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Do you ever have those days where you wish you could switch places with your cat?  I’d love to take a day off of work to just sleep and purr and enjoy that feline life. Alas, it was not meant to be.  But at least you can take a break from all of your human-work to appreciate these cats’ amazing sleeping powers!  Seriously, I wish I could sleep the way some of these cats are sleeping.  It’s a skill.   Because climbing ... Read More
“At least your Lindsey Lohan-Samantha Ronson phase is over,” my sister said half-jokingly to me when I revealed the news that I had broken up with my first boyfriend and first love. The boyfriend being discussed happened to be female to male transgender and despite the fact that I looked like the heart-eyed-emoji when I was around him and he drove me absolutely banana emojis, the amount of hate and transphobia that I had to deal with because of this ... Read More
Imagine scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed seeing pictures of friends on vacation, funny videos shared - and your private medical records. For an Ohio woman, this invasion of privacy became a scary reality when the results of her STD test were posted to “Team No Hoes”, a Facebook group.    The woman’s ex-boyfriend is an employee at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where the testing took place. After the woman ran into ... Read More
I love dogs. I say this sentence almost once a day in order to explain to someone why I need to pet a stranger’s dog on the street. I am especially prone to cuddle up old dogs with grey faces and sweet demeanors. My family has two old and gray pugs at home so I love giving old dogs a good squeeze on the street. Now you know why I’m tearing up at my desk in the BUST HQ looking at these pictures of old dogs that are also national heroes. Yeah, okay, ... Read More
Is it possible to sell your body without buying into a system of exploitation?  Canadian federal legislators have recently proposed a bill called The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act, which decriminalizes prostitution unless it is in a public area where children might be affected.  It also decriminalizes advertising for sexual services, so long as it is the prostitute who is doing the advertising.  Both pimping and buying sex, on ... Read More
After watching both season 1 and 2 of Orange is the New Black I couldn’t help but compare the events of the show and the dynamic between the female prisoners with my experience attending an all-girls school for 7 years.  1) Uniforms Yeah they usually aren’t orange, but wearing the same drab ill-fitting, itchy and polyester ensemble, not only cramps your style, making you guys look like frumpy bright blue robot-prisoners with sweat pit stains and ... Read More
In January, Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox and transgender model Carmen Carrera sat down with Katie Couric to discuss their blossoming careers, future pursuits, and their experiences as high profile transgender women. After just a short moment of talk-show-interrogation-style questions, Couric hit a knowledge barrier. Although the intent of Couric’s questioning was to “educate” the public about the trans community, her misuse of ... Read More
Angelina Jolie has been on a roll lately. First, she produced and starred in her hit new movie, Maleficent - which has been applauded by feminist critics; second, she recently spoke at the first ever Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, of which she is a co-chair.  The conference aims specifically to stop sexual violence during wars and conflicts. According to Reuters, Sierra Leone’s civil war didn’t stop at battle-related ... Read More
Yesterday morning, I woke up at 3AM. I got ready as quickly as possible, slipped into the perfect pantsuit, and walked out my door by 4AM. I hailed a cab, got out at the Barnes and Noble in Union Square, and I sat in line (and sat in line, and sat in line, and sat in line). For the following seven hours, I was ushered through various lines and did a great deal of sitting, standing, chatting, and wishing I had chosen footwear other than kitten heels. But at the end ... Read More
“My aspiration in life, is to be happy” begins Beyoncé’s song “Pretty Hurts” off her album BEYONCÉ. Apparently her aspiration is to make quite a lot of other people happy as well.  On June 3rd CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Beyoncé Knowles-Carter presented a $125,0000 donation to Embrace Innovations to provide 320 Embrace infant warmers to 100 rural health facilities in 11 Millennium Village sites across 10 ... Read More
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