The weekend is coming. We're super stoked to go home and curl up in our beds with some Outlander before it comes back (shout out to BUSTies Holly and Princess), but first, here are five feminist news stories you might have been too busy being a killa' queen this week to catch:
It's ridiculous that it took Dior seventy years to have a black representative, but we’re pretty psyched that it finally happened. Rihanna has gained much attention for her daring outfits and IDGAF attitude that it makes sense to us that this powerful woman is now at the helm of the high fashion label. However, don’t mistake this as a sign that diversity is growing largely within the fashion industry. Model Agent Carol White stated “you can get a white girl going in maybe a month, two months, a black it can take six to twelve.” With Dior in the lead, we’re hoping more labels learn to follow suit.
A recent NPR report revealed that male nurses make $3,900—$7,700 more then their female coworkers. Though it isn’t as simple as just looking at who makes what—education and number of work experience years all play a part—it would seem to make sense for women to have more financial traction in a field they generally dominate. Researchers suggest the gap is in part created because men have better negotiating skills and women receive shifts that pay less. So while we’re waiting for this to change, don’t forget that bitches get stuff done—negotiating for what you want isn’t a crime.
Mo’Ne Davis took the high road this week when she stepped up to the plate in defense of Twitter troll Joey Casselberry. Bloomsburg University, for which he plays first baseman, removed him from their team after he called Davis a “slut” via twitter (because making comments through a human contact-less screen is so hardcore). Davis asked Bloomsburg to allow him back on the team “so that he can continue to chase him dream.” As she pointed out, “we all make mistakes and deserve to be forgive.” Cassleberry apologized through an unconvincing tweet, which reassures all of us that “he is in no way, shape, or form a sexist.” Yeah, okay. Thanks for trying, man.
An indian college student, aged 20, confronted her would-be attacker by dragging him to the nearest police station. A drunk Chavan Chowdee in a train station allegedly grabbed Pradnya Mandhare inappropriately. When no one in the crowded Vile Parle train station came to her aid, Pradnya realized she could overpower him. This is a major win for women in India because most hesitate to come forward due to authorities' uncooperativeness. It is also common for families to conceal attacks on the behalf of their daughters’ reputations. We should all take a cue from Pradnya when it comes to reporting what we see. Whether it happens to us or to someone we know, acts of sexual harassment should not go unpunished.
Yes, FratPAC is a thing. The Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee plans to lobby Congress in April to make reporting on-campus sexual assault more difficult. Why is this happening?! Probably because they actually believe students that have committed sexual assault are treated unfairly. As of now, colleges can suspend and expel students found guilty—and can do so much faster than if courts had control over case resolutions, which is exactly what FratPAC wants. This needs to be shut the fuck down, and fast, because the deplorable, tank wearing bro-members have already raised $2.1 millions for congressional candidates.