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A Michigan Case Triggers Debate Over the Terminology for Female Genital Mutilation

Two weeks ago, an emergency-room doctor in Detroit was arrested for allegedly removing parts of two 7-year-old girls’ genitals. The federal criminal complaint alleges that Jumana Nagarwala, who has denied the charges, committed the crimes at a medical clinic in Livonia and may have victimized multiple other girls at the request of their parents.

How Would Macron’s Teacher-Student Romance Play In the Media If He Were a Woman?

Next month, French voters will choose between an inexperienced independent centrist and a far-right nationalist in their presidential runoff election. Donald Trump has endorsed the latter, but he shares at least one major similarity with the former: a 24-year spousal age gap.

The Creepy Bill O'Reilly Kids' Book That Teaches Children to Beg for Help

Bill O’Reilly’s latest children’s book, Give Please a Chance, is a deeply creepy artifact. In this book, co-credited to the prolific thriller writer James Patterson, children with Keane-ishly big eyes dangle from swings, gaze longingly at kittens through shop windows, or crave cookies. Show More Summary

States Are Attempting to Modify Their Definitions of Rape and Sex: The Week In Women’s Rights

Earlier this month, Maryland seemed poised to finally pass a law, as most states have, that would keep men from claiming parental rights to the babies of the women they raped. The bill passed both chambers of the state legislature unanimously—then...Show More Summary

Karen Handel, Enemy of Planned Parenthood and Feminism, Adds Georgia Dem. Jon Ossoff to Her Rival List

Democrat Jon Ossoff narrowly missed an outright win in the special election for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District on Tuesday. Ossoff walked away with national name recognition and a tantalizing 48 percent of the vote. But because he didn’t make it to 50 percent in the crowded “jungle primary,” he will face his nearest rival in a runoff in June.

Baylor Just Introduced Its First Woman President—Right to the Edge of a Glass Cliff

Baylor, the country’s largest Baptist university, has named the first woman president in its 172-year history. Linda Livingstone takes over from interim president David Garland, as fallout continues from the school’s campus rape scandal, which includes accusations that the school covered up assaults by members of its football team. Show More Summary

Fox News Finally Fires Bill O’Reilly Over Sexual-Harassment Allegations

Bill O’Reilly has been officially ousted from Fox News in the wake of several sexual-harassment allegations, ending his 20-year career as a host on the network.

Abortion Is 20 Times More Dangerous on TV Than It Is In Real Life

When a woman on TV experiences an unplanned pregnancy, the story usually goes one of two ways: She discovers it’s an unexpected blessing and opts to keep the baby, or she has a miscarriage, dodging the decision-making process altogether. Show More Summary

The Hot New Thing in Ladies’ Footwear Is Not Fully Putting Your Foot Into the Shoe

Mules, you learn in biology, do not technically count as a species because they, the product of male donkeys and female horses, cannot reproduce. If only the same could be said of mules the shoes, which retailers are producing and reproducing and, contrary to their name, frankly seem to breed like rabbits. Show More Summary

How Gender Quotas Can Get Everyone Better Benefits and More Competent Leaders

Female ironworkers, who make up just 1.6 percent of their trade’s 130,000-member union, will soon be eligible for a chunk of paid maternity leave that rivals some of the most generous tech-company plans. Pregnant women and new mothers in the union will get between seven and eight months of paid leave.

Do Not Malign, But Instead Marvel at the Coachella Peacocks

As much as it’s a music festival, Coachella is also an annual occasion for making fun of people’s outlandish looks. “People Wearing the Same Coachella Garbage Trends as Seen in Previous Years” is how the website LAist headlined its slide show of photos from the festival’s first weekend. Show More Summary

Brio, the Hottest Magazine for Teen Girls Who Fear Acne and the Almighty, Is Back!

From 1990 to 2009, the conservative evangelical organization Focus on the Family published a magazine for teen girls called Brio. For several years in the early ‘90s, I was a Brio subscriber, thanks to a gift subscription whose origins are now lost to time. Show More Summary

In Three Months, the Number of Parents Apprehended With Kids at the Mexican Border Fell 93 Percent

The Trump administration is boasting of an immigration-policy success after the Department of Homeland Security reported a 93 percent decrease in parents apprehended with children trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. In December, border patrol agents apprehended 16,000 parents and children, Reuters reports. Show More Summary

This Week in Women’s Rights: Abortion Bans, Equal Pay, and GPS Tracking for Domestic Abusers.

Donald Trump signed a law on Thursday that will make it easier for states to direct federal family-planning funding away from Planned Parenthood centers and other health clinics that provide abortion care. The legislation was a reversal...Show More Summary

Equal Pay Legislation Banning Salary History Questions Is Absolutely Based in Data

There’s a hot trend sweeping the field of equal-pay legislation right now, and business leaders aren’t happy about it. Last summer, Massachusetts passed the country’s first law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants for their current salaries or salary histories. Show More Summary

Bless Dianne Bentley, Who Undid Her Cheating Governor Husband With His Exceedingly Boring Sexts

There are several losers in the extramarital affair that brought down Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, starting with the man himself, who ended up resigning on Monday and pleading guilty to two misdemeanor crimes. There’s also his paramour, Rebekah Mason, who resigned from her job when news of the affair first broke last year. Show More Summary

Trump’s Support for “Beautiful Babies” Is Tremendous

“It was a slow and brutal death for so many,” Donald Trump said last week from Florida as he announced the American attack on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for the Assad regime’s reported use of chemical weapons on a rebel town. “Even...Show More Summary

The “Charging Bull” Sculptor Is Right. “Fearless Girl” Should Go.

Wall Street’s “Fearless Girl” statue has weathered more than her fair share of mischief since she was erected the night before International Women’s Day. Just two days after her arrival in the Big Apple, she got humped by a man in a suit miming child rape. Show More Summary

Donald Trump’s Modeling Agency Is Closing—Not That That Has Anything to Do With Donald Trump

The New York company Trump Model Management is shutting down, a piece of news that has nothing to do with Donald Trump. Sure, the agency still bears the vestigial name of its model-connoisseur founder. And yes, the president’s financial...Show More Summary

How a Hospital’s Design Could Affect Your Chances of Getting a C-Section

When pregnant women choose hospitals for their deliveries, they’re more often swayed by a particular obstetrician or midwife than by a hospital’s quality metrics, according to research published earlier this year in Birth Issues in Perinatal Care. Show More Summary

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