It seems like a given that a victim of sexual assault should never, ever have to pay for the tests and treatments that attempt to lessen the horror of her experience. Apparently, that is not the case in several states around the country, most noticeably in Louisiana. Recent victims who entered hospitals, like Interim LSU which recently became part of the private entity Louisiana Children's Medical Center, have received bills upwards of $2,000, sometimes ... Read More
You might not know who Sister Rosemary is, or where she lives, or what she does to make this world a better place, but after watching the new SnagFilms film "Sewing Hope" her message and her story will touch your heart forever.  The film, which mixes first person narration from Forest Whitaker, edgy animation, and compelling stories of hope, uncovers the 25-year reign of terror that the infamous Lord's Resistance Army thrust upon Northern Uganda. Innocent ... Read More
  Not gonna lie to y'all, there are definitely days when I would prefer to wear both my sweatpants and my down comforter outside my apartment instead of doing the civilized thing of putting on "normal" pants. Like my sweatpants are second class citizens or something. Rude.    ANYWAY, according to a recent study, it seems as though covering up on the reg leads to an improved body image. And not just a hoodie hiding third-day top knot hair coverage. ... Read More
  Frequent BUST contributor and all around badass lady Mish Way proved once and for all that she is not one for taking sexist hecklers lightly. The White Lung singer and her band played a Red Bull Sound Select show at Palisades, a Brooklyn club, last night along with Power Trip and Sick Feeling. After a few minutes of the first song, some balding bro in the front decided to start, as Way claims on her Twitter account, calling her a cunt and flipping her the ... Read More
  I've been known to troll the depths of the internet from time to time in search of recipes involving excessive amounts of Nutella. It's not often that I come across a post that contains both a photograph of a chocolate-hazelnut crepe next to an AK-47. It is exactly this kind of radical dichotomy that summarizes much of the experience for the women of ISIS, as well as their online presence.      The terror group, which stands for The ... Read More
An incredibly brave young woman at Columbia University is making a bold declaration against her rapist, her school and anyone who stands in the way of justice for herself and women across the nation. Emma Sulkowicz faced what, unfortunately, many female students fear today: she was raped in her dorm room on her first day of her sophomore year of college, and as if that weren’t appalling enough, her school’s administration failed to seek rightful ... Read More
      I don't remember the exact moment I discovered Tavi Gevinson's blog Style Rookie, only that I interpreted her shrines of teenage girlhood via Goody barrettes, Barbie clothes, Freaks and Geeks posters and Comme des Garcons ads as the work of a mastermind. A mastermind in Miu Miu pumps and granny shawls. I was in awe and continued to read her blog with a sort of feverish glee for years.    I wish I turned my Girl Scout patches into ... Read More
  There I was, sitting outside on my lunch break, drinking a violently green-colored juice BECAUSE I AM HEALTHY and eating a Toblerone BECAUSE I AM SOMETIMES HEALTHY watching a young mother chase her ginger-haired kid around a cluster of potted plants. I could hear her voice rising as both her temper and the child began to get away from her, and I briefly wondered if I should help her snatch the boy before some roving kidnapper did. Then I remembered I am ... Read More
Two weeks ago, La Guardia airport's terminal D was the equivalent of Apocalypse Now, with D standing for Doom, Delays and Deficient A/C. I was trying to fly back to my hometown for a mini-vacation to no avail, with Tropical Storm Arthur being all sassy-like, moving up the East Coast like he owned it and canceling flight after flight. My number of failed standby attempts was matched only by the number of overpriced dirty martinis I drank in the terminal bar ... Read More
Stop what you're doing right now! Lena Dunham has just announced her book tour for her upcoming collection of essays, out September 30th, entitled "Not That Kind of Girl." Cue celebratory dance and requisite trips to Barnes and Nobles around the country. As someone with experience camping out in bookstores for midnight releases (I'm lookin' at you Harry Potter's four through seven) I can confidently say this reading and Q&A will rank amongst the top. Tina ... Read More
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