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In his recent episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver traced the Internet from its humble AIM-ing origins to its central role in our lives today—with a concentration on how it’s become a “haven for harassment” of women specifically over the past 20 years. Oliver focused on Gamergate and revenge porn as particularly awful examples of sexist harassment, but also notes that “[Online harassment] can potentially affect any women who has a thought in her mind, and then vocalizing it. Read More
The first pic of Kerry Washington as Anita Hill in HBO’s Confirmation has been posted, and we are so pumped. Washington will be playing a far different political role than Olivia Pope, this time channeling young law professor Anita Hill. The film follows Hill’s testimony at Clarence Thomas’s 1991 Senate confirmation hearing, in which she stated that he had sexually harassed her when she was his assistant years before. Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! It’s officially the weekend, and we know you deserve a treat after a week of kicking ass. So, here are some of this week’s feminist new stories to catch up on while you unwind with a few cocktails or an entire pizza, whatever strikes your fancy ‘cause it’s the freakin’ weekend. Read More
Badass Twitter activist Mikki Kendall created the hashtag #FirstHarassed to open up the conversation about when women first begin to experience sexual harassment. Unsurprisingly, the phrase quickly went viral; also unsurprisingly, harassment starts early for most girls. Ugh.   The anecdotes that have been accumulating on Twitter are substantiated by recent research from Hollaback! and the organization's survey on street harassment — the biggest and most international one to date. Read More
The first few times Poppy Smart was catcalled by construction workers on her way to work in Worcester UK, she tried to ignore it: "I started wearing sunglasses so I didn't have to look at them. I started putting headphones on so I didn't have to hear them," she told BBC news. But, after a month of street harassment, she decided enough was enough, and reported the workers to the police.   Woah, the police?! That seems extreme, right? Wrong. Read More
In Lima, Peru, 7 out of 10 women are catcalled by men every day—but a new public service campaign is showing guys just how foolish they are for harassing women by way of the women who taught them the most: their mothers. The PSA, called “Silbale A Tu Madre” (Whistle At Your Mother), began when Everlast, the organization producing the campaign, spoke to the mothers of two men guilty of sexual harassment. These moms agreed to get dolled up in a disguise and then walk by their sons on the street. Read More
Living in a huge urban center like New York City means that catcalls and whistles, unwanted greetings and gestures, can, unfortunately, come at you any time of the day or night. Case in point: I left my bartending job at 1 pm IN THE AFTERNOON yesterday, after working an all-night rave that rendered me exhausted, voice-less and wanting to buy an apple from the corner fruit stand just to chuck it at a passing police siren. In other words, I looked rough. Read More
The YouTube community is at a loss with recent accusations of sexual assault directed towards popular “prankster,” Sam Pepper. This British vlogger has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube and over 1.1 million followers on Twitter. A majority of his fans are young women.  Personally, I’m shocked that he was able to gain a fan base on YouTube, considering his prank videos that involve violating women. His most recent video, which promoted the allegations from victims, was a video, “Fake Hand Ass Pinch Prank. Read More
When I was still in high school, I showed up to my first day of my first ever job so nervous that I promptly threw up in the bathroom and went home. Stories of my mother’s salad days at the Magic Pan had, for me, gilded black aprons and slip resistant shoes; there was no higher grace than that of a good waitress. With agility, speed, control, and a bit of prescience and good humor, she is universally capable (in cases of zombie attacks or overcooked patties). Read More
American Apparel doesn’t exactly have a good rep in many feminist circles—its notoriously sexist advertisements (and predatory founder) have definitely made me a little weary of buying my clothes there.  The company has lowered itself to our expectations once again this week with the U.K. launch of its racy “School Days” campaign, which features young women posing provocatively (the usual) in various school settings (not quite the usual). Read More