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In a huge win for world health, Cuba has become the first country ever to receive validation from the World Health Organization for ending mother-to-child HIV and syphilis transmissions. An estimated 1.4 million women with HIV and 1 million women with syphilis give birth every year. Children born from a mother with HIV have 15-45% chance of being infected with the virus. Syphilis can cause death in fetuses or leave children with horrible neonatal infections. Cuba has been working for many years to end the mother-to-child transmission of these infections. Read More
  “There’s only me. I am the law,” Buffy says to her friends in one of the final episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This is what I wanted: To be singular, and singularly powerful. My sophomore year of high school, I could never concentrate in class because I was constantly thinking about two things: my after-school snack and watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The former was always a piece of toast or a bowl of cereal, and I fantasized about it for basically the entire second half of the school day. Read More
There's something about embroidering your snark to really pack a punch. We've come up with a handful of ways to offend your friends and family with darling-looking cross stitches!   Damn right, we wanna have fundamental human rights. Stitch it loud, stitch it proud!   Tell them who you really are. Remind them that you will, no doubt, ruin all parties and social events with heated feminist debates. It's just in your blood.   And when they ask if your emotional outburst is because it's your "time of the month," maybe these kind words are the way to go. Read More
Which sounds more deadly: pregnancy or heart attack? What about blood clots? Stroke? Apparently NuvaRing thinks these risks are a fair price to pay for preventing unwanted pregnancies. “Like pregnancy, combination hormonal birth control methods increase the risk of serious blood clots,” so while you get to skip the baby, you can’t avoid the side of effects of pregnancy! You lucky girl. Erika Langhart, 24, was a victim of NuvaRing, which caused “pulmonary embolisms, heart attacks and subsequent irreversible brain swelling. Read More
As three more victims of the South Carolina church massacre were being laid to rest this Saturday, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old Charlotte-based activist, took a stand. Newsome climbed the 30-foot flagpole in front of South Carolina's State House to remove the Confederate flag. As the Capitol police ordered her down, Newsome continued her act of civil disobedience and took down this symbol of oppression. She paused in her descent to declare, “I come to get you in the name of God. Read More
Just in time for NYC’s Pride Weekend, we’ve got some great news to share from the Supreme Court. As of Friday’s 5-4 ruling, same sex marriage is legal nationwide. That’s right BUSTies – thanks to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges, and so many activists before him, the states can no longer deny gay couples the right to marry. This watershed moment comes on the heels of many smaller victories, but reflects a sea of change in American governance and public attitudes alike. Read More
Prepare to dig your Lizzie McGuire-era flares out of storage. A 35-year-old Australian woman recently collapsed because her skinny jeans cut off blood supply to her legs.   According to a case report released Monday, hours of manual labor the previous day left the woman’s feet feeling numb, particularly “squatting” to empty cupboards. While walking home, she fell and was unable to stand again, forcing her to crawl for help. Read More
Each year, the city of Yulin, China, celebrates the Summer Solstice with a festival. And it’s not a festival until we’re slaughtering and eating dogs, right? (Wrong.) While this long-standing tradition of eating dogs is fading across China, it still remains a strong part of southern China’s culture. Not only have dogs become a treat, but the festival organizers have been accused for unnecessary cruelty and torture when cooking the dogs—and organizations like the Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws in China are fighting against the festival. So is this woman, Yang Xiaoyun. Read More
Google has taken a small step to help victims of revenge porn stop others from seeing their naked pictures on the Internet: On Friday, the company announced it will let victims of revenge porn ask for the removal of certain webpages from Google’s search results. The Internet can be an amazing tool. With it, we have the ability communicate with people around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, or just look at pictures of sheep for an hour straight like I did this morning. Read More
Hamm is second from the left. Mia Hamm is arguably one of the coolest woman in the history of soccer. Hamm has been playing since she was very young. At 15, she made the U.S. national team, making her the youngest ever to play for the team at the time. When Hamm was 19 she played for the U.S. in the first ever FIFA Women’s World Cup.  She retired in 2004, but has remained in the spotlight for her support of soccer. Here are some of Hamm’s most inspiring moments. Read More
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