Mary Oliver’s position as a female poet has long been questioned by critics. Some find her alliance with nature anti-feminist, claiming that her use of natural imagery echoes those of the male romantic poets. Sadly, romantic poetry is seen to assume the speaker-- presumed male--reaches an enlightened realm of immortality that the natural world-- coded female-- never can.
But other critics see more complexity in Oliver’s work, ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in General on Nov 11, 2013 |
Ahh, the age-old "I'm SO bad at math!" line. For many people, this declaration is almost like a reflex when anything to do with numbers comes up in conversation. Calculating a tip at a restaurant? "Don't look at me! I'm so bad at math!" Grocery shopping? "So, so bad at math!" Talking about nothing math related? You get the idea.
A recent piece by Kim Z. Dale in Chicago Now's "Listing Toward Forty" said what we all need to be thinking: Every time we say "I'm bad at ... Read More
BY Katie Fustich in Feminizzle on Nov 08, 2013 |
ALL HAIL IKEA! I mean Sweden, right...Sweden. The land of moderately-priced decor, beautiful people, and delightful meatballs is out to make the world a better place. Swedish movie theaters are now incorporating the Bechdel Test into their ratings system, giving moviegoers the opportunity to know in advance which films treat women like, you know, humans and stuff.
If you're just tuning in, the Bechdel test "asks whether a work ... Read More
BY Eloise Giegerich in Boob Tube on Nov 07, 2013 |
This past week, awesome human and genius of cinema Joss Whedon was honored by Equality Now at the Beverly Hills “Make Equality a Reality” event for his work on gender equality. When called to the stage, Whedon proceeded to make the most perfect speech, critiquing the word “feminist” and exposing the way in which words today carry such incredible power with them.
Addressing equality and his problem with “feminist,” (not ... Read More
It’s hard for women to break into the music industry, especially women of color, but Nicki Minaj is one star who has helped pave the way. As if we needed yet another reason to love her, she recently broke another glass ceiling of sorts.
She’s partnered up with Myx Fusions, serving as both the brand’s spokesperson and part owner. Of her decision to endorse the alcoholic beverage, she told MTV News, "I was just feeling like with ... Read More
Oh dear. Just when we thought we had covered all of the fields in which women are discriminated, we churned up another: air travel. In a study by English travel agent sunshine.co.uk, 51 percent of travelers expressed a preference for male pilots over females. Shockingly, it was mostly women who felt unsafe with lady pilots behind the wheel.
Not only did the study reveal prejudice, but it also aimed to explain why people feel this way. 32% of ... Read More
There was some concern among BUST.com readers about the posting (and subsequent removal) of a post on a new line of anti-rape activewear. Though there may be benefits to these products, we thought this issue could use a more nuanced discussion.
Rape-prevention techniques like self-defense classes and pepper-spray are often helpful; they can save lives. But ideally, they are not permanent fixtures. If we turn solely to defensive tactics that ... Read More
Okay, so I know a lot of gamers--of all genders-- who are sick and tired of seeing women sexualized in video games. Disturbingly, recent research has suggested that women are damaged by playing as over-sexualized avatars in games. So why does the industry continue to churn out female characters in barely-there outfits? Warface, an online shooter features female soldiers in skimpy, highly ineffective fighting attire. What's holding them back from making it more ... Read More
Harmony Hammond. Suture, 2002.
The Lesbian Herstory Archives, an awesome ongoing collection of political and culturally relevant records of lesbian lives and herstory is hosting an art benefit, and it’s going to be really incredible.
Harmony Hammond, the artist and writer behind Heresies: A Feminist Publication of Art and Politics and Lesbian Art in America will present her current exhibition. As if that wasn’t enough, artists from ... Read More
With song titles like “Miss Independent,” pop star Kelly Clarkson would seem to most like a feminist. But she doesn’t see it that way. In conversation with TIME’s Belinda Luscombe, Clarkson stated the word feminist is “too strong. I think when people hear feminist, it’s like, ‘Get out of my way, I don’t need anyone.’” She goes on to explain, “I love that I’m being taken care of, ... Read More