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  A new year means a new budget, and not just for those of you trying to cut back on Seamless or new shoes, but the federal government as well. On Monday, President Obama revealed the 2016 fiscal year proposal to more than a few cheers and naysayers. Amidst the military-heavy tax increases, the $4 trillion deal includes significant changes to Social Security benefit regulations for same-sex couples. FINALLY. Under the current policy, if a same-sex couple ... Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! It was a fairly quiet week in our neck of the woods (with the exception of a possible snowpocalypse that turned out to be more of a mini-blizzard). Following last's weeks eleventh hour abortion restriction bill, we're actually a little glad to have a slightly slower news week. Any time period where women's rights aren't institutionally pared down goes on the good pile, in our books.   So what did happen that you may have missed? ... Read More
We all have those girls we're especially tight with. They're the ones we can always rely on to be there, to be honest and fair. That heartwarming motif is what I thought director Celine Sciamma ( Water Lillies, Tomboy ) would cast a fresh, new light upon in her french film Girlhood. To my disappointment that was not the case: Mareme ( actress Karidja Touré )  feels suffocated by her family setting, her lackluster grades, and the boys club ... Read More
BUST says yes, too. It’s no surprise that women are still facing the “frat boy culture” when it comes to big time Silicon Valley companies and trying to make it big in this landscape is not easy, not fun, and pretty backwards as we see it. So while the big (little, immature) boys figure out how to not be idiots toward women, here’s a list of the women who are making it big out West on their own. 1. Glassbreakers: a mentor/mentee startup ... Read More
Mom and Dad know there's a storm a'comin' and they won't stop texting updates. While the crabby teen inside all of us is thinking GAHHH I HAVE THE INTERNET FOR THIS, there's also something super sweet about the concerned texts prying into our refrigerators, preferred modes of transportation, and (per usual) personal lives. Never fear, family: We will be taking the local train home, and will be living off vegan cheese and leftover pizza until further notice. Thank ... Read More
  Maybe you remember Cannibal Cop - maybe you don't. Just in case, we'd like to refresh your memory:  Last july, NYC cop Gilberto Valle had his conviction overturned. Conviction for whatyou ask? Wanting to eat women, and not in the sexy way we all appreciate. According to BBC, Valle spent 20 months in jail after his wife found documents that notated plans to murder her then turn her into an entree. There were also documents in existence that discussed ... Read More
Today celebrates the birthday of the amazing MLK, one of the most famous champions of the civil rights’ movement. We want to celebrate with 5 facts about King that aren’t really talked about in the history books in school, and ones that even you might not know about. 1. He believed that capitalism was not very useful in modern society. In a letter from prison to wife Coretta Scott King, MLK shared his thoughts on capitalism, saying that he was ... Read More
In Connecticut, 17 year-old Cassandra is refusing a potentially life-saving chemotherapy treatment for a recent diagnosis of Hodgkin lymphoma. Her mother, Jackie Fortin, sides with her decision; stating, “My daughter is old enough, mature enough to make a decision... This is not about death. This is about ‘This is my body, my choice, and let me decide.’” But the state of Connecticut has made a unanimous ruling that Cassandra is required to ... Read More
Remember in the Titanic when Jack says goodbye to Rose for the first time, and women and children are the first passengers let onto the lifeboats? Wasn't that so chivalrous, and also such a clear reflection of the era's view of women as in need of saving? Well ladies, in bittersweet news, it seems those days are over. The historical code of conduct has been abandoned like the sinking ships that made it a thing in the first place. Though the rule was never ... Read More
Even though it came out six years ago, the song “American Boy” is still Estelle’s claim to fame. The peppy collaboration with Kanye West earned her a Grammy, but her later singles never quite stuck. Her fourth album, True Romance (out November 4), should change all that. It’s sultry R&B at its finest, inspired by the ambiguous, confusing period in a relationship that Estelle (last name Swaray) describes as that moment “between ... Read More
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