Nebraska has passed two pieces of ludicrous anti-choice legislation this week. The first bill, which Republican Governor Dave Heineman signed into law on Tuesday, requires doctors to screen women before they have abortions, to make sure they’re not being “pressured” into doing so, as well as to make sure they will not have any physical or mental problems after the abortion. Oh, and it gets worse. The second bill, also signed into law on Tuesday, ... Read More
Some good news today: the US Department of Justice has increased funding for several offices and programs dedicated to ending violence against women. Attorney General Eric Holder delivered the news in a press conference this morning as part of the Sexual Assault Awareness Month program. Holder said: “The President’s most recent budget is a testament to your efforts -- and to his focus on reversing current trends. For Fiscal Year 2011, an increase of ... Read More
This morning, our own Emily Rems was featured on The Takeaway’s Friday movie segment, discussing the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It’s opened in a limited number of theaters across the US and may have a Hollywood adaptation coming soon. //   The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo poster courtesy The ... Read More
We here at BUST are huge fans of the Willie Mae Rock Camp (our own Emily Rems, pictured above, formed her band through the Rock Camp!) and are on the lookout for every opportunity to help. They’re up for a Pepsi Refresh Grant ($50k!) and we’d like to call on you for your support! You can vote here once a day, either by signing up or connecting with Facebook. Easy as pie, and you’ll be helping lots of awesome girls (and ladies!) to learn how to ... Read More
This past Saturday, a group of women and men protested double-standards—by going topless. Maine is one of only a handful of states that allows women to go topless in public. The group marched down the streets of Portland without incident, though there were many onlookers—some with cameras—who merely gawked. According to an article in the Portland Press Herald: "[Ty] MacDowell [the organizer of the march] said she was surprised by the turnout of ... Read More
On Thursday, a Kansas judge ruled that Scott Roeder, the man who shot and killed Wichita, Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, will spend life in prison. Roeder will be eligible for parole in 2060. Dr. Tiller was a long-time target within the anti-choice camp: he was one of the few abortion providers who would perform late-term abortions. He had already endured one attack, having been shot in both arms in 1993. He was killed on May 30th, 2009 in the foyer ... Read More
A happy ending after all: Constance McMillen, the high school senior whose high school canceled the prom after she requested that she be able to wear a tux and bring her girlfriend, got to go to prom this past Friday. The makeshift prom had been organized by community members and parents of the students in the school and, because it was affiliated with the school (and the courts had ruled that their "rule" of no same-sex couples was discrimination), Constance and ... Read More
After Mo Rocca exclaimed at a taping of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” that handmade sweaters were “itchy,” the subsequent backlash from the knitting community made him re-evaluate his position and learn how to knit. BUST’s Debbie Stoller was there to help him on his way. Check out the clip below.   Watch CBS News Videos ... Read More
The Guardian posts an interesting statement this morning: Iceland may be the most feminist country in the world. This accolade comes on the heels of a new law in Iceland banning strip clubs, topless bars, and the like—it would ban any business from profiting from the nudity of its employees. Iceland is a tiny country with a population of roughly 320,000—smaller than any US State—and, while it stands to reason that they may not have that many ... Read More
There's been a bit of good news for Constance McMillen amongst all the bad. A few weeks ago, we blogged about Constance's plight: she asked her school if she could wear a tux to prom and bring her girlfriend along. The school said no, and, after the media got a hold of the story, cancelled prom together. Constance got in touch with the ACLU and sued the school, saying her First Amendment rights were violated. A judge ruled this week that Constance's rights were ... Read More
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