MORE SAUDI AWFULNESS
This week’s PR maneuver from the kingdom – announcing that Saudi Arabian wives will now receive a text message when their husbands divorce them, so they know it’s happened – is infuriating. The move is part of the overly-féted ‘Saudi Vision 2030’ plan to modernize, but it barely moves the needle. For a real change, we’d like to see Saudi Arabia finally lift its archaic male guardianship laws, which prevent women from traveling, accessing education, or opening a savings account without a man’s consent. To add to our disgust, this weekend an 18-year old Saudi woman seeking asylum for renouncing Islam needed an 11th-hour U.N. intervention to stop her being deported back to the country (where abandoning your Muslim faith is punishable by death).
We suggest meditating. Legal scholar Elizabeth Goitein has written a must-read report of the horrifying powers President Trump could grant himself if he uses this evening’s national address to declare a state of emergency.
IN THEIR WORDS
“I really don’t want to believe it’s because black girls don’t matter enough.” Jada Pinkett Smith is as upset as the rest of us by the news that R. Kelly’s Spotify streams have gone up since the documentary about his alleged sexual abuse aired this weekend.
“I’m not in the censorship business.” Nancy Pelosi responded perfectly to questions about her colleague calling the President a “motherf*cker.”
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Join us from April 10th-12th at New York’s Lincoln Center for the 10th Annual Women in the World Summit. Tickets are now available for you to see today’s mightiest leaders, fieriest activists and sharpest movers and shakers share their stories and shake up your worldview. In recent years we’ve welcomed Scarlett Johansson, Justin Trudeau, Viola Davis and Meryl Streep – and we think this year’s anniversary line-up is our best yet. Stay tuned for more on our headliners, and secure your seat here.
UNDER THE CARPET
Sunday’s Golden Globes delivered some rousing feminist moments – like Regina King’s vow that every project she produces will be staffed by 50 percent women. But a sobering new study has revealed that women directed just 8 percent of the top 250 films in 2018, a 3 percent drop from the previous year. However, there may be hope from – of all places – harassment-plagued CBS, where Susan Zirinsky just became the first woman in charge of CBS News. Task one? Fixing their troubled morning show.
OUT OF THE RING
Women in West Africa’s most conservative countries are seeking divorces like never before, and increasingly for reasons we’re used to here: a lack of love, a crappy sex life, and a weak work ethic in their husbands.
On the TBD podcast this week, Tina Brown talks to actress Felicity Jones and Supreme Court expert Nina Totenberg about all things RBG – including how the judge felt about that bedroom scene in her new biopic. Yesterday, Justice Ginsburg missed oral arguments for the first time in 25 years after her cancer operation. Say your prayers.
While everyone’s eyes were the House of Representatives last week, America’s first openly bisexual senator Kyrsten Sinema was sworn in by LGBTQ-enemy Mike Pence – and used the Consitution instead of a religious text.
‘It’s the most inadequate time of the year.’ Brands spend a ton of money in January on advertising that tells us we should be better. Find out why in this report, but never forget Dr. Gail Dines’ timeless declaration: “If tomorrow, women woke up and decided they really liked their bodies, think how many industries would go out of business.”