Well, shit. “The names and contact information for more than 300 Planned Parenthood employees have been published on a private website hosted by a group of hackers, part of an organization called 3301,” according to the Los Angeles Times. By publishing this confidential information, the hackers are putting the employees at risk for harassment and physical harm, endangering them and their families. Read More
While filming an episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls, actress Kate Winslet opened up about body issues and insecurities. “When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life… That’s very damaging, because then you’re programmed as a young woman to immediately scrutinize yourself and how you look,” she says. Even glamour queens like Winslet face these pressures. “I was bullied at school,” she says. “I was chubby, always had big feet, the wrong shoes, bad hair. Read More
The empty chair sits next to the 35th woman in a recent New York Magazine project shedding light on Bill Cosby’s sexual assaults. Although the front-facing, emotionless women send a powerful message, the empty chair speaks louder than all of their words combined. It symbolizes the 11 women who accused Cosby of assault, but did not allow their photo to be captured for the project – even worse, it symbolizes the numerous other women who may have been assaulted and have yet to come forth. Read More
I have three alarms set on my phone to remember to take my birth control pill. Three. And sometimes, I still forget to take my pill. If you also take the pill, you probably understand my struggle. If you don’t take the pill, you probably just think I’m an idiot. There is a new electronic reminder system to remind you to take your birth control! Oviary is set on a 24-hour clock. When you take your pill, the clock resets. You simply open up the device, pop out a pill, and bam. You’re done for the day. Read More
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins. When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
In 1966, U.S. News and World Report asked: “Is the Pill regarded as a license for promiscuity? Can its availability to all women of childbearing age lead to sexual anarchy?” Did you laugh? I did. Ready for another laugh? People believe that Gardasil, the vaccine for HPV, will make you promiscuous... and should therefore be avoided. I’m not kidding! It’s 2015 and people still fear the false relationship between reproductive health technology advancements and promiscuity. I know, those things are terrifying. I have nightmares about promiscuity. Read More
They imprisoned the female nipple. They seized our phallic eggplant emojis. And now, you can add one more casualty – Instagram has banned #goddess, too. This latest revelation continues the spate of controversial Insta-bans in recent months. #Curvy, for example, was blocked for a week for nudity – pardon me, “irrelevant pornography.” And golly, I’m ever so glad they did! Imagine me, a tenderhearted female, stumbling across a little pesky, irrelevant nudity! I wouldn’t have survived the shock. Read More
The “Masters of Sex” star is all about embracing her femininity and taking no shit. She wrote an essay for Cosmopolitan discussing reproductive rights, female presidents, and a lack of interest in sleepover dance parties, saying, “I don’t want to be a boy, but I sure as hell want to be equal to them. Perhaps that’s what I’ve been striving for all along.” After growing up a tomboy, Caplan now celebrates her femininity. Read More
Hiya, BUSTies! The August/September issue of BUST is on newsstands today, and it’s full of goodies you’ll want to sink your teeth into. Cover girl Jenny Slate (who is taking over our Instagram today!) talks business, comedy, and being a grown-ass woman; Princess Weekes dishes on everything you need to know about IUDs; Jemaine Clement lets us into his life post-Flight of the Concords. We’ve got a round-up of fall’s best music, movies, and TV, including Beach House, Junglepussy, Grimes, Suffragette, and Samantha Bee’s new late-night talk show. Read More
Recently, Ivana Trump’s accusation of sexual assault by her ex-husband and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump has resurfaced. Mr. Trump continues to vehemently deny the accusation. According to The Daily Beast, Ivana Trump originally used the term “rape” to describe a brutal encounter with her ex-husband but has since issued the following statement: “[On] one occasion during 1989, Mr. Trump and I had marital relations in which he behaved very differently toward me than he had during our marriage. Read More