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In 1967, Kathrine Switzer made history by becoming the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. Today, 50 years later, she will compete in the race again while wearing the same iconic number: 261. Switzer obtained a bib by signing up for the marathon with her initials, K.V. Switzer. Although there were no official rules against women running, it was essentially unheard of. When she expressed training interest to her running coach at Syracuse, he claimed that the long distance of the race would be...
The myth of menstrual synchrony was first introduced to the scientific community by Harvard psychologist Martha McClintock in 1971, when her study "Menstrual Synchrony and Suppression" was published in Nature magazine. In it, McClintock hypothesized that women's' pheremones might impact the menstrual cycles of their female peers. After studying a group of women living together in a college dorm, McClintock concluded that "synchrony and suppression among a group of women living together... suggest that social interaction can have a strong effect on the menstrual cycle."  But there...
Museum of Femoribilia: By Lynn Peril The ad was bold to the point of shocking for 1949. A woman wearing nothing above her waist but a bra strode cheerfully through a pen-and-ink background of floating foodstuffs and odd vegetation. “I dreamed I went shopping in my Maidenform bra,” said the copy. “Asleep...but it all seemed so real.” In the months and years that followed, the women in Maidenform’s long-running “I Dreamed” ad campaign did any number of things in their bras. They strolled, danced (Charleston, ballet,...
What drove Cedric Anderson to walk into a San Bernardino classroom on Monday and take the life of his estranged wife Karen Elaine Smith, followed by his own, along with that of one of her 8-year-old students, Jonathan Martinez? It wasn’t mental illness. It wasn’t religion. It certainly wasn’t love. It was sexism, pure and simple: a deadly combination of misogyny, toxic masculinity, and an inflated sense of male entitlement. There is a reason why the vast majority of intimate partner homicides are enacted by men, and that...
The now famous “Fearless Girl” statue on Wall Street is facing criticism from the artist who created her opponent, the Charging Bull. Sculptor Arturo Di Modica claims that having the fearless girl facing the bull head on is an infringement on his artistic copyright. Di Modica’s attorney, Norman Siegel, explained that Di Modica is demanding to see the city’s documents explaining what procedures were followed. He claims the presence of another "bold figure" in front of his sculpture takes away from the creative dynamic. The Fearless Girl...
While the entire Trump administration— including the giant Cheeto himself— are excellent fodder for comedy, Spicer and his outrageous press conferences are the ultimate low-hanging comedic fruit. Melisa McCarthy has perfectly parodied his press conferences on SNL, but, as Chelsea Handler demonstrated on last night’s Conan O’Brian, it doesn’t need to be full on parody to express the sheer absurdity of the situation. Handler's incredulous response is the tonic we all need after a Spicer press conference.  “How about that Sean Spicer, baked potato guy, huh?”...

It started as whispers—men were disappearing off the streets in Chechnya— followed by claims from human rights campaigners that men suspected of being homosexual were being tortured and held in camps. The independent, Moscow-based newspaper Novaya Gazetta, confirmed these whispers with an in-depth investigation on April 1st. The paper cited the Interior Ministry in the Caucasus Republic, local activists, and law enforcement sources in their confirmation that around 100 men, aged between 16 and 50, had been detained on suspicion of non-traditional sexual orientations. These detentions...
Activist, feminist, and global icon Malala Yousafzai has been named a UN Messenger of Peace, becoming the youngest person ever to receive the United Nations' highest honor. This is not the first time the 19-year-old activist, whose work advocating for the educational rights of Pakistani girls birthed a global movement, has broken a record. In 2014, she became the youngest ever Nobel laureate when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. UN Messengers of Peace are chosen by the United Nations to help focus the world's attention on...
The Donald Trump presidency has brought about many fears: toupees, undeniably horrible spray tans, the world “bigly,” and the loss of reproductive rights (one of these is slightly more life-threatening than the others). President Trump has previously promised to completely defund Planned Parenthood; he also threatened the organization by saying it could keep its federal funding only if it discontinued providing abortions, regardless of the fact that abortion services are privately funded. And more recently, Vice President Mike Pence broke a tie vote in the Senate,...

Dear BUSTies, times are tough for humans, and especially for humans who have been socialized from birth to be sweet and accommodating at any cost, to never make trouble of any kind, to focus all our angst and anxieties inward and turn every negative emotion into fuel for the endless work of being prettier, thinner, nicer, etc.But guess what? You’re actually allowed to live your life outside of that narrow, suffocating channel. And while I know that you already know all this, sometimes it’s nice...
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