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  Bill Nye acted in solidarity with women’s reproductive rights when he released a short video condemning the misinformation used to fuel anti-abortion arguments. He also offered some great life advice to white dudes in power along the lines of get your facts straight and stop trying to control women’s bodies.  Bill Nye is a powerful example of an ‘ally’.  He uses his expertise and influence to talk about the cause of reproductive rights without trying to speak FOR women. Read More
Happy Friday BUSTies! The weekend is coming so we know there are tons of shows you need to catch up on, but before finishing up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, here are a few stories you might have skipped this week: 1. Amy Schumer keeps it 100%, discussing the issue of not quite looking like Megan Fox or Kate Upton  in a world where the fact that Beyonce may not have the skin of a newborn is considered news. 2. Looking for some Feminist swag to wear? Well we have 10 awesome Feminist buttons to add to your summer accessories collection.  Oh yeah, and they are all under $3. 3. Read More
"Girls (should) have access to clothes that tell them that they can be and do anything."—this is the idea behind Princess Awesome, a clothing line that is destroying gender stereotypes by letting "girls decide what it means to be girly."  What started out as a simple Kickstarter campaign is now raising the bar for children's clothing everywhere.  Founders Rebecca Melsky and Eva St. Clair told Buzzfeed, "We're not sure who decided that girls (had) to choose between spaceships and ribbons, sparkles and science. Read More
A new law has been passed in the U.K. that will allow for the ‘creation’ of a child using the DNA of three people. Yep, that is one more than usual. No, this is not your worst nightmare designer baby science fiction moment—it’s actually a way that kids might avoid inheriting potentially-deadly genetic disorders. Here’s how it would work: The mother’s nuclear DNA is implanted into a donor egg that has healthy mitochondria, which is then fertilized by the father’s sperm, and then implanted in the mother. Read More
After passing a series of tests, this housewife was deemed “normal” and was instructed to drink a glass of water containing a minuscule amount of acid. Her experience was filmed at the time and has recently resurfaced on YouTube. Her experience is amazing to watch; she tells her observers, "If you can't see it, I guess you'll never know. I feel sorry for you. Read More
Rachel Maddow resorts to schooling the outdated beliefs men may have by reporting from a man-cave. This educational video is a battle between politics and science because Republican candidate Bob Beauprez is running for governor yet again in Colorado, and is convinced that IUDs cause continual abortions in a woman's body. This very misinformed statement will be involved in the ballot for Colorado tomorrow, Nov 4. It will be on the Personhood Amendment, which will make abortions, including IUDs, under this politicians definition, illegal. Read More
A new preliminary study conducted at John Hopkins University investigated how chemical compounds in broccoli, particularly broccoli sprouts, can improve behavioral symptoms of those with moderate to severe autism. The chemical called sulforaphane, is converted from glucoraphanin through the bacteria in our bodies when we eat the sprouts. The researchers turned glucoraphanin into sulforaphane and converted them into capsules so they could control the doses for those involved in the trial based on their weight. Read More
On last night's episode of "Sex in the Wild," a 4-part PBS series that investigates the sex lives, mating behaviors, and reproductive systems of a variety of animals, the subject was marsupials. That's right: we learned all about Kangaroo vaginas, Koala penii, and the 4-headed Echidna penis. But first, a warning: This post (and the show itself) is NSFW: Not Safe for Wussies. If you are easily skeeved out by nature, you might want to move on. Led by intrepid anatomy scientist Dr. Joy S. Read More
Imagine earning the opportunity to go out into the field and explore the world, as a budding young scientist, only to be greeted by predatory superiors.  In a PLOS ONE survey of mostly archaeologists and anthropologists, 64% of field scientists reported having experienced sexual harassment and 22% reported sexual assault in the field.  The academic article also noted that “73% percent of female [medical trainees] had experienced workplace sexual harassment during their residency," meaning that this problem is not unique to scientists working in the field. Read More
Lady-power, as it turns out, isn’t just limited to humans. Many people think of the animal world as more traditionally gendered, but badass females actually transcend species. Here is just a taste of the awesomeness: 1. Lady-bonobos  Female bonobos are sexually liberated.  Bonobo societies are matriarchies, with females living at the top of their group’s social pyramid.  A high ranking bonobo’s male offspring will go on to become a leader among the males in the social group, but he will never usurp his mother’s position. Read More