Jul 14
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Empowerment song

After a very challenging few years, Kesha is finally back in business with a powerful song that might just become your new feminist anthem. After releasing comeback ballad “Praying” last week, she has now shared a video for “Woman,” a collaboration with the Dap-Kings, which is here to remind fans that she is still very much her own woman.

“Don’t buy me a drink, I make my money,” she croons. “Don’t touch my weave, don’t call me honey.” Kesha, who saw her sexual assault case against her former producer Dr. Luke dismissed, co-wrote the song with two men, Drew Pearson and Stephen Wrabel — and that’s no coincidence, as she explained in an essay for Rolling Stone. “It was such a beautiful experience to write such a strong female empowerment song with two men … because it reinforces how supportive men can be of women AND feminism,” she wrote. “I have always been a feminist, but for much of my life I felt like a little girl trying to figure things out,” she continued. “In the past few years, I have felt like a woman more than ever. I just feel the strength and awesomeness and power of being female.”

Watch the full video for “Woman” below.

Read the full story at USA Today.


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Photographers in Tanzania have captured photos a dramatic display of maternal instincts that’s so powerful wildlife experts are calling it a “once-in-a-lifetime event.” In the images, a wild lioness is nursing a 3-week-old leopard cub.

Interspecies suckling has been observed among captive animals, but carnivores, especially in the wild, are notorious for killing off members of any other species that might compete with them for food. On occasion, leopards and pumas have been known to adopt orphaned cubs of their own kind. But according to Luke Hunter, president and chief conservation officer of global wild cat organization Panthera, never before in history has anyone recorded an incident of interspecies suckling among large carnivores.

The photos of the lioness, known as Nosikitok, were taken on Tuesday by a guest at the Ndutu Lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. The fact that Nosikitok had given birth to three cubs of her own in late June, Hunter said, was the only reason this extraordinary interspecies mother-child relationship was possible.

“She is absolutely awash with maternal hormones and that instinct to take care of her own babies,” Hunter explained. “This simply wouldn’t have happened if she wasn’t suckling her own babies.”

Unfortunately, this seemingly fuzzy story is unlikely to have a happy ending. Normally, said Hunter, “lions kind of go out of their way” to kill leopards and other predators. And while lionesses leave their prides in order to give birth, lionesses will normally return to the pride with their new cubs once they’re about 8 weeks old. Even assuming Nosikitok continues to care for the young leopard, the cub would likely be killed by other lions once Nosikitok returns to the pride.

“That would be the most fascinating encounter to observe,” Hunter admitted. “I would love for this to end nicely. But I think the challenges facing the little leopard cub are formidable.”

See the remarkable photos below.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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‘Unwritten rules’

In the wake of a controversy over female journalists being removed from the Speaker’s lobby for wearing sleeveless dresses, shoulder-showing blouses, or even open-toed shoes, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has announced that the House will update their dress code to be more in line with “contemporary” business attire.

“It came to my attention that there was an issue about dress code,” Ryan told reporters on Thursday. “The sergeant-at-arms was simply enforcing the same interpretation of rules as under my predecessors. This is nothing new and certainly not something that I devised. At the same time, that doesn’t mean that enforcement couldn’t stand to be a bit modernized.”

“Decorum is important, especially for this institution,” added Ryan. “But we also don’t need to bar otherwise accepted contemporary business attire. So look for a change on that soon.” Watch his remarks, which begin at the 1:43 mark, below.

News of the move was greeted approvingly by women lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Prior to Ryan’s announcement, Democratic Representative Jackie Speier had been pushing colleagues to wear sleeveless dress for a “Sleeveless Friday” protest on July 14. Republican Representative Martha McSally also drew attention to the dress code on Wednesday, noting that the “professional attire” she was wearing that day included “a sleeveless dress and open-toed shoes.”

Even Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a major Ryan critic, took to Twitter to praise his decision, noting that the “unwritten rules” of the House dress code were “in desperate need of updates.” While details of how the dress code will change remain to be released, it is safe to assume that sleeveless tops will no longer be deemed inappropriate.

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter and Reuters.


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Andy Murray was disappointed after his quarterfinal loss to American Sam Querrey at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but he appeared even more disappointed by the casual sexism of a reporter in his post-match press conference.

During the press conference, a reporter had started to inform Murray of what the reporter no doubt considered an interesting fact: Querrey, the correspondent said, was “the first U.S. player to reach a major semifinal since 2009.” But before the reporter could even get to his question, a frustrated Murray interrupted him.

“Male player,” said Murray. “First male player, that’s for sure.”

While the reporter tried to laugh off his error, the stone-faced Scotsman stared back at him, clearly unamused.

Since 2009, American tennis superstar Serena Williams, who ranks as arguably the best tennis player in history, has won 12 major titles. And on Saturday, Venus Williams, Serena’s sister, will compete in the Wimbledon final. Other Americans, including Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys, had also reached the semifinals in recent years.

The fact that the reporter so easily forgot that women also played professional tennis could be construed as a simple mistake, were it not for the reality that male tennis tournament organizers, and even top players, have suggested that they don’t take the women’s game seriously. Andy Murray, who also happens to be the first top male player to hire a female coach, was evidently tired of people refusing to acknowledge the accomplishments of his women counterparts — even if they were Americans.

And while many took to social media to praise Murray for his remarks, perhaps the most touching message of support came from Murray’s mother, Judy.

Read the full story at NBC Sports.


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While many were shocked to hear the results of a Georgetown University study that found that black girls are perceived as less innocent than white girls by American adults, the news came as no surprise to black mothers, wrote Jonita Davis in an Op-Ed for The Washington Post.

Last month, Georgetown released a study titled “Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood,” which found that black girls are adultified, sexualized, and deemed overly aggressive from a young age. According to the study, adults make judgements about children even “in absence of knowledge of the children’s behavior and verbalization” — meaning, in other words, that even without saying anything black children were judged as less innocent than white children. The results of the study, wrote Davis, were sadly reflective of her own experience as the mother of a black child.

When her eldest daughter, Chloe, was just a toddler, Davis wrote, people began commenting on her “curves.” Embarrassed by how people talked about her daughter, Davis said she began dressing Chloe in one-piece jumpers and shorts at the beach instead of bathing suits — all while her white niece played in two-piece without drawing any sexualized comments at all.

The consequences of such stereotypes, the Georgetown study concluded, are incredibly harmful to young black girls.

“Ultimately,” the study authors wrote, “adultification is a form of dehumanizing, robbing black children of the very essence of what makes childhood distinct from other developmental periods: innocence.”

Davis recalled another incident that captured what the study’s authors discovered. She was taken aback by something she overheard another father say about Chloe when she was in middle school. “My black kid was cast as the problem,” noted Davis, “even though both girls had contributed opinions and names.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.


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