“We wish you to watch out, the feminists worldwide are speaking, and we are watching you.”Zhang called on Trump to respect women’s rights, warning him not to use his position to spread “straight-man cancer”.The term has become popular in China in recent years to describe a “disease” among narrow-minded men seeking to control women and work against gender equality.“Straight-man cancer” also chastises men seen to cling on to traditional Chinese norms in relationships, such as suppressing women’s rights through official policies, devaluing female labour and branding educated women as unattractive.“In general ‘straight-man cancer’ is the equivalent of ‘male chauvinist pig’ in English,” Zhang wrote.
Australian pro surfer Mick Fanning pulls on a thick wetsuit and hood to surf under the stars as the northern lights play above him in Norway
Gov. John Kasich of Ohio on Tuesday signed into law a ban on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but vetoed a far more restrictive measure that would have barred abortions after a fetal heartbeat was detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.In reaching the split decision on the two bans, adopted last week by the Ohio legislature, Mr. Kasich, a Republican, said the so-called heartbeat bill was “clearly contrary to the Supreme Court’s current rulings on abortion.” He called the 20-week ban the “best, most legally sound and sustainable approach to protecting the sanctity of human life.”
No Israeli officials will meet Sweden’s foreign minister during her trip to the region, a spokesman has said.Erik Wirkensjö, spokesperson for Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, told the AFP news agency she had wanted to meet both Israeli and Palestinian officials during her visit from Thursday to Saturday.“This time it was not possible to visit Israel,” said Wirkensjö.Asked why there were no meetings planned, he said such questions must be “asked to the Israelis”.Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon blamed “schedule problems” and declined to provide further details.Earlier, Wallström told Swedish news agency TT: “I would have gladly seen myself travel to Israel as well, but unfortunately they do not welcome it.”There is no international airport in the Palestinian territories. Wirkensjö declined to comment on whether Wallström would fly to an Israeli airport and then travel to occupied West Bank or go via Jordan. She was not denied entry to Israel, he said.
She drew inspiration from David Bowie, who gave her a chance to think that there were no rules, but Madonna still had to come to terms with the fact that freedom was offered only to the men in the industry. She had to battle between being accused of trying too hard or not at all, between being objectified or dismissed as promiscuous, while her contemporaries, like Prince, were being just as provocative without having their legitimacy as artists questioned.The superstar, who has remained the highest grossing female touring musician for the past 12 years, spoke of the violence and discrimination she faced from the time she was a teenager trying to find her way through New York to the present day. This endurance and resilience, she added, might well be the most controversial thing about her: “Michael is gone, Tupac is gone, Prince is gone, Whitney is gone, Amy Winehouse is gone, David Bowie is gone… But I’m still standing.”Drawing from her long search for a female peer who would support her and her acceptance of herself as a “bad feminist”, she encouraged women to recognise their own self-worth, rally around each other’s achievements and to not confine themselves to men’s expectations. She talked about growing old in an industry where “to age is a sin.”Madonna really meant it when she sang “It might sound like I’m an unapologetic bitch, but sometimes you know I gotta call it like it is”, and we couldn’t be happier.