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Director Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi Previn attend the premiere of the film 'Match Point' at the Palais during the 58th International Cannes Film Festival May 12, 2005 in Cannes, France. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)


The Week in Women: Soon-Yi speaks, a milestone divorce ruling in India and love is not officially dead yet

September 21, 2018

We’re walking through some of life’s big milestones this week, with the help of a schoolyard ditty and some intriguing news developments. Let’s take a look back, shall we?

First comes love — A man’s quest to track down the woman he met in a bar inadvertently united 246 women named Nicole. When a very determined fellow name Carlos Zetina tried to reach out to the Nicole of his dreams, he found that she had given him the wrong phone number — so, knowing that she was a student at the University of Calgary in Canada, he sent a mass email to every Nicole on the school’s listserv. The Nicoles apparently thought this was hilarious, staged a meet up, and now have plans to get together regularly. They also managed to track down the OG Nicole, who really had accidentally given Zetina the wrong number and was happy to arrange a date with him. This story went from creepy to cute real fast, and if Carlos and Nicole don’t end up together, love is officially­­ dead.

Then comes marriage — sometimes, a highly controversial one. Soon-Yi Previn recently broke decades of public silence about her husband, Woody Allen, who was once married to her adoptive mother, Mia Farrow. Previn defended Allen against allegations that he sexually abused her sister, Dylan Farrow, in 1992, when she was 7 years old. “What’s happened to Woody is so upsetting, so unjust,” Previn said in an interview with New York magazine. “[Mia] has taken advantage of the #MeToo movement and paraded Dylan as a victim.” Responding to Previn’s comments, Dylan Farrow condemned the interview as “a one-sided piece” that contained “bizarre fabrications about my mother.” 

Then comes a baby in baby carriage — or at an ultra-marathon aid station, being fed by his awesome mom. The runner Sophie Power was photographed breastfeeding her 3-month-old son during the 105-mile Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) in France, and the image went viral. Power said that she struggled with “this huge mother’s guilt that all the time you need to be 100 percent focused on your baby,” but ultimately decided to run the race because “by not focusing on your own physical and mental health you can’t be the best mother.” And we fully support hard-working women doing what it takes to feel great — be that running a grueling marathon, or, we don’t know, eating Chex Mix and watching re-runs of Gilmore Girls.

And then, erm, the divorce: But it’s not all bad news. India’s government has issued an ordinance banning a controversial provision within sharia law known as “triple talaq,” which allows Muslim men to instantly divorce their wives simply by uttering the word “talaq,” or divorce, three times in a row. In India, the practice had spun wildly out of control, with some men divorcing their wives over social media or through text messages. Men who are caught practicing triple talaq could now face up to three years in prison. When India’s Supreme Court handed down its ruling last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the decision as a “powerful measure for women’s empowerment.”

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