Category » Feminism
These days, it's become pretty popular for interviewers to ask celebrities (especially young women) if they identify as feminists. Mags from Rolling Stone (asking Kim K.) to Maxim (Taylor Swift in, of all things, their Hot 100 interview) to Cosmo (!!) (Sarah Jessica Parker) to  TIME (Shailene Woodley) are getting in on the action. It's great to see so many publications finally raising the subject of feminism with their interview subjects. Here at BUST, however, we've been asking that question of almost every celebrity we've interviewed, since day one. Read More
Two U.S. representatives are introducing a new bill, the Safe Campus Act, to solve the continually confounding problem of handling sexual assaults on college campuses. It sounds ok at first; its goal is to give students a fair hearing on their campuses, but instead it could make reporting more difficult if survivors don’t directly report to their campus’s Title IX coordinator, a provision included in another bill in Congress right now: the Campus Accountability and Safety Act. Read More
You’ve just spent hours in the delivery room pushing through the pain, and the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived – your child is here. You and the father glance at each other – happily – because you did it, and once you arrive home, the one thing you want to do is sleep, after all, you did just produce a baby. Unfortunately, research suggests the father will pull a 180 and want you to do all the work; it seems sleep is no longer an option for you. Read More
  Today in stories about complete violations of a woman’s bodily autonomy: a pregnant Alabama woman in prison was seeking an abortion, and Alabama tried to take away her parental rights. According to ThinkProgress, an adult woman identified as Jane Doe sought an abortion before she was taken into prison and requested furlough to leave long enough for the procedure to be conducted. The story reached peak media attention on Wednesday, July 29, but by Wednesday afternoon, she reportedly changed her mind about the decision. "After much consideration and counsel, I ... Read More
We have some good news, and then we have some bad news. Good news: Amnesty International has drafted a policy to decriminalize the buying and selling of consensual sex between adults. This does not include the decriminalization of sex trafficking, the buying and selling of sex involving a minor, nor the buying and selling of sex involving coercion, deception, threats, or violence. This is the decriminalization of buying and selling sex between people over the age of eighteen who have made the conscious decision that they would like to either purchase or sell sex. Clear? Okay. Read More
VICE has grown exponentially from its early punk magazine years, giving rise to niche, off-shoot websites like Noisey (for music fiends!), Vice News (for those who care about current events and global issues but hate the stuffiness of traditional outlets) and Motherboard (for lovers of tech and geekery!). But this week, VICE readers will notice a newcomer to the lineup: Broadly, a lady-centric news source for “women who know their place.” One word: YAAAASSS. Read More
Well, shit. “The names and contact information for more than 300 Planned Parenthood employees have been published on a private website hosted by a group of hackers, part of an organization called 3301,” according to the Los Angeles Times. By publishing this confidential information, the hackers are putting the employees at risk for harassment and physical harm, endangering them and their families. Read More
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins. When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
The “Masters of Sex” star is all about embracing her femininity and taking no shit. She wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan discussing reproductive rights, female presidents, and a lack of interest in sleepover dance parties, saying, “I don’t want to be a boy, but I sure as hell want to be equal to them. Perhaps that’s what I’ve been striving for all along.” After growing up a tomboy, Caplan now celebrates her femininity. Read More
In Terry Gross's NPR interview with writer and editor Jessica Grose, professor of linguistics Penny Eckert, and speech pathologist Susan Sankin, the subject on the table was the policing of young women’s voices. “People are busy policing women’s language and nobody is policing older or younger men’s language,” Eckert says. Two of the speech tics discussed are uptalking (ending a sentence like it’s a question) and vocal fry (drawing out, or rasping, the ends of sentences). The clear double standard here? Men often employ these same tics. Read More