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If you’re looking for a window into the mind of the married millennial woman, Cosmopolitan magazine provided one this week — and a glance through that window reveals that almost half of twentysomething married women want more sex. The survey polled 1,162 respondents between the ages of 20 and 29 on a range of topics related to married sex. Men were included in the survey sample. Some of the findings showed that 52 percent of total respondents wish they were having sex more often, and 47 percent of women said they wanted more sex. Many married twentysomethings, the survey showed, saw sex frequency with their spouse decreasing compared to before they were married.

A 26-year-old woman named Shannon summed it up like this to Cosmo: “Our ‘honeymoon period’ lasted quite a bit past the honeymoon. We used to have sex pretty much every day — now I’d say we’re lucky if it’s once a week.” Many respondents, however, attributed those declines not to a lack of desire, but to a lack of energy. Busy schedules leave many in their twenties too busy and tired for sex, the survey showed. So what do many millennials say they do when they can’t make time for sex? They masturbate. As Shannon put it, “We’ve talked about it, and we’re both pretty clear that it’s not a substitute for the real thing, so I wouldn’t say either of us really feels bad about it or that we do it all the time. It’s just helpful when one of us isn’t in the mood.”

The survey also took a look at millennial attitudes toward divorce, and found a significant number of respondents expressed regret over having gotten married and even more said they’ve threatened their spouses with divorce at least once in the last year. Of course, a recent study shows that sex actually gets better with age for many women, with the average woman reaching her sexual peak well after her twenties.

Read the full story and see the complete results of both Cosmopolitan surveys here and here.

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'Joyful spaces’

Kiran Gandhi first caught the world’s attention with a viral blog post explaining how she was fighting period stigma by running the 2015 London marathon while “free-bleeding.” But now she’s catching the spotlight again as “Madame Gandhi,” an electronic music artist with an uncompromising feminist vision. Formerly active as the drummer for M.I.A. and Thievery Corporation, she made her debut as a solo artist in October 2016 with the EP “Voices.” In an interview with Mic, she explained that title as an effort “not only to elevate and celebrate the female voice, but to also show a three-dimensional construction of a woman using her voice in many different ways.” The EP features the track “Her,” a tribute to Hillary Clinton (who, at the time of the song’s release, was still a presidential candidate) and a break-out track titled “The Future is Female,” which earned her some criticism from people arguing the phrase is trans-exclusionary.

“The phrase [the future is female] was started in the ’70s, and it does have a transmisogynist root, and I 100 percent acknowledge that. But I also believe in new voices giving new meaning to old slogans,” she said, explaining that she reclaimed the phrase as celebrating all forms of femininity.  As a graduate of Harvard’s business school she has thought long and hard about how she can change the music industry to get more women involved. “I used to be like, how can women break in to be more CEOs, more drummers, more artists, more festival organizers, and I’m not even on that tip anymore. To me right now, [the phrase] ‘the future is female’ is representing women being light years ahead in building our own alternatives in leadership, of safe spaces, of joyful spaces.”

Read the full story at Mic.

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Diplomacy

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that his daughter, who’s also a top White House adviser, will be leading a delegation to India in November for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. The move was announced on Twitter by the president and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi, during his visit to the White House in June, had invited Ivanka Trump to visit his country. He said he was looking forward to hosting her in his post on Twitter

The first daughter has been keeping a lower profile in recent weeks. Controversy erupted in early July when the president called on his daughter to sit in for him briefly during a G20 Summit meeting. One MSNBC contributor even criticized Ivanka Trump’s choice of wardrobe for the occasion — a pink dress with large bows on the sleeves — as being too “girly” and “ornamental” an ensemble for a meeting of that magnitude. And back in April, at a women’s conference in April, one of Ivanka Trump’s answers about her father elicited a harsh response from the audience while she was seated between Angela Merkel and IMF managing director Christine Lagarde. Even her very role as an unpaid adviser to the president has drawn criticism from ethics experts.

In the past the Global Entrepreneurship Summit has been hosted by the State Department. The president said his daughter would use the occasion to promote women’s entrepreneurship.

Read the full story at The Hill.

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‘Too tight’

Users on social media have responded with outrage after discovering a “dress code” on Saudi Arabia Airlines’ website that said “women exposing legs or arms or wearing too thin or too tight clothes and men wearing shorts exposing legs” could be kicked off the plane. The dress code regulations have since been removed from the website in wake of the massive social media backlash.

In comments made to Saudi newspaper Makkah, former Saudi head of tourism Ali Al Ghamdi claimed that the dress code had been mandated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) — a claim that IATA denied unequivocally in an email to MailOnline Travel, before adding that “dress code policy is entirely at the discretion of the airline.”

Saudi Arabia Airlines isn’t the only airline to have faced dress code controversy. In March, United Airlines prevented two teenage girls from boarding a flight and forced a child to change her clothes because their leggings were deemed inappropriate by the gate agent. And after Air France resumed service to Tehran in April, flight attendants were outraged when they were told that they would have to don headscarves after they got off the plane.

In the vast majority of cases, airlines don’t impose dress codes but note that they can refuse boarding to people who are not “properly clothed.” The updated Saudi Arabia Airlines website entry now only includes a brief recommendation that passengers wear “loose-fitting clothes” because “tight-fitting clothes may naturally cause some discomfort.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph and The Daily Mail.

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Paranoia

The most recent cover of Vogue, featuring Jennifer Lawrence in a red dress with the Statue of Liberty in the background, is offensive to Donald Trump supporters, at least according to Breitbart finance editor John Carney.

“We’re going to have to create a full #MAGA shadow cultural industry because the Opposition Media can’t even do fashion without attacking us,” wrote Carney, who recently left the Wall Street Journal to join Breitbart, in a tweet linking to the Vogue cover on Thursday.

While many social media users expressed bafflement at how exactly the cover could be construed as an attack on anyone, an explanation for Carney’s outrage, as The Cut points out, appears to stem from a recent discussion on immigration between top White House Advisor Stephen Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta. Acosta had argued that the president’s obsession with deporting immigrants, building a wall on the border of Mexico, and even restricting legal immigration based on factors that include one’s ability to speak English, were not “in keeping with American tradition.”

“The Statue of Liberty says, ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” said Acosta, referring to the poem inscribed on the iconic national monument. “It doesn’t say anything about speaking English or being able to be a computer programmer.”

Miller responded by misleadingly suggesting that the poem was “not actually part of the original Statue of Liberty.” While Miller’s statement was technically true, since the poem was only physically inscribed on the statue 16 years after it was unveiled, he neglected to mention the fact that the poem’s inclusion on the statue had always been intended from the start.

A tweet later deleted by Carney, in which he rhetorically questioned whether the editors of Vogue “just coincidentally decided to put one of the most beautiful women in America next to the Statue of Liberty,” further suggested that, in the eyes of the alt-right, the Statue of Liberty has come to symbolize a critique on Trump’s immigration policy. According to Trump’s own supporters, it other words, Lady Liberty herself now stands firmly with the opposition.

Of course, there’s no conspiracy here. It’s widely known that photo shoots for magazine covers are planned long in advance, and as Vogue confirmed to Politico’s Hadas Gold, the shoot with Lawrence was done in June — nearly two months before the exchange between Miller and Acosta.

Read the full story at Bustle.

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