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Feminism

If you’ve been anywhere near the internet for the past fifteen years, you might have noticed that sometimes people are assholes. They say inflammatory things just to get people fired up, mercilessly insult others, and use the anonymity of a screen as protection. They also do worse things: engage in hate speech, make threats, and share violent content. Sharing your opinions is not illegal. But doing that other stuff is. That’s why social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have reporting options and moderators who...
You probably learned about Amelia Earhart in school—but what about Elinor Smith? Or Julie Wang? Amelia Earhart experienced many accomplishments in her flying career, including being the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and is to this day an inspiration to many women in the aviation industry. Sadly, Earhart mysteriously disappeared in 1937 and was declared dead in absentia in 1939. We wanted to commemorate Earhart and some of the other iconic women in aviation through history and up to the present day. Lilian...
Last night, the New York Times reported that Asia Argento, one of the first women who came forward to accuse Harvey Weinstein of rape, has herself been accused of sexual assault. The New York Times obtained documents showing that Argento arranged to pay $380,000 to Jimmy Bennett, a 22-year-old actor and musician who says Argento, now 42, sexually assaulted him in 2013, when he was 17 and she was 37. The legal age of consent in California, where the alleged assault took place, is 18....
Just days after Argentina’s government failed to legalize abortion, a 24-year-old woman has lost her life to an unsafe abortion. Lacking a safe and legal option, the mother of two, referred to by Argentinian newspaper Clarín as Elizabeth, attempted to end her pregnancy at home on Sunday. According to The Cut, Elizabeth contracted a serious infection, which sent her into septic shock. Elizabeth passed away on Tuesday. In Argentina, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or where the health or life of the pregnant person...
To celebrate BUST’s 25thanniversary, we’re bringing some of our favorite cover stories online. Here’s our interview with Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna from our Winter 2000 issue. Without asking to, Gloria Steinem and Kathleen Hanna have been made de facto poster girls for their respective generation’s women’s movements—Gloria as the pretty, public face of the women’s liberation movement, and Kathleen as the troop leader of the Riot Grrrls. So choosing to feature both of them in the Feminism issue of BUST was obvious. But getting these ladies together...
Singer and accused sexual predator R. Kelly is scheduled to perform at the Hulu Theatre in Madison Square Garden next month, Variety reports. The announcement of the concert, which will be Kelly’s most high-profile booking in years, follows a decades-long history of sexual assault accusations, including accusations, detailed on BuzzFeed last month, that the performer has been holding young women in an abusive cult. Kelly has also had multiple charges of child pornography and sexual assault, including several charges of sexual assault against minors, against him. Regardless, Kelly’s...
Last night after a Democratic primary win, Vermont’s Christine Hallquist made history as the first transgender gubernatorial candidate nominated by a major party. She beat out three opponents, securing 48% of the vote, according to Vox. “I am so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight,” Hallquist said in her victory speech. Hallquist, a first-time candidate, has been CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative since 2005. She hopes to protect Medicare and Medicaid, support the state’s public schools, and raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, Hallquist...
Kianni Jones, a 26-year-old trans woman of color, shares her story about her experiences as a rideshare driver in a short video created and edited by Liz Ellis Mayes and Lucy Augustine. After coming out as trans, Kianni struggled to keep a steady job due to transphobia. "Managers discussed to me that I had complaints in going into the female restroom from other customers," she says. Once Kianni began working as a rideshare driver, she was able to earn enough to take her from below the...
Sharice Davids won her primary! She will be running in the Third Congressional District in Kansas against Republican Representative Kevin Yoder—who is endorsed by Trump himself. According the The New York Times, in a statement, Davids referred to Yoder as “a pawn of Trump.” If she wins the November election, she will present many firsts for Congress. She would be the first lesbian congresswoman from Kansas and the first Native American woman in Congress (potentially alongside Deb Haaland, who also won her primary in New Mexico)....
Argentina is in uproar this week over a bill that was shut down in Congress that would have legalized abortion up to 14 weeks, The Guardian reports. The vote was split 38 opposed to 31 in favor, displaying how divided the government and the country is on this issue. The now-defunct bill would have allowed for women to obtain an abortion up to 14 weeks along in pregnancy in a country where the procedure is currently criminalized. Women who seek to have abortions face a risk...