We’re pleased to bring you “While You Were Out”—the Verily editors’ quick takes on the happenings of this week.
Emma Stone Has a Questionable Solution to the Gender Gap
Actress Emma Stone recently stated that some of her male costars have taken pay cuts in order to even their salaries. Stone spoke on Hollywood’s wage gap with former tennis star Billie Jean King in a conversation published in Out Magazine. Stone said that if a male costar takes a pay cut for her now, she will be paid more in the future, which will consequently change her life.
“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male costars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them,” Stone said. “And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.”
Stone is not the first leading lady to speak out about the issue. While it is noble of Stone’s costars to take this cut for her, it does seem dubious for everyone to make less in the name of equality. Not all equality is good equality, and in the future we hope to see women lifted up. —Gabriella Patti
Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch Got Emotional About Miscarriage and the Pressure to Have Children
In a painfully honest yet humorous essay for Glamour, Rauch opened up about the torture of miscarriage, her hatred for the word itself (because it implies the woman is at fault), why she thinks discussing baby-making should be banned, and the feint silver lining her experience brought her. The sitcom star bared all when she wrote, "The image of our baby on the ultrasound monitor—without movement, without a heartbeat—after we had seen that same little heart healthy and flickering just two weeks prior completely blindsided us and haunts me to this day." Because of that, she says she hopes society will become less entitled when it comes to asking women about their plans for children. "My hope is that if we as a society become more aware of how common fertility struggles are, perhaps we won’t be so cavalier in questioning females about what's on their baby agenda," she wrote.
For anyone who has experienced miscarriage and for those of us who have wondered desperately how to support our friends who have, Rauch's words are hard to hear but valuable all the more for their authenticity. —Megan Madden
Kesha’s New Single Gracefully Confronts Her Sexual Assault
After months of legal battles against her recording label and producer Dr. Luke, where she alleged that he inflicted years of emotional and sexual abuse on her, Kesha delivered a powerful message with her most recent release: forgiveness. “Praying” is Kesha’s anthem to herself and the ones who wronged her. One Verily reader even likened the single's impact to Adele's comeback anthem "Hello." One thing is certain, it's an incredible move of bravery and vulnerability previously unknown in Kesha's career. For Verily, Emily Mae Mentock wrote how the song resonated strongly with her own assault experience. Mentock says the singer inspired and empowered her to continue her journey toward healing. There's clearly a reason the song has more than fourteen million views on YouTube. I, for one, can’t stop listening. —Krysta Scripter
The Bold Type Shows a Cosmo-Like World Full of Confusion
If you're a fan of 13 Going on 30 or The Devil Wears Prada, your interests may have been piqued this week by the premiere of Freeform's latest young adult drama, The Bold Type. Created and produced by the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the show is a fictional behind-the-scenes look at a specific type of mainstream women's media, complete with high fashion, flowing cocktails, and a heavy dose of confusion regarding sex and empowerment. As the Verily editors took in the show, we couldn't help but notice the irony at play. It's not just readers who wonder about the practicality or truth in much of women's media today; the very women producing the Cosmo-like content in the show were really conflicted by how it applied to their real lives. The show probably wont answer many big questions for you and it's no substitute for How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but it will at least give you a laugh in that the magazine itself isn't even sure what purpose it serves. —Verily Magazine
Islamic State Leader’s Death Is Confirmed
On Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Right reported that the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has passed away. The group has been monitoring the war in Syria and received this “confirmed information” through militant channels. This isn’t the first time that reports of al-Baghdadi’s death have surfaced, and currently the U.S. Central Command is unable to verify this information. ISIS has not released a statement regarding al-Baghdadi. –GP
New Mommy Comedy I’m Sorry Falls Short of Funny
Somewhere along the line, comedy has became synonymous with raunch, and we’re not exactly fans. Andrea Savage’s new comedy on Tru TV about the hilarities of parenting relies mostly on anal sex jokes, following a rather disturbing trend of women's comedy recently in which vulgarity seems the only path to success for comediennes. Not that parenting is all about color-coordinated outfits and socially appropriate conversation topics during playdates (almost every mother has said inappropriate things in front of their children), but that doesn’t mean moms are on the same level as Savage is here. As Baleigh Scott wrote for Verily this week, "you don’t need to add over-the-top, off-color content in order to make parenthood funny. As long as you are human, life provides ample material on its own." —KS
A 100-Year-Old Woman Just Justified Your Next Happy Hour
Maine resident Florence Bearse reached a major milestone last week when she celebrated her hundredth birthday. The secret to her longevity? Good ol’ vino and not “taking baloney” from anyone, she told WLBZ2 News. “I like my wine, don’t take that away from me,” Bearse quipped. Needless to say, my new evening plan is to kick my feet up with a glass of rosé in hand. Happy birthday, Florence. Like fine wine, may your life get even better with time! –GP
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