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  It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.    She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Read More
  Oh dear. Just when we thought we had covered all of the fields in which women are discriminated, we churned up another: air travel. In a study by English travel agent sunshine.co.uk, 51 percent of travelers expressed a preference for male pilots over females. Shockingly, it was mostly women who felt unsafe with lady pilots behind the wheel.    Not only did the study reveal prejudice, but it also aimed to explain why people feel this way. Read More
There was some concern among BUST.com readers about the posting (and subsequent removal) of a post on a new line of anti-rape activewear. Though there may be benefits to these products, we thought this issue could use a more nuanced discussion.    Rape-prevention techniques like self-defense classes and pepper-spray are often helpful; they can save lives. But ideally, they are not permanent fixtures. If we turn solely to defensive tactics that teach us, “Don’t get raped” instead of “Don’t rape,” we’re in trouble. Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. Read More
Harmony Hammond. Suture, 2002.   The Lesbian Herstory Archives, an awesome ongoing collection of political and culturally relevant records of lesbian lives and herstory is hosting an art benefit, and it’s going to be really incredible.  Harmony Hammond, the artist and writer behind Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics and Lesbian Art in America will present her current exhibition. As if that wasn’t enough, artists from 1978’s transcendent A Lesbian Show will be there, including Fran Winant, Dona Nelson, and  Flavia Rando. Read More
  With song titles like “Miss Independent,” pop star Kelly Clarkson   would seem to most like a feminist. But she doesn’t see it that way. In conversation with TIME’s Belinda Luscombe, Clarkson stated the word feminist is “too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’” She goes on to explain, “I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s a leader. Read More
  Karl Lagerfeld’s recurrent anti-woman and body-shaming comments probably aren’t great career moves for a Chanel and Fendi designer who thrives on appealing to women. He first got under my skin when giving an interview with Harper’s Bazaar... as Coco Chanel herself. When asked if she was still a feminist, the faux Coco Lagerfeld clumsily responded, “I was never a feminist because I was never ugly enough for that.” Wow. Read More
  Yesterday, my fiance popped a “surprise” into our DVD player: a feminist episode of the amazing 1990s show Batman: The Animated Series. I have always thought of Gotham as a pretty progressive city; Catwoman is at least as terrifying and powerful as Batman, and other female villains abound. But this episode is explicitly feminist. My fiance attributes to it his early discovery and association with feminism.    In the opening scenes, we see that the evil Joker has some awful attitudes about women and their place in his gang. Read More
Who doesn't secretly dream of owning their own bookshop? Rows of yellowing volumes filled with harrowing tales, a pastel sundress for every day of the week, a grumpy Ron Swanson-esque cat on the windowsill...It would be like living in a Joanna Newsom music video. Finally, the chance to make that asbestos-filled dream a reality has arrived! The owners of Chicago's Women and Children First, one of the last independent feminist bookstores in the United States, are looking to hand over the master key to a new owner. Read More
It is no exaggeration to say that I am obsessed with Hello Kitty. My bedroom is saturated with stuffed animals and wall decals. The first thing I see every morning is an image of Hello Kitty on an airplane adventure, the words “It’s a wonderful day... Hello Kitty” flying alongside her.    But not all of Kitty’s days have been wonderful; like the rest of us, she has faced her fair share of criticism. The Japanese Kawaii aesthetic from which she is modeled is often seen as oppressive. Read More