Spaghetti Sauce and Hate Mail: Here’s What’s Trending on Social This Week

Spaghetti Sauce and Hate Mail:

Here’s What’s Trending on Social This Week

Emily Ratajkowski. Photo Courtesy of Morocco World News

From Instagram to Twitter, these are some of this week’s trending posts to women, from women and about them.

Time Magazine’s Silence Breakers

After a much-anticipated reveal of Time Magazine’s Person of the Year, ultimately, it was the women and men who came forward about sexual assault and harassment–the silence breakers–who landed this year’s title. Celebrities like Taylor Swift and Ashley Judd appear as influencers of a movement to encourage women and men, everywhere, to share their stories. This includes the anonymous elbow on the front of Time’s cover; a woman from Texas who exposed her sexual assault story, but preferred to remain unnamed. The infamous Time title is typically one that represents a person, or group, who has influenced the headlines throughout the year. With harassment allegations continuing to surface, this reigning title seems consequentially fitting as these difficult conversations seem to have captured headlines beyond their typical expiry date.

Historian Pays Tribute to Apollo 17 with Twitter Takeover

For the next two weeks, spaceflight historian Amy Shira Teitel is tweeting the happenings of Apollo 17’s last manned mission to the moon from December 7 to December 19, 1972. She started with the takeoff at 12:33 AM on Thursday morning and is incorporating statistics, pictures, and quotes from the original recordings of CDR Gene Cernan, LMP Jack Schmitt and CMP Ron Evans. Follow along with the journey here.

Emily Ratajkowski Sauces Piers Morgan

After the model-actress released a clip for Love Magazine’s Love Advent, Piers Morgan said on his show Good Morning Britain, “she likes to think taking her clothes off is promoting feminism. She’s posted something on Instagram about how what we are watching now is unbelievably empowering to feminists…for goodness sake–get some clothes on and get yourself a proper job.” 

Ratajkowski quickly responded to Morgan’s comments both on her personal Twitter account and a more lengthy description for Love Magazine, where she encouraged the definition of feminism. “[It] isn’t about adjusting. It’s about freedom and choice…The way I dress, act, flirt, dance, have sex — those are my decisions and they shouldn’t be impacted by men.”

Ellen Sums up the California Wildfires in One Tweet

Whilst celebrities such as Chrissy Teigen, Paris Hilton and Chelsea Handler kept followers updated with posts that they’ve evacuated their homes due to the wildfires burning across Southern California, Ellen Degeneres captured the mood of the state entirely with her message. The post on Twitter draws attention to the fact that the blaze is impacting all residents and also reflects the gratitude for the firefighters who themselves are in danger, but are working to contain the fires.

This Woman Gave Birth After a Uterus Transplant

Last Friday marked the first U.S. birth following a uterus transplant at Baylor University Medical Center, Dallas. The live birth was marked as a milestone in medical history and reflects the advancements in this field, which are predicted to aid women born without uterus’ or had them removed due to cancer or family history.

Remembering Dian Fossey’s Selfless Legacy

For 18 years, Dian Fossey dedicated her life to saving the gorilla populations throughout Africa. Unfortunately, her work was controversial at a time when not many understood her motives. During her efforts in Rwanda, Fossey was killed and to this day, her death remains a mystery. This week, National Geographic released the first episode of a three-part series narrated by Fossey herself–apart from her writings which are read by Sigourney Weaver–exploring the activist’s work and life dedicated to these gorillas, along with a look inside her mysterious death.

North Carolina’s Small-town Mayor Was One of 50 at Mayors on Climate Change Meeting

On Tuesday, mayors from throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada gathered to depict their disapproval of President Trump’s withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Mayor Cindy Perry of Pittsboro, N.C. was one of the leaders present to show support for the climate agreement. Perry commented that although her town of 4200 is small, “it’s symbolic,” in highlighting the importance of impactful change from small towns to big cities. 

The mayors ultimately created and signed their own agreement which they hope will influence the President to remain in the accord.

Atlanta News Anchor Responds to Hate Mail On-air

This week a viewer wrote Sharon Reed of CBS46, suggesting she be fired for “race baiting” comments and calling her “a racist n****. you are what’s wrong with the world.” In response to this, Reed addressed the viewer by name, Kathy Rae, reading her comments on-air and “letting them speak for themselves” with the hateful message and misspelled “n****” (only four stars depicting one g, rather than two). Reed also emphasized her feelings of the racial slur in today’s society, saying, “on December 5, 2017, you think it’s okay to call this journalist a n*****, but I don’t.”

The Internet’s Power in Shutting down this School for Submissive Women

Last week, a video of women on their knees, crying, and apologizing was published across China’s social media platform, Weibo (similar to Twitter). Once the footage went viral, it was revealed that this was a standard “women’s virtue” course at The Fushun School of Traditional Culture, where a former student revealed these lectures “instill the idea that men are superior to women.” In response to the backlash from the video across social media, Chinese authorities shut down the school for going “against social morality.”

This Woman Takes the “Mic” to Share the Actualities of Pocahontas

This week, Mic produced a video montage of Monica Stretten explaining the truths of Pocahontas and highlighting the important phrase, knowledge is power. Stretten, a member of the Chickahominy Tribe, explained the story behind Disney’s cartoon version, revealing her real name, Matoaka, and how she was forced to move to England to wed an older man when she was 11 or 12 years old. Stretten also emphasized that using Pocahontas as a joke is actually a racial slur and shouldn’t be tolerated.



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.

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