117 Fula and Mandinka communities in the Upper River Region of The Gambia publicly declared abandonment of the traditional practices of FGC and child/forced marriage. Tostan, the leading NGO in the region dedicated to women’s health and empowerment, organized the declaration ceremony, which took place earlier in June.
Though neither practice is punishable under Gambian law, they have been declared violations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and ... Read More
Reader Discretion Is Advised: This is a post about Odd Future
Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All AKA Odd Future is all over the blogosphere, particularly due to its unpopularity with the feminist crowd. If you’re not familiar with the blog beef, here’s a brief list of reasons why some people are really not into Odd Future and its leader ‘Tyler, the Creator’:1.) Lyrics include: “I tell her it's my house, give her a tour/In my ... Read More
There are many euphemisms for the vagina, as The Vagina Song lists so nicely, but Summer’s Eve’s latest advertising ploy insists that we not only embrace the word, but use it as a synonym for awesome.
Carlton, a cat puppet in a tux, is supposed to represent a powerful businessman on a private jet, who insists that vaginas are “the most astonishing natural wonder of all time.” The press release states an admirable goal for the video: ... Read More
BY Grace Evans
on Jun 22, 2011
Saudi Women for Driving, a coalition comprised of Saudi academics, bloggers and activists, are putting pressure on leading car manufacturers to pull out of Saudi Arabia until women have the right to drive.
They have approached Subaru first because it is heavily marketed at women and sponsors women’s surf festivals, triathlons and ski events as well as the Outstanding Woman in Science Award for the Geological Society of America. The online petition on ... Read More
BY Eileen Milman
on Jun 21, 2011
Last year, Mooncup ran a poster campaign in London, inviting women to submit nicknames for their ladybits. Now they have what I'm convinced is Jessica Rabbit singing 'em out for you.
This seems like a pretty blatant "viral ad campaign" attempt. They might as well have choreographed a flash mob! Yawn. This ad campaign does make me realize what a taboo of a word "vagina" is, and what cutesy nicknames ladies get for their private parts. Seriously, if anybody calls ... Read More
BY Kate Senecal
on Jun 20, 2011
On Monday the Supreme Court threw out a case against Walmart that sought backpay to compensate an upwards of a million female employees who claim they were discriminated against in pay and promotion decisions. Had the case gone through, it would have cost Walmart billions of dollars. The court didn’t even get as far as making a decision about whether or not the ladies of Walmart were actually getting discriminated against; rather, the case was ... Read More
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is credited with the famous quote, “Well-behaved women seldom make history,” which is a phrase that has since become a slogan of just about everyone and their grandma. (There’s even a coffee mug floating around the BUST office with the quote.) But at 92nd Street Y’s recent talk on Women in Politics moderator Alison Stewart, host of PBS’s Need to Know, asked authors Nora Ephron and Rebecca Traister how this quote ... Read More
BY Grace Evans
on Jun 16, 2011
Last summer when I was living in the UK I heard about something called “feminist summer school.” Naturally, I investigated immediately. UK Feminista, an organization that supports groups and individuals working for gender equality, put on the two-day event in London. I went to both days and the programming was excellent. And luckily they are doing the same event this summer.
The Summer School teaches campaign skills to activists and aspiring activists. ... Read More
Yesterday North Carolina became the third state in the last month to defund Planned Parenthood. In the early hours of the morning the state House voted 73-46 to override the governor’s veto with five Democrats helping to override the veto out of fear of a government shutdown. This news comes only weeks after Kansas and Indiana passed bills defunding Title X of the Public Health Service Act. Indiana has gone even further and is attempting to bar those ... Read More
Greenpeace UK recently launched a new campaign against toy companies’ (excessive and unnecessary) packaging which use resources that are destroying Indonesian rainforests, and thereby endangering orangutans, elephants, and tigers. Their target is Mattel, if only because of the advertising they’ve created with the trademark Barbie image, but Disney, Hasbro, Lego and more are also to blame.
So why Barbie? Greenpeace UK’s blog explains, “Love ... Read More