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Author Barbara J. Berg, Ph.D., who will be speaking at 92Y in Tribeca next month, answers that one with a resounding NOPE.  Her most recent book, in fact, is Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future.  Her title lacks subtlety, but so do most calls to action.  That is, Berg's book is very much intended as "a wake-up call," and that's what it's often described as by both professional and amateur reviewers.  According to the ... Read More
   How would you feel if you were going for a surgical procedure and had to pay taxes on it? It may just be the case. This issue is stirring up in the media with supporters and protestors alike. The subject with taxes on elective surgeries are included in a provision in the Senate Health Care bill. (You may have heard of this referred to as the "Bo-tax.") So, what's the deal? The bill includes a 5% tax on these elective procedures. A shot of ... Read More
When the fabulous Guerrilla Girls were asked to create a poster commemorating the 20th anniversary of the disturbing l’École Polytechnique massacre aka Montreal massacre - a gunman entered a university, separated the male and female students, and proceeded to shoot only the women in the name of "fighting feminism" -  they immediately said yes. Their posters, which focus on the injustices women face in the art world and beyond, always manage to ... Read More
Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death among women in the United States, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. While breastcancer.org predicts that 40,480 American women are expected to die in 2008 from it, the good news is that death rates have been decreasing since 1990. The organization largely credits earlier detection among the top reasons for the decrease. So it’s understandable why women all over the U.S. are ... Read More
Here at BUST, we are well aware that there is no feminist dress code. But others aren't so savvy on the idea that following fashion doesn't mean you are disloyal to feminist ideals. Just yesterday a headline from the UK's Independent read 'You can be beautiful and still be a feminist.' As if that is a profound statement! We figured that one out long ago. The article was spurred after Cambridge undergrads stripped down to their skivvies for a student magazine, ... Read More
Here at BUST, we've always been supportive of other feminists. Always. We don't hold a narrow view of what feminism means, and understand that there are different ways of being feminist. We helped promote Bitch magazine in it's earliest days. We've never trashed Ms. We've always  thought feministing.com  was a cool and important website. Alas, our other sisters in crime are not nearly as generous. In this weekend's New York Times, Jessica Valenti, editor ... Read More

Smells Like Teen Spirit

BY Vanessa in Feminizzle |

You think your high school experience sucked? Try being a teenage feminist these days. Girls who want equality are getting more crap than you can imagine, but are fighting harder than ever to have their voices heard. Eighteen-year-old Carmen Rodi reports from the trenches.Read ... Read More
The actual festival is called Honen Matsuri. Celebrated every March 15 in Komaki, a town about 45 minutes north of Nagoya, Japan. This is the time of year where folks haul out a large wooden penis to give three cheers to fertility and renewal.  The custom is an old one that is connected to bringing about a good harvest and having babies.  I have nothing against a giant penis.  I love a giant penis. But I love my lady parts, too. Breasts and vagina ... Read More
Many Democrats are beginning to feel torn about the involvement of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The tug-of-war lies between their wishes to bring our soldiers home, and their concern for the safety of Afghan women. President Obama has stated that women's rights are a great concern in his administration. "My own background is somebody who was taught by my mom that the single-greatest measure of how well a society does is how it treats its women. And so, we are going ... Read More
Last Friday, Ewan McGregor appeared on the Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson to promote his newest film, "Men Who Stare at Goats". During the interview, Craig Ferguson mentioned how McGregor has done a lot of nude scenes in his films, to which McGregor responded: "I don't find it embarrassing. I like to do it. Women are always expected to be naked in films, but I like to try and do it so they are not naked. It's a feminist thing that I do." Check out the video ... Read More