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Hundreds Of Thousands March For Our Lives This Saturday, calls for gun reform echoed around the nation as students and adults alike protested government inaction. The D.C. rally, organized by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, drew hundreds of thousands of protestors; related rallies took place in hundreds of "sibling cities" across the globe. Their message was clear: It’s time for gun reform. Now. Read more at The Washington Post. Conservatives Are Sharing A Fake Photo of Emma Gonzalez In lieu of genuinely engaging with marchers and...
  At the turn of the 20th century, the most popular piece in a woman’s wardrobe was the shirtwaist. A gauzy blouse made of cotton or linen, it mimicked a man’s shirt, albeit one decorated with lace or embroidery, and often featured bell sleeves. It was, in the words of a 1902 Good Housekeeping article, “simple, inexpensive, useful, practical, [and] universally becoming.” Wearing one brought “freedom of body and elasticity of spirit,” and as such, “profoundly affected the lives and customs of women.”This wasn’t mere magazine...
  We’ve got some exciting news: this year, BUST turns 25! For our upcoming birthday issue this summer, we’re collecting all sorts of stories about what BUST has meant to you over the years. Whether you’ve read every issue front to back or just found us recently, we want to celebrate our magazine and the people who love it. How did you first hear about us? Was there a cover story you absolutely loved? Which article totally changed you? Send your submissions, thoughts, and confessions of any...
In the Victorian era, perfumed products abounded. In addition to perfume, cologne, and toilet water, there were scented soaps, scented pomades, and even scented mouth waters and dentifrices for the teeth. But how much scent could a lady or a gentleman wear without being offensive? It’s a question many of us puzzle over even today. Fortunately for the Victorians, books and articles on proper etiquette offered plenty of advice to guide the unwary. An article in the 1894 edition of Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine quotes a passage...
  Once a week, at the University of Pittsburgh, a group of students pore over the grisly details of homicide cases that are older than the students themselves. These amateur detectives—22 women and 3 men—call themselves Students Conquering Cold Cases. They gather in a classroom at night, plotting out theories on whiteboards while projecting the victims’ neighborhoods via Google Maps onto giant television screens, hoping to help families find closure after the violent deaths of their loved ones. Before joining the club, members must go through...
Hey Snapchat, Domestic Violence Isn’t Funny In one of the most tone-deaf moves of 2018, Snapchat recently featured a “Would You Rather?” advertisement that asked a disturbing question: Would you rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown? The question was a barely-veiled allusion to the 2009 domestic violence incident in which Brown bit, punched, and choked the famous singer, eventually sending her to the hospital. After their stock fell 5% (and the company faced internet-wide backlash), Snapchat issued an apology for the thoughtless gesture. But as...
She was blamed for the death of 50,000 French soldiers in World War I and has gone down in history as the ultimate femme fatale. Mata Hari’s legacy has been turned into books and documentaries; even the famous starlet Greta Garbo portrayed the infamous dancer, who was convicted of being a German spy during WWI and executed. History has a way of painting women who are sexually and financially independent as a threat to society. Mata Hari’s rich and enticing story is no different. But,...
Many vegan home cooks have a well-thumbed copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook in their kitchens. First released in 2007, it was written by formerBUST food columnist Isa Chandra Moskowitz and current BUSTfood columnist Terry Hope Romero, and it became an instant classic. In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the pair has released a new edition with some major updates, including 25 new recipes (such as black-eyed butternut tostadas with chipotle pumpkin seed salsa and eggplant and bread crumbs fettuccine) and revisions to over half...
National Geographic Confronts Its Racist PastAfter 130 years and ten editors, National Geographic is finally confroting its racist history. Current Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg has released an editor's letter about the magazine’s racist past coverage of people of color. Historian John Edwin Mason was hired to examine the magazine's history of coverage of people of color both in the US and abroad. “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture,” stated Mason, “It’s possible to say that a magazine can...
  If your hair needs a little extra love, look no further than your own kitchen. With a few basic ingredients, whipping up a rejuvenating hair mask is a breeze. These two super-simple recipes start with a base of coconut oil and honey. Coconut oil is great for your skin, and when used on your hair, it not only adds moisture but also prevents breakage and restores luster. Honey helps seal that moisture in. Plus, it smoothes, softens, and shines. You can add different ingredients to...