Category » Feminism
Despite my issues with TIME magazine, I love the annual “Most Influential” people list. Maybe it’s because it brings to my attention people around the world who are making changes (both positive and negative), or maybe it’s because they named me “Person of the Year” in 2006. Though TIME has yet to honor me and my greatness since 2006, they’ve honored more upstanding women than myself for 2012. Read More
It's campaign season, so y'all know what that means… PRESIDENTIAL BARBIES!!! Pre-orders for the "I Can Be…President Barbie"doll began yesterday. This is the fifth re-incarnation of President Barbie, and this time she's available in a variety of versions that aim to be more representative of all girls.  This week saw more and more politicians throwing their support behind Hillary in 2016, making Mattel's rendition even more compelling. Read More
Gender disparity is a problem that's deeply engrained in our society. Within the tech industry, the numbers are staggering. Carnegie Melon University took note with their famous Dave-to-Girl ratio. After realizing the number of men named Dave in their computer science program outstripped overall females, they implemented changes to their department that would attract a broad spectrum of students. Four years later, the program boasted 40% women which goes to show that girls are just as capable as boys. Read More
Good Vibrations, a sex shop in San Francisco, is hosting the grand opening of their Antique Vibrator Museum on Thursday, April 12. The museum will showcase a collection of vintage vibrators dating back to the 1880s (most of which look more like devices of torture rather than pleasure) to the 1970s.  The Type "A" vibrator from 1902 Curator and Sexologist Dr. Carol Queen will host a tour of the museum and discuss the origins of vibrators (originally marketed for physicians as a way help them treat women's hysteria) and their evolution. Read More
Planned Parenthood has had its fair share of criticism this year, with conservative pundits and politicians alike throwing stones. Last night, however, a critic of the organization took it a step further and threw a bomb.  A homemade explosive device was set off at a Planned Parenthood location in Grand Chute, Wisconsin around 7:30 p.m. Sunday night. No one was injured, and the facility only sustained minimal damage to an exam room. As of now, no suspects are in custody. Read More
I remember the first time I felt shame about my body. I was barely six years old when a family friend asked how I could stand to be seen in a two-piece bathing suit, my soft little girl tummy displayed for the world to see. Before she asked, I had felt awesome. I was rocking that 101 Dalmatians bikini like it was my job. Honestly, six-year-old me had some serious swagger. After said friend asked, though, I refused to swim. I stopped splashing, stopped cannon-balling, and resolutely sat myself on the sideline, a towel wrapped around my midsection. Read More
Adrienne Rich, a renowned feminist poet and essayist died Tuesday in her Santa Cruz home from complications with rheumatoid arthritis. She was 82. Rich’s writing centered on her observations and reflections on women’s rights, racism, civil rights, politics, sexuality and sexuality between women. She brought to the forefront issues that plagued women in the 1950s and was a true pioneer of the feminist movement. She wrote over two-dozen volumes of poetry and more than a half-dozen prose throughout her career, winning countless awards and prizes for her enlightening writing. Read More
Ancient Greece is comin' back to life, y'all. Aristophanes' famous play Lysistrata follows a group of women who are fed up with the way that men are ruining their government. To effect the change they want to see, securing peace for the Athenian state, these cunning women decide to withhold sex until their goals are met. Long (and very funny) story short, the men cave to the women's desires because of the irresistible wiles of the feminine form. Lysistrata and her ladies rejoice because, hey, peace is always a good thing, and because it has been a hot second since they've gotten laid. Read More
Driving is one of my favorite things to do. The feeling of freedom I get when tearing down the highway at 60 MPH with the window down, and screaming along to my favorite tunes is amazingly exhilarating. That’s why feeling safe in my vehicle is super important to me.                        The Washington Post reported that Crash Test Dummies have traditionally been built like men, so when cars did safety tests, they weren't testing everyone’s safety (which, of course, resulted in faulty safety ratings). Read More
For the past eight years, it has been the age of the woman in Washington state politics. The Evergreen State is not only the singular state to have a female governor and two female senators currently, it is also the only state ever to have accomplished this feat. Washington seems to be doing something right. Governor Christine Gregoire and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are doing exactly what we love here at BUST: setting goals, achieving them, and supporting other women in the process. Read More