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Chelsea Handler revealed in an essay for Playboy last week that she had two abortions at Planned Parenthood when she was 16. The comedian—whose essay, titled “My Choice,” was published just days before the Supreme Court declared Texas’ abortion restrictions unconstitutional—opened up about how she’s grateful she could get a safe and legal abortion and how she thinks the U.S. is going in the right direction in the post-Roe v. Wade era. “I’m grateful that I came to my senses and was able to get an...
Pat Summitt was an incredible person. Known for her strength and her intensity, she had an amazing and influencial career in basketball. Today, she died surrounded by loved ones in a nursing care facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Though BUST doesn't usually cover sports, we decided to give a shoutout to this special lady. Summitt became head coach of the Lady Volunteers at University of Tennessee-Knoxville when she was just 22. When she wasn't coaching, she was competing on the U.S. team in the Olympics (1976) or getting her...
When’s the last time you heard about a woman in relation to virtual reality? I’m guessing you answered in one of three ways: a.) Characters in a VR/AR world, b.) VR gamers, or c.) VR programmers/content designers. This last point is of most interest to me, since the potential for immersive journalism, education, and arts-related applications is enormous. There are exciting developments taking place that combine technology and the humanities in fascinating, powerful ways. The media tends to cover VR as though it is just...
Light reflects off Dad’s glasses onto my Skype screen. He looks worried. “You’re almost 50,” he reminds me. “You need to think about where you want to be living in the next 20 years.” Twenty years! It strikes me that at 83, he probably won’t be alive in twenty years. Will I? Recently, the New York Times published an article examining life expectancy and income levels in the United States. According to their report, the top one percent of American men and women live fifteen (men) and...
Lucie Blush’s history starts like a bad coming-of-age movie. Girl grows up in a conservative, uncompromising household. Girl endures a slew of unremarkable relationships, sullied by unremarkable sex. Girl becomes a porn star. Blush is no cliche, though. When I spoke to her on Skype recently, the 28-year-old feminist porn director, actor and writer said she was drawn to the industry for pragmatic reasons. After years of self doubt, amplified by the vapid misogyny of her ex-boyfriends’ porn folders, Blush resolved to make pornography she actually...