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She was blamed for the death of 50,000 French soldiers in World War I and has gone down in history as the ultimate femme fatale. Mata Hari’s legacy has been turned into books and documentaries; even the famous starlet Greta Garbo portrayed the infamous dancer, who was convicted of being a German spy during WWI and executed. History has a way of painting women who are sexually and financially independent as a threat to society. Mata Hari’s rich and enticing story is no different. But,...
Many vegan home cooks have a well-thumbed copy of Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook in their kitchens. First released in 2007, it was written by formerBUST food columnist Isa Chandra Moskowitz and current BUSTfood columnist Terry Hope Romero, and it became an instant classic. In honor of its 10-year anniversary, the pair has released a new edition with some major updates, including 25 new recipes (such as black-eyed butternut tostadas with chipotle pumpkin seed salsa and eggplant and bread crumbs fettuccine) and revisions to over half...
National Geographic Confronts Its Racist PastAfter 130 years and ten editors, National Geographic is finally confroting its racist history. Current Editor-in-Chief Susan Goldberg has released an editor's letter about the magazine’s racist past coverage of people of color. Historian John Edwin Mason was hired to examine the magazine's history of coverage of people of color both in the US and abroad. “National Geographic did little to push its readers beyond the stereotypes ingrained in white American culture,” stated Mason, “It’s possible to say that a magazine can...
  If your hair needs a little extra love, look no further than your own kitchen. With a few basic ingredients, whipping up a rejuvenating hair mask is a breeze. These two super-simple recipes start with a base of coconut oil and honey. Coconut oil is great for your skin, and when used on your hair, it not only adds moisture but also prevents breakage and restores luster. Honey helps seal that moisture in. Plus, it smoothes, softens, and shines. You can add different ingredients to...
Lynda Carter Shares Her #MeToo Story Lynda Carter — the iconic actress behind the mid-'70s TV version of Wonder Woman — recently disclosed that she had been sexually harassed both on and off Wonder Woman’s set. Although she didn’t name her most serious harasser, she did disclose one horrifying incident, in which a peeping Tom cameraman drilled a  hole in her dressing room wall (seriously?!). Her story is a reminder: 2018 may be a year of cultural reckoning, but sexual harassment has been harming women for decades....
I started taking Prozac in December because, quite frankly, I was in the midst of a “nervous breakdown.” This an old-school term that is no longer used in psychiatry, but I have yet to find another one that more accurately conveys the process of losing your marbles, so I’m bringing it back. After a three-day Adderall stint (prescribed, for the record) to study for an exam last September and a particularly traumatic trip to Big Bend National Park (which is, in itself, a long story for...
Mississippi Legislature Passes 15-Week Abortion Ban This Thursday, Mississippi lawmakers voted to implement the most restrictive abortion ban in the US, and the governor is expected to sign the law early next week. This no good, very bad bill would prohibit abortions after 15 weeks, even in cases of rape or incest, and would only provide exemptions when the life of the mother or the fetus is at risk. Similar 20-week bans have been shot down in other states, and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic plans to...
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. “Beautiful people are not always good, but good people are always beautiful” — Ali ibn Abi Talib  This quote is very inspirational to me. Its meaning enlightens me and always encourages me to do better. The quote, in my opinion, means that not everyone has a pure heart. That beauty comes from your deeds, not from your looks, and that no one can...

“Northampton...where the coffee is strong and the women are stronger.” Pull into the garage of Thornes Marketplace in offbeat Northampton, MA, and you’ll be greeted by this signifying mantra. Northampton has been a bastion of feminist rebellion and counter-cultural activity for over 140 years. Home to one of the first women’s colleges, Smith, it’s a hub of LGBTQ activism, artistic innovation, and revolutionary music. Drop into town and experience a unique, thriving enclave where women rule and creativity is queen. They don’t call it “Paradise...
My best friend and I are in a long-distance relationship, living thousands of miles and a very big ocean apart, and as such, we talk more often than what some people might call “normal” or “healthy." We reach for our phones at all hours of the day, full of joy or rage or anxiety, or just to spend a quick forty-five minutes analyzing the tone and punctuation of a professional email one of us has received. (Okay, but is someone mad if they end a...