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Not too long ago, the BUST Blog covered a New York woman’s efforts to re-vamp Verizon’s cancellation policies for domestic violence survivors. Almost 200,000 signatures later, her petition was successful! Today, as part of its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon is implementing some brand-new policy changes to better assist victims of partner violence. Customer service reps now have specific protocol for assisting survivors with contract ... Read More
Global Times has spotlighted some awesome feminists in China who have recently staged various grassroots protests that go beyond writing articles or giving speeches.  They focus on pressing women’s issues like sexual harassment and workplace and financial inequality.  China is a more difficult environment to protest in, as feminism is less accepted there than in the United States (and a lot of people in the U.S. aren’t down with feminism ... Read More
  Many of you know that Chik-fil-A makes a lot of sandwiches and donates a lot of money to anti-gay organizations. However you might not be familiar with the badass LGBT activist who shed light on this company and their hateful activities in January of this year, long before the recent hubbub. Ladies and gentleman, may I present to you Hillary Dworkoski, dedicated gay-rights activist and college sophomore. Dworkoski is responsible for the change.org petition ... Read More
Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot has been in the news nearly daily lately, and with good reason. The announcement of the members' two-year prison sentences has mobilized and outraged so many of us, and sparked an outpouring of support from around the globe. Three masked activists in Germany were recently arrested for staging a "Free Pussy Riot" protest inside a cathedral, and Madonna and Kathleen Hanna even lent them support. Now a new project, Lets Start a ... Read More
Lizz Winstead, creator of The Daily Show and recently featured in BUST Magazine's June/July issue, will read from her collection of essays Lizz Free or Die tonight, as part of the Brooklyn Bridge Park’s summer reading series.Winstead's collection of essays is an account of her life, which has been influenced by sexism and her struggles against it. BUST’s review of the work states “as a child, a priest infuriates her when he tells her ... Read More
After reading every day about more backwards policies being advocated across the U.S., it’s easy to forget that progressive and liberal agendas sometimes succeed, too (just not here, lately). Earlier this month, Argentina passed a thoroughly modern law that changes many of the restrictions transgender individuals previously faced. Now, individuals can apply to change their gender on official government documents (namely IDs) without first undergoing a ... Read More
While we here in the US continue to suffer through the latest ridiculous goings-on of our own election year politics, Egyptians head to the polls today and tomorrow to vote in what is their country’s first ever multi-candidate presidential race and the first major election since long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak took a hike last winter. With thirteen people in the running, Egyptians of course have an appropriately diverse array of candidates from which to select ... Read More
YES! Consent is Sexy is a new underwear line with flashy, brightly colored panties emblazoned with words like "Yes!", "No!", "Maybe", and "Ask First." With REAL women (not airbrushed automatons) modeling these garments, and the proceeds going toward raising awareness, there's even more incentive to pick up these graphic skivvies. The money from sales of this line go to a group called FORCE: Upsetting the Culture of Rape,  a project that challenges rape ... Read More
  2012 has seen no shortage of invasive legislation that seeks to curtail women's rights. Arizona, Virginia, and Capitol Hill have all been battlegrounds in this year's fight for women's equality. It's easy to sit back, feeling overwhelmed by the political climate in this country, especially when legislators are trying to take away the basic rights feminists fought for decades ago. It's easy to think the odds are stacked against us. It's easy to talk smack ... Read More
  It's no secret that we love some quality arts and crafts here at BUST. We'll take embroidery hoops, knitting needles, and paper mache over just about anything else. What's even better than DIY-ing for fun, though, is putting your crafty skills to good use! Danish artist Hanne Bang is spearheading a project called "In A War Someone Has to Die," which is a transnational effort to unite women against a common enemy: war. Bang seeks to collect handkerchiefs ... Read More
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