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Imagine being privy to conversations with some of the most interesting people in the world. This is basically what The New York Times does with its “TimesTalks” events, where luminary figures sit on a stage and talk, guided by an interviewer. And we get to watch. The most recent TimesTalk was a dialogue between legendary activist Professor Angela Davis and the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with Melissa Harris-Perry interviewing. Patrisse spoke for everyone in the audience when she began to… Read more
Amy Poehler Fights For Gun Control on Twitter After CNN’s town hall in Florida yesterday, the NRA tweeted at spokeswoman Dana Loesch with a Leslie Knope GIF. The amazing team behind Parks and Recreation immediately intervened. “Hi, please take this down. I would prefer you not use a GIF from a show I worked on to promote your pro-slaughter agenda,” wrote creator Michael Schur. He added, “Amy isn’t on Twitter, but she texted me a message: 'Can you tweet the NRA for me and tell them I said fuck off?'” Amy, if you ever… Read more

Michael Ian Black Speaks Out About Toxic Masculinity

By Elizabeth F. Olson  In Feminism  On Feb 22, 2018

Yesterday, comedian Michael Ian Black published an op-ed in The New York Times about a disturbing pattern in the increasingly common school shootings in the United States: they are almost all perpetrated by boys and men. Black had posted a thread on Twitter immediately after news of the shooting in Parkland, Florida broke on February 14th, beginning with the tweet: “Deeper even than the gun problem is this: boys are broken.” He went on to describe how toxic masculinity (aka the socially constructed belief that men, in… Read more
After a 30-year career as an actress, Heather Graham is getting behind the camera. She’s the director, writer and star — along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Stephanie Beatriz and the Office’s Angela Kinsey — of the new comedy Half Magic. Graham plays Honey, who we’re introduced to as a child in a flashback scene in which her father berates her for watching a premarital sex scene on TV, telling her, “You could go to hell for those urges.” In the present, Honey is still plagued with guilt when she has sex with her… Read more
PLAG (Play Like a Girl) is a Los Angeles-based collective that empowers and elevates the voices of women and nonbinary people. The group takes empowerment to a new level, curating safe spaces in the arts through live performance, educational workshops, and other resources. PLAG is currently expanding from LA, holding their first ever event in NYC — featuring Scarlet Sails, Sharkmuffin, and Exgirlfriends — on February 23rd. We spoke with powerhouse Kimi Recor, a musician in DRÆMINGS, and the "smooth operator" of PLAG… Read more

Yes, Even Fonts can be Feminist

By Cricket Epstein  In Feminism  On Feb 21, 2018

Feeling like you didn’t consent to having Helvetica glut your resume? Think that Cambria looks oppressingly bourgeois? Sense that Times New Roman is outdated, like patriarchal values? Still want to put some pizzazz on your page, but conclude that Comic Sans doesn’t represent your feminist agenda? Female artists in the font and lettering industry are feeling similarly suffocated, and some are looking to tackle issues of gender discrimination and inequality in design. Although in the U.S. more women than men attend art… Read more
In a BuzzFeed interview published yesterday, Natalie Portman expressed regret for having signed the petition to release Roman Polanski from police detention in 2009. “I made a mistake,” Portman said. “I take responsibility for not thinking about it enough.” Polanski fled to Europe in 1978 to avoid a 50-year sentence after being arrested for the rape of a 13-year-old girl. When he was finally detained in Switzerland in 2009, Polanski had been living and working in Paris for over 30 years and was traveling to Zurich to… Read more
As the February 23 release date for the sci-fi thriller Annihilation has drawn closer, film critics have speculated about its quality: is it being released in the “dump month” of February, right after the box office hit Black Panther, because it’s bad? Or because it’s a masterpiece that’s too intellectual to appeal to the masses? Well, Annihilation isn’t quite a masterpiece, but it’s definitely an ambitious, enjoyable movie — and a creative story that we haven’t seen before. Loosely based on the novel of the same title… Read more
Who Run for Congress? Girls! Women have had enough and are running for office. NPR reports that more twice as many women are running for Congress in 2018 than did in 2016. 431 women are running for the House and 50 women are running for the Senate, and there’s still time left to throw your hat in the ring before filing deadlines if you want to up that number. Gun Control Survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting are standing in support of the Parkland School shooting survivors. CBS Miami reports that they visited with… Read more
Stephanie Beatriz is best known for playing Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Detective Rosa Diaz, a terse, guarded badass who’s rarely seen without a leather jacket. Fans will likely be surprised and delighted to watch her play a bubbly, unicorn-obsessed young woman named Candy in the new comedy Half Magic, directed by Heather Graham. In the Half Magic, Candy becomes fast friends with two other women (Graham and Angela Kinsey) after they attend a female empowerment seminar. Candy, who dabbles in magic, teaches the other women how… Read more
On February 7, Weight Watchers announced that they would offer free memberships to teens aged 13-17 this summer. Alone at my computer, I winced. I was 17 when I joined Weight Watchers. It was 2005. My mom offered to pay for their then new option of online only membership. I was too mortified to show my face at an actual in-person meeting, so getting to plug in my “points” from the privacy of my desktop — this was pre-smartphone era — was ideal. In fall, I would start school at Columbia, my dream college in my dream… Read more

Victorian Governesses Were In Danger From Their Employers

By Mimi Matthews  In Feminism  On Feb 21, 2018

A governess occupied a unique position in a Victorian household. She was neither servant, nor family member. She existed in a sort of in-between world which often left her feeling isolated and alone. To combat this, the young governess was advised to cultivate a tolerance for solitude. Author Susan Ridout addresses this in her somewhat depressing nineteenth century book of advice, Letters to a Young Governess on the Principles of Education and Other Subjects Connected with Her Duties (1840): “Consider therefore, before… Read more
Rachel Dratch is a comedy legend famous for her sketch work on Saturday Night Live. On this episode of BUST's Poptarts podcast, she talks about life after SNL, the secret ongoing text chain she maintains with her gang of hilarious homies, her new audio series Sounds Like America, and her newest incarnation as an anti-Trump rabble-rouser on social media. “I’m a lefty, and right now, I’m angry,” she declares. "Screw it, I don’t have to be a comedian. I am just an angry citizen right now." About: BUST's Poptarts is a… Read more

Michelle Obama Loved "Black Panther," Too: Link Roundup

By Anna Greer  In Feminism  On Feb 20, 2018

Michelle Obama Praises Black Panther More proof that everyone loved Black Panther. Former First Lady (though still the first lady of our hearts) Michelle Obama tweeted a congratulations to the Black Panther team, along with a mini review. Read more on Vanity Fair. Terry Crews Writes Essay On Black Representation And Black Panther Actor, activist, and incredible human being Terry Crews wrote a piece on what Black Panther means for black representation for USA Today. He reflects on his own experience growing up and… Read more

Sex Ed Should Teach Girls About Sexual Pleasure

By Mckenzie Schwark  In Sex  On Feb 20, 2018

In my eighth grade health class, we learned that for girls sex had three outcomes. Either we would contract an STD, become pregnant, or fall into unrequited love with our partner and have our hearts broken. Sex was talked about in extremes and consequences. There was no room for pleasure, no in-depth discussion of female genitalia, no conversation about sex for LGBTQ students. We were told that these lessons were in our best interest and for our safety and modesty. Our bodies and how they worked became unnameable and… Read more

Fever Ray Announces World Tour In Support of “Plunge"

By Michael Levine  In Music  On Feb 19, 2018

Fever Ray’s latest release Plunge was made available for download in October 2017 (see our review), and now the CD and vinyl versions will be available on February 23rd. In support of the album, Fever Ray, aka Ms. Karin Dreijer, is taking it to the streets with a full band and world tour which kicks off today in Vienna, Austria. Please visit feverray.com or mute.com for a complete list of dates, cities and venues where shows will be taking place. If you missed Fever Ray in concert previously, be sure to catch her this… Read more

New York’s Athena Film Fest Celebrates Women In Film

By Erika W. Smith  In Movies  On Feb 19, 2018

If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss the Athena Film Festival, which marks its eighth year later this month. The Barnard College festival will be held from February 22-25, 2018, and it will be a long weekend filled with movies directed by or starring women. Women’s representation is sorely needed both in front of and behind the camera: the Celluloid Ceiling, which tracks women’s employment behind the camera, found that in 2017, only 11% of the top 250 films were directed by women. And according to a study by… Read more
Elana Meyers Taylor is a badass on a bobsled. Coming into the Pyeongchang Olympics, she'd already won four gold medals at world championships — not to mention a bronze in Vancouver and a silver in Sochi. Tomorrow, she will pilot a two-man bobsled alongside teammate Lauren Gibbs, and the duo is a favorite to win the gold. But when she’s not racing at 100mph (or pushing around 3,500lb SUVs to train), Meyers Taylor is a fierce advocate for gender equality. In 2014, she made headlines alongside Canada’s Kaillie Humphries… Read more
Parkland Student Activists: “This Is The Way I Have To Grieve” Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School continue to receive national attention for their outcry against gun violence, after an ex-student killed 14 students and three staff members last Wednesday. One student, Emma Gonzalez, railed directly against the president and the NRA in a powerful speech that has since gone viral. Read more about the student activists at The New York Times. Parkland students, as well as students and supporters across the… Read more
When the news makes you feel like crying, read The Belladonna. The Belladonna is a website that publishes comedy and satire by people who identify as women or other marginalized genders. It was founded in February 2017 by Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, and Carrie Wittmer, four humor writers and editors who wanted to showcase underrepresented voices in comedy, and recently marked its one-year anniversary. Since its launch last year on Medium, a publishing platform, The Belladonna’s audience has grown… Read more

Britain’s Five Most Horrifyingly Haunted Places

By F Yeah History  In Living  On Feb 19, 2018

Talking about haunted places in Britain is a doddle... it’d probably be easier to tell you places that aren’t haunted or have some kind of horrific supernatural story behind it. We’re tripping over ghosts and castles everywhere! But these five places are so horrifically haunted that they deserve a special place in the heart of every Halloween-loving goth kid. So. Many. Fucking. Ghosts. Hampton Court PalaceThis place has hella ghosts. Like, so many that we could probably do a post just on Hampton Court… but we have a… Read more
Nashville singer-songwriter Tristen has released her new music video, "Partyin’ Is Such Sweet Sorrow," and her luminous libretto won’t be the only thing imprinted on your mind. While making the video, Tristen explored a question that has tormented many women: why our lives, characters, and overall beings are so often created by, for, and through the male perspective. Tristen soaked in the man-makes-woman perspective, turned the tables by casting a "lover boy" to lip sync her satisfyingly melancholic vocals in the music… Read more
Out on Netflix today, Irreplaceable You tackles some difficult questions: What would you do if you knew you were going to die? What would you do if you knew the love of your life was going to die? What would it look like if Christopher Walken and Kate McKinnon were crocheting together in a cancer support group? (The answer to that last one: incredible.) Irreplaceable You, brought to life by a starry cast including Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror: San Junipero, A Wrinkle in Time) and Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones,… Read more
Google Maps is supposed to make our search for goods and services easier — want Chinese food at 2 am? Unexpectedly got your period and need to find a laundromat ASAP? Or maybe you finally tried parkour and need medical attention? Type “where can I get stitches” into the Google search bar, and a map appears in your browser, showing the locations of all the hospitals and Urgent Care centers within a ten-mile radius, including their hours, what they offer, contact information, and reviews. This model makes it simple to… Read more
Jeffrey Tambor finally gets firedLast November, trans women actors Van Barnes and Trace Lysette accused Jeffrey Tambor of sexual harassment. Three months later, after an investigation, parent company Amazon Studios has confirmed that he will not return for Transparent’s fifth season. Read more from The Hollywood Reporter. This woman’s affair with Donald Trump shows how he hides his indiscretionsKaren McDougal, former Playmate of The Year, recently revealed the details of her 2006 affair with Donald Trump — which,… Read more
Master of None may be on our TV shit-list, thanks to Aziz Ansari’s sexual misconduct, but viewers who enjoyed Lena Waithe’s Emmy-winning writing can rejoice, as she has a new TBS comedy series in the works that looks downright amazing. According to Deadline, Twenties follows Hattie, a queer, black, twenty-something and her two straight best friends, Marie and Nia, through their trials and tribulations with friendships, sex, and romance. Written in 2009 when Waithe was in her twenties, the show is true to the… Read more
On Tuesday, Chloe Kim killed it when she won a gold medal in the women’s halfpipe, making history as the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic snowboarding medal. Sadly, but unsurprisingly, it took only one day for a public figure—Patrick Connor of Barstool Radio’s SiriusXM show Dialed-In With Dallas Braden—to sexualize Kim, who is also only 17 years old. Following immediate backlash, Connor was fired from his job at San Francisco-based radio station KNBR-AM, reports Deadspin. Bye! To be fair, all three men—Connor, his… Read more

Week Of Women: February 16-22, 2018

By Erika W. Smith  In Books  On Feb 15, 2018

This week brings the long-awaited premiere of Black Panther, along with Crunk Feminist Collective cofounder Brittney Cooper’s new book and the Crazy Ex-Girlfriend finale. As a reminder, we haven’t seen, read, or listened to everything ourselves, but when we have, we’ll include a link (or a note if it's in print but not yet online). MOVIES Black Panther Black Panther is finally here! And with a cast that includes Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Angela Bassett and Letitia Wright, we can’t wait to watch it. Directed by Ryan… Read more

4 New Books By Black Feminists You Need To Read

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Feb 15, 2018

We’re sharing with your our sidebar spotlighting new books by black feminist writers from our new February/March print issue. Be sure to show these authors some love by picking up a copy of one — or all — of these four books about feminism and race. When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter MemoirBy Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele(St. Martin’s Press) In this groundbreaking memoir, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors, with coauthor asha bandele, weaves together stories of her family,… Read more
We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com—a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. Here’s our picks for February 15, 2018. The majority of mass shooters have one thing in common: a history of domestic violence. Nikolas Cruz, the man who killed 17 people in a shooting at a Florida high school yesterday, fits the bill. Read more about the 19-year-old’s history of violence at Quartz. You might know her best for her Emmy-award winning performance on Master of None, or maybe for her show,… Read more

This Book Explores How Carl Jung Ripped Off Toni Wolff's Ideas

By Katherine L. McDaniel  In Books  On Feb 15, 2018

Dr. Nan Savage Healy's book Toni Wolff & C. G. Jung: A Collaboration explores how analyst Toni Wolff's ideas and work were basically stolen by Carl Jung, who appropriated Toni’s insights and theories and gave her no credit. In 1910, Toni was a young student from a wealthy Zurich family when she met Jung, who was married and middle-aged. As she worked with Jung, among other things, Wolff developed and elaborated on fundamental archetypal roles for women, especially the maternal (mother) and hetaira (courtesan), both… Read more
In the Georgian drama film My Happy Family, Manana (Ia Shughliashvili), a middle-aged schoolteacher, decides to move out of the apartment she shares with her parents, her husband, her children, and nearly everyone reacts with varying degrees of scorn and shock. Manana’s own reticence to explain her sudden change of heart certainly compounds her family’s confusion; as she stoically gathers her things together and loads them in bags, she’s followed by an increasingly hysterical cacophony of curses and pleas. Why did… Read more
Four years ago, Robin Thede auditioned for Saturday Night Live, but didn’t get the job. Three months later, when cast member Kenan Thompson was asked why a black woman hadn’t been hired for the show in six years, he declared that all those who’d tried out were “never ready.” Clearly others did not agree, however, because in 2015, Thede became the first African-American woman to become head writer on a late-night talk show—The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. And now, she’s starring on her own weekly late-night show,… Read more

Free Download: Feminist Erotica for Women

By BUST Magazine  In Sex  On Feb 14, 2018

BUST Magazine has been including a sex-positive erotic story in every issue of the magazine for the past 20 years. Why? Because we believe women deserve sexual pleasure, and should be encouraged to find out what turns them on, rather than always being told what they need to do in order to turn other people on—the message most women are bombarded with from an early age. Called "One-Handed Reads," these stories are meant to be enjoyed in the privacy of your own boudoir, with perhaps a toy or two to assist in the… Read more

How You Can Help Send Kids To Watch "Black Panther"

By Anna Greer  In Feminism  On Feb 14, 2018

We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com—a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. Here are our picks for February 14, also known as Valentine's Day. Frederick Joseph raised over $40,000 on GoFundMe to take Harlem children to see Black Panther in theaters, and he’s encouraging other communities to do the same with the Black Panther Challenge. Over 400 campaigns have raised over $400,000 to support kids with donations from everyday superheroes from all 50 states and 40 countries.… Read more
There’s a sex scene in Guillermo del Toro’s new Oscar-nominated film. You know the one. The one where our protagonist, a mute custodian played by Sally Hawkins, has sex with the fish man (Doug Jones) she rescued from a secret government facility. If this is your ultimate fantasy, we have some great news for you. Many audience members left the movie theater confused, intrigued, and maybe a little bit excited about what fish man equipment actually looks like. Vulture describes the only hint we get in a subsequent scene,… Read more

What I Learned From A Year Without Porn

By Galla Barrett  In Sex  On Feb 14, 2018

To me, masturbation is and has always been exploration, empowerment and entertainment. The first time I masturbated, I was 10 years old. During a sleepover, my sister and cousin and I had watched the French softcore erotic film Emmanuelle on German television. Like most people, I started masturbating with porn I found by coincidence. I started secretly seeking out erotic films on TV, and soon, the internet allowed for access any time of day. Once I got my own laptop in college and all my content became seemingly… Read more
Some people like their lovemaking to be violent and furious: two bodies driven mad with a desire that cannot be contained. Some like it slow and sensual: a passionate congress of body, mind and soul. Me, I like my lovemaking to be obligatory. Waking up on my birthday thinking, “let’s get this over with so I can go eat pancakes," coming home after a big anniversary dinner and having half-asleep coitus while drenched in meat sweats. For those of my ilk, there is no more exciting date on the calendar than Valentine’s Day,… Read more

Victorian Verses To Reject Unwanted Valentines With

By Mimi Matthews  In Books  On Feb 14, 2018

Published in 1875, The Lover’s Poetic Companion and Valentine Writer is a book intended for Victorian ladies and gentlemen “who wish to address those they love in suitable terms.” It contains a variety of Valentine verses, ranging from the sweet to the satirical. The book promises that these “Love Lyrics” are harmless and that even the more comical lines do not descend into vulgarity. But what these verses lack in vulgarity, they more than make up for in unkindness and — in some instances — outright cruelty. Much of… Read more

4 Models Turned Plus-Size Lingerie Designers

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Feb 14, 2018

As plus-size models have become more visible over the past few years, several have branched out from modeling into designing—especially lingerie. Ashley Graham first partnered with retailer Addition Elle for her lingerie collaboration way back in 2013, but lately, she’s been joined by others. Big-breasted ladies know how hard it is to find a bra above a C cup that’s not beige, or to find an E cup or larger at all. And of course, we’re all about finding plus-size options for undies, negligees, and other sexy little… Read more

The Worst Gifts My Ex-Boyfriends Ever Gave Me

By Kylie Anderson  In Living  On Feb 14, 2018

This year, the guy I’m dating told me not to get him anything for Valentine’s Day, and for the first time I actually accepted the proposal without much disappointment. I love to give gifts, and finding the perfect treasure for someone I care about in a sea of thrift store junk or between Etsy-algorithm mistakes brings me unparalleled joy.The thrill I get out of gift-giving isn’t even conditional based on what I get in return — I just really like making the people I love happy, and letting them know I’m paying… Read more

Snowboarder Chloe Kim Makes Olympic History

By Lydia Wang  In Feminism  On Feb 13, 2018

We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com—a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. Here are our picks for February 13, 2018, a.k.a. Galentine’s Day. Give your girls huge hugs and maybe, you know, handmade mosaic portraits a la Leslie Knope, and read about what’s happening in the world today. Photo via NBC / Parks and Recreation Just today, American snowboarder Chloe Kim made history as the youngest woman to ever win an Olympic gold medal for her sport. Congratulations, Chloe! Read about… Read more

18 Ida B. Wells Quotes and Photos To Inspire Your Activism

By Cricket Epstein  In Feminism  On Feb 13, 2018

In 1887, 68 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Alabama, Ida B. Wells rejected racial segregation, refusing to sit in the “colored only” section of a train car. Born on the cusp of emancipation in Mississippi on June 16, 1862, Ida B. Wells was a journalist, educator, activist, and cofounder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A bona-fide badass long before the term was part of our cultural lexicon, she was a pioneer in the fight for… Read more
Though Victorians can be credited with helping to popularize—and commercialize—Valentine’s Day, when it comes to holiday fashions, their contribution to history is somewhat lackluster. There were no heart-printed gowns or heart-shaped hats. Instead, as noted in an 1880 edition of the Staffordshire Sentinel, ladies were encouraged to don “something pretty and useful.” In 1880, the most popular variety of that “something” was a richly ornamented fan.Victorian fans were accessories of great beauty. Most often paired with… Read more
London-based punk band Dream Nails has joined forces with Irish-Italian director Guen Murroni to create a spectacularly political video with a not-so-wee bit of mockery. The band’s 2018 single "Vagina Police" won’t only have you jamming out, but will also get you pumped up to continue the fight for you and your friends’ reproductive rights. Dream Nails wants to not only change the conversation about abortion, but to bring attention to the madness of the anti-abortion lobby ahead of the Irish abortion referendum. “It's… Read more
In White Houses (Random House), celebrated writer Amy Bloom imagines the relationship between First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok, the journalist who covered Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidential campaign and then developed a close relationship with Eleanor. “Hick” was known as a lesbian and she was also known to say she was in love with Eleanor. Although historians acknowledge the two women exchanged letters and were openly affectionate, whether they had a physical relationship is still debated. The novel,… Read more

Poet Olivia Gatwood Writes Like Teen Spirit: BUST Interview

By Victoria Albert  In Feminism  On Feb 13, 2018

If anyone was going to write a poem called “Ode to My Bitch Face,” it would be Olivia Gatwood. Even as a teenager, she was tough: At 16, she led 20 women in a class-action sexual harassment lawsuit against her boss at a local bakery — a lawsuit that she later won. A year later, she was a vocal opponent of her soccer team’s bikini-based car washes. Eight years later, society still harasses and commodifies women at astounding rates. But now, the 25-year-old Gatwood has a much bigger platform from which to fight back.… Read more
In the most touching and underreported news from the sports world this year, Julie Chu and Caroline Ouellette, Olympic and World Championship rivals from the USA and Canada respectively, announced that not only were they a couple, but had had a baby together. These two titans of ice hockey are some true rockstar babes. Chu is a decorated hockey veteran, having played in four winter Olympics and collected one bronze and three silver medals, as well as boasting five World Championships medals. Meanwhile, Caroline… Read more

Barack And Michelle Obama's Official Portraits Are Here

By Emalani Artiss  In Living  On Feb 12, 2018

We’re trying a new feature here at BUST.com—a roundup of the day’s biggest feminist political and pop culture news. Here’s our picks for February 12, 2018. According to Olympic stats, 2018’s Winter Games are the first to have nearly an equal ratio of female-to-male competitors, and (wo)man, are these athletes kicking some serious golden ass. US Figure Skater Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel, becoming the first American woman in Olympic history to succesfully land the move, while US snowboarder Jamie Anderson won… Read more
Moms come in all shapes, sizes, and hold all sorts of jobs. But, at the end of the day, they all have one thing in common: They all love their babies. Written by Juniper Fitzgeral and illustrated by Elise Peterson, the new picture book How Mamas Love Their Babies (Feminist Press) explores the myriad occupations mothers hold that allows them to provide for their children. Through vibrant, colorful collages, the book draws beautiful parallels between the work women do at their jobs — from sex work to housekeeping to… Read more