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Using birth control to curb menstrual cramps is nothing new, but for a teen in Albuquerque, sufficient care was still out of reach. According to Teen Vogue, the 13-year-old was denied prescribed medication that she needed in preparation for her IUD because of the pharmacist’s personal beliefs. The drug, misoprostol, was prescribed in order to soften her cervix from the insertion of an IUD. It is also recognized as one of the two drugs used to induce abortion. The teen had struggled with other birth control...

As a sci-fi geek, I know all about the Mystical Pregnancy trope. This is a plot device in science fiction where a pregnancy is caused or affected by supernatural or alien means, often causing the pregnancy to be accelerated so that it doesn’t take up too much of a season or story arc, and occasionally doing away with the baby through other supernatural means so that the character giving birth can go back to business as usual. I’ve laughed at some of the more ridiculous...
Cherries, chickpeas, and chocolate are just a few of the foods that get the star treatment from Short Stack, a series of 'zine-like cookbooks that highlights a single ingredient with each edition. Combining retro-inspired designs with top-notch recipes from notable food industry folks, the tiny tomes pack a tasty punch. Tahini's got glazed cod and chocolate truffles, while Avocados offers dishes from guac to grains to greens. Buy individually ($14) or subscribe (6 per year for $75).   - Lisa Butterworth This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print edition of...
  This Sunday, head to York Hall in Bethnal Green for the London edition of the BUST Summer Craftacular. When we open the doors at 11am, the first 100 shoppers will get goodie bags filled with swag from Look Lane, Awesome Merchandise, Mollie Makes, English Handmade Soap– and more! Remember, the early bird gets the goodies!    We are thrilled to have teamed up with all-handmade online marketplace Look Lane for this giveaway. The site is well worth a browse; we spy a couple of briliant BUST Craftacular stallholder's in the mix...

We all could use more art in our IG feeds, so get your "Follow" finger ready. Each of these ladies is making truly incredible creations with a needle, floss, and some basic embroidery moves. Whether you're looking for project motivation or just general inspiration, these artists deliver, one stitch at a time. Britt Hutchinson @tinycup_ This Chicago needleworker's chill skeletons are made all the more endearing (and impressive!) by their diminutive size. Teresa Lim @teeteeheehee Travel landscapes and simple outlines of her signature girls against colorful backgrounds are this...
“Indecency among the Margate Bathers comes round as regularly as the season itself.” - The Era, 23 July 1865 In Victorian England, it was generally believed that the sexes should be kept apart when bathing. To that end, the gentlemen’s wheeled bathing machines at the beach were often kept as much as a quarter of a mile away from the ladies’ machines. This allowed both ladies and gentlemen to enter their respective machines, change into their swimming costumes, and descend into the waves for a swim all...
When Donald Trump swept into the White House this past January, he left those of us who prioritize facts, transparency, immigrant rights, and equality feeling overwhelmed and unsafe. In an ideal situation, the government would be addressing our concerns, but since the new administration is merely exacerbating them, many are looking to private-sector advocacy groups for help. That’s where Lisa Graves, Vicki B. Gaubeca, and Heidi Beirich come in—three brave and brilliant social justice detectives working diligently to keep America great. They seek to shed...
This past weekend, people headed from all over the country to Northeast PA for BangOn NYC’s Elements Music & Art Festival which featured chill vibes, self care workshops and a slew of artists. BUST followed the BAE collective’s transcendent LGBTQIA events throughout the weekend. BAE is a female identifying, cis, trans run collective providing a safe place for artists to come together support and thrive. The Conclusion of BAE's Women in Music and Nightlife panel The conclusion of BAE's Bass Yoga The BAE in crew in the woods near...
Louise Walker of Sincerely Louise is an indie knitting pattern designer and author specializing in faux taxidermy. We’ve had our eye on Louise and her delightful designs since we came across her book of knitting patterns, Faux Taxidermy Knits, a few years ago. The quirky patterns include a fox scarf, a mole door stop and even a tifer-skin rug. Needless to say, we are thrilled that Louise will be joining us this Sunday, 4 June, at York Hall in east London for her first ever...
We know that using menstrual cups can save all kinds of tampons and pads from landfills. But now, they can also save girls from missing school. For every menstrual cup purchased, Ruby Cup (rubycup.com) donates one to a girl in East Africa, where pads are expensive and not having adequate options can often keep girls at home during their time of the month. The cups are distributed by way of an educational workshop that teaches reproductive health and also aims to take the stigma out...