Callie Beusman


Is Anime 'Cool' Now? An Investigation

Kim Kardashian and Michael B. Jordan have openly proclaimed their love for the genre, sending shockwaves through the mystical realm of anime fans.
Callie Beusman
Medieval Times

Meat, Mead, and Matriarchy: Crowning Medieval Times' First Queen

After 34 years of patriarchy, the beloved jousting tournament-slash-dining experience has installed a female regent. As someone who has spent several drunken birthdays at the Medieval Times in New Jersey, I knew I had to behold this historic event myself.
Callie Beusman
reality tv

What the 'Vanderpump Rules' Cast Talks About When They Talk About Pasta

Did Lala, James, and Logan literally get into a screaming match about pasta? Or is 'pasta' a code word for cocaine? Or something else entirely? Broadly investigates...
Callie Beusman

The Unsettling Spectacle of Addressing Abuse at Hollywood's 'Party of the Year'

"We have a lot to talk about," read a tagline for this year's Golden Globes. But most men in attendance didn't get the memo—and certain alleged abusers weren't discussed at all.
Callie Beusman
On Edge

I Visited a Forest-Dwelling Witch to Cure My Crushing Existential Dread

I have been drinking Susun Weed's calming herbal tinctures for months in an attempt to stave off my impending mental breakdown. But I knew it was not enough; I needed to meet the wood witch to receive her blessings directly.
Callie Beusman
reproductive rights

When Thousands of Christian 'Prayer Marchers' Descend on One Abortion Clinic

"There's another sheriff in town, and his name is Jesus."
Callie Beusman

Trying to Escape Our Hellish Reality with Motherwort, a Very Chill Herb

It's hard to ignore the fact that everything is awful. Recently, though, a group of witches told me about an herb that would make me feel like I'm "being embraced by Mother Earth."
Callie Beusman

The Trans Candidate Who Could Unseat an Anti-LGBTQ Extremist in Virginia

Danica Roem is campaigning against anti-LGBT Republican Bob Marshall to become the first trans woman elected to the Virginia House of Delegates. Though Marshall attacked her gender identity, Roem remained unfazed: "He can't beat me on the issues."
Diana Tourjée
Callie Beusman

When a Fetus Is a 'Child' Who Needs Protection, But a Pregnant Teen Isn't

For weeks, a pregnant, undocumented 17-year-old has been held hostage by the government and denied an abortion. She was finally allowed to get one this morning—but that doesn't change the horrific injustice she endured.
Callie Beusman
reproductive rights

What It's Like to Get an Abortion When You're Six Months Pregnant

Rachel was 25 weeks pregnant when she learned her fetus had a severe, likely lethal abnormality that also put her health at risk. She had to drive 12 hours and pay $10,000 to get a potentially life-saving abortion.
Callie Beusman
reproductive rights

Satanists vs. Republicans: A Battle for Abortion Rights Rages in Missouri

This week, a Missouri appeals court heard oral arguments from the Satanic Temple, who claim the state's abortion restrictions are a violation of their religious freedom.
Callie Beusman

What It Was Like to Witness the Terror and Hatred on Display at Charlottesville

Activists reflect on spending a weekend in a town besieged by white supremacists and experiencing a domestic terror attack.
Callie Beusman
Zing Tsjeng