The Week in Women: Mommy shaming, new footage of a police shooting, and Queen Elizabeth’s cryptic hat

Queen Elizabeth II sits during the State Opening of Parliament in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster on June 21, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It was an illuminating week in news, with many-a-revelation coming to the surface—unlike, say, the names of Beyonce’s new babies, not that we’re thinking about it or anything. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

A new study revealed that some 61 percent of mothers have felt shamed for their parenting choices. University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital polled 475 mothers, whose children range in age from newborns to 5 years old. Discipline was the most common source of criticism, but mothers reported being raked over the coals for their children’s diet, sleep patterns, and — surprise, surprise — their decision of whether or not to breastfeed. Most of the shaming was done by family members: parents, co-parents, in-laws. But moms, ignore the haters. You’re definitely not the worst parents out there.

Nearly one year ago, Diamond Reynolds broadcast a Facebook Live video of her dying boyfriend, Philando Castile, moments after he had been shot by a police officer during a routine traffic stop. This week, heartbreaking new footage pertaining to the incident was released. Reynolds can be seen crying and screaming in the back of the police car as her 4-year-old daughter begs her to be quiet. “Mom, please stop cussing and screaming ’cause I don’t want you to get shooted,” the child says. “I can keep you safe.” Castile did not survive the shooting. The police officer who killed him was recently acquitted of all charges.

A 12-year-old Mormon girl came out to her congregation while speaking from a church pulpit. The child, identified only as Savannah, had previously revealed her identity to her parents, who gave her their support. “I hope to find a partner and have a great job. I hope to get married and have a family,” Savannah says during her speech, which was filmed by a friend. “I know I can have all of these things as a lesbian and be happy.” Savannah’s microphone cut out before she finished her testimony, but dang, that kid is brave.

What can Queen’s Elizabeth II’s hat tell us about her personal politics? Why, everything, of course. This week, the Queen delivered a speech outlining the U.K. government’s agenda, during which she presented an optimistic view of Britain’s upcoming departure from the EU. But some cryptographers on Twitter posited that the Queen was in fact making a subtle demonstration against Brexit because she, uh, wore a hat that looked sort of like the EU flag? The speculation was all done in jest, of course, and it’s probably safe to assume that the Queen’s wardrobe choices are primarily driven by her predilection for monochromatic ensembles. So no, the Queen is not sending us subtle messages with her clothing. OR IS SHE??

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