I wonder if (and highly doubt) Apple realized the irony of censoring the word “vagina” out of the title of Naomi Wolf’s new book, Vagina: A New Biography.  The point of the book is to educate people about the vagina, and therefore about women – striving for a greater understanding and respect. And the title was clearly chosen at least in part to provoke and to de-stigmatize the perfectly harmless word that recently had Michigan ... Read More
“Free Pussy Riot” as a slogan is approaching meaninglessness-by-repetition, like when you say “banana” so many times in a row that you forget it’s a word. But despite the echo chamber effect of its proliferation, the demand itself hasn’t lost value as a legitimate goal. Protesters all over the world have shown support for the punk group jailed for criticizing their government and offending the church in the process – two ... Read More
Ladies, you simply MUST get out and vote in November. But first, you must make sure that there are no sneaky voter ID laws in your state that would block you from doing so. The National Conference of State Legislatures has put together this handy map, so check it out for more info on your state’s voter ID laws. Then go to their website to see what you need to do to make sure your voice is heard.Women, especially younger women and single women, turned ... Read More
Victoria’s Secret—always a feminist favorite—recently decided to add a dash of racism to their usual objectification roster. Their new line, called “Go East,” features lots of what they call “touches of eastern delight.” I don’t think that there’s necessarily wrong with a clothing company, or a lingerie company, incorporating some pretty Japanese-style flowers. That in itself isn’t racism, it’s globalization. But, in a piece on ... Read More
   Former BUST cover girl, Mindy Kaling (October/November 2011), is working hard on her upcoming sitcom, The Mindy Project. Of course she’s busy, ‘cause the superwoman created the show, writes, produces and stars in it. The Office writer and actor spoke with New York Magazine about the new show, what it’s like to be in charge, and missing her mom. Pretty much everything Kaling says or does is awesome, but one thing she said in the ... Read More