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For the first time in the U.S. a woman has been found guilty of feticide and is facing 20 years in prison. A jury convicted Indiana resident Purvi Patel, 33, of felony child neglect in addition to the feticide charge for the death of her second trimester fetus. In July 2013, Patel entered the emergency room of St. Joseph Hospital in Mishawaka, Indiana, with heavy vaginal bleeding. Although she initially denied it, she later told the hospital staff that she had suffered a miscarriage and placed the stillborn fetus in a dumpster. Read More
Having more female politicians is not simply a numbers game, as we have learned from Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin. Simply being a woman is not the only factor in being a female positive politician. In the case of potential GOP presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, there are some policies that are a little concerning. Fiorina opposes abortion, except in the cases of rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life. Read More
The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee, aka the FratPAC, plans to lobby Congress this April for changes that will make college sexual assault cases even more difficult to report: The group wants the criminal justice system to resolve cases before universities look into them. Why? Because they seriously believe that students accused of sexual assault are treated unfairly. As of right now, the U.S. Department of Education requires colleges to investigate complaints and deal with students who are found responsible of sexual assault. Read More
Our new issue is out now (yay!), and we've packed quite a few goodies into its pages for you wonderful BUSTies: - The adorable Ellie Kemper, star of Tina Fey's new show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, talks to BUST about where she's been, the culture shock of Bridesmaids, and "girl roles" in the acting industry. - Spring is beginning to rear her lovely head, and we have some new fashion trends for you to check out! (Hint: leggings, rings, cat shoes... and flowers, duh.) - We put together a thoroughly researched (you're welcome) vape guide for cannabis usage. Read More
A 20-year-old college student in India confronted her would-be attacker by dragging him to the nearest police station while bystanders silently watched. Pradnya Mandhare was entering the train station during an afternoon in Vile Parle, a suburb of Mumbai, when a drunken male stranger approached her. The man, now identified as Chavan Chowdee, allegedly grabbed her inappropriately amidst the crowd of travelers. Mandhare stated, as told to the Telegraph, “I was shocked for a couple of seconds, but then I started hitting him with my bag. Read More
Well, it has officially happened. Texas Senator Ted Cruz has announced he will be running for president in 2016 (we’re groaning too). Aside from spouting that we Americans need to “return to the truth” and how “it’s going to take a new generation of courageous conservatives to make America great again,” Cruz has ironically been the one ending up way behind on the polls, without much support from his colleagues. But alright, Mr. Read More
Trolls beware: the days of harassment on social media might be a thing of your sad, sad past and, no, you can’t just hide away under a bridge behind your laptop—there probably isn’t WiFi under there anyway. As of today, the team at Facebook is looking to clear up those fuzzy lines of their community standards, giving users better-defined guidelines for sharing and posting on the service. “We’re trying to strike the balance based on the way our community works,” Monika Bickert, Facebook’s head of global policy management, said in an interview. Read More
  "There will never be a n***** in SAE. You can hang him from a tree, but he can never sign with me." A lynching song to the melody of “If Your Happy and You Know It.” That was the chant sung by a group of fraternity boys from the Oklahoma Chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Fraternities have been rightfully under fire for their part in playing into sexist, racist, and homophobic practices that, while not sanctioned, are undoubtedly part of the long history of institutional issues on campuses. Read More
It's hard enough to teach a room full of hormonally-unstable fifth graders how to do multiplication, but it's probably much harder when you know you won't be able to TGIF-party down with a couple of beers when the weekend rolls around.  That's just one hardship teachers faced during the 1920s. Specifically, one hardship female teachers faced. Thanks to a host of sexist and oppressing vintage ads, we already know that having a va-jay-jay back in the day wasn't easy. Now a newly surfaced teaching contract from 1929 brings to light a whole other swarm of bogus rules. Read More
Kelly Gissendaner, Georgia’s only female inmate on death row, once again found her execution postponed late Monday night due to a problem with the lethal-injection drugs.   This marks the second delay for Gissendaner, whose original execution was scheduled for February 25th, but was similarly deferred due to a winter storm. The Pardons and Paroles board denied her lawyers’ request for clemency last week, but has yet to announce the new date and time. Only 16 women have been put to death since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of capital punishment in 1976. Read More