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Author and activist Jamie Margolin comes forward about being a victim of sexual coercion, abuse, stalking, and harassment at the hands of a student at her university—and how Title IX and reporting systems failed her  As a climate activist, I have become used to fighting for the planet, but my freshman year of college, I had to fight for myself. The first semester of my freshman year of college, I made a friend who ended up being abusive. I was afraid to leave them for fear...
Trump wasn't the first to suggest a spoonful of disinfectant for all that ails you. At a White House coronavirus task force meeting in April 2020, the president wondered out loud if an “injection” of disinfectant could “clean” out the lungs and kill the coronavirus. That same month, the Poison Control Center reported a 121 percent increase in accidental disinfectant poisonings in the U.S. Lysol immediately issued a statement after that April press conference stating, “As a global leader in health and hygiene products, we must...
“My mission is to indigenize the floral industry,” says Shayai Lucero, an Indigenous florist born and raised on the reservations of the Pueblos of Acoma and Laguna in New Mexico. She’s part of a new crop of floral designers—primarily women of color—ensuring that your Instagram-worthy arrangements come wrapped in activism. The bouquets she makes at her New Mexico reservation-based Earth & Sky Floral Designs are highly intentional, sometimes using plants, vegetables, and stones that symbolize various aspects of her heritage. “Parts of our culture are...
Our columnist Sarah Potter, provides this season's tarot readings for the signs.  Aries:Judgment Reversed(Mar. 21 to Apr. 19) Snap out of it, my darling Aries, and chill with the negative self-talk. How are you supposed to be your best self when you keep knocking yourself down? No one is judging you as brutally as you are judging yourself right now. Do not let the concept of perfectionism hold you back from going after what you want and achieving your dreams! Taurus:Nine of Wands(Apr. 20 to May 20) Establish strong...
If you swoon for the moon and can’t stop fanning over flora, then celebrate the spring equinox—the day honoring Ostara, the Germanic goddess of spring and the dawn—on March 20 with this DIY wreath. The moon symbolizes female energy, fertility, and change, while spring is a time of renewal, abundance, and flowers, flowers, flowers. And since these beauties are fake, this dope wreath springs eternal.  What You'll Need Floral wire A mix of faux flowers (of various sizes), vines, and leaves Hot glue gun Long nose pliers 14” grapevine wreath (wire...
According to a 1965 newspaper article, a backseat driver was “a woman, fluent with apprehension” who was “firmly convinced that without her steady stream of perceptive observations and timely warnings, the driver surely would have an accident.” The phrase appeared around 1920 and may have originally referred to the way a passenger seated in the back of a limousine gave orders to the chauffeur behind the wheel. The term wasn’t strictly gendered at first. A widely printed syndicated newspaper editorial from 1922 described “The Backseat Driver” as a “man or a woman” who “issues...
  Myriam Steinberg's Catalogue Baby is a graphic novel about an indomitable spirit who, like so many women, lives through fertility struggles, miscarriages, and the deep-seeded desire to bring a child into the world. It's about heartbreak, laughter, and hope. At its heart, it aims to break the silence and taboos surrounding the world of conception. You can purchase the book here. This excerpt has been reprinted with permission. More from BUST How Artist Kim Krans Processed Her Pain In Gorgeous Graphic Memoir "Blossoms & Bones" “Menstrual Surveillance” -...
Twitch, the popular video live streaming service, recently faced backlash on social media over its usage of the term “womxn.” In honor of Women’s History Month, the company pledged to begin using the phrase as a means of being more inclusive of its trans and non-binary streamers. “Join us in celebrating and supporting all the Womxn creating their own worlds, building their communities, and leading the way on Twitch,” said the now deleted Tweet. LGBTQIA+ Twitter users didn’t take so kindly to the news, wondering whether...
New York Times bestselling cookbook author and food equity advocate Julia Turshen has always known exactly what she wanted to be when she grew up. Turshen—who worked with Gwenyth Paltrow, former Food & Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin, and contributed to numerous cookbooks before writing her own—says cookbooks have always been essential to her. “As a kid,” she says from her home in upstate New York, “I couldn’t fall asleep unless I read a cookbook before bed.” Her newest release, Simply Julia: 110 Easy Recipes for...

In the Survival Skills for Badass Bitches series, writer Melanie LaForce walks you through everything you need to know to survive the outdoors, tough situations, and/or the forthcoming apocalypse.  Some disclaimers: Use common sense. If you aren’t 100% sure what it is, don’t put it in your mouth. Don’t forage illegally on public or private lands; check local laws before harvesting. Don’t disturb other organisms (random shrubs are animal homes!) in the process of collecting your food. Take only what you need. Respect plants and environments valuable to...