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  Last night, a 22-year-old mother named Malaysia Goodson died at Manhattan’s Seventh Avenue station, according to The New York Times. Goodson fell down the stairs while carrying her baby daughter in a stroller. The baby was found alive and is now with her father and grandmother, but Goodson was pronounced dead as soon as she was brought, unresponsive, to a nearby hospital. Goodson’s death could have been prevented, though, if there had been infrastructure in place to support subway users who are unable to easily and safely...
Though the next presidential election isn’t for another 644 days (!!!), the field of nominees is already getting crowded. Here is the BUST lowdown everyone running (and even some who might be running) thus far: Democratic Party  Mayor Pete Buttigieg: This past week, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg officially announced he was running for president. If Buttigieg were to win the nomination, he would be the first openly gay presidential candidate. He would also be the youngest president in history if elected (he is only 37). He was elected...

There is a new Kickstarter for Pur-suit, a deck of 54 cards with portraits of queer womxn, trans, and gender-non-conforming people, which seeks to show a more representative and inclusive world. Naima Green, the Brooklyn-based artist and educator who started the Kickstarter, says that she was inspired by Catherine Opie’s Dyke Deck, “a set of poker cards that playfully looks into the lives and performances of 90s lesbians." Green discovered this project while doing research at the New York Public Library. Her goal is to...
Jameela Jamil is an actor on The Good Place and an outspoken body positivity activist who will not be silenced. Most recently, on Twitter, Jamil criticized the beauty company Avon for body shaming women with their most recent marketing scheme, which poorly promoted a Naked Proof product that supposedly combats cellulite. According to the Huffington Post, Avon has pulled their marketing materials for the product thanks to Jamil’s tweets. In December 2018, Jamil wrote the following in a BBC essay on why she believes airbrushing should...
It was early summer, and I’d been sitting on the sofa, sort of reading a novel, when the text came. “Do you fancy going out sometime?” it asked. I was thrilled; it was from a guy I’d recently met who I was hoping would ask me out. But before I could answer, another text came through. “Maybe grabbing some lunch?” he asked. That’s when I freaked out. Severe anorexia had taken over my life for a long while, and although I wasn’t better yet, not by...
I started the pill in my late teens, mostly because my gynecologist told me it would help me overcome the horrendous cramping I experienced once a month. I was tired of cursing my uterus every time the intense hollow aching rocked my core and left me immobile. I was also concerned about how much Advil and Midol I was taking in order to dull the pain. After being on the pill for about three years, there was no improvement in my cramping and my body had...

An imperial city with a seedy communist past, Budapest sits directly at the intersection of glamour and grit. By night, the “Capital of Freedom” is an illuminated fairytale split in half by the black waters of the Danube river, animated by partiers both foreign and domestic. By day, it’s a bustling capital boasting Turkish influences, Habsburg history, and the many scars of war. Like any good love affair, this affordable Central European gem is a heady combination of pleasure and history, destined to seduce even...
The life of Empress Lucilla is one that can be read a myriad of ways, and history has had a crack at all of them. She’s been a scheming bitch, a jealous scheming bitch, and also an innocent (and occasionally scheming) maternal type. But, as with anything, life isn’t that black and white. In fact, the life of Lucilla is more shades of grey. Was she an innocent? No. Was she a stone cold bitch? No. Was she a schemer extrodinare? Hell yes! The daughter of...
Laura Jackson, a drama student at the University of Exeter in the U.K., grew out her body hair in May 2018 for a performance, and her choice resulted in mixed reactions. In an Instagram post, Laura explained how she felt liberated and confident in herself and her body hair, but a few people did not understand or agree with her decision to not shave. As a result, Laura has started the #Januhairy movement, encouraging women to embrace their body hair and challenge the taboo of...

I first sense it as I walk into the far room of Then & Now, an old department store refurbished as an antique shop. Then & Now is one of the largest buildings in Angola, Indiana—the small town in which I grew up so quietly. For at least a hundred years, there’s been whispers of hauntings in our town—some say there’s a ghost of a man who sobs quietly in the back of our tiny theater and cries out for a long, lost love. Another is...