Feminism

Here's a depressing story - and yet another reminder of how girls the world over are persecuted simply for being, well, girls. Turkish police have recovered the body of a 16-year-old girl they say was buried alive by relatives in an "honor" killing carried out as punishment for talking to boys. Medine Memi, was found in a sitting position with her hands tied, in a hole - pictured here - in her family's garden in the south-eastern province of Adiyaman.An informant told the police she had...

Ladies, meet Markus: the first man you can legally hire for sex in the U.S. The Shady Lady Ranch in Nevada hired the "prostidude" after winning state and county approval to employ male prostitutes.  This 25-year-old former Marine found himself outpacing a few other good men, and now he can be yours—for $300 an hour. Here's the intimate details on Markus, according to Markus: Before accepting the position he had a brief stint as a porn actor (he only lasted two scenes), he waited until age 23...

This past week, several members of Congress re-introduced the International Violence Against Women Act, a bill designed to support international programs to end violence against women. From an article on Politico.com, co-written by Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Representative Bill Delahunt (D-MA), as well as Larry Cox and Kerry Kennedy (from Amnesty International USA): "IVAWA will support innovative programs that challenge public attitudes and cultural practices that perpetuate and condone violence against women and girls. In settings where women are prevented or discouraged from seeking justice,...

Yep, it's Rush Limbaugh being distressingly offensive again. Apparently, someone called into question his judging the Miss America pageant, being as that he seems to hate women in every way, shape, and/or form, so he went on Fox News (where else?) to explain that he supports women. What? The transcript and video from Think Progress: CARLSON: So for those who were critics of you in judging this pageant, and saying that you haven’t been a supporter of women in the past — LIMBAUGH: Oh, I’m a huge supporter...
It’s a terrifying thought: being put under anesthesia and, while you are under, having unwanted or unnecessary procedures performed on you. But according to an article in Canada’s the Globe and Mail, it’s exactly what’s happening in many Canadian teaching hospitals—medical students are being instructed to perform gynecological exams on unconscious women. In the US and the UK, written consent is required, but in Canada, according to the article, “guidelines state that pelvic examination by trainees is ‘implicit.’” This practice went unnoticed until 2007, when a...
Despite sounding like a space-age feminine hygiene product, Apple's new iPad launched today with nary a lady in sight. Even though we here at BUST were as excited about the launch of this product as anyone from the cock-and-balls set, Apple seems to have forgotten that women are consumers for the latest tech at all. In the video promoting the new product, a number of Apple developers tells us all about their new thingamajig and why it was constructed. It's not such a surprise that...
There's some biters on the loose.File Under: Girl on Girl Crime Blotter>Bodies and Manners>Nipple Drinks.It's important to follow that one general rule when it comes to you and your involvement with other people's bodies. You have to be invited. Two different news stories, both happening this past Sunday, both involving the same weapon. Mouth weapons.  A woman on woman crime and a man on man crime, both Bobbie Smith from Michigan and Fernando Cooper from Chicago, are discombobulated body violators.  According to MSNBC, Bobbie Smith, 27, bit off "a significant portion" of Sandra Smith's nose during an altercation. Police recovered...
Myriam Merlet was killed in the Haiti earthquake last week. Our heartfelt prayers go out to her family, friends and all of the lives she touched as a pioneer for women's rights in Haiti. Democracy NOW! reporter, Amy Goodman reports on her death in the episode below and Eve Ensler, American playwright of The Vagina Monolouges, speaks to Myriam's life, spirit and efforts. This touching report also includes a portion of Myriam speaking at V-Day in New Orleans in 2008. The bitterest tears shed over gravesare for words left unsaid and deeds...
I actually have a V-Card.  No joke.  When I was high school a really terrible abstinence only program called Aim For Success invaded my school.  They were kind enough to inform us that if we had sex we would be like dirty, used toothbrushes and no one would want to use us again. They passed out actual Abstinence Pledge cards for us to sign (and if you didn't sign you were probably a God-hating, disease-ridden slut).  But I think my favorite demonstration was the one...
Ever since the 2009 presidential election in Iran was tainted by accusations of fraud, the country has been overwhelmed with protests and violence. Recently, opposition leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi issued a statement declaring what solutions he thought would remedy the current crisis. Many female activists felt that his demands, as well as other opposition leaders, did not address the discrimination women face on a daily basis. In response, they issued a statement of their own. The women asked for "annulment of all discriminatory and anti-women laws, recognition...