BY Teresa Lu
on Apr 05, 2013
Yesterday, protesters in various cities joined the Ukrainian feminist group Femen for an international "topless jihad" to combat oppressive sexism in Muslim communities. The protest was inspired by Amina, the young Tunisian woman who was condemned by her country for posting topless photos of herself on the internet."Our boobs will be stronger than their stones" says a protester. Participants have posted photos from Paris, Milan, San Francisco, Montreal, and more.
Check out the Femen blog for updates on the movement.
via news.com.au, Femen. Read More
“Feminist amnesia.” This is the term Kamala Lopez uses to describe society’s current state of mind concerning women’s issues. Read More
The word “feminist” has a carried a bad rap for years. Women often shy away from the term because they fear it carries negative, radical, and anti-male connotations. Here at BUST we try to promote the positive reality of feminism and what it actually means to be a feminist. However, feminism is once more in the negative spotlight as female celebrities are shying away from the term as well.
In the most recent issue of British Vogue, Beyoncé Knowles was featured on the cover and avoided defining herself as a feminist when asked. Read More
Now’s your chance to share your stories of chauvinism: Laura Bates' Everyday Sexism Project hopes to “catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day-to-day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalized that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you.”
Here are some examples of the kinds of posts you may see.
Everyday Sexism encourages women to let out their experiences with misogyny. Read More
BY Tess Duncan
on Apr 02, 2013
Julia Serano spoke about the deeply-rooted assumptions about feminism, as well as femininity and masculinity, that result in transphobia. Concordia's Women's Studies Student Association brought the writer, activist, biologist, and spoken-word performer to Concordia with the intention of reaching out to Concordia's queer community. Serano addressed several issues surrounding transphobia that can be ameliorated with feminist discourse.
One of the first problems Serano discussed was the idea that masculinity and femininity is something inherent to each person. Read More