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In high school, my best friend and I would practice making the “crazy person face” to deter people from sitting next to us when we traveled alone. My mother has always told me that people will always sit next to young women on planes and trains because they feel they have a right to get all up in our personal space. “Wait until you get older; they’ll respect you more,” she would tell me. For some reason, the majority of people ... Read More
GoDaddy, a.k.a. the Internet service company with blatantly sexist commercials and advertising strategies, is singing a new tune. Last week, the New York Times reported that GoDaddy is releasing a new commercial that is a far cry from the provocative ads of the past. Due to an outcry from women everywhere, the company, and chief executive Blake Irving, are shifting away from overtly sexy ads, and instead are implementing a campaign that everyone can get behind. ... Read More
  I know, I know, we’re all sick of talking about Miley Cyrus. Regardless of the obvious cultural appropriation and insensitivity she displayed at the VMA’s with her twerk debacle, the debate on whether or not her overt sexuality is empowering (or degrading) continues.  Today, she released her new video for her song “Wrecking Ball.” In the song, she describes the heartbreak and loss that can come with truly falling in love with ... Read More
  Tiana Parker, a young girl of seven, was cute as a button when she marched off to school this morning in Tulsa. She looked spick-and-span in her uniform, and her hair was aligned in perfect dreadlocks with a big pink bow on top. Tiana's father Terrance is a barber who, in his own words, "[takes] pride in [his] kids looking nice."  But Tiana left school this morning in tears. Why? Because the school felt she didn't look "presentable." According to the ... Read More
  Like many others, we were shocked and appalled by Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines.” As the song’s title suggests, the song contains concerning lyrics that blur the very clear divide between consensual sex and abuse: New York Magazine's Ann Friedman explains that “phrases like ‘good girl’ and ‘I know you want it’ uttered in rapid succession [sound rapey].” The song stirred up more ... Read More
Our latest Aug/Sept BUST cover star, Janelle Monáe, has a word or two for those sexists in the music industry. In a recent interview with NMETV, the songstress gives her opinion on sexism in the music industry. Monáe talks about how the industry expects women to fit into a certain category and prescribes certain ways of dressing, behaving, and even singing. But our queen is not gonna stand for that, no way no how! Monáe starts the interview by ... Read More
Everybody, let’s stop with the slut-shaming. Miley's performance at the VMAs is upsetting, but not for the reasons you think. The furor and shock and vitriol strike me as the height of hypocrisy and sexism.Miley Cyrus is still America’s Sweetheart — the REAL AmericaI like Miley Cyrus. There, I said it. I like her irreverence, her in-your-faceness, her lack of B.S and her honesty about what she likes and who she is. Am I happy young ... Read More
 My XX chromosomes can be confusing, even vexing, sometimes. Between preparing anxiously for Aunt Flo to come into town and making sure the men in my life are kept fed, sheltered and nourished emotionally, I barely have time to keep up on news of the day, let alone devote time to understanding sports. There’s something about sweaty men chasing after a ball that makes my estrogen-addled brain shut down completely, reducing me to a potato-chip- and ... Read More
Nina Siahkali Moradi, a 27-year-old architecture graduate student, recently won a seat on the Qazvin, Iran, City Council. Moradi received 10,000 votes, making her the fourteenth most popular of the 163 candidates that ran.  However, the electoral candidate has been barred from taking her seat because of her good looks. Yep, I’m not making this stuff up; she was disqualified because of her looks. Here we go again with more sexist crap. Let’s ... Read More
   When my mother got engaged in 1979, she and my father decided against a traditional proposal. There was no expensive dinner, no bended knee and no ring. In the wake of second-wave feminism, my mother felt that a ring served as an unfair indicator that she belonged to my father; she would not wear a symbol to ward off other men if my father did not bear a similar marker.  Has culture surrounding engagement rings changed today? In some ways, it ... Read More
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