When I started reading an article on New Statesman by Sarah Ditum (“Why we shouldn’t rebrand prostitution as ‘sex work’”), I was so ready to pounce with all my counter arguments in favor of using “sex work.” The word “prostitution” is archaic and harmful and all that bad stuff. Ditum was prompted to write this piece by a recent push to replace “prostitute” with “sex worker” in the 2015 ... Read More
on Jun 21, 2014
In an age where feminism is often misunderstood and demonized as a movement for female “man haters,” this progressive high school teacher finally decided to take matters into her own hands and reeducate her students about the true meaning of the word. The students responded so positively to the course that 7 of the boys in her class decided to make a video (shown below), in which they proudly declare themselves feminists.
Even though the course ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 12, 2014
It is still of the upmost belief that in child custody battles, women have an advantage. In fact, it is a popular argument by many Men’s Rights Activists that men are “oppressed” because of this “fact.”
As usual, these MRAs have no warrants to their claims. Unfortunately, more than just MRAs buy into this particular belief. Many women also believe that child custody cases favor them – meaning they believe that women more often ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 05, 2014
We all know how dangerous internalized misogyny can be. Patriarchal culture can often result in women doing and saying things that aren't very supportive of our fellow ladies. Like slut-shaming. Aside from being completely lame sauce, there is new evidence that this is not simply a gendered phenomenon.
According to a study published in the June issue of Social Psychology Quarterly, slut-shaming has less to do with sex and more to do with class.
In 2004, ... Read More
BY Gwen Berumen
on Jun 04, 2014
Thanks to a study conducted by the public policy organization Demos, we now know that women in retail are earning four dollars less than their male counterparts. In order for them to eliminate the gap, they would have to work for 103 more days.
This disparity costs women $40.8 billion yearly.
The vast majority of retail employees are women - the industry employs 7.2 million women. Over 1 million of those are on the brink of poverty. And, if this trend ... Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery
For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male ... Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Dec 12, 2012
I don’t know about you, but I grew up positively drowning in Barbies. As I got older, I began to notice that all mine looked the same. (Go figure!) I read articles explaining just how unrealistic Barbie’s proportions are, and had to come to terms with the fact that I would never have perpetually pointed toes, hair that changes color in the pool, or perfectly symmetrical lady parts. We all know the dangers of comparing ourselves to a small, plastic ... Read More
BY Erina Davidson
on Jul 18, 2011
In need of an out-of-this-world drawing inspiration? Are your friends too impatient to pose for your vision of a sexy American Gothic? Come to Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School and get ready to do some saucy sketches. Featured in BUST's October/November ’08 issue, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School was founded in 2005 by artists Molly Crabapple and A.V. Phibes. It's currently run solely by Crabapple, a New York City-based illustrator whose inspirations ... Read More