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About a month after moving to New York City, I was walking across the Pulaski Bridge from Brooklyn to Queens when I noticed a man following me. Or he just happened to be walking in the same direction as me, and there wasn't any other way to go, what with being on a bridge and all. But as pretty much any woman who has ever been alone at night can attest (this is one of those rare cases when I think it is perfectly fine to make gendered generalizations), the uncertainty is enough to make you reaching for your bear mace and scissors. Read More
"More than 300 women have been shot, stabbed, strangled, beaten, bludgeoned or burned to death by men in South Carolina over the past decade, dying at a rate of one every 12 days while the state does little to stem the carnage from domestic abuse," reads Till Death Do Us Part's description.  Till Death Do Us Part—a Post and Courier photo series that took place over eight months—won the Pulitzer Prize for its outstanding work this week. Read More
  Though the language used in its commercial smacks of “so simple, even a woman can understand it,” I must admit that the Cuff is a pretty cool invention. It’s a little chip (or “tiny device with technology inside,” as the commercial puts it) worn in a piece of jewelry that, among other useful tricks, can send an alert to someone’s phone when you’re in danger. Just press the device, and a message gets sent to a friend or family member with your location, as well as audio of what’s happening at the scene. Read More
Sexual assault, rape, stalking, domestic violence, abuse and sexual coercion are all major problems in our society. They also happen too often, with 1 in 5 women reporting that they have been victims of rape or attempted rape, and 1 in 4 reporting having been beaten by a partner. What’s scary to me, though, isn’t just that statistic. It’s how many women I know who have realized what happened to them well after the fact. Read More
Anywhere is an enchanting, eclectic town with storybook-like cobblestone streets and magical ruins, nestled in a beautiful mountain range that stretches as far as the eye can see.  But even this idyllic, fairy-tale town harbors a dark side. Predation seeps in late at night in the dark, isolated corners of its world.    When Indigo, the lead character in upcoming short film, Wishful, leaves a fancy dress party in the town of Anywhere, she is followed and then accosted by two men. Outnumbered, overpowered, and trapped, her options are limited and time is running out. Read More
Is that a list in your pants, or are you just happy to see me? Irony has rooted itself in our culture, and now it's taken hold of our sex lives. Dating and sex can be awkward for everyone, but a little determination goes a long way. It's best to be pragmatic about these things. The world, and the internet currently attempting to swallow it whole, is full of misinformation, theories, and most of all, lists. The sex tips in beauty magazines usually end up more boardroom than bedroom. Read More
In the summer months, when sexual assault highly increases, we ladies have a right to be concerned about getting home safely at night. Luckily, a group has formed to help combat this issue for those who live in Brooklyn by escorting women home from their subway stop for free fifty-free! Brooklyn Bike Patrol will also get you home safe and sound from bars, bus stops, restaurants, and friend’s houses in your neighborhood. Read More
  Got beauty and brains? Want to keep it that way?  Belle Helmets’ gorgeous, hand-painted helmets are the perfect combination of style and utilitarianism.  Founded in Brooklyn by Danielle Baskin, this one-woman company offers beautiful and uniquely designed helmets. You can protect your noggin and make a statement as you ride!  Baskin’s designs go all across the board, so your head can sport anything from a pastoral scene to a kiwi.    Baskin also does custom jobs, and can even give your old helmet a makeover. Read More
  Well, hello, lovelies! We hope you've emerged from Hurricane Sandy all safe and sound. Between the NYC subway shutdown and tons of power loss in New York and beyond, it’s gonna be a little more difficult to get posts up today on the BUST Blog—so please bear with us. I can’t venture far out of my neighborhood due to the (supa scary) subway situation, so I’m just trying to enjoy the heck out of this random staycation. Read More
Having lived on the east coast my whole life, I think I know how to handle a hurricane. Just when I thought we were in the clear for this year’s hurricane season, along comes Sandy in her modest cardigan and purity ring, ready to cause some trouble at Rydell High (and by Rydell High I mean the Mid-Atlantic). This hybrid storm, (“part tropical, all beast” as the Philadelphia Inquirer put it) comes just days ahead of Halloween, much like the early nor’easter we saw last year around this time. Read More