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Karrueche Tran's path to stardom has been a wild ride. The model and actress first gained notoriety when her 2015 breakup with R&B singer Chris Brown dominated the tabloid press. But in the years since, she's silenced detractors and gained a fanbase all her own through her stellar work on Claws and on the new film The Honor List (now available on DVD, Digital, and On Demand). In this candid chat with Emily and Callie on BUST's Poptarts podcast, Tran opens up about finding her voice, being embraced by female ensemble… Read more

How I'm Reclaiming The Word "Fat"

By Fatventure Mag  In Feminism  On May 18, 2018

I remember seeing ads for Weight Watchers on television when I was three, maybe four years old. One night, I told my grandmother that I was going to call the number on the screen, and if I recall correctly, she laughed. Then I picked up the phone, and she stopped laughing. She told me I was silly to want to call Weight Watchers, but I looked at the women in those ads and I looked at my slightly pudgy belly—at three, maybe four years old—and I thought, "I want to be pretty like them." Fast forward. I remember wanting… Read more

Samira Wiley On Gay Weddings, Gilead And God

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On May 18, 2018

"Is this ladder safe?” Samira Wiley asks before gamely climbing up the rickety rungs leaning against a lemon tree on location at our L.A. cover shoot. The 30-year-old actor is almost unrecognizable in a pair of soaring geometric heels and a strapless green mini dress that makes her ladder climbing even more impressive. But then she flashes her unmistakable smile, the one that makes her eyes crinkle and twinkle and is familiar to anyone who watched the first four seasons of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black,… Read more
Trump To Pull Federal Funding From Planned Parenthood And Any Health Service That Talks About AbortionMultiple news organizations are reporting that the Trump administration will soon announce a new rule that will remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood and other health clinics that provide abortions—or even give patients referrals to abortion providers. The policy would be a return to a Reagan-era policy that, as the New York Times puts it, “is often described as a domestic gag rule because it barred caregivers… Read more

Week Of Women: May 18-24, 2018

By BUST Magazine  In Entertainment  On May 17, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us a movie starring Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen; new music from Courtney Barnett; Franchesca Ramsey’s first book; and more. MOVIES Book Club Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Mary Steenburgen and Candice Bergen star as four women who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey in their book club. Out Friday, May 18. Read our review here. On Chesil Beach Saoirse Ronan and Billy Howle star in this historical drama about a young couple who gets… Read more
If there is one person responsible for bridging the gap between younger audiences and successful stories about older women, it is Jane Fonda. In her latest film, Book Club—directed by Bill Holderman—Fonda plays a woman who is worried about her friend's sex lives coming to a dead end, so she decides to do something about it: introduce 50 Shades of Grey to her book club. That book club is made up of a group of lifelong friends, played by powerhouses Diane Keaton, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen. If Vivian (Fonda)… Read more
My mother loved Guyana for many reasons, but mainly because there was no television. She distrusted television. While we were growing up in Brooklyn, she felt it was a distraction and used every excuse she could find to deter us from sitting, immobilized, in front of the TV. I think it broke her heart to see her curious, creative kids staring like numbnuts at a screen, no matter how hilarious Carol Burnett was. If we did something wrong—talked back, neglected our chores, fought with each other—surely some treat or… Read more

Cynthia Nixon, Before She Ran For Governor: From The BUST Archives

By BUST Magazine  In TV  On May 17, 2018

Cynthia Nixon is currently running for governor of New York, but way back in 2002 she graced the cover of our Summer 2002 issue. In it, she talks about motherhood, her love for New York, and how Sex and the City fought the virgin/whore dichotomy. We're bringing this piece online as part of the lead-up to our 25th anniversary this July. In real life, Cynthia Nixon isn’t very much like her Sex and the City character, Miranda Hobbes—the career-driven, independent-to-a-fault, smart, sarcastic girl most of us are afraid to… Read more
Trump Calls Immigrants “Not People" And "Animals”Donald Trump continued his racist rhetoric against undocumented Latinx immigrants during an immigration roundtable yesterday, saying, “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in— and we’re stopping a lot of them—but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.” Trump has a history of racist language against Latinx immigrants—he’s called them “animals” going back to 2015,… Read more

Taleen Kali's "Lost & Bound" Is Dark And Danceable: BUST Premiere

By Byshera Williams  In Music  On May 17, 2018

Taleen Kali, a cosmic punk in the L.A. noise rock scene who has opened for Madame Gandhi and Kimya Dawson, is releasing her debut solo album, Soul Songs, on Lolipop Records this summer. We're excited to premiere her first single "Lost & Bound" here. Kali tells BUST via email, “‘Lost & Bound’ is about finding yourself again after being lost. I wanted to write a song that was really dark but also danceable, so I wrote a dirge dedicated to a 'lost self,' and I added a disco beat to add this sense of movement, of… Read more
Cornell senior Letitia Chai took a stand by stripping down and presenting her senior thesis in her underwear—twice. The two protests—one spontaneous, one planned—were in reaction to Chai’s professor’s criticism of her denim shorts. In a series of Facebook posts she later documented and shared via Google Drive, Chai wrote that it began when she went to her Acting In Public class to perform a draft of her thesis presentation on refugee rehabilitation. Chai wrote that she was wearing a button-down shirt and denim cut-off… Read more

Fine, Fine: Do You Hear Yanny Or Laurel? Link Roundup

By Byshera Williams  In Feminism  On May 16, 2018

Yanny vs Laurel: An Audio Debate Let's get it over with: the internet is obsessing over an audio clip posted by social media influencer and blogger, Cloe Feldman, who asked: “What do you hear Yanny or Laurel?” People are split on what they hear making this the new "the dress." You can go to Vox and decided for yourself which name is being said. and now for more important news... Can Paulette Jordan Swing Idaho Blue? Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in the Idaho governor’s race this Tuesday, Vox reports. As… Read more
This piece discusses depression and suicide. The power to never die sounds like dream—unless you are a person dealing with depression and suicidal thoughts. The character Chrysalis in the comic series Eternity Girl is living just that scenario, and it's a nightmare for her. With pastel-bright colors and dark humor, comic creator Mags Visaggio brings to light two important issues that comics don’t always talk about: depression and suicide. These themes have been explored in just a few other comics, such as Tom King’s… Read more

Victorian Advice On Breaking A Betrothal The Polite Way

By Mimi Matthews  In Living  On May 16, 2018

In the Victorian era, a broken engagement was no small matter. If a gentleman jilted his fiancée, he risked doing untold damage to both her reputation and his own. Even so, if an engaged couple discovered that they were incompatible, Victorian-era marriage manuals and books on etiquette strongly advised breaking the engagement rather than embarking on what would surely be a miserable marriage. As The New York Fashion Bazar Book of Etiquette (1887) explains: “Although a broken engagement is something to deplore, and one… Read more

Dye A Scarf Using Real Flowers With This Bundle Dyeing DIY

By BUST Magazine  In DIY  On May 16, 2018

Turn food scraps, flowers, and plants into wearable art with bundle dyeing, an easy, non-toxic, and sustainable technique that extracts beautiful colors from everyday natural materials. The process, good for any natural fabric (silk, wool, cotton, or linen), uses dyestuffs (whole dye plants and extracts) that are playfully spread onto fabric, bound into a bundle, and steamed to release organic color. Upcycle an old garment or bundle dye a piece of silk to make this go-to spring accessory. What You’ll Need35" x 35"… Read more

Win An Adorable Knock Knock Affirmator Deck In This Giveaway

By BUST Magazine  In Sponsored  On May 15, 2018

We’re excited to partner with Knock Knock—an independent maker of clever books, gifts, and accessories—on a giveaway of three Knock Knock Affirmator decks created by comedian Suzi Barrett. Perfect for anyone who loves a little self-help picker-upper (or just really, really loves rainbows and narwhals), these adorable cards feature inspirational-but-not-cheesy messages of self-love—basically, they’re self-help made easy. The giveaway runs from Tuesday, May 15 to Friday, May 18—just enter your email in the form below,… Read more
Kristen Stewart Goes Barefoot At Cannes The Daily Telegraph reports that Kristen Stewart, who is a judge at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, kicked off her heels yesterday in the middle of a red carpet moment. The festival has caused outrage for its a strict heels-only policy (only for women, of course) and in 2015, festival organizers have turned women away for wearing flats. Pauley Perette Speaks Up About Assault On The Set Of NCIS Pauley Perrette has spoken up about her departure from NCIS, claiming that she was… Read more

“Brazen” Brings Little-Known Stories Of Rebel Ladies To Life

By Erika W. Smith  In Books  On May 15, 2018

Here at BUST, we receive many copies of children’s and young adult books that contain dozens of mini-profiles of incredible women. These books are important—as a baby feminist, I read and re-read the 1998 book Girls Who Rocked The World. But there are so many books like these that sometimes it’s hard for individual titles to stand out from the crowd. Illustrator and comic designer Pénélope Bagieu's book Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World does just that. Told in colorful comic strips, Brazen succeeds because it… Read more

Meet The Woman Behind Your Favorite Music Photographs

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On May 15, 2018

Capturing everyone from punk pioneers to rap revolutionaries, iconic music photographer Janette Beckman is always pointing her lens toward the future For over 40 years, British photographer Janette Beckman has been a fixture on the underground scene, creating a body of work that is stored deep in the memory banks of music fans everywhere. You may have seen her shots on the covers of seminal albums like the Police’s Outlandos D’Amour, New Edition’s Candy Girl, and EPMD’s Unfinished Business, or on singles like the… Read more

Uranus Is Entering Taurus. Here's What To Expect

By Lisa Stardust  In Living  On May 15, 2018

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." — Frank Zappa For the past seven years, Uranus, "the Great Awakener," has been blazing through Aries, creating shifts within the self by revolutionizing the ways that we assert our individual preferences and perspectives. May 15th starts the seven-year switch as Uranus glides into Taurus, causing uprisings in all Venusian areas, such as love, money, self-esteem, culinary and visual arts, and music. The seventh planet from the Sun in the Solar System, Uranus… Read more
Karin Dreijer, aka Fever Ray, took to the stage at the Brooklyn Hangar this past weekend as part of the Red Bull Music Festival. The concert kicked off her 2018 world tour. Dreijer appeared wearing a padded body suit, with a bald head and fabulous, garish, glam makeup. She was accompanied by synthesizers and percussion. Two dancers shared backup vocal duties while interacting with Dreijer, combining movement and dance. The light show was stunning, with enough lasers and special effects to rival Genesis or Pink Floyd in… Read more

My First Ramadan: A Mighty Writers Essay

By Mighty Writers  In Living  On May 15, 2018

This essay was written by a student at Mighty Writers, an education nonprofit that offers free writing classes to over 2,500 inner-city Philadelphia students a year. "Aminah, are you sure you're ready for this?" said my brother. I started to worry, but I ignored him. "No! I want to start fasting!" I said cheerfully. But, let me say this: the last meal will be your last. I wish I knew this before I started fasting for the first time. I'm going to share my experience with fasting during Ramadan as my vivid memory. It was… Read more
Marlon Brando Was The Lust Of Rita Moreno's Life Rita Moreno, EGOT winner and star of West Side Story, says that Marlon Brando was a superior sexual partner to Elvis Presley. “He was the king of movies … he was really one of the most sexual men on Earth. It was one of those very tempestuous love affairs. It lasted eight years, on and off, on and off, on and off,” she said on the Wendy Williams Show. Read more on Page Six. Recognizing Implicit Bias Could Save Lives Black women are three to four times more likely than… Read more
Every episode of Westworld’s second season has been replete with twists and shocking reveals—but last night's went above and (creepily) beyond. (Warning: Spoilers below!) The Man In Black’s daughter is in the park. Logan is dead. Delos is trying to upload human consciousness into hosts, and God (or Ford?!) only knows what will happen next. But for Westworld’s most devoted fans, the most important of last night’s surprises was the return of Elsie, our favorite fearless programmer who disappeared late last season. After… Read more
Welsh artist Gwen John was a pioneer of the intimism style of painting that grew out of French impressionism in the early 20th century. While recognition for her formidable talent has grown since her death in 1939, she was woefully underappreciated in her own time and largely defined by the public in relation to the two key male figures in her life, whose fame and popularity as artists far eclipsed her own: her brother, Augustus John, and her lover, Auguste Rodin. Gwen John makes a unique contribution to the history of… Read more

Are Blood Tests For Herpes Useful? A Sexologist Answers

By BUST Magazine  In Sex  On May 14, 2018

We're bringing you this Q&A from BUST's Sex section, featuring advice from sexologist Dr. Carol Queen. Are blood tests for herpes useful? I’ve never had a breakout, but I don’t want to unknowingly pass it on to partners. –Dating Mindfully I don’t recommend a blood test, though there are such tests and you could take one. The biggest reason to do it doesn’t have to do with your current or future partners; it’s related to whether you might become pregnant and possibly pass it on during a vaginal birth.There’s a PCR blood… Read more

The World's First Movie Star Also Invented The Brake Light

By F Yeah History  In Movies  On May 14, 2018

Florence Lawrence was born into show business. Her mother was a Vaudeville stalwart, so Florence first trod the boards aged three, in a cutesy act where she was dubbed "Baby Flo, The Child Wonder Whistler" (apparently what passed for entertainment was a lot different then). But Florence grew up, and got the hell out of kitsch, whistling-based entertainment. In 1906 she landed her first film role. Within just a few months, Florence appeared in dozens of films—the turn-around for silent films in this early era was… Read more

Join Us At The BUST Craftacular In Brooklyn This Saturday

By Byshera Williams  In Living  On May 11, 2018

The BUST Craftacular is back on Saturday, May 12th from 11 a.m to 7 p.m alongside the BUST School for Creative Living. Join us at Industry City's Factory Floor, 274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY,274 36th St, Brooklyn, NY. Over 75 handpicked vendors will attend, offering jewelry, clothing, homewares, food and drink, art, accessories, and more. As part of the BUST School For Creative Living, dozens of local artists and businesses who will be providing interactive demos and workshops at an affordable price. Attending the BUST… Read more
For over twenty years, Ghada Amer has challenged the oppression of female agency through sexually explicit paintings. With a global perspective, whether resisting oppression in the East’s Muslim-majority countries where she was born, or in the West’s Christian-majority countries where she has since made her home, Amer’s oeuvre has continually expanded into bodies of work committed to freeing women, an idea that often takes the form of parted legs, open lips, loose threads, and dripping strands of unveiled hair. While… Read more
The Seagull Directed by Michael MayerOut May 11 Anton Chekhov’s 1895 play The Seagull gets a straightforward screen adaptation from director Michael Mayer, known primarily for his theater work (he won a 2007 Tony for Spring Awakening). Though a familiarity with the play helps, even those who’ve never read it will be entertained by the overlapping love triangles enacted by this stellar ensemble cast. Annette Bening plays vain, aging actress Irina, who has taken a younger lover, a famous writer named Boris (Corey Stoll).… Read more
Rep. Maxine Waters Reclaims Her Time (Again) Rep. Maxine Waters stood firm against Rep. Mike Kelly (a Republican) during a debate about rolling back Obama-era auto lending guidance, which Republicans successfully reversed so that the new guidance didn’t address discrimination in auto lending. When told to stop arguing with Kelly by Kelly's fellow Republican Tom McClintock, Waters said, "You did not interrupt [Kelly] when he was making those outrageous remarks about him knowing more about discrimination than I know… Read more

Week of Women: May 11-17, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Entertainment  On May 10, 2018

This week in feminist-friendly entertainment brings us the a new Ali Wong comedy special, a podcast all about mom-centric movies, new music from La Luz, and more. MOVIES The Seagull The classic Chekhov play gets a new adaptation with an ensemble cast including Saoirse Ronan, Annette Benning, and Elisabeth Moss. Out Friday, May 11. Life Of The Party Melissa McCarthy stars as a woman who, after getting a divorce, goes back to college to finish her degree—and attends the same school as her teenage daughter. Out Friday,… Read more

R. Kelly’s Music Is Removed From Spotify Playlists: Link Roundup

By Elizabeth F. Olson  In Feminism  On May 10, 2018

R. Kelly's Music Is Removed From Spotify Playlists Billboard reports that Spotify is removing R. Kelly’s music from their playlists because the sexual assault accusations against him mean he's in violation of their new "public hate content and hateful conduct" policy. R. Kelly’s music will remain on Spotify but will not appear in any of Spotify’s official playlists and is no longer included in their algorithms. Chris Brown Is Being Sued For Sexual Assault Variety reports that an anonymous woman is suing Chris Brown and… Read more
Samantha Bee wants you to know that the future is female—or, at least, it had better be, because she’s “done with this shit.” In a segment last night on the host’s TBS show Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Bee tore into Eric Schneiderman, the New York attorney general who resigned earlier this week after The New Yorker published allegations that he had hit, choked, and threatened four women. Back in November, Schneiderman was a guest on Bee’s show. The former attorney, Bee mentioned last night, “positioned himself as a… Read more

19 New Albums To Listen To This Spring: Playlist

By BUST Magazine  In Music  On May 10, 2018

Here are the album reviews from our April/May 2018 issue! We're featuring new music from artists like Frankie Cosmos, Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, and Sunflower Bean. And we've got a Spotify playlist for you, too: FRANKIE COSMOSVessel(Sub Pop) Whether she’s writing about eating leftover rice late at night, her phone dying, or wasting time on a train, Frankie Cosmos songwriter Greta Kline has a knack for weaving poetry out of small, simple moments. Though she’s moved away from home recording, the prolific songwriter… Read more
Anti-establishment figureheads Chelsea Manning and Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova came together recently for a Talkhouse Podcast conversation to share their stories of prison culture, censorship, living in a data-driven society, and ultimately, the power of people to change the world. Chelsea Manning was arrested in 2010 for leaking war logs, videos, and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks that exposed the United States involvement in previously unknown practices and behaviors relating to war and to torture. Nadya… Read more
“Our failures will help us grow. They forge us. Test us. Make us stronger.” This quote from Ethan Young’s comic The Battles Of Bridget Lee: Invasion Of Farfall is a good glimpse into what this comic is about. Set in a dystopian future where there is an intergalactic war happening, Bridget Lee, the comic's protagonist and namesake, must cope with being a doctor, a war veteran, and the protector of her community. It is the type of role we rarely ever see women portray in any medium of storytelling, let alone comics. The… Read more
The untamed yard of my childhood home was the stuff of fiction about a deserted Earth: overgrown grass high enough to tickle the knee, ivy wrapping around the deserted metal of monkey bars, the lone yellow swing hanging from the branch of a decrepit maple hollowed out by raccoons. The shed roof groaned under the weight of dirt and moss and the noxious pink flowers of Herb Robert. “There’s a whole ecosystem up there,” my dad often said.To our left was the pretty, manicured lawn of our neighbors. Every year they threw a… Read more
Roman Polanski Is A Literal Ball Of Slime The Chicago Tribune reports that Roman Polanski—who pled guilty to having unlawful sex with a minor in 1977 and fled the country to avoid sentencing—claimed that #MeToo is not a movement but a fit of “collective hysteria,” because he can’t think of anything better to do than pathologize women. He also said that “Everyone is trying to sign up, chiefly out of fear.” Fear of what? Being assaulted in the workplace? Oh, wait... Black Mama’s Bail Out Frees 100 Mothers From Jail… Read more

Jordan Peele's New Film "Us" Has Us Excited!

By Byshera Williams  In Movies  On May 09, 2018

Jordan Peele has announced on Twitter that his next film, titled Us, will be released March 15, 2019. After the success of Get Out—which is on its way to grossing $255 million worldwide, was nominated for best picture at the Oscars, and Peele won best original screenplay—everyone is excited! This will be the second film in his social horror movie series. “The best and scariest monsters in the world are human beings and what we are capable of especially when we get together. I’ve been working on these premises about… Read more
Recycled, repurposed, and radical wearables modeled by members of Pussy Power House—L.A.’s hottest feminist art community These photos feature clothes and accessories made by independent designers who are using sustainable and repurposed materials to make new pieces. From IRISHLATINA’s “Waste Not” collection, made entirely from thrifted T-shirts and Hawaiian shirts, to my own bottle-cap necklaces, we are starting a conversation through fashion about over-consumption. In an age of fast fashion and food packaged in… Read more
What I am about to write will be nothing shocking to people who menstruate: My period has been a pain in my behind since I was 11 years old and my uterine lining decided it had enough of its unshed purity. But it hasn’t been any ol’ annoyance—I have polycystic ovary syndrome, which means that my ovaries constantly feel like they are being pulverized to dust by the Hulk or the Thing or, hell, if I’m going to make references to sedimentary superheroes, maybe Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. For the longest time, though, up… Read more
Today, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Charlotte Brontë, and Charles Dickens are generally recognized as four of the greatest authors in English literature. But how did their contemporaries view them? Were their works appreciated? And how did the 19th century public feel when three of them, still in their prime, met an untimely end? To discover the answers to these questions, one might delve into the legions of biographies written over the years or have a look at their letters, journals, or contemporary reviews of their poems… Read more
Eric Schneiderman, New York’s attorney general of eight years, resigned this morning amid allegations of physical assault. The New Yorker reports that four women who have been romantically involved with Schneiderman have accused him of hitting, slapping, and choking them on several occasions, without consent and typically after drinking. Most recently, Schneiderman is known for his role in prosecuting Harvey Weinstein. “How can you put a perpetrator in charge of the country’s most important sexual-assault case?” one of… Read more

What To Do In Yogyakarta, Indonesia

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On May 08, 2018

Yogyakarta—aka Yogya—is the heart of Indonesia’s Java Island, known for its arts and traditional crafts. Though it’s small enough that you can run into friends on the street, it’s home to dozens of universities, making it a welcome stopover for international students and travelers. Incredible hospitality and friendly locals are some of Yogyakarta’s main draws, but there are also stunning beaches, amazing street art pieces, and quirky, off-the-map sights. Come for the well-trod temples, stay for the Chicken Church.Art… Read more
No matter the topic at hand, author Michelle Tea’s writing oozes with memoir, as she injects her own experiences and perspective into any piece she’s working on. A collection of essays that originally appeared as articles, reviews, performances, speeches, and the like, Against Memoir (Feminist Press) explores the life and times of the author coming up in the Bay Area after escaping her dreary hometown of Chelsea, Massachusetts—though she tends to travel back in time during these essays every now and then. The book is a… Read more
Brooklyn-based artist Jennifer Maravillas has created this beautiful Women’s Reproductive Rights Protest Bandana and we are giving away 20 of the them to the first 20 people who subscribe to BUST in person at the BUST Craftacular this Saturday! These unique, hand-dyed bandanas celebrate women's rights and revolution and usually retail for $55. Maravillas began creating one-of-a-kind bandanas as a reaction to the U.S. presidential election of 2016. With different designs inspired by religious freedom, immigration, and… Read more

DJ Khaled, Oral Sex, And The Orgasm Gap

By Samantha Mann  In Sex  On May 08, 2018

Social media buzzed this weekend with a resurfaced 2015 interview with DJ Khaled on the morning radio show The Breakfast Club. On the talk show, Khaled stated that he doesn’t perform oral sex on women, but believes that it would be inappropriate for a woman to refuse oral sex to men—"It’s different rules for men. You gotta understand, we the king." He goes on to reassure the listeners that he takes care of his women by bragging about the types of homes he has them living in and types of clothes he has them wearing.… Read more
Mother's Day is upon us! And whether you'll be spending the day living it up with the woman who gave you life, rolling around with your own kidlets, or otherwise reflecting on matriarchy, you'll want to listen to the latest Poptarts podcast. In this epsiode, we're dishing out some unexpected recommendations for mom-centric shows and movies worth watching, and they run the gamut from sweet (Sound of Music anyone?) to salty (Gypsy FTW!). Joining hosts Emily Rems and Callie Watts on this spirited trip through on-screen… Read more

"Breach Of Promise" Lawsuits Helped Jilted Women Get Justice

By F Yeah History  In Feminism  On May 07, 2018

For much of history, women's greatest expectation was to marry well and pop out a couple of well-bred babies (preferably boys). So, when a man promised to marry a woman, it was serious business. Weddings weren’t just planned, but whole were lives turned around. Working women quit their jobs in preparation for married life (losing any source of independent income), and illegitimate children occasionally sprang up. After all that, a groom changing his mind left the bride, well, screwed. Depending on how well off she was… Read more