magazine, [online dating sites like FriendFinder] and a host of [...] adult websites filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday.” The company believes that filing is “the most [...] cost effective way for the company to continue to operate [the] business. Read More