This Week in Women: All Hail Beyoncé
While Trump and his administration continue to perplex us with their clumsy handling of foreign and domestic affairs, we are heartened by the activists and organizations keeping tabs and advocating for women’s equality and safety issues. Also on our radar, Beyoncé added plenty of glitter to the end of the week with her Instagram post, and Andy Murray shows the world how to deflect sexism. It’s time for This Week in Women!
Beyoncé Reveals First Picture of Twins
Early this morning, Beyoncé published a glorious first public photo of her twins, Sir and Rumi Carter, on Instagram. The business mogul and prolific tastemaker chose the same serene goddess aesthetic that perfectly matched her February pregnancy announcement and Grammy performance.
Thank you, Beyoncé, for making our Friday headlines so glorious.
Betsy DeVos and Campus Sexual Assault
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos embroiled herself in new policy controversies this week as she sought to roll back Obama-era protections for sexual assault survivors on college campuses. DeVos hosted “listening sessions” on Thursday with members of different campus and educational factions that have a stake in safer higher education environments.
Things really started to feel controversial when Candice Jackson, a mother of a man accused of sexual assault,, “Rather, the accusations—90 percent of them—fall into the category of ‘we were both drunk,’ ‘we broke up, and six months later I found myself under a Title IX investigation because she just decided that our last sleeping together was not quite right.’”
Under Obama and Biden guidance, many states began passing “Yes Means Yes” legislation and requiring more accountability from educational institutions. Withtelling us that one in four women will be sexually assaulted at college, and of incidents will go unreported, it’s hard to understand why DeVos wants to put more barriers in front of victim advocacy.
“We took for granted the fact that the White House and the Department of Education supported accepting and advancing these rights, and we can’t take that for granted anymore,” said Stanford University Law School professor Michele Dauber, to. “There is going to be a fight.”
Andy Murray Shuts Down Sexist Reporter
While our decency-challenged President visited France this week and really put his foot in his mouth whilethe French first lady Brigitte Macron (“You’re in such good shape. She’s in such good physical shape. Beautiful.”), tennis star Andy Murray had the gender-equal fortitude that we really needed.
In a press conference this week, a reporter referenced American tennis player Sam Querry as “the first US player to reach a major semi-final since 2009.” Murrayto say that he was the first “male” US player. Murray was of course referring to the success of Serena Williams, who has secured 12 Grand Slams since 2009.
Murray’s assertion is being lauded on Twitter as a take down of “casual sexism.”
“He has spoken up for women’s issues and women’s rights, especially in tennis, for forever. He does it again,” Williams responded in aninterview. “He has such a wonderful mother, who’s been such a strong figure in his life… We love Andy Murray.”
Featured image via NY Times
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