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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton welcomes Vice President Joe Biden as he disembarks from Air Force Two for a joint campaign event in Scranton, Pennsylvania, August 15, 2016. (REUTERS/Charles Mostoller)


The Week in Women: ‘Burqini’ bans, an Egyptian TV controversy, and Biden’s awkward hug

August 19, 2016

Can’t we all just get along? The answer, it seems, is, “Ehhh, not really.” This week’s news cycle was marked by feuds, tensions, and all manner of face-offs. Let’s take a look back:

Egyptian TV vs. snacks: Egypt’s state TV broadcaster has sparked outrage after reportedly suspending eight of its female anchors and instructing them to go on diets. The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has given the women a month to lose weight before they can resume their on-air roles with an “appropriate appearance.” Khadija Khattab, one of the anchors in question, told local media that she wants people to watch her recent appearances and judge whether she really deserves the suspension for being “fat.” Or maybe viewers can disregard her appearance and focus their attention on the words coming out of her mouth. Just a thought.

Grandparents vs. babysitting: According to new research, young Baby Boomers and older Generation Xers—who make up the bulk of grandparents today—are under 65, still working, and not willing to offer regular babysitting services to their adult children, thank you very much. Grandparents today are more likely to agree with the statement “I love being part of my grandchild’s life, but it’s not the center of my life,” according to a survey. Or as 52-year-old Catherine Giordano told The New York Times: “I’m involved, but I’m not the parent.” This comes as sad news for little ones, because everyone knows that when grandma and grandpa babysit, it’s time to eat ALL THE JUNK FOOD.

Cannes vs. burqinis: Ten women have been booted from the beach at Cannes, and four of them fined 36 euros ($41), after a controversial ban on head-to-foot “burqini” swimwear came into effect. David Lisnard, Cannes’ mayor, signed the legislation in late July in response to recent deadly terror attacks in France, claiming that the garments were a “symbol of Islamic extremism” and “not respectful of good morals and secularism.” The women’s fines will be paid by millionaire businessman Rachid Nekkaz, who believes the ban is in breach of “religious and human rights.”

Hillary Clinton vs. hugs: Denizens of the internet are delighting in video footage depicting a very awkward hug between Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. When the pair met on a tarmac in Scranton, Pennsylvania, they greeted one another with an embrace. But even after Clinton repeatedly tapped Biden’s arm—universal human speak for “This hug is done now”—he continued you to hold on to her for another 15, cringe-inducing seconds. No, Mr. Vice President! That’s too long for workplace hugs! It’s not clear what Biden whispered into Clinton’s ear as he embraced her on the tarmac, but presumably it was something along the lines of, “We’ll always have Paris.”