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There’s some good news in the world today, everyone—no I’m not kidding—and it means a little less hate on the Internet... let's hope. Milo Yiannopoulos, AKA the notorious islamaphobic, racist, misogynist, Trump supporter who recently rallied his followers to spew racial hate at Leslie Jones just got permanently banned from Twitter. In the past couple days, the deeply offensive comments about Jones’s appearance in the new Ghostbusters forced her to leave the platform, as Yiannopoulos and company whipped hateful messages at her constantly.
Portrait of Princess Dagmar of Denmark with her Dog, 1860s. In January of 1865, a young charwoman appeared at the Lambeth Police Court in London seeking assistance from the magistrate after having been attacked by her employer’s favorite dog.  A January 7 edition of the Kentish Independent reports that her employer’s name was Miss Mary Baker, “a maiden lady of over 70 years of age.”  Two years prior, Miss Baker had inherited a substantial fortune, the bulk of which she now expended on “feeding and keeping” a large pack of dogs inside of her house.
As a writer inhabiting this world in a female body, I am SO sick of seeing lists of “must-read books” that feature predominately cis-male authors. Talented and innovative women-identifying authors deserve as much exposure as basic dudes like Tom Clancy or Dean Koontz or whatever balding white man is hogging the shelves at Barnes and Noble with the same, repetitive stories. I’m. Over. It. Chances are, as a BUST reader, you are, too. But have no fear.
“Don’t hit like a pussy, put your hips behind it.” I look up from my punching bag. The man speaking to me is not my teacher, and I don’t know who he is. He looks at me pointedly and then punches my heavy bag hard, his large arms demonstrating the proper technique. The chains on the bag shake. I watch him out of the corner of my eye—because I do want to know how to properly hit someone with my full strength. But, at the same time, I’m uncomfortable—and that word, pussy, momentarily magnifies my sense of powerlessness. I drop my gloved hands to my sides.
  These women might seem like they're straight from a WWII pin-up calendar, but they're so much more than that. The veterans have visited over 10,000 ill and injured soldiers at their bedside in both hospitals and homes across 31 states in the US. From the money they've raised from their annual calendars, they've been able to donate over $50,000 for state-of-the-art rehab equipment that they've given to hospitals around the world.
  Ask any comedian what the formula for comedy is and they will tell you that it’s “Time + Tragedy.” Comedy has always tapped into dark personal matters, but does that mean any topic, no matter how horrible, can eventually be funny? If someone is a sexual assault survivor, finding humor in rape may seem difficult. However, it’s a tactic used by more and more comedians to tackle this prevalent topic both as a way to push their comedic skills but also as a way to fight against the heinous crime. Not everyone is capable of landing laughs, though.
  Artist Spencer Tunick created his latest large-scale nude art piece at this week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland. 100 women posed nude on Sunday outside the convention center, holding up mirrors to reflect “the knowledge and wisdom of progressive women and the concept of ‘Mother Nature’ into and onto the convention center, cityscape and horizon of Cleveland.”   According to Tunick’s website, more than 1,800 women signed up for the 100 spots he needed filled to complete the piece, called “Everything She Says Means Everything.
Ummmmm WOW...So apparently, several parts Melania Trump’s RNC speech last night were plagiarized word for word from Michelle Obama’s 2008 DNC speech. Seriously? This is hilarious. I don’t know who thought this would be a good idea, but I think it is pretty safe to assume that several of her speech writers got fired today. All I have to say is, thank you to the Trump campaign for becoming more and more of a trainwreck every single day. Please keep it coming. We’ll just sit back on the couch and eat some popcorn while we watch. See the video below.
  Leslie Jones is a talented, hilarious woman, and now that she's gotten some much-deserved attention from Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, the trolls that live under Hollywood's star-studded bridge have come out to taunt her. Thanks for the input, Nero. I think we'll put that in the jar of privileged white man tears so it can swim around until it drowns itself.
It seems that Kate McKinnon, star in the latest Ghostbusters, has always had a thing for the supernatural. X-Files star Gillian Anderson found a photograph of a young Kate McKinnon dressed as Agent Dana Scully, and every sci-fi lover’s dreams came true with a single Tweet. The future is female is right! This goes to show that represtentation really does matter. In this case, it's representation of women in sci-fi. The photo was first seen on Reddit a couple years ago, but has been brought to a new light thanks to the Ghostbusters reboot with a female cast.
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