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The Week in Women: Short skirts in Israel, Wonder Woman’s demotion, and Anna Wintour’s apology

December 16, 2016

If The Devil Wears Prada taught us anything, it’s that clothes can be a source of both ardent enthusiasm and tremendous anxiety (also: “cerulean” is the name of a color and not some sort of exotic shellfish). So it comes as little surprise that fashion—from skirts, to “thigh-baring bodysuits,” to a no-nonsense Vogue editor—caused all manner of ruckus over the past week in news. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

Female employees of the Israeli Knesset, or parliament, wore above-the-knee skirts to work on Wednesday, in protest over recent attempts by Knesset guards to enforce a years-old dress code. The fight erupted on Sunday, when Shaked Hasson, an aide to Knesset member Merav Michaeli, was scrutinized by guards for nearly an hour until her boss intervened. Michaeli wrote in a Facebook post that “no less than five guards stood and visually measured up Shaked’s legs and decided that her attire did not allow her to enter the Knesset.” Other women began to complain of similar treatment, leading to the protest this week. A Knesset spokesman asserted that the dress regulations were “not about gender,” which we definitely believe! *Cue furious eye rolls*

Wonder Woman was abruptly booted from her post as honorary ambassador to the U.N., possibly due to widespread dissent over her appearance and attire. Less than two months ago, Wonder Woman was named ambassador of a campaign to empower women and girls. Some 45,000 people signed a petition protesting the selection, arguing that the comic book character is an inappropriate role model because she “is a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad in a shimmery, thigh-baring body suit.” In response to her removal from the campaign, Wonder Woman said … nothing, because unlike the many qualified women who have been shut out of prominent U.N. positions, she is not a real person.

A Saudi Arabian woman who posed for a photo while not wearing a hijab or abaya has been arrested in Riyadh. Police spokesman Fawaz al-Maiman announced that the woman has been detained because she did not wear a head covering while in public, and because she posted a photo of herself without a hijab on social media. The woman was not identified by police, but she is believed to be Malak Al Shehri. Last month, Al Shehri shared a photo on Twitter that drew an avalanche of criticism for her perceived lack of modesty, and she shut down her account after Twitter users began calling for her execution. According to reports, Al Shehri faces a lashing as punishment for her “violations of general morals.”

Vogue queen Anna Wintour has apologized for her harsh remarks about president-elect Donald Trump. Wintour, a noted Clinton supporter, was reportedly overheard criticizing the president-elect while riding a commuter train, saying that “Trump’s foundation has done nothing,” and that “he’s going to use his presidency to sell himself and his brand and profit personally for himself and his family.” When contacted by the Mirror, a British tabloid, about her remarks, the legendary magazine editor apologized and said that she hopes “President-elect Trump will be a successful president for us all.” Wait, wait, back up a second. Anna Wintour rides commuter trains?