Listen up, marshmallows – the good news about the Veronica Mars movie just keeps rolling in, and we couldn’t be more excited. To catch you up on a little VMars history, the brilliant series was on air from 2004 to 2007, starring Kristen Bell as a feminist heroine who kicked major ass and addressed her own vulnerability in equal parts.      The show had everything: a tightly plotted mystery, the sluethiest, snarkiest scenes, incomparable amounts of heart, and a love (LOgan/VEronica) story for the ages. Read More
  With chic citizens and stunning innovation to spare, New York has clearly proven itself as a fashion capital. But is the city living up to its ambitious title? Although New York’s fashion scene thrives in aesthetic value and skill, the way the industry treats its own is coming into serious question – although, thankfully, improvements seem to be underway! Sara Ziff, former child model and founder of Model Alliance, reports that the labor regulations she worked under were alarmingly destructive. Read More
You know his voice. As the lights dim leisurely, as you reach for your second handful of perfectly salted popcorn, as you are beseeched, repeatedly, to please silence your phones – you hear his familiar intonations greet your ears hello. And yet, why is the narrator always a he? The trailer for Lake Bell’s In A World... is finally out (we’ve been excited about this for a while; refer back to 10 Must-See Lady-Friendly Summer Flicks)! The movie, which the multitalented Bell wrote and directed, explores why film preview voice-overs are perpetually male. Read More
  Her historical significance is held in high esteem: exalted in song, memorialized in plays by luminaries like Shakespeare. You’ve seen thrilling portrayals of her by such legendary ladies as Cate Blanchett and Judi Dench, not to mention BUST Oct/Nov 2010 cover goddess, Helen Mirren.       She’s widely celebrated for her doggedness, her quick wit, her artful proficiency, and above all, her ability to bring balance and harmony to her own beloved country. Read More
  It all started with a vagina. Earlier this spring, a Facebook support group directed towards moms posted a picture of an anatomically correct vulva. The group boasted a readership of around 22,000, and the image was clearly meant for education, empowerment, and advocacy. It fell in line with the other discussion topics on Motherwise – which writes about “breastfeeding, parenting issues, and birthing options,” as well as serving as a platform for discourse and community. Within three hours, the picture was taken down. Read More
Check out this exquisite equation: craft + activism = craftivism.  Craftivism was born in the first few years of the 21st century, surfacing on the Internet in 2003, when the term was coined by Betsy Greer. It involves engaging creativity, especially regarding political or social causes, to help bring about positive change through personalized activism. Projects that are defined as “craftivism” include things like teaching knitting lessons and crocheting hats for the less fortunate. Read More
Last summer, when Republican candidate Todd Akin was quoted saying, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he was, thankfully enough, met with incredulous public outrage. (Update: he regrets his foolish words!) However – as abhorrent as Akin’s comments are – they do reveal society’s general misunderstanding of how the human body, the brain, sexual assault, and arousal are scientifically interconnected. Read More
Zooey Deschanel’s daily existence is evidence enough that feminists can be feminine as hell and run the show, but if you wanted more proof, listen in: She & Him's newest release, "I Could've Been Your Girl," was directed by Deschanel herself. “After seven years and four albums with She & Him, I figured it was about time I took a crack at making a video for a song I wrote,” she says of her directing debut. Check it out: The video is classic Zooey, navigating that liminal space between weird and cute in a perhaps predictable but undoubtedly enthralling way. Read More
As the centenary of Emily Davison's death approaches, we're reminded of how far we've come over the years, but also of the tough road that still lies ahead for women's rights. Davison was an incredibly prodigious activist in both life and death.  She fought arduously for women’s suffrage in Britain, leading her to be arrested nine times and force-fed a whopping 49 times. Her most infamous stunt involved stepping in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby, which injured her to the point of dying four days later, on June 8th of 1913. Read More
Between Houston and Dallas rests a bucolic town, Jasper, with elegant pine trees dotting its landscape and a charming nickname, the “Butterfly Capital of Texas.” However, the town is home to some notoriously ugly racial history – in 1998, three white men killed a black man, James Byrd Jr., by chaining him to a pickup truck and driving around until he was pummeled to death by the town's country roads. Just last year, Jasper hired its first black police chief, Rodney Pearson, with the help of a majority-black City Council. Read More