We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.
Oh, No You Didn’t
This week 19-year-old starlet Zendaya Coleman made headlines for standing up to a magazine that published ridiculously Photoshopped images of her, thinning her torso and legs. Zendaya’s response literally stopped the presses. Read more here. —Mary Rose Somarriba
Speaking of Body Image
Did you see this hilarious piece on Verily last Friday about a woman who never really liked her nose. That is, until she realized people treat her like a celebrity for it in another country. . . . too good to miss. —MRS
Zooey Deschanel Sells Her Part of Media Company HelloGiggles
Nobody Wants to Die Alone
This week a New York Times article about the life and death of a lonely, single man named George Bell sent Americans—but particularly New Yorkers—into a tailspin. Here Monica Weigel explains why this struck a nerve, especially for single women. —MRS
Actresses Can Have Postpartum Depression, Just Like the Rest of Us
This week Nashville actress Hayden Panettiere revealed that she is taking a break from filming to recover from postpartum depression, reminding us just how important an issue this is to take seriously. Read the full story here. —MRS
Hospitals, We Have a Problem
This week an article from The Atlantic revealed that many women have significantly longer wait times in emergency rooms than men. Verily Lifestyle Editor Krizia Liquido weighs in with her personal experience. Our health is our most important asset, making this a must-read. —MRS
Are Lego Ads Marketed Toward Girls Sexist?
The Lego company is in high demand this holiday season, largely because girls are showing piqued interest in the toys. After a girl-themed Lego ad made the rounds this past year, questions of gender roles arose: Are we trying to make girls play more like boys? Or is it great that girls are getting into the creative block-building toy? Baleigh Scott shares her opinion. —MRS
Domestic Violence Isn’t Always Evil Men and Cowering Women
To round out Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Verily was honored to share one woman’s story of how her husband of four years turned what she cherished as a relationship of laughs and joy into something she had to walk away from. Also: what not to say to someone who may be in an abusive home. Please read and share this important article. —MRS
Thanks, Sesame Street
Sesame Street’s got a new kid on the block! Introduced on Wednesday morning as part of the show’s new Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children initiative, Julia will be the program’s first muppet with autism. The initiative includes a free app with interactive games and tools for children and families who are living with autism spectrum disorders.
“Children with autism are five times more likely to get bullied,” reports Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, senior vice president of U.S. social impact. “And with one in sixty-eight children having autism, that’s a lot of bullying. Our goal is to bring forth what all children share in common, not their differences. Children with autism share in the joy of playing and loving and being friends and being part of a group.” We’re glad to meet you, Julia! —Anna Quinlan
Women in Hollywood Awards
Several of the movie industry’s leading ladies attended Elle magazine’s annual Women in Hollywood awards on Monday night. Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, Meryl Streep, Mary J. Blige, Amy Schumer, Carey Mulligan, and more were among the crowd. Ostensibly, the ladies spent the evening cracking jokes, showing support for each other, and commiserating about women’s plight in today’s entertainment industry.
I am occasionally frustrated by “women’s” events. Rather than really solving anything, they often do little more than give us a room in which to complain, ironically marginalizing us further. But I have to admit that, from what I read of the evening, I found the utter femininity of the gathering refreshing. Yes, the humor was occasionally crass—Leslie Mann referenced Fifty Shades of Grey, and Lena Dunham made a joke about diarrhea. But there was as much vulnerability and heartfelt encouragement as there was humor and sarcasm.
Dakota Johnson spoke openly about her feelings of inadequacy: “Do these other women here tonight, [whom] I admire so deeply, feel this way, too? Do they question themselves? Do they feel so afraid sometimes?” Schumer shared her thoughts of self-doubt: “And when is Hollywood . . . going to realize that I’m disgusting and that I have no right to be in a movie and that I should be doing the funny bone and begging for half-off wings?” Salma Hayek spoke of the trials of being a young Mexican soap opera star in Los Angeles and the depression she experienced even in success. The event itself may not be the solution to Hollywood’s gender problems, but it was a nice reminder of how strong, passionate, vivacious, and downright funny women are. —Baleigh Scott
Speaking of Our Favorite Women in Hollywood . . .
Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are making some good points through their comedy and candidness. Have you ever wondered why women feel the need to say “I’m sorry” all the time, even when there’s nothing to be sorry about? Or how when women are assertive in a meeting, it’s often taken as offensive? Yeah, sorry (not sorry), but it’s kind of a thing. As Anna Quinlan wrote, Lawrence and Schumer have a hilarious and graceful way of reminding us to wake up. —MRS