In troubled times, Germans embrace 'Mommy Merkel' Politico
With little more than a year to go until the next general election, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the leader Germans only half-mockingly like to refer to as Mutti (Mommy), is once again ascendant.
The latest polls (taken before the weekend attacks) showed that Merkel had largely recovered from the hit she took during the refugee crisis, leaving her ready to step aside. The chancellor’s approval rating reached 59 percent in July, the highest since September 2015, in this month’s benchmark Deutschlandtrend poll, conducted by Infratest dimap for German public television.
Michelle Obama's Dress May Have Looked Simple But It Spoke Volumes New York Times
Cobalt blue silk crepe, with cap sleeves, a flared skirt and a neat waist, it was by the designer Christian Siriano, and it pretty much matched the backdrop, playing down Mrs. Obama’s appearance and playing to the patriotic theme, especially when contrasted with the bright red jacket that Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wore during her speech.
But the simplicity and the color were just the beginning. See, Mr. Siriano is a former reality TV star — the only designer to really have emerged from the television show “Project Runway” (he won the fourth season competition) and carved out a place on the New York Fashion Week scene.
But unlike another reality TV star, Mr. Siriano has built his career on being inclusive: on catering to women regardless of size or age.
How Michelle Obama wrote Donald Trump out of the American narrative VOX
LVMH sells loss-making Donna Karan to G-III in $650 million deal Reuters
LVMH has no plans to unload its Marc Jacobs business, which has seen a sales dives in recent years.
Analysts estimate that Marc Jacobs looses more money than DKNY.
IMF's Lagarde to stand trial in Tapie case Reuters
France's Christine Lagarde, now head of the International Monetary Fund, has been ordered to stand trial for her role in a 2008 state payout to businessman Bernard Tapie. At this time, IMF spokesman Gerry Rice said the board has complete confidence in Lagarde's ability to continue in her duties. The strong proponent of international women's rights was reappointed to a second five-year term in January 2016.
Lagarde is accused of negligence in the settlement negotiated by then conservative French president Nicolas Sarkozy, a friend of Tapie, who said he was defrauded after selling his stake in the sports company Adidas to Credit Lyonnais in 1993.
Wives & Daughters
Why Men Want to Marry Melanias and Raise Ivankas New York Times
Today, 40 percent of women are their family’s primary breadwinners, and nearly 80 percent of Americans agree that women should not return to traditional roles in society. A third still say it’s best for small children if Mom doesn’t work at all. The Republican Party has particularly struggled to accept this new model, and still pushes back on women’s progress by opposing policies that would help women work and plan their families: things like federally funded child care, paid parental leave and access to birth control.
And like Mr. Trump praising his daughter’s business acumen, men want different things in their wives than in their daughters. Changing gender roles look less threatening when it’s their children who benefit. According to a survey published by Maria Shriver’sShriver Report, American men listed “intelligence” as the top quality they valued in both a wife and a daughter, but then the responses split: More men said they wanted their wives to be attractive and sweet than said the same about their female children. For daughters, men ranked being independent, strong and principled as more important qualities than those same characteristics in wives. Two-thirds of men want an independent daughter, but only one in three wants an independent wife. Fourteen percent of men said they wanted a wife who was a homemaker; just 5 percent said the same about their daughters.
Closing the Gender Data Gap by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
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 50 Best Documentaries on Netflix (2016) Paste Magazine
LAW & POLITICS
Court Vacates Purvi Patel's Feticide Conviction, Landing a Blow Against 'Personhood' Laws Slate
The Indiana Court of Appeals has reversed the February 2015 conviction of Purvi Patel, sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 years suspended for allegedly taking black-market abortion pills.
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?
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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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.
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.
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