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The Week in Women: Princess problems, war of the waitresses, and Wimbledon’s wardrobe malfunction

A defector who lives in South Korea at an anti-North Korea rally on November 23, 2015 in Seoul. (Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

As you may very well know, Britain has voted to make a stunning and controversial exit from the European Union. But the U.K. isn’t the only one to embark on an epic departure of late; it has been a week of ruptures, splits, and goodbyes. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

A group of 12 waitresses, who may have fled the regime of Kim Jong-un, are at the center of a bitter dispute between North and South Korea. The women, along with their manager, worked in a North Korean restaurant in China and arrived in Seoul in April. The South Korean government has asserted that the group arrived in the country as defectors, and have thus been detained by intelligence agencies. An official told The Guardian that the North is carrying out a “propaganda campaign” over the group’s status, claiming that it was abducted by the South Korean government. Because, you know, there’s no discernible reason why anyone would want to steer clear of North Korea.

Nike has recalled a Wimbeldon tennis dress after facing complaints from female players competing on the famed British courts. The Nike Premier Slam dress was touted by the company as having a “light, airy body,” which evidently is code for “too short and flouncy to cover one’s nether-regions.” This week, Britain’s Katie Boulter was forced to use a hairband to keep the dress in place, while Lucie Hradecka wore knee-length leggings beneath hers. The company has asked players to send the outfits back for quick alterations, realizing a bit too late that billowing white dresses are only a good idea if you’re Marilyn Monroe.

A 39-year-old woman has protested against ISIS by publicly discarding the veil and headscarf that is mandated by the jihadist group. Radi Suleiman fled to Lebanon from Raqqa, an ISIS stronghold in northern Syria, six months ago, along with nine of her 11 children. In a short video interview with Time, Suleiman can be seen shedding the scarf and veil that had left only her eyes exposed. “When we used to wear [the outfits] with our free will, it was beautiful,” she says. “When it became obligatory and enforced it became despised. I don’t want it anymore.”

Parents may want to consider cutting back on their daughters’ Cinderella time. A study out of Brigham Young University found that young children who immerse themselves in Disney princess culture are more susceptible to gender stereotypes. BYU professor Sarah M. Coyne studied nearly 200 preschoolers, first noting how much they interacted with Disney princess media, and then following up to assess their behavior. Coyne found that while princess films encouraged better body image for boys, they could make girls more susceptible to poor self-esteem. The study corroborates previous research indicating that Disney movies can lead to distorted body image and risky sexual behavior in girls. Nope, we definitely can’t think why that would be.

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