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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...
On Wednesday, two Republican lawmakers from Missouri made a “joke” suggesting that women seeking an abortion should go to a zoo, rather than a doctor, due to safety reasons. State Senator Bob Onder stated, “The St. Louis Zoo gets inspected once a year,” to which his colleague, State Senator Wayne Wallingford, replied, “Maybe we should send the people that want an abortion to the St. Louis Zoo because we know it’ll be safer.” Onder then went on to make a comment about waiting periods. Missouri law requires...
When editorial model Briauna Mariah moved to New York City in 2012 after signing with an agency, she found herself eating very little. After only two weeks in the city, she had lost two inches off her waist, a feat her agents would boast about. They urged her to divulge her secrets with the other models. “It didn’t take too long to realize that I was not feeling very good in the morning,” Briauna said. “It was almost the height of my career, but at the...
In 2012, Ann Friedman wrote for New York Magazine that Hillary Clinton was "trapped in the catch-22 of female ambition: To succeed, she needs to be liked, but to be liked, she needs to temper her success." In 2017, Friedman's analysis holds truer than ever. The 2016 election is evidence of the paradox which entraps working women like Clinton. It's also evidence of misogynistic social structures, which posit likability as a prerequisite for female success.  During her first post-election interview at the eighth annual Women in...
Here at BUST, we know that voting is an invaluable power, which is why we are showing our support now and always to the Women’s March initiative and their 10 Actions / 100 Days campaign. The 10 Actions / 100 Days Campaign was created to help build communities of activism and resistance by making resources more readily available.   For the sixth action in their campaign, Women’s March is asking everyone to register to vote and to familiarize themselves with the upcoming elections in their areas....
After shutting down FOX News host Bill O'Reilly when he insulted her hair on March 28 — among many other amazing, outspoken moments — Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has reached viral fame as a feminist icon. But of course, Waters has been a progressive force for decades. At 78, she's the most senior black woman in the United States Congress. She's a member and the former chair of the Black Caucus. She was elected to the California Assembly in the '70s. Her activist work includes fighting for...
Following a disgusting homophobic attack on a married couple, straight men in the Netherlands are doing something simple yet profound: holding hands. Jasper Vernes-Sewratan and Ronnie Sewratan-Vernes, a married couple in the city of Arnhem, were on their way home from a dance party on Sunday when they were reportedly set upon by a group of six to eight young men, yelling things such as "disgusting, dirty, homo." The pair do not normally engage in PDA, but on this occasion were holding hands. Vernes-Sewratan told RTL Nieuws, "We'll almost never...
On April 3rd, the New York Times hosted their famed #TimesTalks series at New York’s BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The series pairs famed public figures and celebrities alike with renowned NYT writers, covering both broad topics and personal stories. April 3rd's event included Gloria Steinem, Chelsea Handler, and NYT economics writer Patricia Cohen. The talk was also live webcasted via the Times Talks website. If you’ve ever caught an interview between Chelsea Handler and Gloria Steinem (Steinem was featured on Handler’s E! nighttime talk show...
Mel B – aka Scary Spice – has released a number of disturbing and shocking claims in legal documents filed against her husband, Stephen Belafonte. After just 5 months of dating, the couple married in 2007. However, this week, Mel B. revealed the extent of Belafonte's domestic violence in court filings. She writes, “At the time, I was vulnerable. I was giving birth as a single mother, my self-esteem was very low, and my hormones were out of balance due to the pregnancy." The documents say that...
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