Category » Feminism
Everywhere I turn there are amazing women. Entrepreneurs, filmmakers, fashion designers, activists: women do it all. And lucky for us, it’s now easier than ever to discover these women and their projects and to help a sister out. Kickstarter and IndieGoGo have revolutionized the way ideas become realities, pulling support from all around the world to help creative projects get accomplished. To celebrate the incredible things women are doing (a daily basis kind of thing for us here at BUST), we’ve rounded up 5 female-backed projects that could really use your help. Read More
It wasn’t enough for us to be pregnant all the time in Arizona. Now, we can’t get birth control in Kansas. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback just signed a bill into law that allows pharmacists and doctors to deny women contraception. Even more, the Heath Care Rights of Conscience Act allows them to do so on religious grounds, as long as they believe the birth control might “result in the terminating of a pregnancy.” So, basically, any woman could walk into a pharmacy and be denied the birth control she was prescribed. Read More
There’s a new blog that has us in stitches, and you need to check it out if you wanna get your daily laugh on. The Tumblr “Is This Feminist?” features what stock photos of women doing regular things-- laundry, science experiments, eating salad-- and asks the burning question of each: is this feminist? The blog votes every photo as either "representing feminism" or "problematic." One problematic candidate is the woman below doing laundry. Is this feminist? Hells no. Read More
Planned Parenthood officially has a Tumblr account! It's nice that while politicians and radio nut jobs are trying to minimize their influence, we can now access them through the wonder of social media. The blog seems really cool and super helpful, too; they answer user-submitted questions, post interesting health-related infographics, and promote body positivity – it’s all about sex without any of the shame. Check it out and follow 'em here! (Also: browse the “LOL” tag. You won’t be sorry. Read More
  Yesterday evening, the White House released a statement saying that the President will likely veto HR 4970, the House Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization bill. The Senate recently passed its version of the VAWA, updating it to include protection for Native American women, LGBT victims, immigrants, and college students. The Senate’s bill was passed 68-31, with 15 Republicans voting for it. The House bill will not only retract these additions, but also eliminate some of the confidentiality currently afforded to immigrant victims (i.e. Read More
Newsflash: the mainstream media isn't always kind to women, particularly when it comes to their physical appearances. Thankfully, some celebrity ladies use their fame as a platform to fight the media’s (and our culture at large’s) damaging obsession with women's waistlines and butt sizes–Ashley Judd’s totally awesome rallying cry against tabloids comes to mind. And now Scarlett Johansson, in the Huffington Post, has attempted to join the ranks of The Judd. Read More
Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no government funds should be allowed to go to Planned Parenthood anyway, and tried to have them excluded from the funding. Read More
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian. The forced sterilization is being excused in the name of climate control, as a world population that’s gotten out of hand intensifies fears of global warming. Read More
  This week's Time magazine cover story about Bill Sears has everyone up in arms. Even though the article is about Sears himself, the cover image shows a woman breastfeeding her large child, and the headline "Are you Mom Enough?' seems to be screaming "Lady, you are a freak!"  Even though the boy on the cover is apparently 3 years old, he looks to be about 5 or 6. Folks are saying this is pedophilia, and perverted. Read More
Just a few days after Vice President and lovable uncle Joe Biden announced his support of same-sex marriage, and a day after the North Carolina amendment banning same-sex marriage was passed, the POTUS himself declared that his views on the issues have "evolved." In an interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, he described his opinions and how they have changed over the years, and the conversations with his wife, daughters, openly gay service members, and staffers that have guided him to officially affirm his support of same-sex marriage. Read More