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Tumblr, fairly notorious for hosting images that glorify self-harm, announced several months ago its plan to ban “thinpsiration” photos. But a quick search for the tags 'thinspiration,' 'pro ana,' 'anorexia,' and 'bulimia' all yield results reflecting the very images and posts the popular social networking website promised to remove. What gives, Tumblr? "Thinspiration," or "thinspo," refers to a collection of images, words, mantras, and associations ... Read More
  I’ve been following the activities of One Million Moms ever since the group attacked JC Penney for hiring out lesbian Ellen DeGeneres as a spokeswoman. A branch of the American Family Association (officially classified as a hate group), the club of angry moms with too much time on their hands has since whined against JC Penney to no avail, got up in arms over a GAP ad featuring a gay couple, and decried an Urban Outfitters catalogue ... Read More
It started with a comment commending President Obama on decreased national gas prices and ended with yet another vicious assault on women. And as a native New Yorker, I’m ashamed to say that all the hoopla is happening right here in my home state. Jay Townsend, the official spokesman for Republican Representative Nan Hayworth and moderator of the page titled "How to Run for Public Office", responded to a comment on NY19 U.S. House of Representatives Civil ... Read More
There’s a woman in a small village who, against all odds, dares to challenge authority and ride a motorbike to fight crime. And no, I’m not talking about Lisbeth Salander. The 50-year-old Zarifa Qazizadah, who was forced to marry at 12 and now has 15 children and 36 grandchildren, is Afghanistan’s sole female village chief. That's a feat in itself, but the BBC reports that this brave leader has even remortgaged her home to pay for the posts and ... Read More
I’ve always been fascinated by outer space. It’s so easy to feel small and almost lost in the vastness of the universe when you stop and think about just how big it really is. (Although I’m reminded of a Neil deGrasse Tyson quote that advises otherwise: “I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe; we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.” ... Read More
  Here in the US, we're constantly reminded of the systematic inferiority of women in the workplace– we earn 77 cents on the man’s dollar (and women of color make less than that - African American women make 64 cents and Hispanic women make 54 cents on the white man's dollar). Women out-earn men only in the “personal care” sector of the workforce. Even though the pay gap is currently the smallest it’s ever been in the US of ... Read More
  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some form of street harassment – getting catcalled at, peeped at, or even groped in a crowded area. But there’s another kind of harassment that doesn’t receive quite as much attention, mostly because it’s so covert: the “upskirt” video or photo. The issue of upskirt videos was a pretty hot topic in the BUST office today, because one of our editors was upskirt-video'd recently on ... Read More
While we here in the US continue to suffer through the latest ridiculous goings-on of our own election year politics, Egyptians head to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in what is their country’s first ever multi-candidate presidential race and the first major election since long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak took a hike last winter. With thirteen people in the running, Egyptians of course have an appropriately diverse array of candidates from which to select ... Read More
Over the last several months, we’ve seen one example after another of Republican politicians introducing (and passing) bills that strip away women’s access to affordable birth control, abortion, equal pay, and more. Still, this weekend, former news anchor Campbell Brown, apparently spurred by Obama's commencement speech at Barnard, accused him of adopting a condescending tone while trying to court women voters. What's more, she questioned whether or ... Read More
In the face of the heartbreaking loss of Dan Harmon as cult-hit Community's showrunner, we can sleep peacefully knowing that there are still some pretty awesome people out there running the show, and six of them happen to be female. Recently, New York Magazine rounded up a few of these women to talk about what's new in TV. The table sat  Whitney Cummings (Whitney), Nahnatchka Khan (Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23), DeAnn Heline (The Middle), Emily Spivey (Up ... Read More
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