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Why a radio station banned “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” the wage gap may be worse than you think, and what Nancy Pelosi said about former president George H.W. Bush.
After listeners voiced concerns about the lyrics in “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Cleveland radio station Star 102 has decided to stop playing it. The song, written by Frank Loesser in 1944, features a man trying to convince a woman to stay with him, despite her protestations; the radio station said it’s unfit for the air, particularly in the age of #MeToo. On the station’s website, host Glenn Anderson wrote, “The world we live in is extra sensitive now, and people get easily offended, but in a world where #MeToo has finally given women the voice they deserve, the song has no place.”
At a closed-door meeting Wednesday, House Democrats voted to nominate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to be speaker once Democrats regain control of the chamber. But Pelosi still has significant hurdles to overcome in her bid: She must garner support from more than a dozen Democratic rebels who oppose her before the full House votes in January. Pelosi, 78, served as speaker from 2007 to 2011.
Rep. Karen Bass (Calif.) was also elected chair of the growing Congressional Black Caucus, and two women will lead the House Appropriations Committee next year for the first time: Rep. Kay Granger (R-Tex.) and Rep. Nita M. Lowey (D-N.Y.).
While actress Jameela Jamil is perhaps best known for her role on NBC’s “The Good Place,” she has also emerged as an outspoken advocate for the body positivity movement — she has recently mocked celebrities who endorse detox products and created the social media campaign “I Weigh” earlier this year. On Sunday, BBC published an opinion piece by the actress, who argues that airbrushing should be illegal. In the piece, Jamil writes: “I think it’s a disgusting tool that has been weaponised, predominantly against women. … I suffered from eating disorders as a teenager and so I know how damaging ‘perfect’ images in magazines can be.”
On Wednesday, Margaret Atwood, who authored one of the most quintessential feminist novels ever written, announced that she’s working on a sequel to “The Handmaid’s Tale.” Set to publish on Sept. 10, “The Testaments” will open 15 years after the conclusion of “The Handmaid’s Tale” and will be narrated by three women. The third season of the TV adaptation, starring Elisabeth Moss, is currently in production.
In a note, Atwood wrote, “Dear Readers: Everything you’ve ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we’ve been living in.”
A CNN investigation found that police in dozens of U.S. agencies since 2010 have destroyed rape kits before the statutes of limitations on their cases expired or when there was no time limit to prosecute. In 400 cases, flawed or incomplete investigations led to the trashing of the kits, sometimes just weeks or months after police took custody of the evidence. According to sex crimes investigators and other experts, police lacked training in how to interact with survivors of sexual violence, in the importance of testing kits and in the need to preserve them.
On Thursday, Egyptian actress Rania Youssef appeared at an event at the Cairo International Film Festival wearing a black lacy dress that exposed her legs. Now, two lawyers are filing a suit against her, accusing the actress of “inciting debauchery,” which could put her in prison for up to five years.
One of the lawyers said that the outfit “did not meet societal values, traditions and morals and therefore undermined the reputation of the festival and the reputation of Egyptian women in particular.” Youssef will face trial in January, a judicial source told Al Jazeera Saturday.
The most commonly cited wage gap statistic — which takes into account how much women who work full time and year-round earn in comparison to men — maintains that women make 80 cents on the dollar. But a new analysis published by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research finds that the gap is actually much larger in a career-long view. Researchers said that the gap was 51 cents when they looked at women’s earnings over a 15-year period from 2001 to 2015. They also said that the penalties for taking time off of work were high, and that improving access to paid leave and affordable child care was crucial to narrowing the gap. Research has found that black and Latina women earn significantly less than their white counterparts, too, with Latina women earning the lowest wages.
In the past decade, more than 10 million women worldwide have received breast implants. Recently, through the Implant Files, a global examination of the medical device industry, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) discovered that U.S. and European authorities have allowed manufacturers to hide reports of breast implant injuries. The ICIJ analyzed Food and Drug Administration adverse event data and found that the number of suspected injuries jumped from an average of fewer than 200 per year through 2016 (before the FDA introduced more rigorous reporting rules) to 4,567 events in 2017 and at least 8,242 in the first half of 2018.
The report also revealed that the FDA was aware of the true number of reported injuries but did not disclose it until recently, and some manufacturers in Europe had avoided reporting ruptures entirely.
—Macy Freeman, Washington Post multiplatform editor
Tennessee-based singer-songwriter Elise Davis released her roots-rock debut album, “The Token,” in 2016. Now, she’s back with “Cactus”: 10 country anthems that broach topics such as independence, liberation and resilience as a woman. She says that the album’s name holds particular significance: “Cacti are independent plants that sustain themselves. … I see a lot of parallels with the way I have felt most of my life.” This week, we asked Davis to fill in the blank.
On Friday, George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died at 94. Former presidents and other political leaders have since shared their memories of the former commander in chief. The last World War II veteran to serve as president, Bush was in leadership during the 1991 Persian Gulf War and the final days of the Cold War. Prior to assuming the presidency in 1989, he served as vice president to Ronald Reagan for two terms. He and former first lady Barbara Bush — who died eight months ago — married in 1945.
—Macy Freeman, Washington Post multiplatform editor
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