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Meet the 2016 Olympics US Gymnastics Team Vogue.com

The Olympic trials for the U.S. gymnastics team concluded yesterday and we finally know which five team members will be heading to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Games. Amid applause and a few tears, coach Martha Karolyi announced the all-star dream team late Sunday night, which is a mixture of previous champions and new contenders. Below, a guide to the five gymnasts who will be competing for the gold in August.

Model Dani Mathers Violates Gym Locker Room Privacy, Body Shaming Woman All Over the Internet

Model and 2015 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dani Mathers has been banned for life from LA Fitness clubs after posting on SnapChat a photo of a naked, older woman showering, causing Mathers to pretend mock horror at the sight. 

Mathers has also been suspended from her part-time gig on LA's KLOS radio show in the midst of major blowback from her followers. 

“Her behavior is appalling and puts every member at risk of losing their privacy,” said Jill Greuling, the LA Fitness executive vice president of operations. The company would not say at which gym the incident occurred.

“Our written rules are very clear: Cellphone usage and photography are prohibited in the locker rooms,” Greuling said. “This is not only our rule, but common decency.”

Kim Kardashian Exposes Taylor Swift, Breaks the Internet

Kim Kardashian Exposes Taylor Swift The Daily Beast

Mega star Taylor Swift and Kanye West go way back, and the picture is not pretty. It seemed that the two had 'made up' until the release of West's recent song 'Famous' off his album 'The Life of Pablo' and its controversial lyrics: “For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous.” 

Kanye later called Swift a "fake-ass" for her feigned outrage, saying in no uncertain terms that he had run the lyrics by her in advance. Swift's publicist denied West's claim, saying that Kanye wanted Swift to release 'Famous' on her Twitter account. Taylor Swift did not approve the lyrics but actually cautioned Kanye about releasing a song with such a misogynistic message.

Kim Kardashian West claimed it was all BS in an interview with GQ, alleging that Swift “totally gave the okay” on the lyrics, and that “Rick Rubin was there… I don’t know why [Swift] just, you know, flipped all of a sudden… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”

The supportive wife then dropped the bombshell that given West's tendency to film every aspect of his life, they probably had Swift's approval on video. Swift's legal team went into action.

Well today, Kardashian West has released the receipts via Snapchat and, while the video is edited, it does appear to show West going over the lyrics to “Famous” with Swift on speakerphone—with Rubin in the room, as his wife claimed—and giving her approval, saying, “It’s like a compliment, kind of... I really appreciate you telling me about this… that’s really nice.”

PART 1: Kanye calling Taylor Swift to tell her about the #FAMOUS lyrics. Courtesy of KKW. pic.twitter.com/TIiqxxzLUh

— TeamKanyeDaily (@TeamKanyeDaily) July 18, 2016

Swift is protesting that she didn't know Kanye West would use the word 'bitch' but apart from this minor disagreement, the press supports Kim Kardashian's version of truth, while the smarty pants press is allowing that Kanye may have committed an illegal act. The response at large has been fierce and vicious. coming at a time when pop culture is experiencing Taylor Swift fatigue.  Some lessons will be learned, no doubt.

Can Taylor Swift Survive Kim Kardashian's Snapchat Burial The Daily Beast

As the Twitter pas de deux between the downright celebratory #KimExposesTaylorParty and #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtags suggests, Kardashian, according to this new narrative, had revealed the “real” Swift, the ostensibly conniving one too blinded to think she could be crushed. But Kardashian whipped up the tornado that threw the house right on her. After weathering a spate of frustrating PR stunts and controversies, the resounding chorus in the carnage: Ding dong the witch is dead. 
As The Daily Beast’s Amy Zimmerman wrote, Kardashian beat Swift at her own game. Using celebrity power, a PR machine, immeasurable cultural influence, and media masterminding she refocused a spinning, potentially damaging narrative to not just “set the record straight”—once the singular concern in a celebrity controversy, now second to public perception and goodwill—but recast herself as the victimized hero. Swift? Now she’s the mean girl. 

Kim Kardashian's Snapchat Campaign Against Taylor Swift Is Some Serious Gender Jujitsu Slate

Tom Hiddleston Says His Relationship With Taylor Swift Is Not a Publicity Stunt Vanity Fair

Celebrity News

Favorite Celebrity Couple Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger Have Split Vanity Fair

The Wild Life of Princess Margaret, The Original Royal Rockstar The Daily Beast

Women's News Headlines

Your boss could fire you for having premarital sex if this law passes Fusion

Cool Down, RBG, and Channel Obama The Daily Beast

After a Week of Unthinkable Violence and Tragedy, Beyoncé Heals Elle.com

The Real Reason You'll Never Be Able to Parent Like a French Mom New York Magazine

Jennifer Aniston's battle cry against the media rings hollow Page Six NY Post

The 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix (2016) Paste Magazine

LAW & POLITICS

The Military Used to Get Rid of Rape Victims by Claiming They Were Mentally Ill Slate

AOC has written previously about a bias against military women who are sexual assault survivors. Simply stated, the military woman must be crazy.

WOMEN'S LIVES

Daddies, 'Dates,' and the Girlfriend Experience: Welcome to the Prostitution Economy Vanity Fair US

If increasing numbers of young people are selling their bodies online for countless reasons -- student debt, luxury labels, top-tier museum memberships -- is this an example of American, entrepreneurial skills at their best or exploitation? 

Geraldine’s, a swank spot in the Hotel Van Zandt in Austin, Texas is a top hangout spot for tech guys. Vanity Fair grabs a table and talks turkey over ribs about “dates” with “daddies.” As an appetizer: “They want the girlfriend experience, without having to deal with an actual girlfriend.”

“The girlfriend experience” is the term women in the sex trade use for a service involving more than just sex. “They want the perfect girlfriend—in their eyes,” says Miranda, the young woman at our table.* “She’s well groomed, cultured, classy, able to converse about anything—but not bringing into it any of her real-world problems or feelings.”

 

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DEVELOPING WORLD

The threats and abuse outspoken Pakistani women receive BBC

The apparent 'honour killing' by her brother of Pakistan's Qandeel Baloch has unleashed a fury of conversation over women's rights and the freedom to speak in a nation close to the bottom of global surveys on the quality of women's lives.

BBC journalists discuss their own experiences as women in Urdu. Amber Shamsi explains: Some months ago, I published a story on Qandeel Baloch for BBC Urdu in which I identified her as a cultural landmark of sorts, a provocateur. Inevitably, the abuse followed. BBC Urdu and I were accused of having "nothing better to cover" for giving space to a "slut" who was disgracing the country.

We quote lavishly from Maajid Nawaz's jawdropping essay about the killing at the bottom of this page.

WOMEN LEADERS

Theresa May Likely to Be Britain's Next Premier as Andrea Leadsom Quits Race New York Times

Andrea Leadsom's metaphorical slap at Theresa May's ability to lead as Britain's new prime minister, given her not having blood children, backfired in England. The party turned turned on Leadsom in a heartbeat. On July 5, the NYT described May: 

"Ms. May, 59, is the country’s longest-serving home secretary in half a century, with a reputation for seriousness, hard work and avoiding the intrigue and treachery that has gripped her party. She is one of a growing number of women in traditionally male-dominated British politics rising to the upper echelon of leadership."

 

 

 

 

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