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In the wake of yet another mass shooting at a school, it is sickening how the feelings of fear and helplessness come over us in a familiar way. Every time I read a headline about a shooting, I have the same reaction: my hands go cold, my stomach drops, and I shove the lump in my throat away like I'm dry-swallowing a big pill.  Portland-based community college instructor Melissa Duclos has had enough with politicians and their lack of action to protect the safety of our country. Read More
  Thursday morning, at least ten people were killed  and several more wounded in a shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter was a 26-year-old male student who, according to Slate, died in a firefight with police. This is old news. Everyone in America knows it is old news. President Obama reminded us in his speech yesterday  that this is old news. That this situation, his own response, the rest of the country’s response, all of it is “routine.” “We’ve become numb to this” was Obama’s refrain. Read More
  Bill Nye acted in solidarity with women’s reproductive rights when he released a short video condemning the misinformation used to fuel anti-abortion arguments. He also offered some great life advice to white dudes in power along the lines of get your facts straight and stop trying to control women’s bodies.  Bill Nye is a powerful example of an ‘ally’.  He uses his expertise and influence to talk about the cause of reproductive rights without trying to speak FOR women. Read More
BUST magazine’s October/November issue featuring cover gal Aidy Bryant is on sale now! BUST's new October/November issue is bursting with women's stories, from our cover feature on SNL star Aidy Bryant, to Kim Gordon’s interview with Carrie Brownstein, to the history of the Native American women who inspired early suffragists. Read More
Dear Matt Damon, Contrary to what your apology would imply, you didn’t start a conversation about diversity. You tried to shut down a conversation about diversity that Effie Brown started. <3 BUST Ok, a little context. Damon received criticism for comments he made about diversity to Producer Effie Brown on his returning HBO documentary series 'Project Greenlight' in which aspiring directors compete to direct a feature film for HBO. Read More
 The New York Daily News and the New York Post totally lost their shit yesterday after topless Times Square performer Maria Diaz brought her 2-year-old daughter to work. The mother-daughter duo appeared with black paint across their chests; mom with a heart covering her breasts, while her daughter bore a simple stripe. Diaz and her daughter arrived on Broadway at 4 p.m., but it wasn’t long before police asked the black-gauze-donned-almost-naked-lady to put a t-shirt on the toddler.  Allegedly, tourists were revolted by a half naked baby. “That’s disgusting.... Read More
Air India is taking 125 flight attendants out of the sky and onto the ground because they failed to meet the Body Mass Index requirement of the airline, TIME reported yesterday. Air India Spokesman G.P. Rao told CNN that the height-to-weight requirements are for safety purposes, rather than for appearances.  India's Office of the Director General of Civil Aviation outlines requirements for flight crews in its Civil Aviation Requirements–an entire appendix dedicated to the disposal of high BMI cases. Read More
Damon Wayans, an 80s actor/comedian/director best known for his work on popular TV series including My Wife and Kids and In Living Color, recently defended accused rapist Bill Cosby on The Breakfast Club, Power 105.1 FM's hip-hop radio talk show.  “I don’t believe he was raping," Wayans said.  "I believe he was in relationships with all of them.” He later went on to joke, “Listen, how big is his penis that it gives you amnesia for forty years?” Um…. Read More
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
The 13th Annual New York Burlesque Festival is coming to you September 24th through the 27th. Since it’s premiere in 2003, the festival has attracted sold-out crowds and it’s the largest and most acclaimed burlesque festival in the world. This September, Thirsty Girl & Pontani Productions will once again serve up 4 nights of “glitter and glamour in Gotham.” The festival will include over 120 eye-popping performances from international leading burlesque and variety entertainers at five of NYC’s hottest nightclubs. Read More