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On Friday, Marwa Balkar of Southern California decided to respond to Donald Trump's hate speech toward the Islamic community. Trump, in an interview with Yahoo News, suggested the need for a national effort to monitor mosques, and said he "wouldn't rule out" a system of having Muslims register in a database or carry a card signifying their religious beliefs. Balkar responded to this by denoting her faith by the peace sign she wears on her chest.  "I heard you wanted us the start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. Read More
Serena Williams' superhero sense snapped into action on Tuesday night when a thief attempted to snatch her phone while she was eating dinner at a Chinese restaurant. She wrote on her Facebook early yesterday morning, "I jumped up, weaved my way in and out of the cozy restaurant (leaping over a chair or two) and chased him down. He began to run but I was too fast. (Those sprints came in handy) I was upon him in a flash!" Once she caught up to him, she was not accusatory or aggressive, she simply asked him if he accidentally picked up the wrong phone. Read More
San Diego-based artist and entrepreneur Krissy Sunflower is trying to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research...but Facebook keeps getting in the way. Krissy’s company, Twin Peaks Apparel, recently created T-shirts for breast cancer awareness: the front of the shirt shows one of her designs, and inside the shirt, against the skin, is a drawing of boobs - perfect for “flashing it forward.” Or, as the shirts say, "Join the Boobment."  Krissy told BUST she was inspired when her boyfriend and friends created a joke T-shirt featuring a similar boob design. Read More
“Your words of comfort conveyed a message that someone who likes you might hurt you,” Merritt Smith wrote on a now-viral Facebook post this week. The post was written in response to a member of staff at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Colombus, Ohio, who had told her four-year-old daughter that the boy who hit her probably had a crush on her.  The boy had hit her so hard she required stitches. Maybe this is a stretch. A far reach. Read More
Apparently, laughing while black can be dangerous. A group eleven women — ten of them black — were kicked off the Napa Valley Wine Train for laughing too loudly during a book club outing. The Napa Valley Register writes that the women boarded the Wine Train at 11 a.m. on Saturday and were told to leave the train in St. Helena, reportedly because of noise complaints. The women, including an 83-year-old grandmother, were escorted through six cars and off the train, where police were waiting for them. A van then took them back to Napa. Read More
With Target coming forth in its decision to move away from gender-based signs, the world is one step closer in the battle for across-the-boards equality. Like any battle, there are two sides: those in favor of Target's decision and those who just cannot.  She can't. UGH. Absolutely, 100% unable to even. Caitlyn Jenner is behind this now. Read More
In a message posted on (where else) Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg announced that he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are expecting a baby girl. Zuckerberg opened up about the couple’s previous difficulty with pregnancy: “We’ve been trying to have a child for a couple of years and have had three miscarriages along the way… it’s a lonely experience. Most people don’t discuss miscarriages because you worry your problems will distance you or reflect upon you—as if you’re defective or did something to cause this. So you struggle on your own. Read More
Thanks to one woman, the British retailer Topshop will no longer use its unrealistically thin mannequins. When images of the new Topshop mannequins surfaced last October, many people were quick to point out that at taller than 6’0” and absurdly thin, the mannequins were unrealistic and ridiculous. Last week, after seeing the figures in a store in Bristol, a customer-service representative named Laura Berry posted a comment on Topshop’s Facebook page criticizing the negative effects the mannequins could have on female body image. Read More
For years, the icons on Facebook have stayed the same. Last year it updated the notifications globe to be less America-centric. Depending on what region you’re viewing Facebook from, you’ll either see an Europe-centric globe, an Asia-centric globe or the original America-centric version. Now, Facebook has finally updated its people icons and it’s all due to one designer, Caitlin Winner. Winner was looking at the icons one day when she realized the female icon had a chip in her shoulder. Read More
In news that will make you groan, people STILL get upset about women breastfeeding in public places. In Terre Haute, Indiana, for example, one young woman was publicly shamed by a man who took a photo of her (without her knowledge, yuck) breastfeeding in a T.G.I Friday’s. He then uploaded it to Facebook and Instagram. Read More