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Three members of Pussy Riot who were arrested (Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevic) currently remain in jail as their appeal hearing has been postponed to October 10. This court hearing may be the last chance for the musicians to be set free; alternate option would be sending the women to remote penal detention centers where they fear for their safety.  As this important date for the band approaches, J.D. Samson and Michael O’Neill of the band MEN have created a new song and video in support of Pussy Riot, “Let Them Out Or Let Me In. Read More
  Here at BUST, we are all women in journalism. As an experienced intern with a journalism degree, I’m used to seeing both classrooms and newsrooms full of driven, talented women. It seems only natural that I–and my female classmates and co-workers–belong in this field: we’re ambitious, capable, and damn good at what we do. It’s startling to realize that it would have been near-impossible for young women like us to break into journalism in the 60s or 70s.  Until the 1970s, rampant discrimination kept women out of the newsroom. Read More
Eve Ensler is a total rock star. See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. Read More
  Everyone with a brain and a heart knows that Gloria Steinem is a brilliant, confident, and powerful woman--which is why Rush Limbaugh, who clearly lacks both of these vital organs, “has been calling [Steinem] a 'feminazi' for decades,” as she put it in an awesome short video produced by Open Road Media. “It would be interesting to know how he got that way,” Steinem said, referring to Limbaugh. “I always wonder what happened to him.  What made him think that there always has to be a hierarchy?  That people can’t be linked instead of ranked. Read More
If you’ve ever read the comments on an article or blog post even slightly related to feminism, you’ve probably come across plenty of troll-y arguments.      “Feminists hate men!” “You just enjoy being offended.” “You’re being silly and overemotional.”     Now, you can turn all your comment-induced rage into fun with the Interactive Feminist Bingo Card! The card places troll-y comments on a five-by-five bingo card. When you click on a comment square, you mark it with a female gender symbol. Read More
Sometimes, when I read about whatever horrible thing televangelist Pat Robertson has said lately, my first instinct is to laugh — so much of what Robertson says seems straight out of the Onion. I saw this graphic going around on Tumblr recently and promptly burst into hysterical giggles: YOU GUYS, FEMINISTS ARE LESBIAN COMMUNIST WITCHES WHO GO AROUND MURDERING MEN AND CHILDREN!!!! But once I calm down, I remember that Robertson is an active political figure and the host of an immensely popular TV show, and about a million people tune in to watch him spew his hate every day. Read More
Global Times has spotlighted some awesome feminists in China who have recently staged various grassroots protests that go beyond writing articles or giving speeches.  They focus on pressing women’s issues like sexual harassment and workplace and financial inequality.  China is a more difficult environment to protest in, as feminism is less accepted there than in the United States (and a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t down with feminism either). Read More
  If you live in New York City and have been following the 'Free Pussy Riot!' movement as closely as we have, tonight’s the night to get involved! Amnesty International, FreePussyRiot.org, The Voice Project, and Lombard Freid Projects have joined together for a one-night-only benefit exhibition featuring five original videos of the feminist punk collective as well as various speakers from the New York cultural community. The exhibition will take place from 6 to 10 PM at Lombard Freid Projects at 518 West 9th Street in Chelsea. Read More
    During the Democratic National Convention, double-named CNN contributor Erick Erickson tweeted, "First night of the Vagina Monologues in Charlotte going as expected." Apparently this guy doesn’t know the difference between Eve Ensler's blockbuster play and a convention full of well-spoken female politicians. (Here's a hint: the former involves a lot more mentions of clitoris and labia). Read More
A recent Buzzfeed list of famous women who don’t identify as feminists should instead have been called “proof that nobody understands what feminism is.” Most of the women on the list seemed to be responding to the question “are you a rabid man-hater?” not “are you a feminist?” and/or not understand that those are two very different questions. “I don’t think that I would consider myself a feminist,” Marissa Mayer said. “I think that I certainly believe in equal rights, I believe that women are just as capable. Read More