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Over the weekend, Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing just got more complicated: another woman has come forward with accusations of sexual assault. On Sunday night, The New Yorker reported the account of Deborah Ramirez, a domestic abuse advocate who attended Yale with Kavanaugh. According to Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer's report, Kavanaugh exposed himself to Ramirez and demanded she "kiss it" during a drinking game during freshman year, to the ridicule of male onlookers. The Democratic Senate offices believe the allegations merit further investigation. “This is another serious,...
  In this year’s edition of tasteless Halloween costumes, we present to you Sexy Handmaid. Mashable reports that Yandy, an online lingerie and costume retailer, released the “Brave Red Maiden Costume” last week, with the description “An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak, with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece.” Clearly inspired by the uniform...
McDonald’s employees throughout the country walked out of franchises to protest sexual harassment in the workplace on Tuesday morning. Protestors marched with blue tape over their mouths to McDonald’s University, where the company trains managers. Upon arrival, they chanted demands for the company to do more to address sexual harassment, The Washington Post reports. The strike, the first multistate strike aimed at workplace sexual harassment, took place in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Kansas City, and Durham, N.C. The effort comes after ten women...
  Comedian Chelsea Handler has a message for Louis C.K. following his attempted comedy comeback: “You can’t just come back and act like nothing happened. You did a bad thing.” In a recent phone interview with the Huffington Post, Handler discussed C.K. and Aziz Ansari, two comics who were accused of sexual misconduct in November and January, respectively. “They have to address what happened. People want to talk about it,” she said. “You can’t just ignore and throw it under the rug. You have to talk about what you’ve...
Did you know that doctors and med students are allowed to practice pelvic exams on patients who they are under anesthesia for unrelated surgeries? Did you know that they do not need to ask first, or let them know after if it happened?  I first heard about this phenomenon on the Throwing Shade podcast when Erin Gibson, author of the new book Feminasty, brought it up as her women's topic of the week. Erin read a report from the NYU Ethics Division detailing this ongoing practicing...

Ireland’s abortion ban is officially history. The Eighth Amendment, which prevented anyone in Ireland from receiving a safe and legal abortion, was voted out back in May, following a major push to “Vote Yes.” The new bill overturning the previous legislation was signed into law by President Michael Higgins yesterday, September 17.  The initial amendment “granted an equal right to life to the mother and the unborn child,” according to the BBC. The ban was first put in place in 1861, and it took six referendums to overturn. In May, however, it...
  Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) of the Senate Judiciary Committee spoke in support of Christine Blasey Ford on Tuesday, condemning Republicans’ response to Ford's sexual assault accusation against Brett M. Kavanaugh and their general unwillingness to appropriately handle sexual assault, The Washington Post reports. "I expect all of the enlightened men in our country, 'cause there must be millions of men out there who are enlightened, who also will rise up to say we cannot continue the victimization and the smearing of someone like Dr. Ford,” Hirono said...
It’s a historic year: a record 256 women are running for the House and Senate. Will this result in a record-breaking number of women elected? Democracy in Color president Aimee Allison believes success lies with women of color.  “[Women of color] are the most progressive block,” Allison tells BUST in a phone interview. “We have the numbers to flip states blue. We are the potential that hasn’t been previously recognized.” Democracy in Color is a national political organization motivating what its founder, Steve Philips, coined "the New...
This weekend, California professor Christine Blasey Ford spoke to The Washington Post about being sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh when they were both high school students in the 1980s. Today, Anita Hill, the professor and attorney who accused Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment before he was ultimately confirmed in 1991, shared her thoughts on Kavanaugh and his upcoming hearings. “There is no way to redo 1991, but there are ways to do better,” Hill’s New York Times op-ed begins. She continues to note the...
Sunday evening, New York magazine published an interview (though we use the term "interview" loosely) with Soon-Yi Previn, Woody Allen’s wife of 20 years and the adoptive daughter of Allen's ex-girlfriend Mia Farrow. Throughout the piece, Soon-Yi accuses Mia Farrow of child neglect and abuse: Soon-Yi also says she and her adopted sisters were used as "domestics," while Farrow kept busy rearranging the furniture, ordering from catalogues, working on her scrapbooks, and talking to her friends on the phone. The abuses listed are relentless: Farrow purportedly hit Soon-Yi with...