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Keeping It Real!

BY Intern Yasmin in Feminism

If there’s one thing that most of us can agree upon, it’s that mainstream media isn’t trying very hard to build up women’s self-esteem. Between gossip sites trashing even the most flawless celeb bodies and magazines that repeat the same lose-weight/please-your-guy/you’re-not-good-enough litany every issue, it’s difficult for many of us to catch a break (except when reading BUST, of course!). Read More
As you’re probably aware, Title IX is turning forty this year, which means celebrating four decades of fighting the good fight against sex discrimination in education. Cheers to that! But, according to a new Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) study, the fight drags on. The FMF study uncovered a rise in sex segregation in public K-12 schools after the Bush administration (surprised?) weakened Title IX restrictions against the practice in 2006. They found that over 1,000 public schools, mostly elementary and middle schools, have initiated single-sex classes within the last few years. Read More
Do you remember Project Runway’s season eight fan favorite and finalist Andy South? He was always calm, polite and drama-free as an out and proud gay man. Well,  now almost two years later, Andy South is an out and proud transgender woman, named Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong. Yesterday, Southiphong changed her Facebook gender from “male” to “female,” making her transition publicly official.   The 25-year-old designer largely went about her change quietly but has been uploading many gorgeous photos onto Facebook since March, according to the Daily Mail. Read More
Imagine returning home from a long day of school or work and wondering if tonight was the night you’d be sexually assaulted. For the vast majority of us, it’s a thought that rarely, if ever, crosses our minds. For Native American women sadly forced to hold a “not if, but when” attitude toward rape and molestation, it is a bleak reality. Read More
  Today is the day when my personal favorite and BUST-featured deadpan actress extraordinaire was born: Aubrey Plaza. In honor of her day of birth, here's a playlist of clips that detail what I think Aubrey's doing on her birthday. You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video First, Aubrey is probably going to receive a lot of gifts from other people. But if there's one lesson that her show Parks and Recreation taught us, it's this: treat yo self. So on her birthday, she'll probably hit up a couple places in order to find the perfect gift to herself. Read More
There are many reasons why the gay wedding I’m about to gush over for the next few paragraphs is worthy of attention. First, it blows New Girl out of the water in terms of adorkableness (I’m still a fan, Zooey!). Second, it follows on the heels of recent decisions by comic book writers to get on board with the gay. And third of all, June is Pride Month and that means every blog gets a little more colorful. Ohio-based Scott Everhart, 39, never expected to be chosen for the wedding of a lifetime in a New York comic book store, the Huffington Post reports. Read More
Islam is a topic that triggers a variety of reactions and questions from people in the West, especially in regard to the role of women who practice the religion. Today, The National, a publication that “tells the story of the Middle East as seen through the region’s eyes," featured an opinion piece by Sahar Khan, where she discusses the Western misconception that Islam oppresses women. She points out that, first of all, the ideas and practices of Islam aren't the same as those of the region in which it is practiced, and never have been. Read More
It’s no secret that science isn’t exactly a female-dominated field, and the European Commission has taken notice. Although it was a well-intentioned effort, the commission launched their dud of a campaign just this week to urge women that they’ll, like, totally love science. With its not-even-slightly-catchy slogan, “Science: It’s a Girl Thing!”, the campaign inadvertently made a mockery of female intelligence with its sweeping generalizations regarding what will catch a girl’s attention. Read More
It’s no secret that undocumented young people have been at the forefront in the fight for the Dream Act. The New York Times has called these immigrants “highly visible and vocal activists” unafraid to demand a rightful place in the country they have called home for most of their lives. For the past decade, Congress has been stalling on the act, which would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who meet various requirements. Read More
Have you ever ziplined? It involves an invigorating slide on a line while holding onto a bar above your head. Have you ever ziplined naked? It involves, well, nudity. And for 100 women in British Columbia, it involves charity.   ZipZone Adventures is holding its second annual nude ziplining event June 21. Billed as ZipZone Naked 100, the zipline park hopes to enlist the help of 100 women to zipline in various stages of undress. Each participant is being asked to raise at least $100 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the goal is to raise at least $20,000. Read More