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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
I don’t think I can articulate any kind of answer for this article’s headline, but I’ve sure as heck been trying. (In case you live under a rock, Rachel Dolezal is the white lady who says she “identifies” as black, and until recently, was the president of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.) We have some thoughts about Rachel, and here’s a round-up of news stories and clips in the hopes of making some sense of all that’s gone down in the past few days. Read More
The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization whose entire purpose is to achieve equality for LGBTQ individuals. Reportedly, its office is home to the same exclusionary employment practices against which they fight. As one employee put it, “We are supposed to be fighting for people who are being discriminated against and marginalized, however we at HRC are discriminating against people and marginalizing people in the workplace.” The Pipeline Project did an extensive review of HRC’s workplace culture last fall. Read More
Like many fledgling gamers growing up in the early 2000s, I spent a sizable chunk of my childhood trying to rescue Princess Peach. Jamming the buttons of my silver Gameboy SP with primal ferocity, I crossed harsh, distant lands and ground-pounded pixelated Goombas for her, collecting bonus coins, mushrooms, and 1-ups along the way.  She was the perpetual damsel in distress – the delicate, classically beautiful prize waiting in a flouncy pink ball gown at the end of every Super Mario Bros. adventure. Read More