This Week in Women: The Nasty Edition
This week has been full of amazing, rallying moments with public figures giving us iconic performances and plenty to talk about. So let’s get to it, shall we? It’s another this week in women: the nasty girl edition!
Women’s Issues Headline After The Presidential Debate
The final presidential debate was held this past Wednesday at University of Nevada, Las Vegas and hosted by the Fox News Sunday anchor, Chris Wallace. Topics included the economy, foreign relations, immigration reform, presidential fitness, healthcare, and women’s issues.
Trump lost his footing on numerous occasions, beginning when Wallace asked the candidates about their support of Roe v. Wade and whether they would appoint Supreme Court justices to uphold or overturn the ruling. In an unsurprising turn of events, Trump said (in so many words) that he would try to get the law overturned. While Clinton gave a rebuttal that championed one of the bedrocks of women’s issues. “I will defend Planned Parenthood. I will defend Roe v. Wade, and I will defend women’s rights to make their own healthcare decisions,” she said. “I do not think the United States government should be stepping in and making those most personal of decisions.”
Another rather notable moment came while Clinton was responding to Chris Wallace’s question about healthcare, only for Trump to interject with, “Such a nasty woman.” (Cue Biggie.)
Since the debate, “Nasty Woman” has become a feminist rallying cry. Nasty Gal updated its website so that the its logo now reads “Nasty Woman,” with “Gal” crossed out. Hop on over to NastyWomenGetShitDone.com, and—what do you know?—you’ll be redirected to Clinton’s website. Soon after the debate, #nastywoman was also trending on Twitter, copious nasty-related memes started to pop up, and merchandise bearing the phrase “Nasty Woman” skyrocketed.
And we’d be lying if we said it didn’t warm our hearts.
RT if you're a nasty woman and it's made your life a freakin' pleasure
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) October 20, 2016
Are you a bad hombre or a nasty woman? #Debate
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) October 20, 2016
( (> A NASTY
<) )> WOMAN
— Such A Nasty Woman (@andreagrimes) October 20, 2016
Vogue‘s Endorsement of Hillary Clinton
Clinton’s campaign continued to gather high profile supporters, adding none other than Vogue to the list this week. Vogue has officially named Clinton as its choice for the 2016 presidential election, making an endorsement for the first time ever in the history of the publication.
“We understand that Clinton has not always been a perfect candidate, yet her fierce intelligence and considerable experience are reflected in policies and positions that are clear, sound, and hopeful. […] And yet two words give us hope: Madam President. Women won the vote in 1920. It has taken nearly a century to bring us to the brink of a woman leading our country for the first time. Let’s put this election behind us and become the America we want to be: optimistic, forward-looking, and modern.”
Michelle Obama Dazzles in Atelier Versace
Switching gears from the former FLOTUS (and future POTUS?!) to the current FLOTUS… At the final White House state dinner of Obama’s presidency, Michelle Obama took the opportunity to remind everyone that she will be a fashion icon for the ages. Obama dressed in a floor length, custom-made Atelier Versace gown. Did we mention it was rose gold? And made of chain mail?
Donatella Versace posted to her Instagram account on Tuesday, saying, “I am humbled and honored to have had the opportunity to dress the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama. Thank you, Michelle, for all the things you have done for America and for the world, and especially for empowering and inspiring women everywhere.”
Laverne Cox reprises Tim Curry’s role as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show remake
And because we love everything glitter, corsets, and musicals, we couldn’t end another this week in women without mentioning the remake of The Rocky Horror Picture Show that Fox premiered on Thursday night.
The excitement surrounding the reboot is unsurprising, and particularly in light of the casting of trans actress and LGBTQ activist Laverne Cox as the infamous, glorious Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Cox is joined by a lineup of musically gifted people—including Christina Milian, Adam Lambert, Victoria Justice, Ben Vereen, and director Kenny Ortega (of High School Musical). The original Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Tim Curry, joins the production as the Criminologist Narrator.
Cox used her role to make a statement on both gender identity exploration and trans people taking on leading roles. In a statement given to Fast Company in the October issue, Cox said, “For years, a lot of people in this industry didn’t think trans actors existed or had the talent to deliver when roles came along. There’s a business part, too. Sometimes you need a name just to get funding. And we have not until recently had any famous trans actors. But if you don’t cast trans people to play trans—or to play any role—then we don’t get the opportunity to become stars and amass the clout to carry a movie. It becomes a circle where we don’t get opportunities. I just wanted to get in the room, to have them see what I could do.”
Images via YouTube, Bloody Disgusting, and CBS News.
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