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Yesterday I was on Facebook, just scrolling through my news feed, when I happened upon an image that made me want to pump my fist and go ‘Yeah!’...but then irked me because I realized it wasn’t entirely accurate.  This doesn't tell the full story. The wage gap is obviously still a real problem; a white woman makes, on average, 77 cents for every dollar a man makes. However, single, childless white women earn closer to 90 cents per dollar. ... Read More
Once upon a time, beauty companies were telling women that their bodies weren't smooth enough, their faces clear enough, and their hair, shiny enough. However, after various body-positive movements in addition to all the feminist scholars critiquing the issue, companies have attempted to alter the explicit ways in which they enforce constant body surveillance. Now more recently, we are seeing women's beauty advertisements "praise" empowerment over body image. Take ... Read More
Last week we published a post about TED's ban on abortion as a topic at TED events, including TEDWomen, where Jessica Valenti's article from The Nation was referenced and discussed. Since her article was full of goodies to really think about, we're taking a deeper look at the piece in this post.  TED Talks were first introduced to me by a college professor, and they have since provided some of my most well-spent viewing time on the internet. Spanning a ... Read More
  “We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world,” writes the nonprofit TED of its conferences, lecture series, and sub-organizations TEDActive, TEDGlobal, TEDYouth, TEDx, TEDIndia, and of course, TEDWomen. Unlike so many open thought conferences, TED has millions of viewers and fans. Given TED’s inclusion of popular feminist thinkers like Sheryl Sandberg, one would expect TED talks to ... Read More
  Inspired by the UN Women ad campaign featuring google searches related to the word “woman,” Policy Mic’s Elizabeth Plank began a project that explores what the world thinks of feminists. When one Googles search terms related to feminism, the results are discouraging and often violent, but Plank’s images inspire hope as well.  Instead of expressing the silencing of women with the covering of their mouths, her images allow ... Read More
Jessica Valenti is sick and tired of the question, “Why are you so angry?” We’re all aware of the “angry feminist” stereotype that’s been bandied about for decades; anger and aggression are prominent qualities of the caricature version of feminism. This unfair and false characterization is often invoked by those who would silence the voices of feminists, dismissing their views as irrational or otherwise invalid.  During a ... Read More
  All you have to do is watch Jersey Shore, or most reality TV shows really, to see that commercial culture screams that a woman’s most important value is her sexuality.  And there’s rarely a healthy middle ground when sexuality is so constantly focused on.  Either she’s a shamed slut for having too much sex, or she’s a virginal prude.  We see this repeatedly, and don’t often stop to think how damaging these moral ... Read More
Here at BUST, we've always been supportive of other feminists. Always. We don't hold a narrow view of what feminism means, and understand that there are different ways of being feminist. We helped promote Bitch magazine in it's earliest days. We've never trashed Ms. We've always  thought feministing.com  was a cool and important website. Alas, our other sisters in crime are not nearly as generous. In this weekend's New York Times, Jessica Valenti, editor ... Read More