The Week in Women: topless protestors, wrathful nurses, and Trump gets served

Inna Shevchenko, leader of the women's rights organization Femen (right) in Paris last year. (KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Thanks to TV’s Olivia Pope, we know that nothing piques public interest more than a meaty scandal (also, presidents make for pretty lame boyfriends). Incidents of controversy abounded over the past week, and in a shocking turn of events, they were not exclusively driven by presidential hopeful Donald Trump. Without further ado, let’s take a look back.

Two members of the activist group Femen were arrested after protesting topless during a controversial Paris conference, which featured a discussion by two fundamentalist Muslim preachers on whether “wives should be beaten or not.” The two protesters, whose bare chests were painted with the slogans “Nobody subjugates me” and “I am my own prophet,” rushed the stage and began shouting feminist slogans in French and Arabic before being forcibly removed. Conference organizers said they would press charges against the activists, which is a rather litigious move for a group of people who publicly contemplate the merits of spousal abuse.

A Hungarian camerawoman became Public Enemy No. 1 after she was filmed kicking and tripping refugees, including a Syrian man who was carrying his seven-year-old son. Before you despair over the state of humanity, know that the aforementioned man — one Osama Abdul Mohsen — was just offered a job by a Spanish soccer academy near Madrid. Mohsen had been a soccer coach in Syria before he was forced to flee the country. The camerawoman, on the other hand, was fired from her post. As it turns out, you shouldn’t attack small children on camera and expect to get away with it.

Donald Trump, whose ability to offend knows no bounds, reignited debate about his attitude towards women after he made the following comment about Carly Fiorina during a Rolling Stone interview: “Look at that face! Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?!” Fiorina responded with an ad that depicts her telling a cheering crowd, “This is the face of leadership. This is the face of a 61-year-old woman. I am proud of every year and every wrinkle.” During the GOP debate, Fiorina coolly dismissed Trump’s claims that the comment was made in reference to her persona. Nice try, Mr. Trump. Nice try.

Joy Behar, a panelist on the shrill echo chamber that is The View, was compelled to apologize after making some ill-advised remarks about Miss America contestant Kelley Johnson. During the competition, Johnson appeared onstage wearing scrubs and a stethoscope, and gave a heartfelt monologue about her work as a nurse. Behar later questioned why Johnson was wearing “a doctor’s stethoscope,” which prompted droves of nurses to take to social media and remind Behar that they know how to operate one of the most fundamental pieces of medical technology. The scandal prompted two sponsors of The View — Johnson & Johnson and Eggland’s Best — to pull their ads from the show. Moral of the story? Do not incur the wrath of the nation’s nurses. They mean business.

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