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Everyone hates Pinterest! News media from the Washington Post to Buzzfeed have been criticizing what Gawker called “the Mormon housewife’s image bookmarking service of choice," and all too often the criticism seems based on the fact that Pinterest is popular with women. Last week, Buzzfeed published an article called “How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism,” arguing that Pinterest is anti-feminist because much of the content is made up of recipes, home décor, fashion, fitness, mini-food, and “cupcake porn. Read More
After Katie Roiphe wrote an article criticizing feminists nowadays for being too sarcastic instead of being “serious” and “straightforward,” Amanda Marcotte over at Slate wrote a response to Roiphe’s article, saying that feminists are sarcastic these days because, well, pretty much everyone is! In celebration of snark, we’ve compiled a list of ten of our favorite snarky feminists (in no particular order). First up is Janeane Garofalo. Read More
If there’s two things I’m sick of hearing about, it’s Chris Brown’s continued existence and the women’s reproductive rights debate. Frankly, I’m just too busy to worry what goes on with my vagina, and I’m a little insulted that some politicians assume that women are obsessed with reproductive rights. If they even took two seconds to open an issue of Glamour, they’d know we care about a wide range of things, like Fall’s Nine Hottest Nail Polish Colors and Three Totally Chic Ways to Wear a Cape. Read More
  It’s no secret that bullying is a pervasive problem in schools. And LGBT students are frequent targets of anti-gay slurs and assaults. According to a 2009 survey by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), 90 percent of LGBT students reported being harassed at school –a harrowing statistic. The recent publicized cases of harassment and bullycide motivated teen activist Brittany McMillan to take action. In 2012, she came up with Spirit Day, when students, teachers, and professionals would “go purple” in support of LGBT youth. Read More
Halloween happens to be one of the best holidays ever, but it also can be one of the most upsetting. Whether it’s sexist, historically inaccurate, a shameless rip-off of something in pop culture (A “Ticktock Orange Juice”, anyone?), or just plain stupid, there's a cheap, offensive costume for everyone out there. As a Halloween enthusiast I thought I was pretty well acquainted with the dark underbelly of cheap mass produced costumes. Turns out, not so much. Read More
  Ladies, are you sick and tired of having to put up with catcalls and lewd remarks on the streets? Comedians Shanika Powell and Samantha Riddell, of brand-spanking new comedy group SlamPow! Productions, sure as hell are. They address the sexual harassment women face on the streets of NYC in a three-minute role-reversing scene. The parody, aptly titled “Meat,” features several females verbally harassing a dude who is walking innocently through the streets. Read More
Members of FEMEN, a Ukranian feminist activist group, bring attention to their cause by baring their boobies.  The group known for topless protests has now started something of a feminist “international training camp” in France, which opened on September 18. Inna Shevchenko, a prominent FEMEN member, was wearing nothing but salmon-colored denim shorts and the words “Free Riot” painted on her body when she chainsawed down a giant Orthodox cross near Independence Square in Ukraine’s capital, Kiev. Read More
  Here at BUST, we are all women in journalism. As an experienced intern with a journalism degree, I’m used to seeing both classrooms and newsrooms full of driven, talented women. It seems only natural that I–and my female classmates and co-workers–belong in this field: we’re ambitious, capable, and damn good at what we do. It’s startling to realize that it would have been near-impossible for young women like us to break into journalism in the 60s or 70s.  Until the 1970s, rampant discrimination kept women out of the newsroom. Read More
It's no secret that awful things are happening to women around the globe simply because they're female: child marriage and sex slavery are just a few that come to mind. Thankfully, some people are working to put an end to these atrocities. Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn highlight this excellent work in their powerful two-part documentary Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. The Half the Sky project began with a critically-acclaimed book, and now includes websites, music, and a social media campaign. Read More
Not too long ago, the BUST Blog covered a New York woman’s efforts to re-vamp Verizon’s cancellation policies for domestic violence survivors. Almost 200,000 signatures later, her petition was successful! Today, as part of its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon is implementing some brand-new policy changes to better assist victims of partner violence. Customer service reps now have specific protocol for assisting survivors with contract cancellation—and even better, can connect them with the resources they need to stay safe and start anew. Read More
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