Feminism

  Images of battered women invoke a sense of rage in many of us that can’t easily be quelled. Some, like the editors of Bulgarian zine, 12, profit off of the misery of these women with fashion shoots. But beauty vlogger Lauren Luke chose to take the high road by working with an anti-abuse group called Refuge to shed light on an issue that affects between 15 to 71 percent of women across the globe.   In her viral “How to look your best the morning after”...
Hey there fellow NYCers-- are you a community member, a community organizer, or an activist? Do you dislike all kinds of oppression, enjoy food, and appreciate art? If so, let me draw your attention to a place you should be visiting on the regular: Bluestockings, a radical bookstore, fair trade café, and activist center on the Lower East Side. Want an empowering book? You’ll find it here. Been meaning to brush up on your gender studies or expand your knowledge of black liberation? Look no further. Want to...
In the wake of the European Commission’s fail-tastic attempt to inspire girls to be interested in science comes a new toy with a similar goal in mind—minus the whole glorifying gender stereotypes in an obnoxiously superficial and degrading way kind of thing. Far outnumbered by men in their pursuit of engineering, math, and science degrees, the toy’s developers, Alice, Bettina, and Jennifer decided something’s gotta give. Thus, Roominate was born. An innovative switch-up on the classic dollhouse, Roominate is a kit of simple...
At times, I have a strong desire to occupy the brain of a conservative Republican just to understand what he's thinking. This urge passes rather quickly when I realize that the GOP party leans on the side of batshit crazy and it looks like there’s not much critical thinking going on anyway. Especially for Republicans in Texas.  For those of you who haven’t been following the Lone Star State’s public education system, things happen to look exceedingly dismal right about now. Texas happens to have one of...
I can blissfully recall noshing on Oreo cookies after a particularly rough day of junior high school. No, the creamy goodness didn’t make any bullies disappear, but the sugar rush lasted me well into the evening (much to my parents’ dismay). So, when I logged onto Facebook the Monday after New York City’s Gay Pride parade, I was struck with an Oreo cookie so stuffed that I couldn’t even begin to think about the calorie count. With rainbow layers and a bold caption reading, “Proudly support...

We all know what the basis of the popular restaurant Hooters is: boobs and beer. The chain is famous for hiring busty females to serve up their wings, and from what I've heard, extremely tasty fries. They are clearly unashamed by this marketing strategy, boasting a moniker that is clearly a reference to their employee's chests. But when does using women turn from Hooters to harassment? 23-year-old Courtney Scaramella thinks she knows where to draw the line. The former employee of the popular UCLA bar O'Hara's...

If there’s one thing that most of us can agree upon, it’s that mainstream media isn’t trying very hard to build up women’s self-esteem. Between gossip sites trashing even the most flawless celeb bodies and magazines that repeat the same lose-weight/please-your-guy/you’re-not-good-enough litany every issue, it’s difficult for many of us to catch a break (except when reading BUST, of course!). The battle towards self-love and acceptance is even more challenging for young adolescent girls trying to determine who they are within rapidly-changing bodies and a...
As you’re probably aware, Title IX is turning forty this year, which means celebrating four decades of fighting the good fight against sex discrimination in education. Cheers to that! But, according to a new Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF) study, the fight drags on. The FMF study uncovered a rise in sex segregation in public K-12 schools after the Bush administration (surprised?) weakened Title IX restrictions against the practice in 2006. They found that over 1,000 public schools, mostly elementary and middle schools, have initiated single-sex...
Do you remember Project Runway’s season eight fan favorite and finalist Andy South? He was always calm, polite and drama-free as an out and proud gay man. Well,  now almost two years later, Andy South is an out and proud transgender woman, named Nong Ariyaphon Southiphong. Yesterday, Southiphong changed her Facebook gender from “male” to “female,” making her transition publicly official.   The 25-year-old designer largely went about her change quietly but has been uploading many gorgeous photos onto Facebook since March, according to the Daily Mail....
Imagine returning home from a long day of school or work and wondering if tonight was the night you’d be sexually assaulted. For the vast majority of us, it’s a thought that rarely, if ever, crosses our minds. For Native American women sadly forced to hold a “not if, but when” attitude toward rape and molestation, it is a bleak reality. According to a 2012 Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC) roundtable report, it is estimated that one in three Native American women will...