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We already had to stand up and support that rape culture is a real thing and not a product of "female hysteria" this week. Now, thanks to Zerlina Maxwell's #rapecultureiswhen, we've discovered there might be a few people that agree with us. "Rape culture" identifies the overwhelming normalization of sexual violence against women as a part of the cultural psyche, extending the cause of rape as an epidemic beyond individuals, to a culture that supports the ... Read More
Feminism has once again managed to triple axel itself into a mire of contradictions on Twitter. One user summed up their frustration with #IDontNeedFeminism by tacking on #incrediblystupidhashtags. Taken literally...#IDontNeedFeminism and #incrediblystupidhashtags are essentially synonymous.  One user actually spelled "feminism" wrong in a tweet with the hashtag "#educateyourself." YIKES.This trend is a twist on the amazing "I Need Feminism Because" ... Read More
Madonna is nothing if not contradictory. She's like a virgin, but she's also a material girl; she's ancient, but she's hot like fire.This makes her a tough pill to swallow on occasion (kinda like the MDMA she kinda told us we should all do on her MDNA tour). But the last thing that should make Madonna unlikable is her body hair.  The selfie is relatively tame body-hair-wise, and reminiscent of Patti Smith's iconic ... Read More
Get ready for a dose of springtime magic! It’s BUST’s April/May Spring Fashion Issue, featuring one of the funniest women working in comedy today, our cover gal Amy Schumer! Inside, we’ll be treating readers to out-of-the-box style coverage, including sweet spring dresses; DIY bracelets; flower power beauty products; thrifting tips from the pros; great “glamping” gear (glam+camping=glamping!); inspiring indie designers; a surprising ... Read More
I think I can speak for many people when I say reading the Time article "It’s Time to End ‘Rape Culture’ Hysteria" by Caroline Kitchens felt like a punch of fire to the stomach. Reducing a traumatic and life-altering crime like rape to “hysterics” is harmful and dangerous on so many levels, not to mention it is just plain insulting. Hysteria. Hmmm, where have we heard that term before? The term “hysteria” ... Read More
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse: "For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and ... Read More
I am the youngest of eight granddaughters (no grandsons) on my mother’s side of the family. Each of us eight women is extraordinary, and we each have different passions, dreams, goals, ideals, and a highly unique perspective on life. Yet I was surprised on Facebook a few nights ago when I saw the name of one of the Eight, Sarah O'Holla, (#3) on Slate.com, connected to a response piece called, “My Husband’s ‘Stupid’ Record Collection. ... Read More
Julie Ann Horvath shocked the tech world on Friday night by announcing via Twitter that she was leaving her tech company Github due to harassment from her corporate leadership. Horvath’s Twitter feed delves into the nitty-gritty details of her departure:   Horvath, an influential software engineer, has always been a spokeswoman for gender equality in her field – which is notorious for its “brogrammer” culture. She ... Read More
I still have distinct memories of this one time when I took my Lord of the Rings action figures to school in fourth grade. I quickly found myself surrounded by a group of boys who weren't afraid to inform me that my toys were not dolls, they were action figures, and that dolls were for girls and action figures were for boys. Little did they know that I just thought Legolas and Aragorn were hot, and didn’t give two flying bags of shit whether they were ... Read More
Recently, the Detroit Wayne County Prosecutor's Office sifted through a backlog of some 1,600 long-shelved rape kits — and the results of the study are eye-opening. Through matching DNA samples, the Prosecutor's office identified 100 likely serial rapists in the area. That means that DNA from about 100 offenders in Detroit alone could match that from other rape cases throughout the country. Horribly, this is just the tip of the ... Read More