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5 Feminist News Stories You Might Have Missed This Week   Happy Friday, BUSTies! Are you as exhausted from the week as we are? Too busy being a boss lady to keep track of what to read? No need to fret—here are five news items to catch up on while you relax this weekend. #WeAreBlackHistory. In this photo project celebrating Black History Month, women from contemporary media pay homage to important black women, posing as some of our favorite cultural ... Read More
  Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique turned 52 this week. As controversial as it is—in turns called classist, racist, and homophobic—we would like to celebrate all the ways it inspired a movement during a time of housewives, Jell-o molds, and sedated contentment. Friedan, known for sparking the beginning of second-wave feminism, was called “angry” and “hysterical,” insults we are quite familiar with even today, ... Read More
Domestic violence has been documented for a long time now. “Femicide” however wasn’t even coined until 1976 when writer Diane Russel used it at a convention in Belgium. Femicide by definition goes beyond crimes committed by former or current partners. It takes into mind violence against women conducted by any male that ends in death such as rape, honor killings, and any crime where the gender of the victim was a factor. Most of the time these ... Read More
There's nothing like dropping the "you're a feminist" bomb on somebody when they believe they are not, and then seeing their eyes go wide when they realize, wow, they actually are feminists! That's what this short inspiring Upworthy video accomplishes when interviewing men about what feminism means to them. Luckily, feminism is slowly gaining traction, and we’re pretty hopeful about its future as societal credo. But for some, the antiquated stereotype of a ... Read More
In a tragic reminder of the many ways marginalized women suffer every day, a homeless woman in Ohio reported that she walked eight miles to court at least half a dozen times in the past year to make sure her rapist, Paul E. Hubert, didn’t go free. Hubert claimed he paid her to have sex with him, but the victim’s injuries (he had repeatedly hit her head prior to assaulting her) indicated that it was in fact rape. A detective from the Columbus Police ... Read More
Black History month can sometimes feel bittersweet, since once February is over, celebrating blackness seems to end. But while it's here, artists are representing those women making a difference in black history. Then and now. The #WeAreBlackHistory series of photographs was created in order to celebrate women today who are using digital space to hone their voices and create a sense of unity in the black community. Using important online voices and pairing them up ... Read More
  An un-retouched photo of Cindy Crawford was leaked today from Marie Claire Mexico, and all we can say is, “Damn girl!” The 48-year-old-mother-of-two looks fierce and fabulous in just lingerie and a fur coat, caught mid-swagger like the bombshell she’s always been. As a culture obsessed with fixing flaws and stopping the hands of time, our standards of beauty are crafted by the celebrities and models we worship—most of whom are either ... Read More
Could the notorious RGB be any cooler (you should probably ask yourself that out loud, Chandler Bing style). From busting gender barriers in the United States government to her sweet neck-wear, we're just smitten with this highly impressive lady—oh let us count the ways! Seriously, let's count'em: 1. She always keeps her wits about her. The 81-year-old justice keeps it coming with common sense and witty comebacks, and sometimes provides us with a two-in-one: ... Read More
You say you want to express your love, but you don't want to fall into patriarchal, cheesey, bogus stereotypes? Well feast your eyes on these three Feminist Valentine's Day cards, created by BUST's own Mary Rockcastle. Just find the one you want, download it, and share it far and wide with all of your lovahs! ... Read More
“Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse. If you are in a relationship with someone who does not honor and respect you, I want you to know that you are worthy of love. Please reach out for help. Your voice will save you. Let it extend into the night, let it part the darkness. Let it set you free to know who you truly are -- valuable, beautiful, loved.” These are the powerful words advocate ... Read More
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