Mehreen Kasana
Mehreen Kasana covers politics for Bustle. Her work includes digital media, race, and religion among other topics. She has been cited in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera America, Jadaliyya, BBC, Hazlitt, Guernica Magazine, etc. Previously, Mehreen was the Front Page Editor for The Huffington Post and staff writer for The Nation, Pakistan.

Latest Articles

11 Ways Our Government Is Silencing Women Of Color

Months before Donald Trump became the president of the United States, lots of people were apprehensive that the 2016 presidential candidate would herald an era of regression. In January, voicing their dissent against the newly-elected face of the cou…
By Mehreen Kasana

What To Do If Your Friend Or Family Member Is Accused Of Sexual Harassment

The past few weeks have seen an avalanche of sexual harassment accusations against a list of influential men from different industries. But the systematic abuse isn't limited to echelons of Hollywood, business, or media — sometimes we're personally f…
By Mehreen Kasana

These Powerful "Church Too" Tweets Confront Sexual Abuse In Places Of Worship

In the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against film tycoon Harvey Weinstein (who has denied accusations of nonconsensual sex), actress Alyssa Milano invited women to share their own experiences using the hashtag "Me Too." It went, understandabl…
By Mehreen Kasana

Don’t Forget Women Of Color When You’re Talking About Sexual Assault

The flood of sexual misconduct allegations against film tycoon Harvey Weinstein started a global movement to hold powerful men accountable (Weinstein has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex). But our national discussion on sexual assault is f…
By Mehreen Kasana

Massachusetts Is About To Be The First State To Guarantee Copay-Free Birth Control

There's some uplifting news for people seeking robust reproductive health care in the Bay State. According to a statement released by the Planned Parenthood Action Fund as well as the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund of Massachusetts, Massachusetts i…
By Mehreen Kasana

Temporary Protected Status Was A Lifesaver For Thousands Of Immigrants

On Monday, Donald Trump's administration announced that it will no longer provide Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to immigrants from certain countries. Citizens of officially-specified foreign citizenships — who have been displaced from their countr…
By Mehreen Kasana

9 Ways Women Lawmakers Are Tackling Sexual Harassment On Capitol Hill

America's reckoning with sexual harassment may have begun with initial reports from Hollywood, but the national discussion isn't limited to the entertainment industry alone. Women in politics, too, have taken this watershed moment to address the purp…
By Mehreen Kasana

This Judicial Nominee's "Right To Marry Bacon" Tweet Is Coming Back To Haunt Him

A Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday focused on bacon and Twitter after Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy asked a federal judicial nominee about a tweet from two years ago. Leahy questioned Don Willett, a Texas Supreme Court judge and a judicial nomine…
By Mehreen Kasana

What Roy Moore's Lawyer Said To A Canadian TV Anchor Will Drop Your Jaw To The Floor

GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore was recently accused of sexual misconduct against four women during their teenage years. The Alabama GOP runner has strongly denied any wrongdoing, and his lawyer has joined him in speaking out against the allegations. …
By Mehreen Kasana

A 6th Woman Accuses Roy Moore Of Sexual Misconduct, Saying He Grabbed Her Butt

Five women have already accused the Alabama GOP Senate candidate of acting inappropriately with women and young girls. On Wednesday, a sixth accuser alleged that Roy Moore groped her when she was in his law firm's office in 1991. While addressing the…
By Mehreen Kasana

Why Anita Hill Wants You To Be Hopeful About These Sexual Harassment Revelations

Oftentimes when one woman dares to speak out against sexual harassment, an avalanche of revelations follows. Anita Hill knows that all too well, and she's optimistic that such powerful reckonings will prompt major changes in American culture. Hill te…
By Mehreen Kasana

Every Single U.S. Representative Will Now Have To Take Sexual Harassment Training

As Americans grapple with a nationwide discussion on sexual misconduct in the workplace, government agencies, too, will make an effort to address allegations of sexual harassment in their own ranks. On Tuesday House Speaker Paul Ryan announced mandat…
By Mehreen Kasana

Australia Is Officially One Step Closer To Marriage Equality

Australia may be inching closer to legalizing same-sex marriage after 61.6 percent of Australians declared support for marriage equality in a survey targeting over 12 million people. The historic news, announced by officials in the country on Wednesd…
By Mehreen Kasana

Trump Literally Admitted He's Poured Wine Down Women's Backs In An Act Of Revenge

Donald Trump isn't exactly famous for his thoughtful treatment of women. For instance, there are The Access Hollywood tapes from 2005 that The Washington Post published in 2016 in which Trump openly gloated about groping women without their consent. …
By Mehreen Kasana

The Supreme Court Is About To Hear A Case On Abortion & Free Speech

In the not-so-distant future, a Supreme Court battle between anti-abortion groups and California's disclosure law will take place. The anti-abortion National Institute of Family and Life Advocates will be challenging the state's law known as the Repr…
By Mehreen Kasana

37 Percent Of Evangelicals Are More Inclined To Support Roy Moore Post-Allegations

According to a recent poll conducted by the JMC data firm, almost 40 percent of Alabama evangelicals say they're more likely to support Roy Moore after allegations of sexual misconduct have surfaced against him. Though it's no secret that certain con…
By Mehreen Kasana

Sandy Hook Families Are Taking Their Case Against Gun Manufacturers To The State Supreme Court

There may be some hope for gun control activists now that families of the Sandy Hook shooting will challenge the gun manufacturing industry in the Connecticut Supreme Court. On Nov. 14, plaintiffs' lawyers will shed light on the military-style assaul…
By Mehreen Kasana

Famed Gossip Columnist Liz Smith Has Died At 94

On Sunday evening, The Associated Press reported that the famous gossip columnist Liz Smith had passed away at the age of 94. The confirmation of Smith's death was given by her literary agent, Joni Evans, who said that the syndicated columnist passed…
By Mehreen Kasana

TripAdvisor Will Alert You If You're Considering A Hotel Where A Sexual Assault Took Place

Shortly after a detailed investigative piece on TripAdvisor was published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Nov. 1, various media reported that now TripAdvisor will flag hotels with reports of sexual assault. The announcement comes after the trave…
By Mehreen Kasana

Facebook Predicts Your Nude Photos Could Combat Revenge Porn

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Facebook will fight revenge porn by asking for nudes. It may sound counterintuitive to some, but that's the pilot approach the company will take. The unconventional strategy of combatting non-cons…
By Mehreen Kasana