Feminism

On January 24th ,2011 at an information on campus safety at York University, a Toronto police officer put his foot in his mouth. He advised that "women should avoid dressing likes sluts in order not to be victimized." Students and staff of York University's Osgoode Law School have demanded an apology, but some people don't think an apology is enough. After all, the police officer in question isn't the only person to share this view. It's a popular and insidious belief that women are often...
Street harassment is so common in New York, it's practically a pandemic. It's so common that I walked from the 28th subway to BUST HQ's on 27th (that's a block) and got cat-called five times today. And it's raining. Goddamn, don't these men have jobs? Apparently the thing topping their to-do list is 'YELL AT WOMEN ON STREET' followed by the less important, but equally creepy, tasks of: 'hide in bushes & wait' and 'make lots of calls from a blocked number where the only...
Damn. Bethann Hardison is fierce. She was the first black cheerleader at her Brooklyn highschool, the first African-American person working an upscale New York City showroom, and one of only a handful of black runway and fashion models in the early 1970's. But Hardison knew she could be more effective behind the camera than in front, and in 1980 joined one of the top modeling agencies as a booker. It was her wheeling and dealing that persuaded top designers to take chances on black models such...

In Liberia, rape has become a standard procedure, used as a tool of oppression and to instill fear. From 1989 to 2003, the Liberian civil war used mass rape as an element of warfare, affecting 3 out of 4 young girls and women.  Although the war ended, the rape epidemic still continues in Liberia and has shattered the social norms of the community.  Even after almost 8 years, women continue to live in fear and continue to be victims of rape.  According to Liberia’s Ministry of...
A mailer went out to Tampa, Florida residents stating that mayoral candidate, Rose Ferlita, is unfit for office. Why? Well, for starters, she’s single.The mailer makes claims on her personal reasons for remaining unmarried, stating that it’s because she’s made her political ambitions (note that they don’t say career) a priority. Her single status also prompts the mailer to state she has “suspect family values” which could be an insinuation of lesbianism. Not only does the mailer presume...

It's just one of those days that a girl goes throughWhen I'm angry inside,Don't wanna take it out on you.Just one of them things. Don't take it personal.* It wasn't until recently that women I knew complained about PMS. Aside from the odd mention, I never noticed friends or "colleagues" crediting pre-menstrual syndrome for their feelings or actions. To be honest, I was surprised so many women indicated their upcoming periods were the reason they were acting that way, or snapped at their boyfriend, or got pissed...
In case you were wondering as I was, an oratorio is pretty similar to an opera in its use of a choir, soloists, and character ensembles, but unlike an opera, there's no scenery, costumes, or action. An oratorio is basically made up of large scale musical compositions that explain the story or subject, usually taking on religious or sacred subject matter.  THIS oratorio, "From the Fire," composed by Tony-nominated Elizabeth Swados and conceived and directed by Cecilia Rubino, is based on the infamous 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory...
Yay! The White House made a report on the status of women! Oh no, as far as women in America go, we're still paid less than men and doing most of the housework. Wait, is that really all the report focused on? Not only have women's strides been small, but apparently our fight for equal rights hasn't expanded in scope since the 70's either. Erin Grant explains it all in a new Modern Lady videocast. Don't worry Erin. According to the most trusted news source of...
In an effort to save Planned Parenthood, a diverse group of students made this video letting America know that they have sex and need organizations like Planned Parenthood around in order for them to make safe and informed choices while doing so. Check it out. [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaxBR1AiFS4&feature=player_embedded 425x344] After the House voted to cut federal funding to Planned Parenthood this February, the people at Planned Parenthood have been mobilizing to fight the cuts. The organization has taken off across the country in a pink bus on a "truth...

It's not exactly the kind of summer camp where you roast marshmallows and tell ghost stories, but instead you can stomp around New York City with other feminists (like yourself) and get involved with all things feminist! Registration is now open for  Feminist Summer Camp, which might be similar to Camp Anawanna (without your panties on a flagpole) and is a great opportunity to learn different strategies and approaches to feminist organizing within NYC. Co-founders Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner (authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future and Grassroots:...