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  This week the gaming community received national attention as the heated debate known as “Gamergate” exploded with explicit threats of rape and murder to various feminist critics. What is Gamergate? Essentially, it is an online debate concerning journalistic ethnics, the gaming press and the social responsibility that games may or may not have, but it is also deeply ingrained with issues of sexism, misogyny and threats of violence. Read More
  Frequent BUST contributor and all around badass lady Mish Way proved once and for all that she is not one for taking sexist hecklers lightly. The White Lung singer and her band played a Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades, a Brooklyn club, last night along with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. After a few minutes of the first song, some balding bro in the front decided to start, as Way claims on her Twitter account, calling her a cunt and flipping her the bird. Read More
  Video game critic Anita Sarkeesian, who has tackled issues like the Damsel in Distress archetype, Manic Pixie Dream Girls and the Smurfette Principle in her series Tropes vs. Women, was driven out of her home last week by violent, sexual threats in which an internet troll named her parents and posted her address.   After publicizing the threats by reposting them in an image on her Twitter feed, @femfreq, she reassured fans by posting the following (again, on her Twitter feed): "I’m safe. Authorities have been notified. Staying with friends tonight. Read More
  This week, did the Emmys put women on a pedestal, or did they knock them off of it?   Thanks to Queen Bey’s VMA performance this past Sunday, feminism is the f-word on everyone’s lips. A word that normally warrants skeptical and dismissive looks, Beyoncé and other celebrities are making it “trendy” through efforts to mainstream it. With that taste still fresh in our mouths, Sofia Vergara being displayed on a rotating pedestal during the Emmys Monday night was just plain unsavory. Read More
Becky Hammon, former WNBA player for the San Antonio Stars, ranked among the league’s 15 best players of 2011, is now the assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs.  The Spurs rank number one in the Southwest conference, putting Hammon at the helm of a $660 million powerhouse. It’s refreshing to see the WNBA taken seriously, especially by the NBA.  The lack of attention or praise the WNBA receives is incredibly disproportionate to the talent of its players.  The WNBA averaged 80. Read More
Brand new country duo Maddie & Tae are calling out the crazy-high levels of sexism in the music genre known as “Bro Country”—the hyper-masculine, woman-objectifying trope that has come to dominate modern country music. They use their new song, “Girl in a Country Song” to point out the ridiculousness of portraying every woman as an overly sexual yet faceless being. Read More
So apparently women are incapable of parking in standard sized parking spaces.  Or, at least, that’s what the owners of a mall in northern China seem to think. They have created special parking spots “respectfully reserved for ladies” which are not only painted bright pink but also nearly a foot wider than a regular spot.  I don’t know how respectful I find this, though. In fact, I’d say that’s pretty damn sexist and patronizing.  Of course, we can rest assured that “Women make up most of our customers. Read More
Music Week, UK Music, The Association of Independent Music (AIM), and Nordoff Robbins have teamed up to launch a new Women In Music event, an award ceremony to honor and reward some of the top female artists in the music industry. According to Music Week, “The event will recognise the 30 most influential women executives from all sectors of the UK business, whilst also giving individual awards in five special categories: Outstanding Achievement, Media Pioneer, Creative Inspiration (the only category open to artists), Rising Star and Campaigner. Read More
  Okay America, I HAVE HAD ENOUGH. I am sick and tired of you spilling your “religious convictions” all over my nice new pair of CIVIL RIGHTS. I got them in mint condition, on sale for an exceptionally reasonable price, and now, THANKS TO YOU, they are splattered with ridiculous restrictions, based on bad science and arbitrary **cough sexist cough** beliefs. (Sorry, I’m a bit allergic to bull shit. Read More
Perfect Pussy’s Meredith Graves doesn’t take sexist antics quietly. This Syracuse hardcore band confronted some unexpected sexism at a recent show in Dallas, Texas while performing with several other female bands, including Potty Mouth, an all girl punk outfit. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, misogyny permeates even the hardcore sector of the music world.  Case in point, the concert promoters produced a flyer for the show that prominently featured two topless women in bondage, without the knowledge or consent of Perfect Pussy or Potty Mouth. Read More