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Support for legal abortion is the highest it has been in two decades, a migrant teen says she was sexually assaulted by a Border Patrol agent, and a World Cup champion on the difficulties of paying for child care.

Survey finds that older women are less satisfied with sex

The number of women regularly having sex and reporting enjoyable sex after menopause falls off with age, according to a study published in the journal Menopause. The research culled from nearly 4,500 survey responses from British women over the age of 50. The women attributed lack of sex to menopause symptoms, embarrassment about their bodies, lack of libido and medical conditions or sexual dysfunction in their partners.

“There is still a stigma around aging and sexuality, and we know that health-care conversations about sex can be difficult for both doctors and patients,” study author Helena Harder told Reuters. “We know that aging in and of itself is not a barrier to healthy sexual activity, and there are things that can be done to ensure this is maintained,” including health-care providers discussing the issue with women, she added.

Two male historians discussed a book on NPR — but never mentioned the woman who wrote it

(Courtesy of Sarah Milov; iStock; Lily illustration)
(Courtesy of Sarah Milov; iStock; Lily illustration)

During a segment of “Here & Now” that aired Thursday, three men — two historians and an NPR host — discussed the history of tobacco in the United States. The information they discussed largely came from a forthcoming book by historian Sarah Milov titled “The Cigarette: A Political History.” However, the men didn’t mention Milov’s name, or the book, during the segment. Producers of the radio show, which is co-produced by NPR and WBUR in Boston and syndicated to approximately 5 million listeners, have since acknowledged something went wrong and apologized.

Lily staff writer Caroline Kitchener spoke with Milov and Nathan Daniel Beau Connolly, one of the historians in the segment. Connolly said that at “no point” was he “trying to conceal the importance of Sarah Milov’s work.” But the incident is “particularly egregious,” Kitchener writes, “because of the relative professional standing” of the historians. The two men are tenured professors, while Milov is at what she describes as a “critical stage” in her career — she is untenured but expects to be up for tenure sometime in the next year. Read the full piece here.

Simona Halep wins her first Wimbledon title

(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)
(Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty)

Simona Halep defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2, in just 56 minutes, in the Wimbledon final on Saturday. The 7th-seeded Romanian played nearly error-free, taking home her first Wimbledon title and her second Grand Slam title. A win for Williams would have tied her with Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slams. In the 11 times Williams and Halep have faced off, Saturday’s match was only the second time Halep came out on top.

“She really played out of her mind, so congratulations, Simona,” Williams said in an on-court interview after the match. When asked if she had ever played better, Halep said, “Never.”

Republican candidate tells female journalist she needs a male chaperone

(Rogelio V. Solis/AP/ iStock; Lily illustration)
(Rogelio V. Solis/AP/ iStock; Lily illustration)

State Rep. Robert Foster, a Republican candidate for Mississippi governor, last week declined requests from Larrison Campbell, a reporter for Mississippi Today, to shadow him on the campaign trail. His team said a male colleague would need to accompany Campbell on the trip, because working alone with a woman could make for “bad optics” for Foster. Campbell and her editor said the denial was “sexist” and made another pitch to the campaign, which they again denied.

Foster defended the decision not to work alone with Campbell, citing “respect” for his wife. “As I anticipated, the liberal left lost their minds over the fact I choose not to be alone with another woman,” he tweeted. “They can’t believe, that even in 2019, someone still values their relationship with their wife and upholds their Christian faith.”

Amid detention center scrutiny, migrant teen says she was sexually assaulted by Border Patrol agent

(Loren Elliott/REUTERS; iStock; Lily illustration)
(Loren Elliott/REUTERS; iStock; Lily illustration)

Customs and Border Protection officials last week confirmed that a federal investigation has been launched in response to an allegation by a 15-year-old migrant girl that she was sexually assaulted by a CBP officer. The girl, originally from Honduras, said the officer put his hands inside her bra, pulled down her underwear and groped her under the guise of a routine pat-down search in a facility in Yuma, Ariz., according to a report obtained by NBC News. The Department of Homeland Security is also investigating claims by other children in the facility of mistreatment and retaliation by officers.

The report comes amid increased scrutiny of overcrowded detention facilities, with children describing terrible conditions, including a lack of hygiene products and being forced to sleep on the floor.

Poor social relationships may make menopause symptoms worse, research finds

A team of researchers at the University of Arizona has found a link between women experiencing increased stress as a result of social relationships and exacerbated menopause symptoms. The researchers say that psychological stress may harm bone mineral density through changes in hormone levels — leading some women to become fragile around the hips, neck and lower spine more quickly. “We identified specific psychosocial stressors pertaining to the social environment that were associated with bone loss,” the researchers wrote in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Although Taylor Swift and Kylie Jenner ranked No. 1 and 2, respectively, on the Forbes list of the 100 highest-paid entertainers in the United States, only 14 other women qualified. Men made up the majority of top earners across all professions, which included musicians, athletes, celebrity personalities, actors, authors, comedians and magicians. All 34 athletes who made the list — the second-most-populated category — were men.


• British actress Lashana Lynch will be the next 007, according to the Mail. The role has been played by a man since the first James Bond movie premiered in 1962.

• The arrest last week of Jeffrey Epstein on federal charges of sexually abusing dozens of girls in the early 2000s set off a chain of events, including the resignation of Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami during an earlier investigation of the multimillionaire.

(Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Southern District of New York; Lily illustration)
(Florida Department of Law Enforcement; Southern District of New York; Lily illustration)

• A Washington Post-ABC poll found that 60 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in all or most cases — the highest percentage since 1995.

• Aziz Ansari addressed sexual misconduct allegations in his new Neflix comedy special, “Right Now,” released last week. The comedian’s response to the Babe.net article, published in January 2018, was met with mixed reactions on social media.

• The British Parliament voted to extend same-sex marriage and abortion rights in Northern Ireland. The laws will take effect if the country does not reform its own government in the next three months.

(Maja Hitij/Getty)
(Maja Hitij/Getty)

As the U.S. women’s soccer team celebrated its World Cup victory, all eyes were on the players. In an interview with beauty website Into the Gloss, Jessica McDonald discussed the difficulty of being the sole mother on the national team and one of the only moms in the National Women’s Soccer League. “The best way I can describe it is that it takes a lot of mental toughness,” she said. “Trying to figure out a routine is probably the hardest thing, and because I got traded a lot, I had to find new babysitters and child care all the time. Child care in particular was very difficult, because it’s expensive and we don’t get paid much.”

La La Anthony. (Robert Ector)
La La Anthony. (Robert Ector)

La La Anthony has been in the entertainment industry for over two decades. You may recognize her for her role on “Power,” which returns to Starz for its sixth and final season in August. (“It’s a show that really changed my life,” she says.) She’s also hitting the screen in “BH90210,” a summer reboot of “Beverly Hills, 90210,” as the wife of original co-star Brian Austin Green. What’s more, she’s currently producing and starring in the forthcoming Starz series “Intercepted,” based on Alexa Martin’s bestselling novel of the same name, which follows the life of an NFL wife.

On juggling career and family: “For me, I have an amazing family support system. I absolutely couldn’t do it without them. Tonight, I fly to Vancouver to shoot ‘BH90210,’ and my son is coming with me. We’re going to do fishing and whale-watching trips. When you’re able to bring your kid along with you as you’re working and have him be a part of your world, that’s always helpful, you know? So I’m grateful to be able to do that.”

The best piece of advice she’s ever received: “The best advice I’ve ever received is that there really is no roadmap. You have to do it your way and figure out what works for you. Every plan has to be tailored to the person and their life.”

On her next project, “Intercepted”: “It’s kind of a broad take on the world of sports and what goes on behind-the-scenes. ... But [co-producer 50 Cent] and I wanted to really show a side that no one really knows about — when wives want to start their own careers and businesses, and how challenging that can be.”

What’s playing on her TV screen this summer: “‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is hands-down my favorite show on television. That’s all I’m about right now.”

Improv classes

I started taking improv classes this spring as a way to meet new people and have an outlet outside of work. The first couple of weeks, it felt really strange to be so silly in a room full of strangers, and there were plenty of times I just choked up and couldn’t think of anything funny to say. Now it’s one of my favorite parts of my week. It forces me to stay out of my head, because you have to be present to play off of what your classmates are doing. It has helped me get comfortable in unfamiliar situations, made me faster at thinking on my feet and given me a lot of confidence. “Saturday Night Live,” here I come.

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