The Week in Women: Melania’s scandal, sperm bank debacles, and the Kimye/Taylor feud

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It was a week of epic fails, as the kids say these days. Let’s take a look back:

Not long after delivering the keynote address during the opening night of the Republican National Convention, Melania Trump was widely accused of lifting passages from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech. Meredith McIver, a former ballerina and Trump staff writer (¯_(ツ)_/¯), has taken the blame for the debacle. In a statement, McIver said that Ms. Trump read her excerpts from Mrs. Obama’s speech, as examples of topics that she would like to touch on. “I wrote them down and included some of the phrasing that ultimately became the final speech,” McIver claimed. It was a rough start to the convention, but the event managed to proceed with the utmost decorum and dignity. LOL.

Several American sperm banks have been accused of losing specimens and lying about donors. Lawsuits against these businesses have highlighted the lack of regulations governing sperm banks, which set their own rules for how many children donors can have, and how they keep their records. One woman is suing a California sperm bank for allegedly losing her dead husband’s sperm—and using his samples to inseminate other women. Multiple cases accuse a Georgia bank of lying about sperm that it said belonged to a neuroscientist with a genius I.Q., when in reality it belonged to a schizophrenic felon. “[When authorities] inspect, they’re looking at hygienic conditions not record-keeping,” Arthur Caplan, a bioethics professor at New York University, told The New York Times. “Nobody confirms that you have what you say you have.”

Last week’s military coup in Turkey was stamped out not long after it had begun, but reports emerged this week detailing how during the hours of violence, women were on the front lines. Female protesters and police officers took to the streets as the struggle for power continued throughout the night of July 15; Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım told the press that he had seen a photo of two women, one in a headscarf and one without, driving a truck to fight the supporters of the coup. Inside the state-run TRT television station, armed forces held broadcaster Tijen Karas at gunpoint and forced her to read a statement about the coup and martial law to viewers throughout Turkey. She later told the press: “It was the most difficult broadcast of my entire life.”

The Greatest Struggle of our time—i.e. the ongoing feud between Kanye West and Taylor Swift—took a turn this week when Kim Kardashian released a series of video clips indicating that Swift may have lied about her disapproval for a Kanye West lyric. This is a saga with many vicissitudes, but the gist of it is that Swift had previously condemned West as a misogynist for a line in his song “Famous”: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why?/I made that bitch famous.” The videos released by Kardashian, however, seem to show West giving Swift a heads up about the lyric—and Swift giving West her blessing. In the wake of the scandal, Swift will surely continue hosting awesome pool parties, and Kardashian will keep making butt emojis, yet the world is a changed and confusing place.

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