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In a recent interview with, Gloria Steinem said she approves of Lena Dunham. The interview took place at the DVF Awards, a ceremony that honors women who have "leadership, strength, and courage in their respective fields." Steinem said she believes the world is very different from when she first started fighting for women’s rights. She also said she is pleased the younger generation is “stepping up like never before.” “There are many more young feminists now than there are older ones," Steinem continued. Read More
The Ugandan government has proposed a bill that will allow women to be arrested for wearing skirts above their knees in public.  This proposed law, which directly targets women, isn’t entirely new to the Ugandan people. Uganda’s third President, Idi Amin 1971-1979 (who you may remember as depicted in the film The Last King of Scotland), also banned short skirts in a decree during his time in office.  Currently wearing short skirts is not illegal, but culturally it is deemed improper if a woman exposes her knees or shoulders. Read More

Best (Female) Chef...?

BY Teresa Lu in Feminism

  In response to The World's 50 Best Restaurants' Best Female Chef award this week, Anthony Bourdain bemoaned on twitter: "Why — at this point in history — do we need a 'Best Female Chef' special designation? As if they are curiosities?"   Best Female Chef of 2013, Nadia Santini Good point. And who better to respond to this question than a distinguished female chef? Amanda Cohen of Dirt Candy promptly tweeted back, "As long as women are under recognized by most mainstream awards, they need their own awards. Read More
  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, 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
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
Appearing on the Danish TV talk show Blül Stih this weekend, conservative pundit Ann Coulter shocked the show's hosts by announcing, "I'm a feminist American."  Coulter, better known stateside for making such provocative statements as "All the pretty girls are Conservatives" and "I think Civil Rights are for blacks, not feminists," explained that a recent trip to Afghanistan led to her change of heart. "Seeing the way women in other parts of the world are treated really gave me pause. Read More
Move over, Dear Abby - Australian blogger, Hilary Bowman-Smart, just might be next up for best advice column. Only this time, it’s on Twitter, and the advice is about one particular hot topic: rape prevention. In response to an article on The Punch explaining that “advocating risk management is not victim blaming,” Hilaroar came out swinging. After shaming the media for continuing to perpetuate the assumptions that women can prevent rape with better safety precautions, more “rules” and “hot tips,” Hilaroar broke it down to the basics. Read More