Orange is the New Black ’s Laverne Cox is an accomplished actress, outspoken trans-rights activist, and boundary-busting sex symbol whose unique pop-culture platform is helping her change the world.
I’VE INTERVIEWED A few celebrities in my day, but Laverne Cox is the first to mention “cis-normative, hetero-normative, imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy” within the first ten minutes. Or, you know, at all. By the time we’re done chatting in N.Y.C. Read More
Happy International Women’s Day, BUSTies! In honor of today's very important celebration, we've compiled a list of awesome quotes from our favorite feminist trailblazers. You know, the badass ladies who impacted (and are impacting) our history in unforgettable ways. From Jane Austen to Malala Yousafzai, these women have inspired us to stand up and fight for what we believe in. And here’s to many more years of celebrating YOU, lovely readers! Because, well, you rock and are totally inspirational for us as well.
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BY Madison N Nunes
on Mar 05, 2015
As a white,wealthy land and slave owner who played a large part in ruining the lives of thousands of American Indians during his presidency, why is Andrew Jackson still on our twenty-dollar bill? We wish we had an answer for you that wasn't simply “patriarchal tradition,” but unfortunately we don't. On the bright side, though, it seems like things might be looking up, thanks to one smart lady:
Barbara Oritz Howard, a previous canvasser for Hillary Clinton, began to pay attention to the parts of her life that were seemingly male dominated when she realized U.S. Read More
We barely have words for this because we are laugh-cringing so hard. What do you get when you combine feminist theory courtesy of bell hooks with old "Saved By the Bell" screenshots? Probably the most amazing thing we've seen in weeks. WEEKS PEOPLE. Maybe even the entirety of the new year. It is freaking incredible. Just look at these gems:
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Bless you, you retro television genius who created this. We are obsessed with you. Email us. We'll do lunch.
Image c/o: savedbythe-bellhooks.tumblr. Read More
Esquire just released a listicle enumerating the “80 Books Every Man Should Read.” That’s fine. This is a men’s magazine appealing to men so the creatures whom their list is intended for is every man. They even admitted that their list is “...unranked, incomplete, and utterly biased.” Supposedly, this list is culled from someone’s idea of the greatest literature available to readers. Read More
bell hooks is not a fan of Orange is the New Black, she said during a public dialogue with Laverne Cox. Cox plays transgender woman Sophia Burset on the show, which is often lauded for the unprecedented cast diversity and LGBTQ themes. The dialogue was held at The New School on Tuesday, but thanks to technology, you can watch it anytime you'd like.
Later in the talk, hooks turns the conversation toward justice and transgression, and our favorite question, “who is a feminist?”
“Some people are more feminist than others,” hooks said in contradiction to Cox’s previous assertion. Read More
BY Elle Brosh
on Jun 13, 2014
“Hello? Yes, it is me, bell hooks. Yes, I am here to tell you to cut that white supremacist capitalist patriarchy shit out. Uh huh, thanks, okay buhbye.”
It may not be as good as the lady herself, but yes, that is pretty much what is going on here. This amazing new Tumblr page provides those who love a good ol’ bell hooks hoot every once in a while with pure gold; The Feminist Phone Intervention is a godsend for anyone and everyone who felt inclined to give out their digits to some random dude who asked for them because they were just feeling nice that night. Read More
BY Mary Rockcastle
on May 08, 2014
I’ve seen bell hooks speak a few times at my university, and every time, I’ve cried. For the uninitiated, hooks is the activist and author responsible for such eloquent, world-rocking works as Ain't I A Woman? and Feminism is for Everybody. However, yesterday, during her panel discussion with Janet Mock, Shola Lynch, and Marci Blackman (titled “Are You Still a Slave?”), hooks shocked everyone in the room by criticizing Beyoncè.
To be fair, I’ve also cried a lot to Beyoncè. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 25, 2014
It’s no surprise I clicked the link to the Salon article titled “What Americans Don’t Understand about Weight Loss.” Partly because I am a feminist, and I thought the piece would pick apart the idea that we need to count calories to be worthy, and partly because I myself have always struggled with poor body image and a perpetual weight-loss pursuit. The picture accompanying the story (see below) suggests that we're bound by our obsession with weight loss, placing unhealthy importance upon the poundage of our bodies. Read More
BY Andrea Stopa
on Feb 04, 2014
In case you missed it, this past November The New School in New York City hosted a public dialogue between the historic Black feminist theorist bell hooks and the brilliant author, professor, and TV show host Melissa Harris-Perry as they took on topics of race, gender, politics, activism, and self-love. Needless to say, it was a phenomenal opportunity to see a glimpse of the conversations that must litter both of their intellectually-rich lives, both women speaking with honesty and at points agreeing to disagree- which is both the worst and best part about academic/intellectual conversations. Read More