Category » Feminism
We’re loving Feminist Thought Bubble, 20-year-old Molly Williams' Instagram account. Molly draws fictional and real-life women “who don’t buy into your casual sexist BS.” The intersectional and very charming Instagram addresses issues such as trans rights, consent, and gender identity. “Most people who argue that women do not experience oppression have never taken the time to actually listen to diverse groups of women describe their experiences and feelings,” Molly told The Huffington Post. Her art shows one awesome way of understanding. Read More
Do you like trivia? Do you like sex? Do you like BUST? Do you like affordable, accessible family planning options? Then you should totally check out Planned Parenthood of NYC Action Fund’s 6th Annual Sex Ed Trivia Night at Alewife in Queens, NY. BUST is pumped to be sponsoring the event—we’ll even be bringing by some copies of our shiny new issue with cover girl Jenny Slate. There will be drink specials and prizes for winners as they compete in categories ranging from mythology to politics to “sex ed 101. Read More
When I saw a pic of August’s Women’s Running magazine on Facebook, I couldn’t believe it. Did someone Photoshop a body-positive feminist’s daydream?! Was it the weird “plus-size running” niche market issue? Or was this actually the cover of a magazine devoted to women’s fitness?  I checked it out in CVS the next morning. It was real. And it’s about time.  Having a size eighteen woman on the cover of Women’s Running matters. This might come as a shock to some, but women of all sizes run. Read More
In a story published yesterday, USA Today worked with journalists from 75 newspapers to take inventory of untested rape kits around the country—finding more than 70,000 untested, and possibly thousands more. Their comprehensive feature includes anecdotes from rape survivors, interviews with law enforcement, and even a search engine to see how many untested rape kits there are in your county’s police department. Yet, as they state, there is still more questioning and corresponding activism to be done. Read More
We were completely awed by the work of The White Helmets, a group of civil defenders in Syria who work to save civilians left in the rubble after bombings by the Syrian government regime. Since public services don’t function in these areas, The White Helmets are essentially the only way for survivors of bombings to be transported from the rubble to organizations providing medical aid. We were particular drawn to their incredible work because of the influx of women they've trained in the past year. Read More
Trailblazing broadcast journalist, news writer, producer, professor, and documentarian Marlene Sanders passed away in hospice at the age of 84 on Tuesday. Even as a journalism major, I was shocked to find I didn't know how groundbreaking her work was. Sanders was one of the first women in TV journalism, working her way up from an assistant to an exec, to an assistant producer, then a writer and producer, then a correspondent, eventually becoming an executive in addition to an anchor. Read More
Ever dance merrily in a room full of feminists? Me neither, until I partied Planned Parenthood style on Tuesday at their 11th annual Summer Sex and Spirits event, a night I’d describe as half fundraiser/silent auction, half rave. I spent my evening at the Broad Street Ballroom enjoying the fabulous open bar (they had a cocktail named the Ruth GINsburg), boogeying to perfectly DJ’ed music, and marveling at the work of Mistress B, a leather-clad balloon dominatrix who dispenses helium for her latex creations through a nipple pump. Read More
Amy Herrmann, an Australian photographer, is trying to photograph 100 women for her “Underneath, We Are… Women,” series. And, she plans on photographing them in nothing but their knickers. Herrmann’s project was created to photograph a diverse group of women from all walks of life: skinny, fat, short, tall, mothers, trans, tattooed, scarred, young, old. The end goal is to “[showcase] the amazing diversity that is the female form. Read More
A recent study confirms what many feminists already knew to be true: hardly any women regret having an abortion. This conclusion comes after a three-year research period involving over 600 women of all social backgrounds, which showed that 95 percent of women who have had abortions do not regret the decision to terminate their pregnancies. Researchers from the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at UC San Francisco’s School of Medicine carried out the study, and it was published last week in the multidisciplinary academic journal PLOS ONE. Read More
Women who want notes from their doctors regarding pregnancy must be very, very specific in what they want written down, according to The New York Times. Often, doctors’ notes result in job terminations for pregnant women. These notes, routinely written by doctors to request changes in work duties because of patients’ health concerns, play a key role in pregnancy-related equal opportunity cases. (In roughly 70 percent of these cases, a female employee was fired due to pregnancy-related concerns, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Read More