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Feminism. The term sometimes gets a bad rap because people don’t fully understand what it actually means. (side note: LOOK THAT SHIZ UP) Delve deeper into the various facets of feminism, and things can get even more convoluted. But fear no more! Akilah, Obviously, the mastermind behind the smoothiefreak channel on YouTube, has created a video that explains intersectionality in feminism. WITH PIZZA. It's fantastic and exactly spot on, so check it out, rejoice, order pizza and feel awesome. Read More
Emmy-award winning director Elizabeth Rohrbaugh met Carlene Borden when she was 65 years old and had already served over three decades in a Missouri prison for the murder of her husband, Delbert. The court refused to enter the years of physical, verbal, and emotional abuse she endured at Delbert's hands into evidence. It didn’t consider the time he severely beat their daughter, following her recent spinal surgery. It failed to acknowledge the fact that every time he walked into a room, their son would wet his pants in fear. Read More
Almost one year ago, more than 200 girls were abducted in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria by the group Boko Haram. The internet was in uproar, people published graphic after graphic, world leaders swore to be involved—but in spite of all those promises and stances, 219 girls are still missing. A series of turbulent events both in the United States and internationally has turned media attention away from these young women and to other issues. International efforts—including negotiating jailed Boko Haram fighters for the girls—has failed. Read More
Despite the progress women have made in education and all the campaigns that encourage women to seek out more fulfilling job opportunities, women are still not on track to attain equal pay with men—at least in our lifetimes. IWPR’s series, Status of Women in the States: 2015, released its latest installment, and reported that the number of women living above the poverty line has dropped from 87.9% in 2002 to 85.4% since 2013. According to Daily Beast, these gaps are more vivid in Southern states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Read More
Contemporary feminists do not whisper. We have developed a bold, unapologetic, and free voice. But this liberal tone didn't happen overnight—it's something that’s been incubating for centuries. Our foremothers transgressed the boundaries of the time periods they were born into: Fifty years ago, wearing a pair of pants in public was radical. Today, making art with your period blood is the new feminist norm. One of the women we have to thank for stepping beyond her gender expectations is Jane Goodall. Read More
  Good news, BUSTies! We will be hosting a reading with badass ladies Amber Tamblyn, Roxane Gay, Patricia Smith, xTx, Franny Choi, and Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz at Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota this Friday (April 10th) at 7 pm. If you’re not already in Minneapolis right now for the AWP writing conference, don't fret: we will be live streaming the event. Read More
The U.S. Postal Service made a bit of an oopsy yesterday when they released a stamp honoring Maya Angelou, but somehow failed to feature a quote that was actually hers. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” was quoted by Angelou many times, but was originally from Joan Walsh Anglund’s book of poems, “Cup Of Sun. Read More
For the average bride-to-be, any mention of disruption can incite a wave of nightmares about botched seating charts and drunken groomsmen. Yet that is exactly the goal of Liz Susong and Carly Romeo, the two twenty-something founders of the new feminist publication, Catalyst Wedding Magazine. They want to disrupt and revamp the image of a modern wedding, an industry that has too long been marketed to the overwhelmingly white, heterosexual, affluent and thin. Read More
France is seeking to ban dressing sexy in public, because apparently policing women’s bodies is easier than checking male privilege. According to the Criminal Law of France, prostitution is legal, but there are laws against soliciting in public places. “Passive Solicitation” is the name of the new crime, according to the Mirror, and while no parameters have been set as to what kinds of clothing break the law, it is clear that the continued policing of women’s bodies has feminist groups in France enraged. Read More
  Wage inequality is one of the major battles women of all backgrounds are currently fighting around the world, and Sarah Silverman is joining the fray with her new video for #Ask4More. #Ask4More is part of Levo League, with the goal of educating women and men about the history of pay inequality and how it affects women in their day-to-day lives. The organization also encourages women to negotiate their pay rates, gives them with tips and techniques, while also providing job listings from major companies across the United States. Read More
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