BY Rachael Roth in General on Jan 03, 2014 |
A campaign called Operation LIPSTICK out of Dorchester, MA is calling attention to women's role in illegal gun trade and putting the onus on females to help lessen gun crimes. While most gun crimes are committed by men, women play a large part by purchasing and concealing guns for criminals who can't acquire their own.
LIPSTICK, which is an acronym for "Ladies Involved in Putting a Stop to Inner-City Killings," was founded in 2012 by Nancy Robinson. Robinson ... Read More
The activists of the global movement V-Day are ringing in the new year by rising against gender-based violence and abuse. About one billion women around the world are raped in their lifetime. On February 14, 2014, the world is invited to share stories of survival and support and cry for justice as part of the One Billion Rising campaign. Each year, one billion men and women will rise and participate in the action.
V-Day calls us to action, stating, ... Read More
Religious or not, many worship the Christmas tree. Within religious literature and the most personal family traditions, the tree represents birth and death; every winter, we might erect it and toss it aside weeks later, only to have it reborn next year. Sometimes we immortalize real trees with precious ornaments and family photographs that will be framed forever.
For those of us who mourn our trees after they leave our homes is Gergo ... Read More
BY Shannon Iggy in General on Dec 30, 2013 |
Now here’s a petition we can get behind! 10-year-old Melissa Shang, along with her older sister (Huffington Post’s YingYing Shang), is asking for American Girl to release a differently abled doll. Melissa, who has a form of muscular dystrophy, has been an avid fan of the dolls for years. Her favorite collection of dolls are the Girl of the Year dolls. “Every year,” Melissa wrote, “American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a ... Read More
When I was a little girl, I had a collection of ceramic Victorian women in full petticoats and gowns. They were enduringly precious to me, and yet my clumsy fingers always proved disastrous for the delicate dolls. They lost everything from their parasols to their heads, and yet I kept them on my chest of drawers well into adulthood; in fact, they’re still there.
As I learned more about constructed Victorian womanhood, I realized the ... Read More
With all the “fit moms” and tabloid attention on “post-baby bodies,” we can lose sight of the fact that our beauty lies in our diversity. The fetishization of the mother with the "perfect body" is discouraging to women of all walks and phases of life, and it’s important to combat this kind of aggressive negativity by celebrating our bodies, minds, and lives. A few months ago, Maria Kang, often called “Fit Mom,” ... Read More
14-year-old Ruby Baron is a super-talented young artist who can often be seen playing her ukelele and sporting pink hair. She is currently a freshman at La Guardia High School in N.Y.C. and has been subscribing to BUST since she was 12, and we can’t wait to see where life takes her.
On November 27th, Ruby, her father Ron and his wife Irit, and her 5-year-old half-sister Naomi were involved in a devastating car accident on the way to a holiday party. ... Read More
Our favorite super-heroines are about inner strength, teaching us to do what’s right even when it’s hard. And that can get lost when we lose complex characters to women who are portrayed as hyper-sexualized objects, devoid of complex character development. Women have long been asking for more female superheroes with more dialogue and less unrealistically revealing outfits, but what do young girls think?
The artist ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth in General on Dec 17, 2013 |
Toward the end of high school I became obsessed with looking “punk rock.” A lot of the guys I knew from my hometown were punks and I wanted so badly to emulate them, which led to me dressing more androgynously. I not-so-subtly stole elements of their style: bullet belts, Doc Martens, leather jackets, t-shirts found in the little boys’ section at the Goodwill—eventually I had my friends give me a mohawk and started dying my hair wacky ... Read More
BY Rachael Roth in General on Dec 17, 2013 |
Tyra Banks has partnered up with Special K Cereal to promote positive conversations about body image. According to the Kellogg's Newsroom, 93% of women engage in fat talk and make self-depecrating comments about their bodies. FightFatTalk.com and the trending #fightfattalk is about silencing negativity, hence the "Shhh" gesture you might see on the website.
"I know how much criticizing your body negatively affects self-esteem," ... Read More