New Year, New Memes & McDonald’s Fries Post-Sex: Here’s What’s Trending In Social This Week New Year, New Memes & McDonald’s Fries Post-Sex: Here’s What’s Trending In Social This Week Photo Courtesy of GQ From Instagram to Twitter, these are some of this week’s trending posts to women, from women and about them. Found my tea! ? pic.twitter.com/r5EIIbT5Zw — Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) January 1, 2018 New Year, New Meme Courtesy of Mimi As one of the performers leading up to the ball drop in Times Square this New Year’s Eve, Mariah Carey provided entertainment much beyond her expectation when she asked for a hot tea in between songs. The singer proclaimed, “they told me there would be tea. Well, we’ll just have to rough it. I’m going to be like everybody else, with no hot tea.” While Carey finished her set and posted a photo to Twitter that she finally got her tea, the Internet had already made Carey’s great tea debacle the first viral meme of 2018. happy day!! A post shared by Savannah Guthrie (@savannahguthrie) on Jan 3, 2018 at 5:21am PST Hoda Kotb Earns Another Spot on NBC’s “Today” After almost two months of playing interim co-anchor for Matt Lauer, NBC News made Hoda Kotb’s position official. “This has to be the most popular decision NBC News has ever made, and I am so thrilled,” said her “Today” co-anchor, Savannah Guthrie. Although Kotb was familiar with NBC’s morning slot, having co-hosted the fourth hour of the “Today” show since 2008 with Kathee Lee Gifford, she will be taking over the opening hours as part of a female duo that is a first for “Today”–it is the first time since the show aired in 1952 that two women will be the main hosts. Kotb says, “I am pinching myself.” This woman removed her hijab and became a symbol of Iran’s biggest protests since 2009. pic.twitter.com/VLrYumLqp0 — Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) December 31, 2017 This Woman Stands Out Among the Iranian Protests While #IranianProtests have trended this week, it was this woman who ultimately became a symbol of the unrest as footage of her waving a white flag without a hijab went viral. Last week, it was announced that police would no longer arrest women for breaking the Islamic dress code, thus, Iranian women have used it as an opportunity to join the political protests as peaceful symbols to the demonstrations that have turned away from economic policy and became targeted against Islamist control in general. The protests are the largest anti-government pushback that Iran has seen since 2009. The Bizarre Post-Sex Munchies Women Swearby to Increase Chances of Pregnancy To see McDonald’s fries, sex and pregnancy in the same trending sentence is quite a first. Yet, for the UK’s Channel Mum, it is just one of the bizarre post-sex habits they discovered couples insist on abiding by to get pregnant after studying 1500 women. Other eating habits include a daily dose of dark chocolate or pineapple, while non-eating habits include wearing socks during sex and participating in dry January. Although none of the theories are backed by science, they sure caught these couple’s attention and as a result, sure caught the Internet’s! Our letter of solidarity as a full page in the @nytimes ! #TIMESUP my Dear Sisters, reSisters, perSisters! Stand with women across every industry in saying: #TIMESUP. The @TIMESUPNOW Legal Defense Fund provides subsidized legal support across industries to those who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace. Join me! Read the letter, sign & donate: Link in bio. A post shared by America Ferrera (@americaferrera) on Jan 1, 2018 at 2:47pm PST Hollywood Females Say, “Time’s Up” Shonda Rhimes, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Reese Witherspoon and Nina L. Shaw are just a handful of the 300 names that established the anti-harassment plan, Time’s Up, that was released on Monday. From the founding members, it’s noticeable how not only Hollywood actresses and producers collaborated on the call to action, however, agents, writers, directors, producers, executives and entertainment lawyers all banded together to enforce the national plan of protection. The Time’s Up initiatives include legal defense for less privileged women, the discouragement of the use of non-disclosure agreements to silence victims, an increase of gender parity at studios and agencies, as well as a push for women who walk the red carpet at the Golden Globes to wear black. I said Yas! ?????? So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life. My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist.? A post shared by Paris Hilton (@parishilton) on Jan 2, 2018 at 7:45am PST Paris Hilton Repopulates Headlines by Saying “Yes” Formerly known for her various dabblings in film, music and fashion, the Hilton heiress spent less time in the spotlight as she matured. In fact, it wasn’t until last February, after almost a year of dating, that she announced her relationship with Chris Zylka, and now, almost a year after that announcement, she’s hit us with another–Hilton and Zylka are engaged. After two years of dating, Zylka proposed mountaintop, with professional photographers, and one giant ring. Hilton concluded her Instagram post thanking Zylka for proving “fairytales do exist,” making all Simple Life fans swoon a little for how far she has come in good happiness. At least 79 women — 49 Democrats and 30 Republicans — are running for governor or seriously considering it this year, more than double four years ago. @ktumulty https://t.co/EUjfaq4LpD — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) January 2, 2018 2018 Elections Set to Break Record for Number of Women Running With this week’s release of 2018 U.S. election trends, it was recognized that a record number of women are running for governor this year. According to the Washington Post, there are 79 women running or “seriously considering” running for governor. The last record had 34 women run nationally running in 1994, therefore, the fact that 79 women are preparing 2018 campaigns, leaves much anticipation around where this may situate women in American politics this year. Cate Blanchett will preside over the 71st Cannes Film Festival jury https://t.co/8hKevIiLlU pic.twitter.com/AcMdMk5Wqe — Variety (@Variety) January 4, 2018 Cate Blanchett Named President of Cannes Film Festival Jury On Thursday, Cannes officials announced that Cate Blanchett will be heading this year’s jury at the Cannes Film Festival from May 8-19. The Australian actress commented, “this festival plays a pivotal role in bringing the world together to celebrate story.” Blanchett’s ability to bring audiences together through story has been recognized in her work both on and off the screen; from her acceptance of the 2014 Oscar for best actress in “Blue Jasmine” to her most recent participation in the Time’s Up call to action for less privileged women. She is the 12th women to head the Cannes jury in its 71 years of running. British Artist to Display Female Empowerment Art in Hollywood In a symbol of fighting back, artist Zoe Buckman created “Champ”–a 43-foot neon outline of a uterus, accented by two boxing gloves in place of ovaries. This week, the NY Times announced that the installation will be displayed in front of The Standard Hollywood come February 27 as the artist’s the first public art project. Buckman told the Times that even though the diagram of the uterus is anatomically correct, she gets some men who ask if it’s a ram’s head, and she likes how that pulls them into the discussion. Brittany Snow Explaining Snow As the Northeast U.S. enters its frigid time of year–winter storm Grayson is in full swing–The Skimm acquired actress Brittany Snow to explain all things snow (besides her last name). Viral meme number two of the year? But as #snowstorm and #blizzard2018 continue to trend into the weekend, so does Snow’s step-by-step, pun-filled explanation of snow’s origin, type, color and more–and we didn’t want you to be left out. Jillian Dara Jillian grew up an island girl but converted to city style after living in Boston, London, Santiago, and now, NYC. She is a writer, editor and content creator with a desire to share stories in the lifestyle genre. With a particular focus on travel and profiles, she prides herself on sharing the most authentic story for those who aren’t able to share their own.