The Week in Women: Al-Baghdadi’s ex-wife, GOP panties, and a hijacking joke gone wrong

(photo courtesy "Bloody Marys Undies")

Start plotting your pranks, because it’s April Fool’s Day! In honor of the most ridiculous day of the year, our news roundup this week was inspired by the silliest, tricksiest hobbits in town. Let’s take a look back:

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades was raked over the Internet coals after making an ill-conceived joke about the recent hijacking of an EgyptAir flight. The hijacker, who forced the plane to land in Cyprus, reportedly gave officials a letter written in Arabic demanding a meeting with his ex-wife, who lives on the island. When a reporter asked Anastasiades if romance was a motive in the hijacking, he responded: “Always there is a woman involved.” Unsurprisingly, citizens of Twitter did not take kindly to the president implicating women in every dumb-dumb decision made by a man. At least, to his credit, Anastasiades refrained from blaming an innocent woman for his lame joke.

A cheeky (heheh) American company is making a new line of high-waisted underpants bearing the faces of Republicans who oppose women’s reproductive rights. The so-called “Bloody Mary Undies” have detachable heat packs to help soothe cramps, and come adorned with your choice of Republican darling: Jeb Bush, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and—of course—Donald Trump. “These are the faces of politicians who have actively worked to pass legislation that will hinder women’s access to abortions, birth control, and Planned Parenthood,” the company writes on its website. Demand has been so high that the underpants are currently on backorder, leaving us to pour our GOP-induced rage into our Mitt Romney-embellished binder.

Saja al-Dulaimi, the Iraqi ex-wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, said she was thrown for a loop when she found out that her former husband had become “the most dangerous man in the world.” In an interview with the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Al-Dulaimi claimed she “didn’t notice” her husband participating in the Syrian resistance, and described him as a “normal family man.” Of course, “normal” is a relative term. “I didn’t love him,” Al-Dulaimi said of her ex. “He was an enigmatic person … He just asked about things and told me to fetch things.”

A Thai woman is facing seven years of jail time for posting a photo of herself with … a red bowl? Theerawan Charoensuk, 57, was ordered to appear in military court on charges of sedition because she photographed herself holding a red bowl signed by deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra. The bowl in contention is a water scoop used during the Songkran festival, during which celebrants take over the streets with giant water fights. Thailand’s deputy prime minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan, defended the charges against Charoensuk, calling her actions “provocative.” So no, the decision to apprehend a woman over a Facebook picture and a water scoop was not some sort of elaborate April Fool’s gag.

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