Category » Feminism
Want to learn a foreign language? No? Are you sure these big boobs can’t convince you? Dan Lyons from ReadWrite published an article today about all those tacky, outdated, sexist Facebook ads. You know, the ones that use young women in sexy poses to sell everything from Spanish language classes to solar panels (wut?). Facebook has always presented itself as an ideal forum for companies looking for targeted, one-to-one marketing opportunities. The social media site has created complex algorithms meant to tailor advertisements to each product’s ideal consumer. Read More
Happy International Women's Day, BUSTees! We came up with 10 great ways to celebrate the holiday and get in a BUST-y mood. Enjoy! 1. Donate to a women’s cause There are tons of different women’s organizations and campaigns that need support out there, so pick one that resonates with you and spare some change for your fellow sisters. A great place to start would be the Malala Fund, which was created for Malala Yousafzai, the young girl fighting for girls’ education who was shot in the head by the Taliban. Read more about Malala here.  2. Read More
In addition to the sexism that real women face everyday, it seems like virtual women have their fair share of misogyny to contend with. Anita Sarkeesian, creator of the awesome new Youtube project Tropes vs. Women in Video Games, has just released Damsel in Distress: Part 1. This video explores “how the Damsel in Distress became one of the most widely used gendered clichés in the history of gaming,” and applies a critical eye to a number of beloved games. Read More
State Senator Jason Rapert, sponsor of the "Human Heartbeat Protection Act." Yesterday, the Arkansas State Senate passed a law banning abortion after the 12th week of pregnancy; this is by far the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The justification for this law, which was passed by a republican-run legislature over the veto of Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe, is that a fetal heartbeat can be detected at 12 weeks. An earlier draft of the law wanted to outlaw abortions after just 6 weeks. Read More
Girl Rising is not a movie about oppression and victimhood. This is not to say that the nine girls that the movie stars have not faced staggering obstacles due to their gender, race, and class. These girls, who are representative of millions of girls worldwide, are survivors of natural disasters and national tragedies. They inhabit worlds where young girls are commoditized, over-worked, abused and silenced.  Suma, a young Nepalese woman, was sold into Kamaiya, a form of domestic slavery, at six years old. She was passed between masters, alternatively abused and ignored. Read More
Ukrainian feminist group Femen has become famous for their unique form of feminist activism: topless protests.  Since 2009, Femen activists have lifted their shirts in political and social demonstrations in Ukraine and Western Europe, using these shocking and eye-catching stunts to grab the attention of the media and to spread their message.  However, Femen is now moving to expand on a global level. Femen has just announced that they are now taking their topless protests around the world in order to highlight issues ranging from democratic violations to sexual exploitation. Read More
Several Christian institutions have notoriously severe punishments for sexual activity, but none seem quite as cruel as the case of San Diego Christian College employee Teri James. After the school discovered she was pregnant with a co-worker's child, they not only fired her, but offered her partner a job. The school claims they fired James for the act of premarital sex, but they were well aware that her now-husband Brandon James was the father when they contacted him. Read More
Are you the type of woman who loves dressing up as iconic characters from your favorite comic books at events like comic cons? Are you tired of spineless guys harassing you while you do so? Are you sick of the “Fake Geek Girl” label? Are you wishing for a friendly and safe venue for women who read comic books? Don’t fret.  You're not alone.  There are many women out there who also feel this way. Read More
I know, I know. We’re a little more than obsessed with PBS’ kickass project “Makers: The Women Who Make America.” But can you blame us? It’s all about strong, confident women who have fought hard for what they believe in and changed America forever. Read More
Happy Sequester Day! Today the US is facing across-the-board spending cuts that will add up to about $85 million in deficit reduction this fiscal year, and $1.2 trillion over the next 10 years. So what’s getting cut? The cuts are split pretty evenly between domestic and defense funding. While Republicans like John McCain are afraid that these defense cuts will compromise the nation and leave us vulnerable to attack (#militaryindustrialcomplex), we’re a little more concerned about the targeted domestic programs that relied on government funding to provide crucial services. Read More