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“Gertrude Stein Saints!” opens with the entrance of a young man, seemingly overwhelmed by the unfamiliarity of the world he encounters as he walks onstage.  As he begins the opening number, he seems almost to be a part of the audience—he appears as surprised by each new note as we are, as if every movement is a fresh experience.  This almost childlike sense of newness lasts throughout the whole show, which, though its words are made up ... Read More
For the passed couple of decades, Native American activists and advocacy groups have been campaigning for Washington D.C.'s NFL football team, The Redskins, to change its blatantly racist name and logo. Although there is a law that prohibits the trademarking of offensive racial terms, all law suits, legal fights, and canvassing have been unfairly ineffective. However, more recently, the battle has gained the national attention it deserves after a California ... Read More
In his recent article regarding on-campus rape, George Will cited one Swarthmore student’s story of being assaulted:   She and her assaulter had “now decided — mutually, she thought — just to be friends. When he ended up falling asleep on her bed, she changed into pajamas and climbed in next to him. Soon, he was putting his arm around her and taking off her clothes. ‘I basically said, “No, I don’t want to have sex ... Read More
In 1922, Ellen Welles Page sat down and penned a letter for the weekly New York magazine Outlook. “If one judges by appearances,” she wrote, “I suppose I am a flapper. I am within the age limit. I wear bobbed hair, the badge of flapperhood. (And oh, what a comfort it is!) I powder my nose. I spend a large amount of time in automobiles. I adore to dance.” But, she went on to explain, there was a reason why folks her age were given to ... Read More
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
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