A few years back I used to volunteer for The Pacific Center, an LGBT community center in Berkeley, California. I was on a speaking bureau with a group of other youth who would go to schools and organizations to speak out against homophobia and promote "tolerance." There was this game we would play, gender gumby, that demonstrates the differences in sexuality and gender expression. What we would figure out as a group is that  gender identity and ... Read More
Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth is a new documentary that explores the trials and tribulations of one of America’s most acclaimed writers. Walker became the first African-American woman to win the Noble Prize for Literature in 1983 for The Color Purple. In 1985 a film version was made starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a then unknown Oprah Winfrey. Four years in the making and set to premiere on PBS as part of the Emmy Award–winning  series ... Read More
Leave it up to longtime running children’s program Sesame Street to tell it like it is. On an upcoming episode of the show, a new muppet will make their way onto Sesame Street. On October 9th Lily will make her debut as part of a a special episode about hunger in America that features country star Brad Paisley. “ Food insecurity is a growing and difficult issue for adults to discuss, much less children,” said Paisley about the episode. Sesame ... Read More
  Looking for a way to learn more about feminism or immerse yourself in causes that matter to you? Soapbox Inc’s Feminist Boot Camp might be worth a look. Feminist Boot Camp is an intensive week-long program that is designed for young women, or anyone really, who is interested in meeting the movers and shakers of the modern feminist world. Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the activists and authors of Manifesta: Young Women, ... Read More
After a nearly two year hiatus, Tori Amos returns to the music world with Night of Hunters, a classical concept album. The September 20th release is Tori’s 12th album and first release on  Deutsche Grammophon. Taking inspirations from classical composers ranging from Bach and Schubert to Grandos and Satie, Amos updates the music tradition by putting her own modern spin on songs of love, loss, and finally acceptance and forgiveness. Amos herself ... Read More
Erika Lopez, a writer and performance artist who has been featured in the pages of BUST, is in N.Y.C. with a new performance project, The Welfare Queen. Adapted from her memoir, The Girl Must Die, the new work chronicles Lopez’s descent from a Simon and Schuster-published author to a welfare and food stamp recipient, all in the matter of a few years. In 1998, Simon and Schuster published Lopez’s illustrated novel Flaming Iguanas. After breaking ... Read More
  All hail Tavi Gevinson, the new queen of teen magazines. Gevinson, everyone's favorite teenage fashionista has embarked on a new project, Rookie. Named after her own personal blog, Rookie aims to be a fun, smart, and totally age-appropriate magazine geared toward teenage girls. Each month's content will revolve around a theme and feature writing from a bevy of teenagers as well as adult bloggers and art makers. Posts generally go live three times per day: ... Read More
JC Penney, department store giant, is creating quite the buzz with a new shirt from their back-to-school collection. The decidedly anti-feminist juniors shirt is tag lined as Too Pretty to do Homework. The description of the shirt bears the question, “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this T-shirt that is just as cute and sassy as she can be.”   While I wouldn’t suggest our ... Read More
Spirit Airlines has landed in hot water over their response to a sexual assault claim that happened to a female passenger aboard a flight earlier this month. On August 23rd 2011, Dana LaRue fell asleep on board a flight leaving Los Angeles and awoke to find a fellow passenger fondling her. “I woke up to find him pressed up against my arm, one hand on my leg, the other hand fumbling around my breasts.”   LaRue says she was paralyzed with fear and ... Read More
  Gender neutral dorm rooms are beginning to creep their way onto college campuses across the country. Barnard College is one institution that has begun accommodating queer and trans students. Beginning this fall gender neutral dorm rooms will be offered on a trial basis. The push for gender neutral housing was started almost two years ago by the Barnard Student Government Association.  The new housing initiative,which is just coming to fruition now, ... Read More
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