BY Kari Belsheim
on Jan 02, 2013
Beate Sirota Gordon, an integral advocate for women’s rights in Japan, passed away on December 30 at the age of 89. At 22, Gordon became the only woman on the American board that wrote the post-war Japanese constitution. She created the portion on women’s rights and, having witnessed the inferior treatment of Japanese women for ten years, was focused on protecting and improving their quality of life.
With no education pertaining to constitutional law, she ... 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
Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir
A well-known Icelandic feminist has been banned by Facebook for outing sexism online. In February, Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir set up a Facebook album called “Men Who Hate Women,” which is made up of screenshots documenting sexism on Facebook — such as this photo of a woman in her underwear strung up like a pig with an apple in her mouth. The caption reads, “Feminist found in ... Read More
A recently published study on violence against women found that the mobilization of feminist movements is more important in stopping violence against women than the wealth of nations, left-wing political parties, or even the number of women in politics.
The study, conducted over 40 years and in 70 countries, is the largest study on violence against women ever conducted. It found that feminist movements were the first to bring attention to the issue of ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 23, 2012
Reuters has recently reported that feminist Mormons are not voting for Mitt Romney.
First of all, FEMINIST MORMONS EXIST? I'm down with that! Secondly, you know the guy screwed up somewhere along the way if other members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints aren’t voting for one of their own.
Aimee Hickman, co-editor of Mormon feminist magazine Exponent II, took Romney to task for his comments during last Tuesday's ... Read More
BY Amy Bucknam
on Oct 09, 2012
You know how it goes. It’s that trite rom-com cliché that’s been done over and over again: a guy likes a girl who sees him as just a “friend.” This guy is usually the one that treats the girl right, listens to her, let’s her know how wonderful she truly is, despite how the world has mistreated her, blah blah blah. And then he gets pissed when she doesn’t want to bone him.
Really? Like, you two were FRIENDS! ... Read More
BY Intern Scarlet
on Oct 08, 2012
Picking a costume for Halloween is hard work, if you take it seriously (which I do, thank you very much). Finding the perfect balance of funny, interesting, and comfortable to walk around in is incredibly difficult. And forget buying something at a store if you want to avoid tacking the word “sexy” to the beginning of your costume and freezing to death.
That’s why the blog “Take Back Halloween!” is so incredible. Its mission is to “take back” ... Read More
UK feminists are taking a dramatic stand for women’s rights. On October 24, Dr. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of suffragette leader Sylvia Pankhurst, will lead a mass Feminist Lobby of Parliament. She will be joined by the “Olympic Suffragettes” – a group of women who performed as suffragettes in the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony – and over 200 women and men from around the UK.
UK Feminista, which describes itself as “a ... Read More
Everyone hates Pinterest! News media from the Washington Post to Buzzfeed have been criticizing what Gawker called “the Mormon housewife’s image bookmarking service of choice," and all too often the criticism seems based on the fact that Pinterest is popular with women.
Last week, Buzzfeed published an article called “How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism,” arguing that Pinterest is anti-feminist because much of the content is made up of ... Read More
Here at BUST, we are all women in journalism. As an experienced intern with a journalism degree, I’m used to seeing both classrooms and newsrooms full of driven, talented women. It seems only natural that I–and my female classmates and co-workers–belong in this field: we’re ambitious, capable, and damn good at what we do.
It’s startling to realize that it would have been near-impossible for young women like us to break into ... Read More