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Today is a victory for equal rights in Massachusetts, where a federal appeals court just declared that  the federal Defense of Marriage act is unconstitutional on the grounds that it unfairly denies equal benefits to legally married same-sex couples.   The ruling is also a victory for the Obama administration, which had refused to defend that part of the 1996 law. Although the decision does not establish a national right to gay marriage, hopefully the ... Read More
There’s a woman in a small village who, against all odds, dares to challenge authority and ride a motorbike to fight crime. And no, I’m not talking about Lisbeth Salander. The 50-year-old Zarifa Qazizadah, who was forced to marry at 12 and now has 15 children and 36 grandchildren, is Afghanistan’s sole female village chief. That's a feat in itself, but the BBC reports that this brave leader has even remortgaged her home to pay for the posts and ... Read More
  Unfortunately, many of us have experienced some form of street harassment – getting catcalled at, peeped at, or even groped in a crowded area. But there’s another kind of harassment that doesn’t receive quite as much attention, mostly because it’s so covert: the “upskirt” video or photo. The issue of upskirt videos was a pretty hot topic in the BUST office today, because one of our editors was upskirt-video'd recently on ... Read More
In September of 2010, Tyler Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington bridge. While no one can know what was going through his mind on the day he killed himself, many vehemently believe that it was the actions of his roommate, Dharun Ravi, that drove him to do so. Yesterday, Dharun was sentenced in a New Jersey supreme court to 30 days in prison for invading his roommate's privacy by using his webcam to expose Tyler having sex with another man ... Read More
It wasn’t enough for us to be pregnant all the time in Arizona. Now, we can’t get birth control in Kansas. Kansas Governor Sam Brownback just signed a bill into law that allows pharmacists and doctors to deny women contraception. Even more, the Heath Care Rights of Conscience Act allows them to do so on religious grounds, as long as they believe the birth control might “result in the terminating of a pregnancy.” So, basically, any woman ... Read More
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