Category » Feminism
We posted about the Dirty Girls doc back in March. Everyone here in the BUST office was crazy inspired by these girls who didn't give two shits about what their peers thought about them. They were riot grrrl to the core. They wore what they wanted, said what they pleased, and made their own zines. The original video can be found here. There was a collective demand for an update with the girls. Everyone seemed to want to know how the girls grew up and how they became wonderful women.  Amber, now a grown-ass woman, has revisited her 1996 zine, entitled SOUR GRRRL. Read More
Women at the Western Wall wearing prayer shawls on April 12. Good news! A court in Jerusalem just ruled that women who wear prayer shawls at the Western Wall aren’t doing anything illegal. Before now, women would be arrested for wearing the shawls at the Wall, because that item of religious garb was considered exclusively menswear. Talk about gender policing. According to Time Magazine this is a really big win, as it sets the stage for more equality at this major holy site. Read More
Hold on to your yoga pants! There are dress codes that deal with the "curvature" of students' breasts? Or the definition of their "backsides?" We know slut-shaming is an epidemic, but this is shocking. Last month in New Jersey, Readington Middle School banned girls from wearing strapless dresses to an eighth grade dance, explaining that strapless dresses “distract boys.”  Faced with immediate protest and backlash from parents and students, Readington decided to compromisby allowing girls to wear single-strap or see-through-strap dresses. Read More
It's easy to get down about the state of being female; every day it seems the world dreams up a new way to shame and oppress women. But for every "legitimate rape," war on choice, and violent reaction to empowered femininity, there's an amazing organization working tirelessly to support and honor women. Too often, these groups don't get the cred they deserve.Today we're giving some mad ups to Girls Write Now, a NYC-based non-profit that connects female high school students with professional women writers. Read More
This TED Talk is an amazing breath of fresh air with an extremely positive and powerful message to men everywhere. Jackson Katz, Ph.D, discusses important issues involving gender violence prevention, as he works with men and boys in sports and the military to combat the perpetuation of this critical problem. As an author, educator, filmmaker, and anti-sexist activist, Katz is basically a dude after my own heart. Bonus: he co-founded and created the Mentors in Violence Prevention program, which supports the "bystander approach" to sexual and domestic violence prevention. Just watch the video. Read More
Ireland has very strong anti-abortion laws. It’s illegal. That’s it. However, new legislation has been proposed that would allow Irish women to terminate their pregnancy if there is a threat on their life—including suicidal intent. The New York Times explains that even if the bill passes, terminating a pregnancy will not straight-forward. If a woman’s life is in an emergency situation, one doctor will be able to approve an abortion. Read More
If you’re reading this blog, there’s a good chance you consider yourself a feminist. There’s also a good chance when you tell someone you’re a feminist you then have to launch into a pre-packaged spiel about what exactly that means (“No, it doesn’t mean I think females deserve more rights than men, it’s about equality blah blah blah... Read More
Women have always been unrepresented in the creation of film and media. In fact, in the past 85 years, women directors have only been nominated for an Oscar four times. Fandor, an independent film streaming service, has recently put together an infographic that reveals the extent of Hollywood’s current challenge: the lack of women directors.  Mira Nair on the set of Mississippi Masala Check out the infographic below which shows the true statistics of female directors in Hollywood as well as women’s recent successes in independent film. Read More
When you hear the name Warren Buffett, terms that usually come to mind are "billionaire", "business mogul", and "one of the wealthiest people in the world".  The word "feminist’" doesn’t usually make the cut.  However, in an essay written for Fortune Magazine, Buffett urges businesses and employers to stop fueling women’s inequalities in the workforce, citing women as the key to America’s prosperity.  Buffett opens his essay with a discussion of how, upon his birth his life’s possibilities dwarfed those of his sisters merely because of his sex. Read More
Air travel is not the most pleasant of life’s activities. Cramped quarters, weird smells (seriously, how can there be so many different bad smells in one small space?) and forced intimacy with strangers can all add up to some ‘fun’ times. How about adding painful breasts full of milk into the mix? Throw in a rude flight attendant and public humiliation and you have yourself a full- blown nighmare.   Such was the experience for Indiana native Dawnella Brahos on a recent American Airlines flight. Ms. Read More