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Last month, Texas lost the Medicaid Women’s Health Program, which formerly served 130,000 low-income women by funding clinics that provided preventative care. (BUST blogged about this issue before the cut was made.) This care included cancer screenings and contraception--some of the affected clinics were Planned Parenthood-affiliated, but none of the federal money contributed to abortions. Texas Governor Rick Perry decided that no government funds should be allowed to go to Planned Parenthood anyway, and tried to have them excluded from the funding. But Medicaid...
We were stoked to find out a few days ago that Office writer/actress/producer/director (seriously, the girl does everything) and BUST cover cutie Mindy Kaling was getting her own sitcom on Fox for next season. And yesterday, Fox released a trailer for the show, now titled The Mindy Project (formerly It's Messy!). Watch it here: [video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbxYId7KsL4 425x344]  That rom-com spirit and unapologetic love for girliness is quintessential Kaling (I just read her book, so I think I have the authority to deem something "quintessential Kaling"), and for that reason, I will...
A recent survey looked into how young women and men feel about condom use, and not surprisingly, a quarter think it's a "hassle." Even though we all know how important safe sex is, sometimes we need reminders, so let's all remember the myriad consequences for having unprotected sex. Mull them over for a bit. If that's not evocative enough, just imagine me bouncing around in your bedroom, yelling the slogan I used to see on bus stops in San Francisco: "2-4-6-8, use a condom or...
Ani DiFranco, (amazing and gutsy feminist folk singer), wants her fans to help her make a video for her song Mariachi, from her new album Which Side Are You On? That means you! Go on, make a video! It can be anything you want. Just have fun with it. (Remember what Ani told us: “I need back up! I need company! I need to be inspired!”) Then send in your submission, and the footage will be put together to make an “official” video. Also, when...
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian. The forced sterilization is being excused in the name of climate control, as a world population that’s gotten out of hand intensifies fears of...