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Donald Trump and his wife Melania Trump attend the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20, 2016 in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: Asma Assad breaks her silence, Weight Watchers misses the mark, and Melania Trump defends her bad hombre

October 21, 2016

“Shout, shout, let it all out,” as the classic ’80s song goes. Over the past week, women across the globe have been breaking their silence and voicing hidden opinions (some of which we could definitely do without). Let’s take a look back, shall we?

The usually media-averse Melania Trump spoke out twice in defense of her husband Donald Trump, before the final presidential debate where he immortalized himself as America’s crusader against nasty women and bad hombres. She was also spotted standing by him the day after the debate at a charity event in New York, where he returned the favor by making her the butt of one of his jokes. During interviews with Fox News and CNN, Trump broke her silence on the 2005 hot mic tape that caught Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women. “Those words, they were offensive to me and they were inappropriate,” she said. “And he apologized to me. I accept his apology.” Trump even had a joke of her own: “Sometimes I say I have two boys at home — I have my young son and I have my husband.” Just what Americans want to hear about the man who may one day run their country.

Asma Assad, Syria’s first lady, spoke to state-owned news channel Russia-24 in her first television interview in eight years. She claimed that although Syria’s civil war continues to wage, she has rejected offers of asylum from several unnamed countries. “It was never about my wellbeing or my children, it was a deliberate attempt to shatter people’s confidence in their president,” Assad said. “[S]uffice to say these offers were foolish.” The First Lady also noted that the humanitarian crisis in Syria is “possibly unprecedented” and “beyond comprehension.” She did not mention that this crisis has been perpetrated, in part, by her husband Bashar al-Assad.

Weight Watchers Australia is catching heat for an ill-advised campaign that features women opening up about their lack of body confidence during sex. A black and white video ad features forlorn women saying things like,“We never had sex completely naked because I couldn’t stand the thought of him seeing all of me.” Then one of the women, no longer forlorn, proclaims: “Doesn’t matter what size you are, or what you weigh at all… it’s about whether you love yourself or not.” Subtext? While loving yourself, don’t forget to sign up for Weight Watchers and start dropping those pounds!

A new study found that women often voice misogynistic opinions on Twitter — more frequently than men do, in fact. Brandwatch, a social intelligence company (whatever that means), used data analysis tools on nearly 19 million public tweets and found that 52 percent of misogynistic tweets were written by women. Male Twitter users were more likely to insult women through objectification — using language relating to female anatomy, intelligence, and sexuality — while women were more likely to attack other women by criticizing their appearance and accusing them of promiscuity. Can we all just agree to channel our online aggression into a worthy cause like #DonaldTrumpBookReport?