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A student at the University of North Carolina may be facing expulsion for speaking out publicly about her rape. Landen Gambill has refused to keep quiet about her school’s utterly insufficient response to the report of her rape, and she’s not alone. Melinda Manning, the school’s former dean of students, along with three current and one former student, filed a complaint against UNC with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Manning says that the school pressured her to underreport rape statistics, and...
Though some viewers thought that Michelle Obama’s moment on the Oscars was exciting, show-stopping, or (at the very least) innocent enough, there were many others who expressed outrage at her appearance. In Iran, the network Fars News photoshopped the First Lady into a more modest ensemble, adding sleeves and a higher neckline to her Naeem Khan gown.  An Iranian woman appearing on state TV must wear a hijab that covers her arms, legs, and hair. Men must also dress appropriately according to these rules, and only...
There are three major things we’ve been talking about at BUST re: The Oscars—Anne Hathaway’s nipples, Jennifer Lawrence’s wonderfully goofy presser, and “that tweet”. You know, the one that satirical news purveyor The Onion sent out the night of the awards, regarding Quvenzhané Wallis. I’ll refrain from repeating it because one, you’ve probably already seen it and two, it makes me feel icky. But check it out—The Onion has released an apology to the young actress: Unfortunately for The Onion, the Internet has a very long...
Words of Choice, a pro-choice theatrical performance created by Cindy Cooper, will be in NYC this weekend as part of the first ever WiredArts Fest. The production, composed of a dozen individual stories about reproductive rights, is being performed this time around in honor of Women’s History Month and the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. For those of you outside the New York area, never fear! You will be able to watch the performance from anywhere online. And the best part? Streaming is totally...
Jennifer Lawrence (AKA everyone’s fantasy BFF) spoke with the press after her Best Actress Oscar win and was, obviously, wonderful. Lawrence’s perpetual goofy sarcasm and flat refusal to engage in any media nonsense make her a favorite not just of the Academy, but of us all. Who else could trip up the stairs on the way to retrieve an Oscar and, by doing so, make us love her even more? Since her first Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, Lawrence's endearingly frank personality has made her...