The recent shooting of Malala Yousafzai has torn me up. Deeply. You’d have to be an automaton to feel anything but grief. But she continues to hang on, and along with the rest of the world, I'm hoping that her doctors' most recent predictions--that she'll make a "decent recovery"--will turn out to be true.     I mourn the disruption, if not the destruction, of a young and very promising life. But violence is often a response to fear, and it gives ... Read More
The bullshit keeps on coming. As I’m sure many of you have already heard, a student-produced flyer entitled “Top Ten Ways to Get Away with Rape” was posted in a freshman men’s bathroom at Miami University in Ohio.     The suggestions--which range from fratty bro-outs (“its [sic] college boys, live it up!!”) to straight-up calls for violence against women who report sexual assault--are almost outlandish. Almost. Whether ... Read More
Fall! It’s the worst. My skin feels like newspaper, I can’t find my house keys in the early-evening darkness, and pumpkin-flavored things make me want to die. Really. If you, too, would rather be schvitzing at the beach than shivering in layers of tweed, here are a couple treats to make it through this gnarly season.   Lush Oatifix Soothing Banana Mask, $6.95 Blustery early-October breezes are the stuff of romance for many fall-oholics, but they ... Read More
Engaging lady voters is critical to winning the upcoming election—we are the majority of the population, after all—but looking at the “female vote” as a monolith ain’t the way to do it. A panel of four prominent political women, including Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards, MSNBC host and writer Melissa Harris-Perry, pollster Kellyanne Conway, and strategist Margaret Hoover, gathered at this year’s New Yorker ... Read More
Living in close quarters with your lady friends has many benefits, but studies show that menstrual synchrony—synced-up periods triggered by pheromones—may not be one of them. In her seminal 1971 study, psychologist Martha McClintock concluded that synced cycles are related to the exchange of pheromones between women in close social contact.     Besties!   However, a whole crop of studies have popped up since then that contradict the ... Read More
The bullshit: it never stops. Lee Daniels, director of the upcoming drama The Paperboy, recently admitted that he asked leading lady Nicole Kidman to gain weight for her role in order to—wait for it, kids—appear “more flawed.” "It was important that she put on some weight,” Daniels continued. “I said, 'I want you fat. I want your butt jiggling, I want your thighs moving.' She put on 15 pounds."     Kidman, who plays ... Read More
Not too long ago, the BUST Blog covered a New York woman’s efforts to re-vamp Verizon’s cancellation policies for domestic violence survivors. Almost 200,000 signatures later, her petition was successful! Today, as part of its annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verizon is implementing some brand-new policy changes to better assist victims of partner violence. Customer service reps now have specific protocol for assisting survivors with contract ... Read More
Eve Ensler is a total rock star. See? She’s best known for writing and starring in the groundbreaking play The Vagina Monologues—heck, even your grandparents have probably heard of it. Not being one to rest on her laurels, she founded a nonprofit, V-Day, that combats the epidemic (and yes, folks, it is an epidemic) of sexual and domestic violence happening all around the world. V-Day activists have opened hospitals for abuse survivors in the Democratic ... Read More
  Recent college grad Sami Jo Jensen turned her passion for frugal crafting into a successful business: Poor & Pretty Bath Sweets and Body Treats. Poor & Pretty’s signature item is Cupcake Soap. Sure, it looks like a delectable treat you’d like to nosh on, but it’s 100% suds-inducing goodness. Sami packages bath “truffles” and whipped soap “frosting” in deliciously appropriate (and environmentally friendly!) ... Read More
Hi, all! I’m Maggie, one of BUST’s brand-spanking-new blog interns, and I’m moving into a new apartment.  This week, in fact! This is an awesome thing because it’s gigantic and sunny and in a neighborhood that I love. Also, my current abode is a subterranean nightmare, and boy, oh, boy, am I excited to GTFO. The new pad, although free of rats and creepy landlords, comes with its own, ahem, peculiar charms. Like low ceilings! Pink ... Read More
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