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María de Jesús Patricio Martínez is a Nahua woman from Jalisco and a practitioner of traditional indigenous medicine. This week, she began her campaign for the Mexican presidency in the southern state of Chiapas, backed by Mexico’s National Indigenous Congress and the Zapatista National Liberation Army (EZLN). She is the first indigenous woman to ever run for the presidency, and is competing with 85 other candidates in the lead up to the election in July 2018. Better known in Mexico as Marichuy, Patricio is campaigning in...
  This past weekend, Bushwick Film Festival marked its 10th year this past weekend, showing feature films, documentaries, and short films over the course of four days. Founded by Liberian-born New Yorker Kweighbaye Kotee, Bushwick Film Fest is far more diverse in terms of gender, race, and sexuality than just about any other film fest you can imagine — something particularly welcome in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Here at BUST, we always want to celebrate women film directors, because they are so underrepresented...
  When an escort first starts working, certain clients try to groom her. They ask if she can lower her rate, they try getting through an appointment without wearing a condom, they argue about what time they walked through the door and weasel out an extra ten minutes for free. They wear her down until either she submits, or ditches them altogether. When I first started escorting, I thought I had to submit. It’s not like women are taught that their bodies or time have worth. A...
Since the allegations of sexual harassment began to surface against producer Harvey Weinstein over two weeks ago, a slew of powerful men across many industries have been accused of sexual harassment and assault. In solidarity, survivors are sharing their stories to spotlight the extent of the problem. By naming and shaming abusers, survivors hope to prevent women and members of other marginalized groups suffering in the future. As part of this flood of stories, Jessicka Addams, co-founder and singer of goth-punk band Jack Off Jill...
I have always imagined that working for Broad City's Ilana Glazer would be hard, but fun, work, with lots of laughs, smoke breaks between takes, and probably tons of snacks. And now, I can add feeling safe in my workplace to that list! On Tuesday, Glazer responded to the widely trending #MeToo hashtag, where people have been coming forward and opening up to show the extent of the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace. She revealed that in the past she has fired employees for...
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