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I grew up in Tennessee. I own cowboy boots and say y’all, a lot. I have never gone hunting, but I’ve eaten tons of weird meat in cabins and enjoyed it. I also had to hustle my liberal, LGBT, feminist, atheist way through the hallways of a very conservative, religious, republican high school right in the center of the Bible belt. I remember being outraged for most of my time in Nashville. I protested when the state defunded the last remaining Planned ... Read More
Disenfranchise: verb. to deprive of a legal right, or of some privilege or immunity; especially : to deprive of the right to vote.  The Texas GOP is putting that word to use in the sneakiest way possible: starting November 5th, a voter must show identification with his or her most current, legally recognized name. I say his or her...but when was the last time a "he" you know had a name different from as it reads on his birth certificate? Rather, this new law ... Read More
Blogger and Fox News contributer Erick Erickson has said so many infuriating things about women and their bodies. First, he disparagingly called the 2012 Democratic National Convention the “Vagina Monologues.” Then he said women working to support their families go against science, implying that men are genetically programmed to work outside the home and to play a “dominant role” in the family.  Clearly, he hasn’t learned from ... Read More
Equal wages is a fight women were fighting in the 1930s and one that we are still fighting now.  Recent Census Bureau data reports that full-time working women make only 77 cents for every dollar that men make per year.  However, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) is working to change that. DeLauro is the sponsor of the equal pay legislation the Paycheck Fairness Act, which seeks to change the disparities present in the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and to address ... Read More
Today, the House of Congress will be considering the renewal of the bipartisan Violence Against Women Act, which expired more than 500 days ago. Why hasn't such a crucial piece of legislation been renewed? The short answer is that House Republicans blocked the VAWA vote in order to pursue their own conservative agenda in the form of an adapted bill. The differences between the original, meaty, bipartisan Senate VAWA and the lean, pared down conservative ... Read More
Here's a hilarious yet horrifying (hilarifying?) twist in the saga of Republican politicians vs. rape culture rhetoric. The anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony list is launching a new training program to help Republican lawmakers and elected officials talk about rape without inciting frustration (and projectile vomiting) in the American public.  The GOP hopes that this measure will stop its representatives from spewing misinformed and polarizing nonsense ... Read More
On Wednesday afternoon Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC host of Andrea Mitchell Reports, corrected a guest on her show for using the term pro-life. When the guest, Republican strategist Juleanna Glover, started to define herself as “deeply pro-life,” Mitchell immediately countered “What I would call anti-abortion…to use the term that I think is more value neutral.”Andrea Mitchell challenging Juleanna Glover's "pro-life" terminology The ... Read More
Like Tina Fey, all of us at BUST, and most women with ears, you are probably, extremely, overwhelmingly exhausted of hearing old white men talk about how much legislation they want to slap on your uterus. Shilpa Ray is tired of it, too, and so asked her Facebook friends what the reproductive rights debate might look like if men were the objects of said legislation. One of her pals, musician Michael Leviton, wrote, "Every time a man ejaculates and fails to ... Read More
 Now that women's birth control is becoming a subject of contention among (mostly male) Republicans in Congress, it seems only fair that birth control for men be put under the same scrutiny. At least this is what a group of female Georgia legislators in the House of Representatives believe--so they've just proposed a bill that would ban men from getting vasectomies.Of course, the proposal of this bill was a response to something more specific than the ... Read More
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