Mika is a bisexual half-Japanese writer and poet. Her byline can be found in Bitch Media and online in The Dime Show Review. The love of her life is an 85-pound American bulldog named Titan.

Ariana Grande, Robyn, & Ashley Tisdale Call Making Music “Therapy.” Here’s Why That’s Legit

Over the last week, several musicians have come forward with stories of how they’ve used their music to help with their depression and anxiety. Mega stars like Ariana Grande, Ashley Tisdale, and long-time fave Robyn spoke openly about mental health…
By Mika Doyle

This University Will Let Students’ Dogs Live With Them In Their Dorms Soon

There are so many factors that go into picking a college that it can be completely overwhelming. Class size, programs, location, pet policy. Wait, what? That’s right: some colleges actually allow pets, so you don’t have to leave your animal bestie…
By Mika Doyle

#YesOn3 Is A Victory For Transgender Rights — But The Fight Isn't Over

Massachusetts voters slammed anti-transgender policy in their state by voting “yes” on Question 3 on their Nov. 6 ballots, WBUR reports. The ballot question asked voters whether they wanted to uphold or repeal a two-year-old state law that protects…
By Mika Doyle

A New Study Says Drinking This Kind Of Coffee May Reduce Your Risk Of Dementia

Your daily coffeeshop stop might have this health benefit. A new study published in Frontiers in Neuroscience suggests that drinking coffee might reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease, USA TODAY reports. And the darker the roast,…
By Mika Doyle

All The 2018 Midterm “Firsts” Were Proof The Patriarchy Has Been Winning — Until Now

In this op-ed, Mika Doyle, a Bustle Lifestyle writer, lays out why all the 2018 midterm "firsts" were just further proof that the patriarchy has been at work until now. As election results came trickling in Tuesday night, the country began to see…
By Mika Doyle

If You Didn’t Get An “I Voted” Sticker, One Twitter User Made “Garbage” Ones For You

So you did your civic duty and cast your vote in the 2018 midterm elections. But how do you tell the world about your important contribution to the very foundation of our political system if you don't have the one thing that tells everyone you've…
By Mika Doyle

These Are The Instances Of Voter Suppression People Reported Across The Country

As polls across the country close, reports of possible voter suppression in the 2018 midterm elections have continued to emerge. Some tribal IDs of Native American voters were allegedly not accepted at a polling place in a county near Standing…
By Mika Doyle

People Really Don’t Want To Admit Their Bias Against Women In Power, This Study Shows

It might seem like society is more accepting of women in leadership roles these days, but it turns out discrimination against women in power is much higher than people are letting on, according to new research published in Springer’s journal Sex…
By Mika Doyle

11 Ways To Make Your Dog Feel Less Alone When You’re At Work All Day

It's one thing to leave your dog home alone when you've got a quick errand to run. It's a whole other situation when you leave your fur kiddo home for the eight hours or so while you're at work. But it's a pretty common scenario. Most dog owners…
By Mika Doyle

Here’s The Deal With That Study Linking Cancer To Cell Phone Radiation

If your parents have been stressing that you’re going to get a brain tumor because of your smartphone, tell them to rest easy. Yes, cell phone radiation was linked to cancer in a new study, according to BuzzFeed News, but before you freak out, you…
By Mika Doyle

Over 1,600 Scientists Signed An Open Letter Against The Trump Administration’s Gender Memo

Members of the scientific community have banded together to sign an open letter opposing the Trump Administration’s memo that attempts to narrow the legal definition of gender, BuzzFeed News reports. The letter includes the signatures of eight Nobel…
By Mika Doyle

This Couple Got Pregnant Through IVF — And Both Got To Carry Their Baby

Advances in medicine have allowed two North Texas mothers to reportedly make medical history. The married couple both carried their baby during pregnancy, the first couple to ever reportedly to do so, according to ABC News. It was all possible due…
By Mika Doyle

Experts Explain That Freaky Sleep Paralysis Situation In “The Haunting Of Hill House”

Since The Haunting of Hill House premiered on Oct. 12 on Netflix, viewers have been equal parts horrified and fascinated by a character called “The Bent Neck” lady. And who can blame them? You’ve gotta have a pretty hardy constitution not to be…
By Mika Doyle

Here’s How The End Of Daylight Savings Can Affect Your Sleep — And What To Do About It

Daylight Saving Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Nov. 6, which means you get to set your clock a whole hour back. So if you get up at 9 a.m., it's like you really slept until 10 a.m., right? It’s kinda like winning the sleep lottery, especially if…
By Mika Doyle

This App Uses Your Favorite ’90s Movies To Help You Sleep — Here’s How It Works

Remember when you were a teenager, and you’d plug in some cheesy rom-com just 'cause you were bored and knew you’d probably just fall asleep to it? Well, daily self-care app Shine is channeling that ‘90s movie nostalgia with new Sleep Stories that…
By Mika Doyle

Queen Elizabeth Has 2 “Dorgis,” The Cute AF Corgi Mix You Probably Didn’t Know Was A Thing

It’s been a somber week for Queen Elizabeth, who had to say goodbye to a loving companion. On Oct. 20, the Queen’s last corgi died, ending her Majesty’s nearly 80-year history with the breed, The Telegraph reports. Although her last corgi Whisper…
By Mika Doyle

This App Helps You Avoid Buying Plastic Water Bottles & It’s Low Key Genius

You can find practically anything with your smartphone these days. Baklava near you? Yup. Doggie playmates? Yup. But water? It’s up to you to wander around until you can find a working drinking fountain, or shell out for a plastic water bottle. A…
By Mika Doyle

Laverne Cox Talked About How Painful Misgendering Is — And How Voters Can Support Trans People

Orange Is The New Black actor and advocate Laverne Cox was in Boston, Massachusetts, on Oct. 25 on behalf of the #YesOn3 campaign, People reports, urging voters to uphold the 2016 Massachusetts law that protects transgender people from…
By Mika Doyle

If You’re Confused About Health Insurance & Open Enrollment, Read This

Health insurance can be pretty confusing to understand. Like, you’d think you can just sign up for a plan as soon as you need it, but actually, there are specific times you can sign up to get health insurance coverage unless you have a "life event,"…
By Mika Doyle

11 Ways To Support Trans People In The Wake Of The Trump Administration’s Memo

On Oct. 21, The New York Times published a report detailing a memo from the Trump administration that said the Department of Health and Human Services is considering new Title IX guidelines that would essentially erase federal recognition of…
By Mika Doyle