WE ASKED HILLARY
On the newest episode of The TBD Podcast, Hillary Clinton tells Tina Brown what it feels like to be targeted by Vladimir Putin, the risks of President Trump’s overtures to North Korea, and how women candidates must be prepared to fight:
“How do you get on this Goldilocks path where you’re not too strong, and you’re not too weak? Not too passive, not too aggressive? This is still a problem.”
Listen to their full conversation here.
LET US FAIL, TOO
Financial Times journalist Pilita Clark’s vision for gender equality doesn’t involve CEO quotas, nor increasing the number of Oscar-winning female directors.
In a new essay, Clark muses that she’s not all that interested in whether a woman can run a country. Instead, she’s interested in reaching a point in society where women can get away with being as “incompetent, lazy and useless” as men — and removing the “wearying expectation” that women are always more ethical, generous and inspiring.
As she braces for the celebration of “dazzling outliers” that International Women’s Day will bring next month, Clark has nominated Leandra Marciano Gale — the model who got so drunk on a plane she thought England was Morocco — to be celebrated on a mooted “International Crap Women’s Day.”
“We cannot all be brilliant,” she writes. “It is also tiring to think we should be.”
PUTTING THE ‘PR’ IN PRINCESS
In an attempt to repair relations following the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia has anointed Princess Reema bint Bandar al-Saud as Ambassador to the United States, the first time a woman has served as an envoy for the kingdom.
Princess Reema is a winning asset: a highly capable, brainy woman who has impressed in multiple CEO positions and as a Middle East advisor to companies like Uber. We’re glad to see her take on a new and promising challenge.
But the kingdom will need more than charm to paper over the butchery of journalist Khashoggi and the harsh oppression of female journalists in Saudi.
WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH MEN?
What was it that drew so many reckless oldsters to the Orchids of Asia salon, the shuttered Florida day spa where female trafficking victims were forced to work in “sexual servitude” to men who had $79 to spare?
Robert Kraft, the 77-year-old billionaire owner of the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots, is one of 25 men to have been charged in a statewide human trafficking investigation by the Florida State Attorney’s office. Kraft, a longtime friend of the president, is alleged to have visited the salon on multiple occasions, including on the morning of his team’s massively important AFC Championship Game last month.
Following a week that saw R. Kelly arrested for sexual abuse, the legal team of Kraft’s fellow Florida creep Jeffrey Epstein charged with breaking the law, the reveal of Jussie Smollett’s alleged sick con, and accusations of exploitation by Kraft and Co., one could only agree with Dr. Cornel West’s droll comment to Anderson Cooper on 360: “The brothers are out of control.”
IN OTHER NEWS
The U.N. Special Rapporteur has said that Facebook bears some responsibility for independent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa’s arrest this month. Ressa approached Facebook last fall, begging them to investigate her government’s use of the network to create and purchase fake propaganda accounts. When Facebook refused to investigate, Ressa felt she had to — and was imprisoned for her efforts.
An Arizona cop chose the wrong 12-year-old to threaten with arrest. The girl he taunted was young journalist Hilde Lysiak, whose investigative work has so far inspired a book series and television show. In trademark form, Lysiak immediately turned her camera onto the officer, asking a question he couldn’t answer: “What exactly am I doing that’s illegal?”
“Are you even a woman?” A concerning video from Lina Khalifeh, the inspirational founder of SheFighter — the first self-defense studio for women founded in the Middle East — details the discrimination and threats of violence she faced this week in a Turkish hotel. Khalifeh will be joining the Women in the World’s 10th Anniversary Summit taking place at Lincoln Center April 10-12.
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