Feminism

Last Wednesday, Denmark announced that sex without explicit consent can be prosecuted as rape. This modification to the country’s sexual violence laws “is one of the most important battles for gender equality in Denmark that has taken place for a very long time,” said Danish Justice Minister Nick Haekkerup. According to News18, the new law prioritizes consent when it comes to the prosecution of rape, specifying that it “must be given voluntarily and as an expression of an individual’s free will through words or action.” The...
Need some good news today? (Whatever that means)... A badass feminist collective in Mexico City has taken power into their own hands by seizing the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) and converted it to a shelter for victims of gender-based violence in Mexico City, Mexico. Let me hear you say, Power to the People! According to the Mexico News Daily, frustrations and tensions between feminists and the Mexican government continue to swelter as women are continually left ignored and unprotected after reporting gender-based...
On Tuesday, Senator Ted Cruz co-authored a letter to the FDA requesting the removal of the abortion pill, otherwise known as RU-46 or Mifeprex, from the U.S. market. Cruz asked Commissioner Stephen Hahn to classify Mifeprex as an “imminent hazard to public health” and “a significant threat of danger,” claiming that “pregnancy is not a life-threatening illness, and the abortion pill does not cure or prevent any disease.” Cruz’s statements, backed up by his pro-life posse, dismiss the health hazards that women frequently face while...
We have seen athletes protest racism, past, and present, but it feels special with two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka. Monday was the first day of the 2020 U.S. Open, and Osaka wore a cloth face mask that read Breonna Taylor, the name of the 26-year-old EMT who was shot eight times and killed by police in her home. Osaka ascended into the public eye after becoming the first tennis player born in Japan to win a Grand Slam championship — against her childhood...
  It looks like the stigmatization of periods and menstrual products is far from over. Earlier this month, a Tampax ad which aired in the UK and Ireland was pulled from the airwaves for being “vulgar,” “brash and disgusting and unnecessary,” and “crossing a line of decency.” Titled “Tampons and Tea,” the ad addressed an issue so many people with periods are all too used too: being able to feel your tampon. In the commercial, an actress playing the role of a talk-show host explains that if...
Damn, Donald! Back at it again with the predatory behavior. Over the past four years, Donald J. Trump has become known for his “locker room talk.” From his infamous “grab 'em by the pussy” line to talking about how he’d like to date his own daughter, his misogynistic rhetoric doesn’t really surprise your average feminist at this point. Still, with just two months until election day, one would think that there wouldn’t be much time for Trump to sneak in any more jaw-dropping, blatantly sexist...
Excerpt from BUST's full interview with Stacey Abrams by Amber Tamblyn The 2020 Census deadline is September 30th. It's not too late! It's quick and easy! Complete the survey here. #GetCounted You’ve been working very hard to encourage people to fill out the 2020 census. I don’t think I knew how important it was until I had seen interviews with you about it . You did an event recently with my friend America Ferrera [regarding the Census], and she said, “You need to come hear Stacey, she’s so...
Today is the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till’s lynching. On August 28, 1955, Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Chicagoan visiting family in Money, Mississippi, was violently lynched for allegedly flirting with a white woman a few days earlier. Four days prior, shop owner Carolyn Bryant claimed that Till flirted with her while in her store, with different accounts claiming different things on Till’s part. Four days later, Roy Bryant—Carolyn’s husband—and his brother J.W. Milam showed up at Till’s uncle’s home, demanding to see him. According to History.com, the pair...

Breastfeeding is one of the best preventative natural medicines: it has the power to reduce the risk of respiratory infections, Type II diabetes, and asthma, and provides many other health benefits. However, not all women are able to do so: Black women are significantly less likely to breastfeed than any race. Data collated by the CDC demonstrates that compared to 75% of white women, only 58.9% of Black women breastfeed their children, and this has been the case for over 40 years. To illuminate the...
The Black Lives Matter protests were ignited earlier this year following the death of George Floyd, and the protests have started again after the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Blake, who was shot multiple times in the back, was left paralyzed, and his lawyer said it would be a miracle if he ever walked again. This shooting has sparked new outrage and it has led the WNBA to postpone their game in order to make a statement about the shooting of Blake and...
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