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After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a medical diagnosis. Furthermore, doctors must now provide free hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery to individuals who want it. Read More
While we here in the US continue to suffer through the latest ridiculous goings-on of our own election year politics, Egyptians head to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in what is their country’s first ever multi-candidate presidential race and the first major election since long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak took a hike last winter. With thirteen people in the running, Egyptians of course have an appropriately diverse array of candidates from which to select their brand new president, right? Well, maybe not so much. Read More

YES! Consent is Sexy

BY Intern Tessa in Style

YES! Consent is Sexy is a new underwear line with flashy, brightly colored panties emblazoned with words like "Yes!", "No!", "Maybe", and "Ask First." With REAL women (not airbrushed automatons) modeling these garments, and the proceeds going toward raising awareness, there's even more incentive to pick up these graphic skivvies. The money from sales of this line go to a group called FORCE: Upsetting the Culture of Rape,  a project that challenges rape culture and instead promotes a culture of consent. Read More
  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack without ever actually doing anything. Read More
  It's no secret that we love some quality arts and crafts here at BUST. We'll take embroidery hoops, knitting needles, and paper mache over just about anything else. What's even better than DIY-ing for fun, though, is putting your crafty skills to good use! Danish artist Hanne Bang is spearheading a project called "In A War Someone Has to Die," which is a transnational effort to unite women against a common enemy: war. Read More
It is rare to attend a concert that is truly life-changing. Last night I had the honor and privilege to attend "An Evening with Patti Smith," at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, and can honestly say that I left the show with the desire to become a better human being.  The show was being held in conjunction with her accompanying exhibition Patti Smith: 9.11 Babelogue at the Leubsdorf Art Gallery. Smith was joined on stage with 40-year accompanying guitarist Lenny Kaye, as well as her daughter Jesse Smith on piano. Read More
                  The Nobel Committee announced that three female activists would share this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, along with Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman, an activist from Yemen were all chosen “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” Each woman has pretty long list of achievements. The 72-year-old Sirleaf was Africa's first elected female head of state. Read More
Upcoming Event: How Rape Hurts All of Us What: NOW NYC is hosting an event that discusses rape and how it hurts all women, the discussion is led by a panel of activists, authors and survivors. The group investigates how stereotypes about rape increase the epidemic of the violent crime and impact the way a survivor reaches justice. Read More
Big changes for women are happening in the Middle East right now! Tunisia, who has been a leader for women's rights in that region, have a new electoral system in the works. This means that in the months to come, the women of Tunisia may just get a chance to vote and run as candidates along side the men. In April, the electoral commission established to make rules for the upcoming October assembly elections. Political parties are to alternate men and women on their lists from top to bottom and the electoral commission can reject a party that doesn't agree with this. Read More
  Permanent Wave kicks off their feminist performance series this Super Bowl Sunday at 8pm at Death by Audio in Brooklyn. There will be music, poetry, art, and baked goods (vegan and non-vegan). This is a benefit for the Center Against Domestic Violence in Brooklyn, and the theme of the event is Relationship Violence. Both show-goers and performers will have a chance to engage in activities relating to awareness and activism! Performances by noon: 30, Emilyn Brodsky, P.S. XO, and Plastiq Passion. Poetry by Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai and Hanalei Ramos. Read More