When I think about words that might be polarizing in the feminist community, “lady” certainly doesn’t top the list. There have been huge campaigns to reclaim other historically salty terms for women, from “bitch” to “slut”—even the dreaded “c-word”. (Nope. Won’t write it out. Won’t do it.)
But figuring out what to do with the word “lady” is uniquely tricky. Unlike some of its ... Read More
There is a #boobment going on, ladies and gents, and it’s taking the college sports world by storm via the good old Internets. Shots of headless, cleavage baring chests repping beloved college teams are submitted via email and twitter to become the boobs of the day in an effort to spread team spirit and good luck. The ladies behind the movement claim that it is “totally feminist.” Except it’s not.
The good luck ritual of fans posting photos ... Read More
BY Amy Zimmerman
on Jan 17, 2013
It already sucks to be a woman in Iran. Under Sharia law, Iranian women cannot marry non-Islamic men, they must cover their hair at all times, and their testimony in court is worth half that of a man’s. Furthermore, Iranian women can only divorce their husbands under extreme conditions. While none of this injustice is breaking news, one more ludicrous law is threatening to be added on to the heap. According to Hossein Naghavi-Hosseini, the speaker of ... Read More
Artist Jen Ray presents a fantasy world full of strong warrior-women in her newly released book, Ain’t We Got Fun. With 80 pages full of powerful heroines—who are often depicted in battle—the hardcover volume is eye candy in book form. Gorgeous and saturated with color, each piece is a tribute to the Goddesses of Ray’s imagination. They are sexy but not sexualized, and proudly rule their battlefield landscapes together and as ... Read More
BY BUST Magazine
on Jan 07, 2013
Last year was exciting for women and the news. BUST is proud to have brought you so many of those stories, and we thought the start of the new year would be a great time to recap the posts that got the most virtual hits on the BUST blog. So without further delay, here were the top 10 stories from us:
1. 10 Awesome Feminist Halloween Costume Ideas.
From dressing as a gay couple to show support for marriage equality, to dressing as members of the ... Read More
One of the best places to review uncensored feminist resources is the Barnard Zine Library. This library is a part of the Barnard College which is a school of Columbia University. This institution thinks, “that zines are important cultural artifacts and research materials, as well as being a pleasure to read.” "What is a zine?", some readers might ask. The word “zine” stems from the word magazine or fanzine. A zine ... Read More
BY Megan Hinshaw
on Dec 20, 2012
[Trigger Warning: this post contains graphic images of simulated physical abuse and may be triggering to survivors of such treatment.]
It is news to no one that video games often rely on visual stereotypes when it comes to female characters. I can practically hear a collective “duh” resounding out there across the Web. Growing up, one of my nicknames in high school was Red Sonja (a character from the game Mortal Kombat), earned solely by virtue of my ... Read More
2 Chainz has one request in his latest track: dude just wants some “big booty hoes.” But not everyone is okay with this portrayal of women, especially when they see the music video for the popular “Birthday Song,” where the objectification of these women is so incredibly apparent.
In the vid, 2 Chainz, Kanye West, and some male friends are partying it up in the company of beautiful women of color who have—you guessed it—large ... Read More
BY Kari Belsheim
on Dec 05, 2012
Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is making history by opening Europe’s first feminist and gay-friendly mosque. This mosque, situated east of Paris, welcomes the LGBTQ community and encourages women to lead prayer. So-called “inclusive” mosques exist in the U.S., Canada, and South Africa; but this is a first for the European continent.
In 2010, Zahed helped establish Homosexual Muslims of France, a society that seeks to defend LGBTQ rights. The association ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Nov 16, 2012
What’s the deal with Facebook hating so hard lately, taking down photos revealing realities of women’s issues? This past week Facebook banned Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir, an Icelandic women’s rights activist, for reposting sexist comments she found publicly posted on the site. Now we’re hearing that Facebook punished a woman for posting a photo of herself breastfeeding her daughter.
Gina Crosley-Corcoran is the ... Read More