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With rising temps and longer days comes the urge to whip up tasty cold drinks. This summer, say goodbye to plain Jane lemonade with agua de panela, as it’s known in Colombia: a simpler lemon or lime water sweetened with panela, the “original” brown sugar. Its delicate caramel flavors compliment the zingy blend of citrus juices for a beverage that’s more substantial, and a little less sweet, than standard lemonade. Plus, it’s a fantastic pick-me-up on a hot afternoon. Add this simple syrup to water,...
Adulting can be damn hard. In addition to dealing with political stress, financial struggles, and general life hurdles, our bodies come in contact with environmental toxins on the daily. One way to detoxify and de-stress is with a steamy, pore-opening shower. Add an exfoliating sugar scrub and you also get the benefits of aromatherapy and self -massage, which can have lasting effects on your mood and general health, not to mention it’ll give you the smoothest skin around. Customize your scrub for morning, midday (no...
When planning to have a baby, there’s a lot of things to consider - like neighborhoods with good schools and what kind of stroller is best - but you might want to look into the maternal mortality rate of your state. We recently wrote that Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate, and thanks to a recent article from Vox, we’ve learned that California has the lowest maternal mortality rate. California has managed to match the rate of the rest of the developed world, while the...
I can tell summer is here because I feel the need to take 3 showers a day and just got done scouring this guide to dealing with chub rub. But if you're looking for a more fun way to beat the heat, we've got you covered, sister. Introducing: Sloshies - slushies that get you sloshed. Genius. Keep scrolling to see our fave recipes from Jerry Nevins's Sloshies (Workman Publishing), for sale here. Try 'em out and thank us later with a drunk tweet @bust_magazine.  The Catcher 
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For many girls in Kibera, Kenya, the largest urban slum in Africa, informal schooling is the only education option available. But unlicensed local classes are often rife with sexual exploitation and untrained teachers who prey on students. In 2003, activist Jane Anyango, now 46, responded to this ongoing issue by creating a class of her own. She began giving presentations instructing girls on how to reject their teachers’ sexual advances while encouraging them to take back control of both their bodies and their educations. This initiative...
Still need a stiff drink to deal with the current political climate? Or want to try something new and refreshing while you distract yourself from reading President Trump’s daily tweets? We got you covered so you don’t feel so melon-choly; remember, you have the staple summer fruit – watermelon – in your diet for the next two months! Here are 12 delicious recipes that will have your taste buds thanking you in no time.   Photo courtesy of Stephanie Barlow Watermelon Keg We still have a couple of months...

I am originally from the Dominican Republic, and my family is somewhat traditional. I lived with my dad until I left home to go to grad school, and my sister Claire lived there until she got married at 23. She is now 33 and has a loving husband, a dog and two kids. I am 35, and sometimes it feels like my biggest personal accomplishment is that I once slept 12 hours in a row. Pathetic. But that’s not true. I have worked very hard to...
At BUST, we love resisting the sun’s harsh rays as much as we love resisting gnarly regimes. This sunhat DIY encourages both! Wear it while planning for your next march, telling your representatives what you really think, or chilling near a body of water for some activist self-care. This project takes about one hour and not much skill, so let’s get crafting! Materials All found at your local craft store- Wide-brim straw hat (we got ours at Target for $5!)- Embroidery needle (it has a wide eye...
In case you need another backwards law to make you never want to visit North Carolina, here ya go. Apparently in 1979, the Supreme Court case State v. Way ruled that women do not have the right to withdraw from sex after they've consented. A 19-year-old woman discovered this first-hand when she was told her attacker didn’t break the law when he continued to have sex with her even after she said no. Aaliyah Palmer consented to have sex with him at a party, but after...
When the 276 Chibok girls were abducted in Nigeria in 2014, the world took notice. Rage, disgust, and terror permeated social media feeds; prayers and statements of hope were posted to those same media channels; with a single photo and a hashtag, Michelle Obama started the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Perhaps it was that such an enormous group of young girls were kidnapped that this incidence was given the world stage, but ultimately it was nothing out of the ordinary in northeast Nigeria, where violence regularly instigated...