Category » Feminism
Contemplating the many “isms” that plague Hollywood—from racism to sexism to ageism—is enough to make anyone want to take a Silkwood shower. But there’s some good news from the industry trenches.  Meryl Streep, Tinseltown’s feminist fairy godmother, is now helping to fund The Writers Lab, the first and only program of its kind to help female screenwriters over 40 get a foothold in an industry where ageism reaches far beyond the acting arena. Read More
Imagine living in a country run by a feminist political party. Sounds sweet AF to me. Well Scandinavia, a place I imagine to be a progressive haven, is unsurprisingly leading the way in what The BBC is calling "the feminist political resurgence in Europe." The party, called Feminist Initiative (FI), was founded in Sweden in 2005 and launched in neighboring Norway this past spring. Norway’s demand for a feminist party started to increase about two years ago due to growing anger over government proposals to give doctors more power to refuse abortions (commence eye roll). Read More
On Friday, Marwa Balkar of Southern California decided to respond to Donald Trump's hate speech toward the Islamic community. Trump, in an interview with Yahoo News, suggested the need for a national effort to monitor mosques, and said he "wouldn't rule out" a system of having Muslims register in a database or carry a card signifying their religious beliefs. Balkar responded to this by denoting her faith by the peace sign she wears on her chest.  "I heard you wanted us the start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. Read More
  At BUST, we are all about our reproductive rights - both celebrating them and fighting for them. So you bet that we’ll be partying with #ShoutYourAbortion at their “Party Across ‘Murica” this Sunday. The women and men behind Shout Your Abortion - which you probably know from the viral hashtag where women worldwide opened up about their positive experiences with abortion - are taking the conversation off Twitter with three concurrent parties held in Brooklyn, Chicago and Seattle. Read More
From left to right: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Haudenosaunee woman, Matilda Joslyn Gage Where did early suffragists ever get the idea that women should have the same rights as men? The answer may be in their own backyards—in the egalitarian society created by Native Americans "One day, a [Native American] woman gave away a fine quality horse.” The audience of women’s rights activists listened attentively as ethnographer Alice Fletcher addressed the first International Council of Women. The scene was Washington, D.C. The date was March 1888. Read More
  Hey, did you know it's International Men's Day today?  Your optimism is cute, dear reader, but no--International Men's Day is not a day when we get to sit on satin pillows, eat cupcakes, and discuss the atrocities men have wreaked upon our lives. It's not a day where we sit around objectifying them, either.  International Men's Day is actually a bonafide day to celebrate men. Read More
Tucker Carlson’s The Daily Caller is apparently still around and as much filled with assholery as it has ever been. Displaying an unearthly amount of misogynistic racism, they reached a new low yesterday with a slideshow entitled “13 Syrian Refugees We’d Take Immediately.” Republicans have finally revealed what it would take for them to allow refugees into the Land of the Free – some really nice boobage. Read More
  Earlier this year, the Obama administration announced that the face of the $10 bill, Alexander Hamilton, will be replaced by a woman - in 2020. But we can’t wait five years to see who it is. We’ve joined the movie Suffragette’s #Suffragette19 initiative to ask you who you’d like to see on the $10 bill. Choose from these 10 American suffragettes below, or add your own in the comments! Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883) Born a slave, Truth spent her life working to advance the rights of African Americans and women. Read More
  In light of the recent, horrifying attack on France’s capital on Friday, and in light of the Syrian refugee crisis plaguing the Middle East and all of Europe, America’s finest gun-humping xenophobes and Republican presidential hopefuls have responded the way we knew they would: like a bunch of bigoted, fear-mongering children. Human Troll (and dickhead) Donald Trump believes that Syrian refugees seeking asylum in the United States “could be one of the great Trojan horses” because “we have no idea who these people are. Read More
  It’s been over 40 years since Roe v Wade. Despite the outrage over the existence of Planned Parenthood and despite the decades that America has had to adjust to the fact that abortion is legal and not sending anyone to Hell anytime soon, it is still talked about in hushed, shameful tones. Women don’t “choose” abortions; they are backed into abortions by grizzly life circumstances, and they are haunted by the ghosts of the children they didn’t have. Read More