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As More Women Discover Their Anger, I'm Trying to Tame Mine

One day last fall, I yelled at a guy who wouldn’t stop talking at the movies. This wasn’t that weird for me; I rarely have a week where I don’t aggressively lecture a stranger about movie theater etiquette, or bus seating protocol, or my extremely st…
By Gabrielle Moss

I Wanted Unconditional Love, But Instead I Got A Dog Who Hates Me

A few months ago I woke to find a blood stain at the foot of my and my husband's bed. The most likely source was Frankie, our 5-year-old rat terrier, who, because of her white body and ginger spots, is often confused with a Jack Russell. My husband, …
By Caitlin Abber

Why Grown Women Worship Johnny Weir

Carrie Wesolowski needed to find the perfect outfit. It had to be festive and fun — something that would stand out in a crowd, look great in photos, and, most importantly, have megawatts of sparkle. After playing through a quick mental montage of her…
By Torey Van Oot

We Asked Young Women To Fantasize About Their Lives As Old Ladies — Here's What They Said

For a lot of young women, thinking about what our lives are going to look like in the near future takes up a lot of the present. Do I want to try to get a high-powered job? Do I want to get married? Do I want to have kids? Do I want to drop out of so…
By Gabrielle Moss

Our Parents Are Broke & So Are We. Now What?

For the last four years, Michelle Thompson, a 22-year-old communications associate at a civil engineering firm in Salt Lake City, has been helping her mom get by. “Since the age of 17, I've bailed my mom out at least once a year when she had expenses…
By Kristina Marusic

Millennial Women Are "Screwed." So Why Are They Still Optimistic?

By most recent accounts, millennial women are totally screwed. Aside from their massive, dream-killing student loan debt, the rising cost of living, and the near-certain environmental catastrophes of climate change, young women in the United States a…
By Caitlin Abber

Who Will Take Care Of Me If I Don't Have Kids?

I’m 33 and childless, and I’m pretty sure I want to remain that way forever. Most of the time, I feel secure about my decision to never have children. But it does raise some questions. For one, I wonder who will take care of me when I’m an old woman …
By Kristina Marusic

I Spent Six Months Trying Fancy Sleep Products — Here's What Actually Worked

The best part of being a baby was having someone else put you to bed. Whoever took care of you was responsible for wiping off all the day’s dirt, feeding you a warm bottle, swaddling you in soft blankets, singing a sweet song, and laying you down in …
By Caitlin Abber

Delivery Apps Will Bring You A Lot Of Things, But Feminism Isn't One Of Them

Are you a female person who hates doing chores? Don't worry. As a multitude of women know, There's an app for that. From Seamless to Handy, TaskRabbit to Instacart, at any minute of the day, in almost any major city in America, a 25-year-old with a c…
By Margaret Eby

Men Shoot Guns For Fun — Women Keep Them For Protection

Liberte Austin has over 130,000 Instagram followers, which isn’t that unusual. What is unusual is that, in addition to the standard selfies, memes, and pictures of her dog, there are also tons of photos of her with guns. In shot after shot, the 30-so…
By Kristina Marusic

I Went A Month Without Pooping, & It'll Probably Happen Again

When I first began abusing laxatives, I was 17 and I’d already been purging after every meal for a year. I started by taking one laxative a day, because I thought it would help me lose weight; three years later, I was taking seven at a time. I don’t …
By Courtney Enlow

The Best Stories By Women In 2017

When the ball finally dropped at the end of 2016, women knew the year ahead was going to be weird: Game of Thrones was becoming a summer show, wide-legged pants were back in fashion, and Donald Trump would soon be sworn in as the 45th President of th…
By Caitlin Abber, Kaitlyn Cawley, Margaret Wheeler Johnson, & Gaby Moss

Even When Women Are Their Own Bosses, They Still Get Sexually Harassed At Work

Ashley*, 34, saw herself having a long career as a massage therapist: she was committed to helping people heal. But in over a decade of mostly freelance work, she reports she was routinely harassed by her clients, many of whom assumed that her willin…
By Lux Alptraum

Sometime In The Past 10 Years, Mail Got Really, Really Weird For Me

I have a system in place for when I check my mail: I pluck the credit card offers out with one hand while I shake the catalogs with the other, looking for any stray wedding invitations or jury duty notices that got shoved in-between the pages. I then…
By Gabrielle Moss

Why Women Lose Elections & What We Can Do To Change That

This week's election saw several groundbreaking wins for women, including Danica Roem becoming the first out trans woman elected to public office, the first black women elected as mayors in Charlotte, North Carolina and Helena, Montana, and the elect…
By Ellen O'Connell Whittet

What Actually Happens When Women Run & Win Elections

Jess Phoenix isn't afraid of a challenge. A geologist who studies the formation and eruption patterns of volcanoes, Phoenix’s work has taken her to some of the most remote and dangerous parts of the planet. But this spring, she decided to tackle a ne…
By Laura Ratliff

Checking In One Year Later With The Women Who Almost Got Hillary Clinton Elected

On Nov. 8, 2016, I was on the hook to file several election-related pieces, and had made the process easier for myself by pre-writing four different versions of “What does the first female president mean for America?” It was 3 a.m. when I woke up in …
By Jill Filipovic

Latinx Muslim Women Want You To Know They Exist & They're Fighting To Be Heard

This month, Bustle's #blessed series will explore how young women are searching for meaning, finding connections to a higher power and navigating spirituality in 2017. Life as a member of an underrepresented group is always complicated. And for Latin…
By Melanie Mignucci

I Went To A Haunted Hotel To Find Out Why Women Are So Obsessed With Seeing Ghosts

Almost half of Americans believe in ghosts, and within that group, there's another subset of people — those who not only believe in ghosts, but put time, money, and energy into actively seeking them out. These are the people who visit creepy mansions…
By Gabrielle Moss

Even Good Husbands Are Sexist. Here's What I Did About Mine.

For the last nine years, I’ve rented a summer house in upstate New York with the same group of friends from college. For five days, we hang out by the water, drink until we fall asleep, and eat lots of food. And during that time, almost all of that f…
By Caitlin Abber