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Having a vagina in tow on this journey called life can mean that you pay quite a bit more for day-to-day living, no matter the country you live in. With tampon taxes and pay gaps making national news, Buddy Loans, a British loan company, added up just how much more money it costs to be a vagina owner. Unsurprisingly, many of the things that cost women in the U.K. extra transfer pretty indiscriminately to the women in the States. Let’s do the math: 1. Read More
The terms paid maternity leave and paid vacation have been circulating around the news cycle as the primary elections swiftly approach. Candidates like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both have advocated for paid leave policy in the United States, which is great, but is policy enough?  A study by the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development on paid leave entitlements found that the United States is the only advanced economy offering zero paid maternity leave, while countries like the United Kingdom offer up to 39 weeks of paid leave for new mothers. Read More
Now this is impressive: Doris Long just became the world’s oldest abseiler, or person who descends very high vertical structures on ropes. She took up the sport at 85, and Sunday, the 101-year-old beat her own record as the world's oldest abseiler when she once again lowered herself down 328 feet of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower in the United Kingdom.   Not only did she break an already impressive record, but Long’s feat helped raise $122,305 for Rowans Hospice. This was her sixteenth time doing the abseiling for hospice. Read More
A new law has been passed in the U.K. that will allow for the ‘creation’ of a child using the DNA of three people. Yep, that is one more than usual. No, this is not your worst nightmare designer baby science fiction moment—it’s actually a way that kids might avoid inheriting potentially-deadly genetic disorders. Here’s how it would work: The mother’s nuclear DNA is implanted into a donor egg that has healthy mitochondria, which is then fertilized by the father’s sperm, and then implanted in the mother. Read More
Becky Hopper and her friend Georgia Bibby, both 23, were shopping at a Topshop in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull, when they noticed a mannequin who seemed unrealistically small. “We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us. The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life,” Hopper wrote on her personal blog. In the picture, Hopper’s friend, Bibby, is posed next to the mannequin for comparison. Hopper wrote on Twitter that her friend is a size 8/10 to give the photo some context. Read More
  BUSTies, you only live once. And it would certainly be a shame to spend your precious time on Earth playing it safe with your fashion choices. Just when you thought YOLO, the acronym that has been a target for ridicule since its conception, was gone for good, the social media phrase has reinvented itself in a way that deserves only applause. African Apparel, a British clothing company, has released a new YOLO shirt with Yoko Ono’s beloved visage gracing its front. Read More
For most brands, the concept of using "diverse" models in their advertisements extends to using both size two AND four Amazons. Despite continued backlash for these skewed representations, retailers have made  no real initiative to promote a wide range of body types. So, when I stumbled upon Debenham's Summer Look Book from earlier this year, I couldn't help but squeal with happiness. The campaign features, among other things, a Paralympian, a 60+ year old woman, and a size 18 model. And guess what? All of them are total babes. Read More
This ain't no joke: Feminist comedian Bridget Christie at the top of the world - and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival. The British comedian won this year's Foster's Edinburgh comedy award for her show A Bic for Her, which critiques everyday sexism. (Tickets sold here for you U.K. BUSTies.) Christie is a big deal for U.K. comedy. She is the third female solo act to win this award, preceded by Jenny Eclair in 1995 and Laura Solon in 2005. Read More
                    “I bet when you’re 10 you’ll love pink, and you’ll love princesses,” said Pippa Middleton to a 6 year old who said she was a sort of tomboy and liked things that “boys like.” Sigh.  The event was a promotion for Pippa’s new party-planning book “Celebrate.”  (I wonder if it’s got gender specific themed parties?) She let reporters film a craft session with costumed kids while she wore plain clothes. WOW. Read More
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian. The forced sterilization is being excused in the name of climate control, as a world population that’s gotten out of hand intensifies fears of global warming. Read More