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Last week, the Education Department, led by education secretary Betsy DeVos, rescinded 72 policy documents that outline the rights of students with disabilities. Some of the guidelines had been in effect since the 1980s, and formed an essential part of communicating the laws to parents, teachers and students. Students with disabilities and avocates are still exploring what specific effects these changes will have in practise, but less protection for marginalized folks cannot bode well in schools or anywhere else. These latest rollbacks are part of a...
A Federal Appeals Court in Washington, D.C. ruled yesterday that the Trump administration could not legally block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant from Central America from obtaining an abortion. After a monthlong legal battle, she underwent the procedure this morning, according to the Dallas News. Because she is an unaccompanied minor, the teenager is under the protection of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. She initially obtained a judge’s permission to undergo the procedure on September 25 and had an abortion...
Another day, another sexual harasser (finally) getting called out and revealed to the masses in the aftermath of the Weinstein storm and the #MeToo campaign that it sparked. BUST has rounded up an incomplete (because many predators are still lurking in the shadows and remain unnamed) and constantly expanding (because a new name is being dropped every minute, it seems) list of all the famous, and powerful, men who have been accused of various degrees of sexual harassment and assault in the past month. From...
  Terry Richardson, world’s creepiest fashion photographer, has been blacklisted from working with all Conde Nast publications, reports the Daily Telegraph. In a leaked email obtained by the Telegraph, Conde Nast publications — including Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Vanity Fair, Wired, and others — are no longer to hire Richardson, and photographs taken by him but not yet published should be killed. The email reads:I am writing to you on an important matter. Condé Nast would like to no longer work with the photographer Terry Richardson. Any shoots that...
  People often tell victims of street harassment, public groping, and other forms of sexual violence to suck it up, learn how to accept compliments, or react in whatever ways rape apologists see fit. But this epidemic is more than a bunch of people who need to learn how to take a compliment, a joke, or some deranged blend of the two. And it turns out, predators don't like the taste of their own medicine.I started lashing out at the people who groped me in public...
 In the aftermath of the many sexual harassment and sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and the #MeToo campaign that followed,  powerful predatory men are being brought down daily by an increasing amount of brave, whistle-blowing women who are coming forward with various accounts of being sexually harassed and assaulted by them.   James Toback, the Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter of movies such as Bugsy and The Gambler, is the latest Hollywood man who’s allegedly been abusing his power for decades to sexually harass women. On Sunday, the...
  I met my godfather, who we affectionately call Pop, when I was 11 years old. He and my mother taught together at a Kansas City high school a few miles from where I grew up. I was a ‘hood kid being bullied by white kids at my private school. There were “niggers don’t belong” notes left in my locker and on my desk, “accidental” feet stuck out in the hallways and aisles between classroom desks. I played tennis, but instead of inviting me to their...
  UK sanitary product company BodyForm is tackling the period taboo in their latest advertisement by swapping out the stereotypical blue liquid for a red liquid when demonstrating the pads' absorbency. In an effort to end the period stigma, the commercial depicts several other "period things": boyfriends buying tampons, blood dripping on a woman’s leg in the shower, and a woman in some comfy period panties. Theres finally a pad commercial I can watch without rolling my eyes thinking: Seriously? Who does that when they’re on their period?...
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...
  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...
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