Category » Feminism
In a particularly blatant instance of victim blaming, Danielle Hicks-Best recently came forward to tell the story of the police’s disturbing reaction to her childhood rape: Hicks-Best was sexually assaulted twice by a group of young men when she was only 11 years old. Despite the fact that her rape kits showed evidence of assault, the rapists were never convicted. What’s worse is that weeks later, Hicks-Best was arrested herself for filing a ... Read More
D.C. has the unparalleled job of publishing "comic books about the greatest heroes in the world, and the most evil villains imaginable" so it makes sense that infamous T. Joker is being honored with re-envisioned covers in celebration of his birthday, but—much like in Gotham—chaos has reared its ugly head. Spurred by one of the variant covers intended for release in June, readers are reacting strongly to an option for Issue #41's cover art, which ... Read More
While reading the March/April issue of “Lego Club” little girls everywhere will finally be able to answer one of life’s most pressing questions: What haircut looks best with my face shape? It’s obvious that Lego was simply trying to HELP their five-to-twelve-year-old audience solve a baffling beauty conundrum. Because WHY ELSE would Lego need to create Lego ladies—who, by the way, are not shaped like blocks, but instead like slender ... Read More
Have you ever smoked a cigarette? Eaten too much? Had breasts? Well, you, my friend, are a bad girl... or at least that’s what these 12 illustrations tell us. Furqan Jawed, an undergraduate design student at one of Bangalore’s Srishti Schools of Art, created this satirical poster to draw attention to India’s treatment of crimes against women, and unfortunately his examples aren’t far from the truth. In India victim blaming is often the ... Read More
BUSTies, unite! We’re extremely excited to be media sponsors of the 2015 National Young Feminist Leadership Conference happening in Arlington, VA (right outside of DC) this weekend. This awesome event will be a great opportunity for young feminists to network with like-minded ladies and learn about important issues women are facing in our country and around the world. Also, the lineup of badass female speakers in attendance is pretty ... Read More
Yet another frat has failed to surprise us with their disgusting behavior, this time unleashing their brazen stupidity in the not-so-private world of the Internet. Penn State's Kappa Delta Rho's "2.0" Facebook page—which shared members' pictures of nude, unconscious women, drugs, and hazing with its 144 members—has been under police investigation since mid-January. The frat's first site (so cleverly named “Covert Business Transactions") featured ... Read More
  Last week, we here at BUST were so excited to discover that visionary journalist Maia Weinstock had created a set of Legos featuring the four past and present women of the Supreme Court. O’Connor, Ginsberg, Sotomayor and Kagan, the whole gang, their bench and the SCOTUS library were ready and submitted to Lego Ideas- the platform that allows people to submit designs for potential products with the company.  But five days after proposing her ... Read More
Injustice takes many forms in our society, and one of its most cruel is our legal system's treatment of rape victims.  Not only is rape under prosecuted and devastatingly traumatic, the victim often seems to be offered little in terms of closure. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 400,000 rape kits that remain untested; that is 400,000 people (mostly women) denied the opportunity to seek out justice for the crime committed against ... Read More
During her first year living in New York City, Madonna was raped at knife point on the rooftop of a building. She first told this to Harper’s Bazaar back in Oct 2013; in a March 11th interview with radio show host Howard Stern, she explained why she didn’t report the attack at the time. Sadly, it's the same reason so many women keep their rapes to themselves. “You've already been violated. It's just not worth it. It's too much humiliation,” ... Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! The weekend is coming so we know there are tons of shows you need to catch up on, but before finishing up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, here are a few stories you might have skipped this week: 1. Amy Schumer keeps it 100%, discussing the issue of not quite looking like Megan Fox or Kate Upton  in a world where the fact that Beyonce may not have the skin of a newborn is considered news. 2. Looking for some Feminist swag to wear? Well we have ... Read More
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