Last Week: Serena Willams, Billy Bush, Trump (Again), and Hollywood's Open Letter Defending Asia Argento
- Anticipation has ramped up for the Wimbledon Women’s final between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber, who won first place. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, and good friend of Serena were in attendance. Ten months after giving birth to her first child and surviving a life-threatening pulmonary embolism, she is in the finals after five wins, a remarkable feat of human endurance. "Williams’ dominance and quick comeback—she resumed training just six weeks after her C-section—has forced tennis to reckon with the ways it penalizes women who take a break from the sport to have a child," writes Christina Cauterucci for Slate. Serena Williams is the most famous working mother in all of sports. More sports writers chimed in. "I'm going to be honest for a second," sports journalist Jane McManus tweets. "When my first baby was 10 months old I still didn't feel like my body was fully mine. After being active all my life I felt out of sorts in every way. Off balance. Nothing fits. To see what Serena has done, just respect."
- Billy Bush, who giggled petulantly as Donald Trump talked of grabbing-em-by-the-pussy on the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape, is getting divorced. His long-suffering wife, Sydney Davis, filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences, as TMZ is reporting. The couple got married in 1998.
- As Trump’s conservative Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh moves closer to confirmation by the Senate, the mid-term elections become greater relevance with regards to reproductive rights. New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who has attached her name to the Abolish ICE movement is targeting issues that reduce inequality and make life easier for women, children, and people of color in New York State. During a campaign rally in Union Square, NYC on Tuesday, she held up a wire hanger and recounted a story about her mother’s illegal abortion. “Abortion rights and reproductive rights is a very personal issue for me,” she said, according to Teen Vogue. “My mother had an abortion here in New York state before it was legal. And when I was old enough, she made sure to tell me about it,” she said, adding, “it was very hard for her to speak about. She didn’t give a lot of details, but it was very important for her to tell me that she had had an abortion, that it had been illegal, and that it had been a tremendously awful experience. She had wanted to make sure that I knew her history so I can fully value how crucial reproductive freedom is.” The speech is now being hailed the “Fight Like Hell” speech.
- Axios is reporting that one of the most underreported stories is how much women won in the Mexican elections on July 1. “In the next congress, women will make up 47.8% of the lower house, 49.2% of the senate, and at least 50% of most state legislatures,” says Axios. Mexico has gender quotas, which make sure that a set percentage of parliamentary positions go to women, who comprise roughly 50.2% of the population.
- Forty-five Hollywood insiders penned an open letter to The Los Angeles Times defending Asia Argento from online trolls that are blaming her for the death of her boyfriend Anthony Bourdain. “She has been accused of everything from causing her boyfriend’s suicide to trying to use her ‘survivor status’ and the #MeToo movement to advance her career,” they write. “There has long been a traditional narrative of blaming, vilifying, and martyring courageous women. We reject that narrative.” The letter was signed by high profile #MeToo confessors, including: Terry Crews, who was a male victim of sexual assault, Rose McGowan, who has accused Harvey Weinstein of rape, and Paz de la Huerta, who claims Weinstein raped her twice.
- There have been questions for some time about President Trump’s treatment of women leaders. This week, as Trump met the G7 leaders – two of which head the governments of major allies – the questions about Trump’s dealings with women took center stage. On Thursday night, on the eve of a private meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May – who is at a precarious time for her government coalition – Trump bashed her to The Sun newspaper. This was an extraordinary breach of the protocol of allies, who tend not to do such things in public and on the eve of major meetings. Further, it was recently reported that Trump threw Starburst candies at German Chancellor Angela Merkel, telling her “Don’t say I never give you anything.” Trump spent much of Friday walking back his statements, praising May, her government and her handling of Brexit. British newspaper The Sun was not impressed by the Trump charm offensive: their headline on Saturday was, charmingly, “Fake Schmooze.”
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