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Despite being outlawed in 2004, the rates of selective abortions of girls in India have substantially increased—particularly among the wealthier classes—according to a recent study published by The Lancet. The sex of a fetus can be determined in an ultrasound after 14 weeks, and in India abortions are only legal until the 12-week point. While gender ratios vary among the regions, the overall rates of girls have greatly decreased since the last Indian census, 10 years ago. Read More
This is an issue that is close to our hearts, former teacher and journalist, Marguerite Kearns is trying to get her grandmother's suffragette campaign wagon to be exhibited permanently at the New York State Museum in Albany, New York.  As of now, the wagon is sitting in a museum warehouse somewhere in Albany, waiting for its next appearance in public. Without our support, there is no way of knowing when it will stop collecting dust, and start educating people on the Women's Rights Movement. Read More
Navigating gendered vocabulary can be tricky. I use the term “guys” to refer to just about anyone—men, women, children, even the elderly—but every now and then my poor vocabulary has led to confusion or even discomfort.  But terms for the “fairer sex” are pretty limited. “Females” sounds starchy and medical, and even “women” often feels too official. “Girls” indicates youth and can be belittling when used in reference to adults. Read More
The “Gender in Society” team, made up of folks from POTENTIA magazine, (which "covers gender, sexuality and power relations in a non-pretentious manner”) and Utrecht University, NL (where our own BUST editor-in-chief, Debbie Stoller once worked!) have entered the 2011 Academic Yearprice Competition. The grand prize is 100,000 euros, which the “Gender in Society” group plans to use to create a documentary on gender. Read More
Check out this hilarious pie-chart from, about what men think about menstruation. It's pretty on point, especially the 12% of men that think periods are dangerous- because they attract bears. I once asked one of my buddies why women aren't allowed to be Navy Seals, and he replied, "Ya know how many missions would be compromised by sharks that were attracted by periods??" This boy was DEAD serious. For shame!These bizarre ideas about periods are examined in Emily Martin's essay, The Egg and The Sperm: How Science has Constructed a Romance Based on Stereotypical Male-Female Roles. Read More
We’ve all heard it before: someone tries to inform young women about their options regarding an unwanted pregnancy, and they’re blamed for “promoting abortion” to young girls. But this time the attacks are coming from two Texan teenagers—against Girl Scouts. Tess and Sydney Volansk have launched a new anti-abortion rights website, Speak Now: girl scouts. The sisters were involved in Girl Scouts for eight years, but left after they “discovered that [the organization has] a pro-abortion mindset. Read More
Women for Women International provides education and aid for women in war-torn areas. Currently, they operate in eight countries -- Sudan, Nigeria, Congo, Bosnia, Rwanda, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan -- teaching women how to read and become more self-sufficient. This Wednesday at noon, WFWI is holding a fundraiser event that includes a luncheon and a panel that features Zainib Salbi, the founder and CEO of WFWI, journalist and director Sebastian Junger and Sayed Ishaq Gallani, member of the Wolesi Jirga and National Assembly of Afghanistan. The topic of the panel is the future of Afghanistan. Read More
It is heartwarming to see an aunt and niece duo working together to co-write a book for women across the country to read. Except when it is Suzanne Venker and Phyllis Schlafly’s new polemic, The Flipside of Feminism. Then it is less heartwarming and more vomit inducing. The subtitle, What Conservative Women Know, and Men Can’t Say, gives you an idea of the kind of tone Venker and Schlafly adopt in their prose. Read More
Coming up this June 16th, Best Coast and Those Darlins will be playing a Planned Parenthood of New York City Action Fund benefit! Now only are we big fans of both bands over here at BUST, this is a cause that has been and stays near and dear our hearts. Personally, when my insurance decided not to cover birth control unless for medical reasons (versus my “crazy and wild” sex life), Planned Parenthood was there to provide birth control I could afford. That’s just one story in a million. Read More
The first time I saw a screening of the new Judd Apatow/Kristin Wiig vehicle Bridesmaids, I felt like I was watching an experimental film. I'm not talking Maya Deren or Chantal Ackerman, of course. Read More