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French presidential election candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Trogneux pose during a campaign visit in Bagneres de Bigorre on April 12, 2017. (/AFP/Getty Images)

The Week in Women: A May-December romance for Macron, a new magazine for Christian teens, and an odd wedding gift for Indian brides

May 5, 2017

Spring has sprung and love is in the air, probably (*sobs into cup of instant ramen*). We’ve devoted this week’s roundup to marriage, romance, and all things couple-y. Let’s take a look back:

French women have applauded the May-December age gap between presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron and his wife, Brigitte Macron. And let us clarify: Brigitte is 24 years older than her husband—she used to be his high school teacher, in fact. The 64-year-old has played a prominent role in Macron’s campaign, appearing onstage with her husband and posing for numerous photoshoots. The age gap between the couple does not seem to have damaged Macron’s shot at the presidency, because it’s France and quel ennui. 

You know who loves marriage a whole lot? Brio, a new fashion magazine for Christian teens. The conservative Christian organization Focus on the Family announced the re-launch of the publication, which was shuttered in 2009, this week. The mag approached issues from a “biblical worldview,” and has long been touted by evangelical parents. But Brio is perhaps best known for its opposition to premarital sex, abortion, LGBT rights, and diabolical things like … pop culture. A past issue featured a quiz on music and celebrities that deducted points for correct answers. Uh-oh, we’re definitely damned for all eternity.

Melania Trump may not have wanted her husband to become president, according to a report in Vanity Fair. A former Trump campaign aide told the publication that the First Lady “never wanted this, and never had any interest.” Melania’s conspicuous absence from both the campaign trail and White House has also raised eyebrows. With no comment from the woman herself, we probably shouldn’t make too many suppositions about what Melania does and doesn’t want. But lingering resentment over her newfound life would explain this weird situation.

Hundreds of brides in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh recently received a lovely, touching wedding gift: a wooden bat, for beating their husbands. The gifts came courtesy of state minister Gopal Bhargava, who told the women to use the bats on their husbands, should they become abusive. One might say that a comprehensive domestic violence prevention campaign would be a more effective approach, but yeah, we guess a bat works too.