“We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world,” writes the nonprofit TED of its conferences, lecture series, and sub-organizations TEDActive, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, TEDx, TEDIndia, and of course, TEDWomen. Unlike so many open thought conferences, TED has millions of viewers and fans. Given TED’s inclusion of popular feminist thinkers like Sheryl Sandberg, one would expect TED talks to ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 25, 2013
French pharmaceutical company HRA Pharma has just released a warning stating that the morning-after pill "Norlevo" is completely ineffective for women weighing over 176 pounds. The pill even begins to lose effectiveness for women weighing 165.
So...we should all just be thankful we don't live in France, right? Well, it turns out the aforementioned Norlevo is identical in both chemical makeup and dosage to the morning-after pills sold in the United States, such as ... Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Jun 10, 2013
Party hard while contributing to a great cause by coming out for the 9th Annual "Summer, Sex and Spirits" Benefit! There's going to be an open bar all night long, with talented DJ duo AndrewAndrew (who you might remember from their cameo on Girls?) spinning hits to go along with them dranks. Plus how can you turn down a chance to check out the crazy cool performances of art troupe Lady Circus AND snag sexy latex creations from Mistress B? In addition to the silent ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Feb 19, 2013
Jessica Valenti is sick and tired of the question, “Why are you so angry?” We’re all aware of the “angry feminist” stereotype that’s been bandied about for decades; anger and aggression are prominent qualities of the caricature version of feminism. This unfair and false characterization is often invoked by those who would silence the voices of feminists, dismissing their views as irrational or otherwise invalid.
During a ... Read More
BY Katrina Pallop
on Jan 15, 2013
Planned Parenthood has released a new video as part of its Not in Her Shoes campaign, imploring viewers to set aside labels like “pro-choice” and “pro-life” when it comes to their ideas about abortion. We had a bit to say about this topic last week, as have many other sites and publications, feminist or otherwise. With so many Americans taking issue with these binary points of view, is does seem like the right moment to consider setting ... Read More
BY Maggie Carr
on Oct 09, 2012
Engaging lady voters is critical to winning the upcoming election—we are the majority of the population, after all—but looking at the “female vote” as a monolith ain’t the way to do it.
A panel of four prominent political women, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, MSNBC host and writer Melissa Harris-Perry, pollster Kellyanne Conway, and strategist Margaret Hoover, gathered at this year’s New Yorker ... Read More
BY Intern Yasmin
on Jun 20, 2012
Today might mark the summer solstice, but for presumptive Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney, the date might borrow from a different holiday, Halloween, more than is usual for summertime campaign stops. That is to say that Romney should be planning for the predicted appearance of Pillamina, Planned Parenthood's costumed avenger, at his Troy, Michigan, fundraiser tonight. According to the Planned Parenthood blog, Pillamina is making her ‘triumphant ... Read More
BY Intern Kerishma
on May 17, 2012
Planned Parenthood officially has a Tumblr account! It's nice that while politicians and radio nut jobs are trying to minimize their influence, we can now access them through the wonder of social media.
The blog seems really cool and super helpful, too; they answer user-submitted questions, post interesting health-related infographics, and promote body positivity – it’s all about sex without any of the shame.
Check it out and follow 'em here! ... Read More
BY Intern Tessa
on May 15, 2012
Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no government funds should be ... Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on Apr 18, 2012
Time has announced its 100 Most Influential People in the World, and we are proud to say, there are some BUSTy ladies on the list.
Here, eight women from the ranks who are doing truly amazing things.
For the full list, click over to Time.
Viola DavisIt has been quite the year for Ms. Davis. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Help, and she has taken many opportunities along the way to discuss the kinds of roles that exist for women of color in ... Read More