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Author and Yale Law School professor Amy Chua gestures as she reads an excerpt from her book "Tiger Mothers" during DSC Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) in Jaipur on January 21, 2012. (PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

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Week in Women: Why is the ‘Tiger Mom’ back in the headlines?

By on June 13, 2019

TERROR IN SUDAN
A Sudanese beauty influencer is using Instagram to tell the world about the atrocities taking place in her country.

The Sudanese military’s murderous crackdown on protesters worsened this week, with distressing reports that at least 70 women have been sexually assaulted by militias.

In an act of immense courage, Shahd Khidir has been using her feed – where you’d typically find her make-up tips – to get news out about the rapes and violence in Khartoum, the capital, where the internet has been shut down to prevent people from doing just that. Read here on why she won’t be silenced.

THANKS MOM!
Has self-professed ‘Tiger Mom’ Amy Chua gone too far?

In July 2018, Chua, a respected law Yale professor, penned a Wall Street Journal op-ed lauding then Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as a “mentor to women,” saying she “couldn’t think of a better judge for my own daughter’s clerkship.” When readers inevitably suggested she was angling for her daughter Sophia to secure a position in his office, Sophia strenuously denied the charges.

But this week, it emerged that Sophia will indeed begin her clerkship under Kavanaugh this summer. The internet was… not happy.

KING OF HER CASTLE
“Our culture needed an adult. Gayle King rose to the challenge.”

Over a period at CBS News that would have seen many call it quits, King has retained her composure through all of it, whether it was righting the ship after the ousting of her friend Charlie Rose, enduring R. Kelly screaming in her face, or listening to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam explain that he just came to understand why blackface is offensive.

While the network has rightly recognized her worth and compensated her for it, a new interview sees King declare that a huge part of the reason she stayed is the leadership of Susan Zirinsky: the first woman to head CBS News (and the inspiration for Holly Hunt’s character in Broadcast News).

THE RAP SHEET
Chris Brown and Drake have a new song together, and Rihanna fans are rightfully up in arms.

As culture writer Hannah Giorgis pointed out, Drake has gone from spending “a whole era of his career heedlessly professing his love for Rihanna” to “casually making a song with the man who attacked and threatened to kill her.”

Fittingly, the track is titled ‘No Guidance’. Here’s a link to enjoy Rihanna’s music instead.

WAIT, SO NIKE’S GOOD AGAIN?
Nike’s introduction of plus-size mannequins to its London flagship store has attracted both cheers and controversy.

Most people are hailing the addition as a landmark moment in the body positivity movement, but one journalist in particular has provoked an angry debate by declaring that “obese mannequins are selling women a dangerous lie.”

It continues to be an interesting season for Nike, which is sponsoring the Women’s World Cup while fighting claims that its maternity policies harm female athletes.

WE’RE ALSO READING
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Your favorite progressive late night hosts still have shockingly few women on their writing staff.

A Democratic primary debate will focus exclusively on women’s health for the first time.

Kenya’s high court has ruled that rape survivors have the right to an abortion – a landmark ruling in a country where abortion is illegal in most cases.