Kristina Marusic

Award-Winning Journalist / Literary Nonfiction Writer  

Bustle

Stockpiles, Self-Reliance, & Survival Skills:€” How Some Women Are Preparing For Our Uncertain Future

Kristen Tyler, a 36-year-old Portland resident who works as the director of recruiting for a software company, has spent the last decade learning how to be an effective prepper. If a major disaster happens — in her city, her country, or the world — Tyler wants to have everything she'd need to survive on her own. Contrary to popular belief, not all preppers are religious folks preparing for an apocalyptic doomsday.
Women's Health

There's a Drug That Prevents HIV—So Why Don't More Women Know About It?

After Zoey D.* gave birth to two perfect baby girls in June of 2015, her congratulatory friends and family couldn’t stop gushing about what a “miracle” they were—but most of them had no idea how truly miraculous the twins’ perfect health really was. The babies’ father, Aiden*, is HIV positive (a fact that remains unknown to most of the couple's loved ones), but with medication, Zoey was able to remain virus-free and successfully conceive and deliver two perfectly healthy babies with Aiden.
LOGO News

8 Absurd Things American Women Have To Do To Get An Abortion

The hits on reproductive rights keep coming: On Wednesday, the Ohio Legislature passed the strictest abortion law in the country. It bans abortions from the moment a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs just six weeks into a pregnancy. (It’s not too late to ask Governor John Kasich veto it, though.) Also this week, the Texas Department of State Health Services just updated the “fact” guide it insists women must before they can terminate a pregnancy. The new version of “A Woman’s Right to Know” links abortion and breast cancer, and makes other spurious claims that have been debunked by multiple studies.
LOGO News

This Contraceptive Delivery Service Is Now Giving Away Free Birth Control—In Donald Trump's Name

Following the election, doctors’ offices saw a surge of women scrambling to secure birth control as they faced an administration that could make access to contraception even more difficult than it already is. But Nurx, a contraceptive home-delivery app that made headlines when it added PrEP to its offerings, is taking a bold stand against the Republican Party’s war on reproductive rights: It’s giving away free birth control in Donald Trump’s name.
Women's Health

Thanks to These Period Panties, You Can Now Bleed All Over Donald Trump's Face

Period panties are having a moment. It’s a well-deserved moment, big enough to make us wonder how the hell it took so long to come up with a concept as simple as underwear that can actually absorb period blood. And now, thanks to some brilliant Etsy crafters, our periods are getting another upgrade: the ability to bleed all over the faces of politicians who are actively working to repress reproductive rights.
MTV News

Revenge Porn Almost Ruined Her Life, But Now She's Saying, 'Welcome To Our World, Jerks!'

Did you know it’s perfectly legal in most of the U.S. for someone to post naked pictures of you online against your will? That exact thing happened to AnnMarie Chiarini several years ago. After the pictures were posted online and sent to both her boss and her son’s kindergarten teacher, she was scoffed at by the police. She felt so terrified and ashamed that she tried to end her own life. She survived
MTV News

Girls In Africa Desperately Need This Menstrual Cup -- And If You Buy One, They'll Get One

When you buy a pair of Tom’s shoes, they send a pair to a kid in need; when you buy a pair of glasses from Warby Parker or Vision Spring, they do the same with glasses. It’s an awesome business model called “Buy One Give One” that’s been wildly successful. Now, one company based out of Denmark is taking that same business model and applying it to (drum-roll, please…) menstrual cups!
Women's Health

Not All Oral Is Equal: Why Men Are Still So Terrified of Vaginas

Most of the young women Peggy Orenstein interviewed for her new book Girls & Sex believe giving oral sex to guys without ever receiving it in return is normal. “I began asking the girls I interviewed how they’d feel if a guy kept asking them to get him a glass of water every time they hung out, but never offered to get them one,” says Orenstein. Once she phrased it like that, the girls realized how insulting it was for dudes to take oral without returning the favor.
Women's Health

9 Places—Other Than the Oscars—Where It’s Really Good to Be a Straight, White Man

In anticipation of the 88th Academy Awards this Sunday, there’s been a whole lot of buzz about the extent to which the Oscars are tailored to straight, white men, including a call from Reverend Al Sharpton to boycott and protest the event, and some truly scathing tweets under the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. That’s all totally warranted, and these are important conversations to be having—but ultimately, Hollywood as an industry is just a microcosm of all industry, and the white, male privilege that’s so evident at the Oscars epitomizes patterns that can be observed everywhere in our culture.
MTV News

High School Principal Says Strict Dress Codes Protect The 'Precious Gift' Of Virginity

All the recent stories about brave, badass students clapping back about absurdly sexist, shame-inducing dress codes in their high schools have been making us feel like it’s a magical time to be alive. But a principal in Michigan recently responded to all of those positive feminist messages with an op-ed so sexist and sleazy, we’re now questioning whether we’ve actually made any progress at all.
MTV News

An Artist Is Making Amazing Scarves Printed With Images From The Inside Of Her Vagina

Did you know that silk bows worn around the neck for purely decorative purposes — or, more commonly these days, fastened to the collars of blouses — are commonly referred to as “Pussy Bows?” Because they have a cool feminist history, and they’re super hot this fall, a feminist artist in New York has decided to give the quirky moniker a more literal meaning — by creating silk scarves printed with images taken from the inside of her own vagina.
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