Category » Feminism
Once upon a time, on the Tube in London, a little old lady called out a slut-shaming wanker for being, well, a wanker. We were lucky enough that Scott Sparrow posted this story on his Facebook. Read on: "I am having such a wonderful day on the tubes I can't not share this story. Let me build the scene:Central Line between Oxford Circus and Chancery Lane, possibly St Pauls.To my right is sat a lady, 25-30, wearing a revealing dress. To my left is an old lady, almost dead is how old she is. Standing in front of us is a man, 50's, suit and tie, eyeing revealing dress. Read More
Judy Blume is no stranger to female empowerment. She’s authored books that portray girls and women exactly as they are. Blume doesn’t shy away from topics like puberty and sex – she embraces them. She’s told Makers about how feminism shaped who she is. In a recent interview with 92nd Street Y, Judy spoke of how tired she is of feminism being treated like a “dirty word.” “You’re this or you’re that,” she says of what people attach to the label. “Yes, I’m a feminist!” she exclaims. Read More
Virginia Wesleyan College is demanding the sexual history, as well as boyfriends' names, of a Jane Doe to verify that the trauma she endured after her rape is legitimate. Ridiculous, right? Here's the background story: A freshman at Virginia Wesleyan College, Jane Doe, was drugged and raped by a peer advisor employed by the college. Jane Doe reported this to the college, and the rapist was found responsible for sexual assault and expelled. End of story, right? Nope. Read More
Starting my period the night before a marathon would absolutely lead me to withdrawing from the race and eating several pints of Ben & Jerry’s instead. This is exactly why Kiran Gandhi is a hero and deserves all of the gold medals. Gandhi is a Harvard Business School Graduate, drummer (playing along side M.I.A.), and all around badass. Instead of reaching for chocolate, she woke up, put her running shoes on, ditched the tampon, and finished her race in 4 hours, 49 minutes and 11 seconds. Did you just say ditched the tampon? Yes, yes indeed, I did. Read More
I think last night was the first and only time I have ever and will ever feel pity for a Fox News correspondent. And of course, only someone as foul as Republican frontrunner Donald Trump could cause me to feel for Megyn Kelly. Thursday night at the Fox News Republican primary debate in Cleveland, Kelly asked Trump about his history of disparaging comments about women. And what followed was yet another foul, sexist attack on women and Kelly herself. Read More
One of the hardest things in life is being a man. Seriously. It must be so exhausting making 23 cents more than women. Even more difficult is having feminism ruin a man's sex life. Ugh, I couldn't imagine a life filled with such hardships.  Luckily, the patriarchy has Dr. Catherine Hakim keeping the bigotry alive. Hakim has previously argued for marital couples to cheat on one another, and in her most recent published paper, she attributes feminism to sexually unsatisfied men. Read More
One made us love Lucy, another brought the funny to Carol Burnett, and a third was the first female TV exec in history. Meet the broads who fought their way into the early days of broadcasting. When The Mary Tyler Moore Show presented a single (and happy) workin’ urban gal in the early ’70s, it was considered a trailblazer—one of the rare television shows that portrayed a modern woman without being patronizing. TV has come a long way since then, baby. Read More
After Coty Richardson, a professor at Northwest Christian University, announced her pregnancy last May, her employer responded not with congratulations but demands. To keep her job at this century-old private institution in Eugene, Oregon, the professor needed to either deem the pregnancy a mistake and part ways with the child’s father (also her boyfriend of twelve years), or marry him. Asking for privacy regarding her personal life, Richardson refused to comply. Read More
Some people think that jobs in engineering, which require some serious brainpower, are only held by men. It’s absolutely preposterous that a woman could do work in that field, right? You can't have children/wear dresses/do anything conventionally woman-like and be an engineer, right? Wrong. Thus, Isis Wegner created #ILookLikeAnEngineer to dismantle this sexist way of thinking. Here’s some of the lovely ladies of technology:   All images via Twitter Read more on BUST. Read More
Netflix done good. Netflix done reeeeeeal good. According to a recent post on Netflix’s blog, Netflix employees now have unlimited maternity and paternity leave. You read that right: unlimited maternity and paternity leave. Not only do both mothers and fathers receive leave after the arrival of their new child, but “parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.” Is this not fantastic? It’s fantastic. Read More