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When officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Missouri erupted into a justified rage. With local the police force increasing militarization, including the use of tear gas and violence against protestors and reporters in order to quell the riots, there has been an flood of information from every corner of the internet on what is going on, from protestors to citizen journalists and everyone else on Twitter.  As a feminist ... Read More
In case you missed it, a fashion shoot by Indian photographer Raj Shetye made headlines for all the wrong reasons. The photo series depicted a model groped in various positions by men on a bus, and was particularly unsettling because of its eerie resemblance to the tragic 2012 gang rape and murder of a 23-year old woman on a bus in Delhi.   The shoot garnered some well-deserved backlash, including some from Bollywood music director Vishal Dadlani, ... Read More
Yesterday I went to Hannah Hart’s book signing at the Housing Works Bookstore on a whim and had my mind blown. I’m honestly still picking up the pieces.  I first watched Hannah’s Youtube series “My Drunk Kitchen” in 2011, after just moving away from my parents for the first time to start college. I remember feeling so awkward and insecure as I tried to adjust to my new environment and all these new faces and names that all had ... Read More
When the justice system actually convicts rapists (without victim harassment, light sentences, etc.), we applaud them for doing the jobs they are hired to do. Cases like the one in Steubenville were so horribly mishandled that any documented rape cases make us happy when a perpetrator is handed the sentence they deserve.    Without proper punishments, injustice continues. For example, take the fact that one of the Steubenville rapists was allowed to ... Read More
Throughout my experience as a blogger for BUST, one thing has become increasingly apparent - we are in the midst of an information war. Trolls have infiltrated the cyber world, and have made it their mission to bombard the internet with absurd propaganda in an effort to divert people from the scientific facts. And sometimes it’s less about which side has the better argument and more about WHO CAN SHOUT THE LOUDEST. Throughout the past 20 years, a lot of ... Read More
I think the first time I really played with coding was on Neopets. I was about 12 years old and I didn’t know it was called “code” - just that it was HTML and it made the wallpapers of my personal pages look sweet as hell. Then I moved on to bigger and better things (aka wasting my life away on Facebook) and forgot all about my days of messing around with the cool layout of the internet.   When I first heard about Girls Who Code, I was ... Read More
On your marks, get set, code! This weekend, The Ace Hotel kicks off its second Codeathon series, this time with a focus on women’s health. The Ace and its partners, Jawbone and the Clinton Foundation Health Matters Initiative, will challenge female developers and designers to create new apps focused around women’s physical and mental health.  Female innovators in technology and medicine will mentor these women and also judge the final ... Read More
In more glass ceiling-breaking news, the Fields Award (which Buzzfeed describes as “the Nobel Prize equivalent in the mathematics world”) has been awarded to the first female ever!  Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian-born professor at Stanford University, was chosen by the International Congress of Mathematicians to receive this honor - which only happens every four years.  According to New Scientist, the winner “studies the geometry of ... Read More
Art by Zen Pencils.   Over here at Bust we're pretty huge fans of Amy Poehler and her website Smart Girls Club so we loved finding this animated version of a quote from one of her amazing Ask Amy advice videos. Once again, Zen Pencils finds a way to illustrate our heroes' words in a beautiful way.  Image via Zen ... Read More
      I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Tavi Gevinson's blog Style Rookie, only that I interpreted her shrines of teenage girlhood via Goody barrettes, Barbie clothes, Freaks and Geeks posters and Comme des Garcons ads as the work of a mastermind. A mastermind in Miu Miu pumps and granny shawls. I was in awe and continued to read her blog with a sort of feverish glee for years.    I wish I turned my Girl Scout patches into ... Read More
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