The New Republic’s Laura Bennett has something important to say about Betty White’s recent roles in her essay “Betty White Is Not a Sex Machine: Our Cruel Obsession with Dirty Old Women.” While she acknowledges that elderly women in the media have gained traction, ceasing to be mostly “sexless [...] prudish nags,” she sees an increase in sexual exploitation of older women. From Betty White’s role in Hot in Cleveland to Cloris Leachman’s Maw Maw on Raising Hope, older women in the media are often over-sexualized and sexually deviant. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 26, 2013
Some say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. New York Post reporter Stephanie Smith took that as gospel truth, and she set the Internet abuzz yesterday by revealing herself as the author behind 300sandwiches.com. The blog came about after Smith made her boyfriend a sandwich one morning. After finishing the meal, he told Smith that she was “300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.” Her blog chronicles her journey (and recipes) towards that proposal—today’s sandwich, the “Baked at Halftime” Fried Green Tomato BLT, is number 177. Read More
Geena Davis is pretty much my hero, and we were thrilled to spot her hanging out around our BUST Craftacular space at Maker Faire this weekend. The actress has a long history of debunking female stereotypes in her films. In A League of Their Own she became a female athlete who made history; in Beetlejuice, she portrayed a warm, loving lady ghost who saved a teenage girl from being forced into a marriage with a demonic spirit. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 23, 2013
It’s always great to start off the day with a blood-boiling-ly bigoted piece of writing. It fuels the flames of feminism and reminds me why I still care, and why everyone else should care, about women's issues. Today, my inspiration wasn't hard to find: I bring to you one man’s take on how to spot a "slut." As it turns out, top-tier news source ReturnOfKings.com is offering up 24 simple signs that you can look for if you think a gal might just be begging for your charming male companionship. Let’s analyze a few of the most poignant points...
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Australian Surfer Stephanie Gilmore in Roxy Promo
The surf clothing brand Roxy recently released a promotional video starring female surfer Stephanie Gilmore. Instead of the expected shots of wave-riding and mind-blowing athleticism, the ad features Gilmore rolling around in bed in a pair of navy undies, showering, and getting dressed. It even includes a shot that focuses only the athlete’s breasts.
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Cori Schumacher, a world champion surfer, took to change. Read More
"The Hottest Styles Are Here"... Not
Abercrombie and Fitch is having a “meltdown,” reports Buzzfeed. Why? Because girls aren’t buying the whole “cool kids wear Abercrombie” thing anymore. Women’s clothing sales have dropped 30% in the last quarter, contributing greatly to an overall 10% decline in business.
Company CEO Mike Jeffries isn’t revealing much about the drop (don’t let 'em see you sweat, eh?). Read More
Blogger and Fox News contributer Erick Erickson has said so many infuriating things about women and their bodies. First, he disparagingly called the 2012 Democratic National Convention the “Vagina Monologues.” Then he said women working to support their families go against science, implying that men are genetically programmed to work outside the home and to play a “dominant role” in the family.
Clearly, he hasn’t learned from his mistakes, and his most recent comment makes me feel all icky inside. Read More
on Sep 17, 2013
We get loads of press releases here at BUST— sometimes about things that are really relevant to us and our readers, and sometimes, well, sometimes not.
And the press release we received yesterday was just wrong in a thousand million ways. So wrong, in fact, that just describing it wouldn't be enough. Instead, we wanted to share the entire release with you. Granted, sharing it with you is exactly what the publicist was hoping for, but somehow we don't think this release will have the intended effect. Read on, if you dare. Read More
In high school, my best friend and I would practice making the “crazy person face” to deter people from sitting next to us when we traveled alone. My mother has always told me that people will always sit next to young women on planes and trains because they feel they have a right to get all up in our personal space. “Wait until you get older; they’ll respect you more,” she would tell me. For some reason, the majority of people are more comfortable sitting next to women on public transportation. Read More
BY Adrienne Tooley
on Sep 13, 2013
GoDaddy, a.k.a. the Internet service company with blatantly sexist commercials and advertising strategies, is singing a new tune. Last week, the New York Times reported that GoDaddy is releasing a new commercial that is a far cry from the provocative ads of the past.
Due to an outcry from women everywhere, the company, and chief executive Blake Irving, are shifting away from overtly sexy ads, and instead are implementing a campaign that everyone can get behind. Read More