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From social distancing to staying in quarantine, COVID-19 has hit many foundational structures in our society. During the beginning of the pandemic in March, the country came into a panic-fueled frenzy, buying copious amounts of toilet paper and other household goods, leaving shelves empty and barren—and most importantly, leaving other folks and families without basic needs. And now with states like California officially closing for the second time due to COVID-19 spikes, where do we go from here? How do we care for ourselves, our loved...
Spirits company Bacardi Limited just released a new vodka, called Plume & Petal, which is reduced-calorie and reduced-alcohol. And surprise, surprise: the advertising was initially aimed exclusively at women. A restaurant editor, Khushbu Shah, took a screenshot of the press release and put it on Twitter, sarcastically adding, “just what I need in 2020! gendered drinks with half the alcohol.” The press release says that the vodka was made “by women, for today’s modern woman, intended to be enjoyed with other women.” According to the screenshot,...
Welcome back to another episode of unnecessary period products that should probably never go near your nether regions! Menstruators on Twitter this weekend were confused, and even concerned, about a new period product that seems not only unnecessary, but potentially harmful. And after the news on this product made the usual rounds around feminist Twitter, gynecologists agreed that it is almost certainly a no go. The product in question is called the Blossom Brush, a vaginal cleansing brush intended to “remove lingering menstrual blood and debris...
A Black woman named Lanisha Bratcher is facing 19 months in prison for voting in the 2016 election in Hoke County, North Carolina.. The 32-year-old mother was on probation for a felony assault charge when she voted in the election. Though Bratcher states that she was never informed by a judge that she was denied the right, the district attorney of Hoke County charged her with a Class I felony for voting while serving a criminal sentence. “I had no intention to trick anybody or be...
In the Netherlands, lockdown measures to protect against COVID-19 have affected one industry in particular: sex work. According to official figures, 7,000 sex workers make their income in Amsterdam, primarily from visiting tourists. However, since the imposed lockdowns past March, the city’s infamous Red Light District (or “De Wallen”) has suffered a significant financial blow as tourism came screeching to a halt and window brothels shut down. Without income for nearly four months, many sex workers had to return to their home countries in eastern Europe,...
Locked down pizza fans across the nation have had to go without their smoky, fresh Neapolitan pies from their favorite restaurants. Though most pizzerias have stayed open during the pandemic, eating a to-go slice is nothing like sitting at a nice table having it served al fresco. New York pizza maven Shealyn Brand saw what was missing and is working with Hormel Foods to bring the fanciest of pizza into our very own homes. "I suppose I always loved pizza," Brand told BUST. "Like a friend just shared a...
A fifteen-year-old girl was incarcerated in Michigan during the coronavirus pandemic. The reason? A judge ruled that her uncompleted schoolwork violated probation. Grace had been charged with assault after someone called the police when hearing her mother, Charisse, cry “Help me!” and honk her car’s horn. According to the police report, Grace had reached inside the car to try to get Charisse's phone and had bitten her mother’s finger and pulled her hair because she was upset she could not go to a friend’s house. Weeks later,...
When the coronavirus hit the United States and schools began to shut down across the country, a lot of parents were faced with the prospect of having their children back at home. Having their kids home from school was definitely a burden for all parents. But for some, schools and childcare centers closing came at a great cost to their livelihoods. Essential workers, especially low-income essential workers, cannot afford to stay home, let alone spend extra time educating their children. The achievement gap between affluent and...
It looks like Florida is going to continue holding the title of “Worst State.” As the state we have to thank for giving us “Florida Man” headlines and Perez Hilton, we can now add another thing to the list. On Sunday, Florida broke the national record for the largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases at 15,299 positive tests on Sunday. Corona-related deaths have also been on the rise. Three weeks ago, the state averaged 30 deaths a day; last week, that number jumped to about 73 a...

India just banned TikTok, along with 58 other mobile apps developed by Chinese technology firms. And, according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the United States is also considering it.  TikTokers when they hear that Secretary Mike Pompeo is looking at a possible TikTok ban in the US pic.twitter.com/C5g0K3OxVl — litquidity (@litcapital) July 7, 2020 The Indian government said on Monday it was banning 59 Chinese apps over concerns that the apps were engaging in activities that threatened “national security and defense of India, which ultimately impinges upon...