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If you're in the NYC area, check out Barnard College's Athena Film Festival from February 10-13. All of the films feature female characters as protagonists and focus strongly on female leadership. Kathryn Kolbert, the co-curator of the festival, explains in a press release that "The films we’ll screen exemplify our mission—to bring women’s unique and powerful voice to the forefront." Both documentaries and narrative films will be shown. You'll be ... Read More
The names of 60 sex workers who were murdered in 2010 will be read aloud at candlelight vigils across the world on Friday.  Sixty is a conservative estimate, violence against those in the sex worker community more often than not goes undocumented, unreported, unnoticed.  Often we don’t hear about it until it is too late for anything other than tabloid headlines, until there is a body left my the roadside, stuffed in a drainpipe or tossed from a ... Read More
The Bushwick Bike Shop is having a Ladies Only Mechanic Night on Dec 18th from 6-8. This is a great way for Brooklyn girls to learn more about their bikes and give the boys a run for their money- 'bout time! The workshops are being taught by KT Higgins, who was named the Best Bike Mechanic in NYC by NY Magazine. So, get out there and rep-re-sent! KT HigginsHer right hand man, Sanford;  an honorary Lady. Images courtesy of ... Read More
This weekend marked the first-ever TEDWomen conference, dedicated to exploring how women and girls are reshaping the future. TED is working on putting all the talks on their website, but for now check out this awesome talk from Halla Tomasdottir, an Icelandic businesswoman who got her company Audur Capital through the economic collapse by applying 5 "feminine" values to financial services. {source} <!--copy and paste--><object width="446" ... Read More
  In Malaysia this week there has been a new bus line introduced in an attempt to quell sexual harassment. The Rapid Lady Bus service will run the most popular bus lines during peak-hours so that passengers can have the choice of stepping into a women-only pink bus rather than deal with the jostling and harassment of men.   RapidKL Bus Chief Operating Officer Datuk Mohamed Hazlan Mohamed Hussain said, “This is based on feedback received from our ... Read More
New York Magazine’s cover feature this week is entitled “Waking Up From the Pill”. The article discusses the Pill’s 50th anniversary, its great effect on women’s reproductive freedom, and its consequence. The article’s author, Vanessa Grigoriadis, poses the argument that with the Pill came an ignorance of the body. The theory is women are no longer conscious of what their body is telling them, because there is a pill to control ... Read More
Yesterday at my part-time job, I was discussing with my manager my plans to start graduate school in January. When he asked me what I was going to study, I cheerfully replied that I was going to get my master's degree in Gender Studies. "What's that?" he asked. "You know. Sort of like Women's Studies," I said, brilliantly describing my program of study. "...What's that?" he asked again. Dumbfounded, I ever so eloquently explained "Like...feminism and stuff?" (My ... Read More
  There's no shortage of hot topics to melt away those winter blues in our Dec/Jan issue of BUST, hitting newsstands today! A stunning Sofia Coppola graces our cover, a Holiday Gift Guide awaits to make your holiday shopping stress-free, a fashion spread with plus-size model Ashley Graham brings you a steaming hot wardrobe for this dreary season, our DIY decor ideas dare you not to turn your festivities into crafting parties, and an interview with none other ... Read More
 PETA has released a new ad in response to the controversy surrounding TSA screenings, causing a rumble of its own by displaying (yet another) picture of a close-to-naked woman promoting their cause with her (thin) body. PETA's staff is not new to accusations of being sexist with their ads, and issued a thoughtful response last year to a reader of feministsforchoice.com explaining their motivations.  So, what do you think, readers? Is PETA promoting ... Read More
I'm a huge hater on abstinence-based sex ed.  I've never been able to fathom why omitting vital, straightforward information about reproduction from young women & men is supposed to be in any way helpful.  Opponents of sex ed make it seem like teaching these lesson plans is as steamy as one of my Grandma Jeanne's "bosom heaver" romance novels (with Fabio airbrushed on the cover no less).  It's all kinds of messed up to lie to kids, then expect ... Read More