While You Were Out: Serena Williams Reigns Supreme, Go Set a Watchman Hits Stores, Planned Parenthood Scandal, and More

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“While You Were Out” is a Friday feature of short notes and commentary from the week. Whether it’s something you’d discuss at the watercooler or at happy hour, you’ll find it on our grid, together with our opinion as to if it’s praiseworthy or cringeworthy. We’re pleased to bring you the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.

Serena Williams Wins!

Serena Williams won her sixth Wimbledon Championship last Saturday in true Serena Slam form. Even her final opponent Garbiñe Muguruza wasn’t disappointed, saying, “If you have to choose who to win or who to lose to, I would choose Serena.” The 33-year-old champion then stunned in her gorgeously feminine gown for the festivities—including the resurrected champions dance tradition—that followed. —Mary Rose Somarriba

J. K. Rowling Responds to Idiot Who Body-Shamed Serena Williams

In other Serena news, someone decided over the weekend to tweet the wonderfully insightful idea that Williams’ success is because “she is built like a man,” thus insulting the tennis champion and women everywhere by implying that women are bad at sports (an issue that Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers tackled brilliantly a few weeks ago). Lest anyone get too worried about it though, J. K. Rowling responded by tweeting some beautiful pictures of Williams in a curve-hugging red dress, along with this simple but brilliant caption: “Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You’re an idiot.” —Sophie Caldecott

Go Set a Watchman Is Released and Has Already Broken Records

In need of some summer reading? Harper Lee’s much-awaited second novel was published Tuesday and set a new one-day sales record for Barnes & Noble in the adult fiction category. The novel is set twenty years after the 1960 Pulitzer Prize–winning To Kill a Mockingbird, and literature lovers everywhere were eager to find out what happened to the lovable heroine Scout. Many bookstores stayed open through the night to cope with the demand. Reviews have been mixed, and readers have been shocked to discover the flaws of the hero, Atticus Finch, who’s famous for defending a black man in court during the turbulent thirties in the South. —SC

Ronda Rousey Beats Floyd Mayweather at ESPYs

Ronda Rousey, likely today’s most famous female fighter, won an ESPY award for Best Fighter this week, beating Floyd Mayweather, among other candidates, for the honor. Later on the red carpet, Rousey, who is known for her edgy comments (and sometimes unsportsmanlike behavior), commented on her win over the domestic-abusing boxer: “I wonder how Floyd feels being beat by a woman for once.” —MRS

J. Law Reunites with Cooper and De Niro in Joy

Director David O. Russell is teaming up with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Robert De Niro for the third time in the movie Joy, which follows Lawrence’s character from ages 10 to 40, eventually seeing her become head of her family. The film is set to open Christmas Day, and Russell’s commitment to making a female character the center of his film is inspiring. “It’s my first film that really has the woman as the star,” Russell told Entertainment Weekly. “What’s it like to become a boss and the godmother of a family and dynasty, both emotionally and commercially? You go inside that person’s soul, and it’s alternately hilarious, horrifying, and sort of joyous.” Between this and demanding equal pay during salary negotiations for an upcoming film, Lawrence continues to advance the cause of women in Hollywood. Joyful indeed. —Monica Weigel

Lumberjack Is the New Cowlick

So, the Internet is buzzing with the news that one of our favorite childhood stars is now grown up. Yes, really. Sweet little Alfalfa of 1994’s The Little Rascals fame, played by Bug Hall, is now . . . get this . . . a man. Not only that, but he has been dubbed a “lumbersexual” for his ability to grow a gnarly beard. Wait . . . lumber-what? It’s the term for a well-coiffed . . . er . . . bearded man who portrays all the appeal of a metropolitan lumberjack (because we need more labels). Hall’s tongue-in-cheek reaction was to post another photo for his beard-loving fans on Twitter, but it’s his response to all this hype that merits recognition: “Lumberjackism is on the inside. Let your inner lumberjack shine by defending the weak, doing the difficult, and treating women with respect.” Well said, Alfalfa. —Blanca Therese Morales

Pluto Gets Its Fifteen Minutes

NASA got cheeky this week when it teased Instagram followers with the first high-definition photo of the dwarf planet Pluto taken by the New Horizons spacecraft. The photo, captioned “a love note back to Earth,” was taken from 476,000 miles away. The images of moons, mountain ranges, and the mysterious heart-shaped imprint on the planet’s surface received more than 142,000 likes in just three hours. Not bad for the underdog of the solar system. —Hannah Allen White

Another Celebrity Starts a Lifestyle Website (er, Newsletter)

This week Lena Dunham unveiled her new online newsletter Lenny, in which subscribers will receive weekly servings of—well, we’ll find out in September. Dunham is launching the newsletter with production partner from Girls Jenni Konner and has recruited writers and editors to contribute in supplying what sounds hard to distinguish from other things on the Internet. Dunham says with this venture, “There’s no such thing as TMI; there’s no such thing as self-involved. We’ll be allowed to show the ugly and complicated thought processes that go into forming your own brand of feminism, and your own identity, because it’s not all clean back here.” After reading Dunham’s book, I may have already reached my TMI quota on that front. —MRS

Whoopi Changes Her Tune on Cosby

Whoopi Goldberg, who was insisting last week that Cosby was “innocent until proven guilty,” changed her stance on the controversial comedian. Speaking on The View with ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams, Goldberg said, “If this is to be tried in the court of public opinion, I got to say, all of the information that’s out there kind of points to guilt.” To explain her previous opinion, Goldberg says she didn’t know the women making allegations against Cosby were unable to take their cases to court due to statutes of limitation. “I always thought they would have the opportunity to take him to court, but you’re saying that’s not [true],” Goldberg told Abrams. —MRS

Planned Parenthood Director Caught Discussing the Shipment of Fetal Body Parts

This week a video surfaced that purports to show a Planned Parenthood director discussing the sale of fetal body parts to tissue-collecting companies, which suggests that the abortion-providing business might be partaking in the felony of trafficking human body parts. Planned Parenthood officials have responded by saying that the employee in the video was not discussing the sale of body parts but rather the shipping costs, to which one writer aptly commented, “I think I saw an offer like that in a late-night infomercial, too.” Indeed. —MRS

Boy Band Apocalypse?

As if the world weren’t a strange-enough place already, members of boy bands *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys are slated to be featured in a Syfy channel zombie movie called Dead 7. Stranger still is that BSB’s Nick Carter will be claiming writer, director, and star credits in “the story of a ragtag band of gunslingers who must rid a small town of a zombie plague in a postapocalyptic West,” according to the Asylum press release. “Carter will play Jack, the reluctant hero who unites the outlaws to face the zombie menace,” alongside wife Lauren Kitt, bandmate A. J. McLean and *NSYNC’s Joey Fatone. Carter, it seems, might also be trying on casting agent for size since he reached out to One Direction’s Niall Horan via Twitter on Sunday: “OK @NiallOfficial, I know we’re from different generations, but . . . would you like to play my brother in this zombie movie with me?” There’s been no response from Horan’s people on the matter, but presumably the young heartthrob is too busy being, well, a young heartthrob.  —HAW

Duggar Show Dropped by TLC

This week TLC announced that the infamous reality TV show about Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and their nineteen children has been cancelled. The decision follows revelations back in May that the eldest Duggar son, Josh, had sexually molested five girls, including his own sisters, about twelve years ago. Josh made a public apology for having “acted inexcusably,” but child protection advocates have accused the Duggar parents of not taking their son’s actions seriously enough, even if they did attempt some kind of counseling. A spokesperson from the cable network said that “the recent attention around the Duggars has sparked a critical and important conversation about child protection,” and TLC is set to work with two victim advocacy organizations as well as two of the sisters who were molested to create a one-hour documentary about the issue. The show 19 Kids and Counting is the network’s most popular series to date and averaged 2.3 million viewers for each new episode. —SC

#selfiwithdaughter, India’s Campaign Against Infanticide

It is estimated that India has 7.1 million fewer girls than boys due to female infanticide, with thousands of baby girls being abandoned and left to die at birth because of the lower economic value that the country places on women. Earlier this year Prime Minister Narendra Modi started a social media campaign to try to spread positivity about the nation’s girls by getting fathers to share pictures of themselves with their daughters; the resulting hashtags #selfiwithdaughter and #BetiBachaoBetiPadhao (which means “save the daughter, educate the daughter”) are a heartwarming display of love. Let’s hope the campaign educates people about the issue and helps increase the value of children and women in general. —SC

Good News of the Week

We’re pleased to see this week that IBM has offered a pro-woman solution to a problem for its breast-feeding employees. The tech giant has announced that it will provide free shipping of breast milk for traveling mothers to their babies at home. Breast milk shipping involves special just-right temperatures and handling, making this benefit a monumental convenience. Here’s hoping other companies catch on! —MRS