Melanie Mignucci
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Associate Lifestyle Editor at Bustle. Small boricua. I cover race, social justice, identity, mental health & women's health (and sometimes tech, too).

Latest Articles

How Women-Owned Businesses Will Be Key To Puerto Rico's Economic Recovery

When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, the island was already in the midst of an 11 year long recession. Driven by decades of financial mismanagement by local politicians and colonial policies that crippled the island’s ability to manage i…
By Melanie Mignucci

This Old Louis CK Joke About Masturbating Seems To Excuse Bad Sexual Behavior

On Nov. 9, The New York Times published an article that detailed five women’s alleged experiences with the comedian Louis C.K., where he reportedly asked to masturbate in front of them or could be heard masturbating while on the phone with them. Thes…
By Melanie Mignucci

Scientists Have Found The Key To Stopping Unwanted Thoughts In Their Tracks

Most of us have probably spent many a night up late, re-playing an awkward moment that happened ten years ago over and over again in our heads. Why did I say that, we think, of the time a waiter said “Enjoy your meal” and you replied, “You too.” But …
By Melanie Mignucci

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

Yes, You Can Develop New Allergies As An Adult

Food allergies can be a very scary thing: If you don't know you're allergic to something, you definitely don’t want to find out by accident, as there can be very dangerous consequences. Most people associate food allergies with young children, but a …
By Melanie Mignucci

Why Denying Access To Birth Control Isn’t About Religious Freedom, According To Religious Leaders

On Friday, Oct. 6, the Trump administration moved to roll back the Obamacare mandate that made birth control available without a co-pay for an estimated 55 million American women, trans, and gender non-conforming folks who get their insurance through…
By Melanie Mignucci

What The Birth Control Mandate Rollback Means For Trans And Gender Non Conforming People

On Friday, the Trump administration announced new rules that will affect the ACA birth control mandate that requires companies to cover contraception for its employees, as is preventative medicine. The administration’s new rule now allows for employe…
By Melanie Mignucci

7 Things You Should Always Include On A Personal Website

For the third year in a row, Bustle's Upstart Awards are honoring young women who are doing incredible things in the realms of business, STEM, fashion and beauty, the arts, philanthropy, and beyond. Want to be an Upstarts honoree one day? Read on for…
By Melanie Mignucci

The Speakers At The First-Ever Women’s Convention Are Majorly Badass

It’s been less than a year since January’s inspiring Women’s March became the largest single-day protest in American history, and what the organizers have planned next promises to be no less inspiring. The inaugural Women’s Convention will take place…
By Melanie Mignucci

This Is How We Should Be Talking About Mental Health In The Wake Of Mass Shooting, According To A Psychologist

In the days following a mass shooting, like the one we witnessed in Las Vegas, a specific narrative tends to emerge surrounding the perpetrator, and specifically the mental health of the perpetrator. With Trump referring to the shooter as “sick” and …
By Melanie Mignucci

A Former High School Cheerleader Was Named One Of The Victims In Las Vegas

On Oct. 1, the biggest mass shooting in modern U.S. history occurred at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The shooter, Stephen Paddock, shot at a crowd of thousands attending an outdoor country music festival from the 32nd floor of t…
By Melanie Mignucci

Puerto Rican Chefs Are Using Food To Rebuild & Resist After Hurricane Maria

A few days after Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, I set about making arroz con gandules for dinner at home in New York. The recipe is simple: rice, pigeon peas, a little bit of ham, sazón Goya, but actually making it is complex; it’s a c…
By Melanie Mignucci

This Is Why Twitter Is Changing Its Character Limit

When Twitter first rose forth onto the internet back in 2006, its premise was wildly simple: 140 characters, a handle, and a dream. Of course, in the 11 years since, Twitter (née Twttr) has changed a-plenty in both its look and its utility. First cam…
By Melanie Mignucci

Why You Should Refinance Your Student Loans Like, Yesterday

Very few things inspire as much fear and dread among American millennials than their student loans. In February, Forbes reported that the total student loan debt had reached $1.13 trillion, spread out across almost 45 million borrowers in the United …
By Melanie Mignucci

This One Tweet Shows Why As-Seen-On-TV Products Are Actually Really Useful For Disabled People

One of the very, very few issues with a late-night Netflix binge sesh is that you miss out on late-night TV infomercials. You know the kind: They usually feature delightfully retro music, egregious overacting, and products that you think couldn’t pos…
By Melanie Mignucci

The Number Of Young Girls Who Show Signs Of Depression Is Actually Bigger Than You Think, According To This Study

Everyone remembers their teenage years as an emotional rollercoaster, riding the highest of highs — and the lowest of lows. Many people tend to think of teenagers’ emotional swings as a byproduct of hormonal changes, but a new study has found that th…
By Melanie Mignucci

13 Tools Every Grown-Ass Woman Needs In Her Home

Living alone as a millennial woman takes a little bit of preparation. Sure, being your own roommate has its perks — like not putting on pants for most of a Saturday — but in order to truly be the master of your house, there are a few tools that every…
By Melanie Mignucci

These Are Your Options If Your Roommate Doesn’t Pay Rent

Living with friends (or sometimes strangers) can come with some serious challenges. There are some roommates who refuse to do their dishes, and other roommates who’ll eat your clearly-labelled leftovers with no regard for human decency at all. But th…
By Melanie Mignucci

13 Hispanic Heritage Month Memes & Tweets

For Spanish speakers across the U.S., Hispanic Heritage Month is a chance to celebrate the arts and culture created by Latin Americans and Spanish-Americans, from Camila Cabello to Penélope Cruz. Started in 1968, the month — which begins on Sept. 15 …
By Melanie Mignucci

8 Hidden iOS 11 Features That You Need To Upgrade For

Everyone was focused on the shiny new iPhone 8 and iPhone X that were announced on Tuesday’s Apple event, but there was another new Apple product that was announced — and you won’t have to shell out mad cash to get it. Apple will start rolling out th…
By Melanie Mignucci