The Broadsheet: July 22nd

July 22, 2015, 11:34 AM UTC

Good morning, Broadsheet readers! Taylor Swift is taking on counterfeiters, Marissa Mayer loses a serious chunk of change, and science proves what we already knew: Men who harass women online are losers. Have a fantastic Wednesday.


 Taylor takes China. Now that Taylor Swift has put Apple in its place, she's moving on to counterfeiters. The pop star is launching her own clothing line with Chinese e-commerce giants and Alibaba in hopes of reducing the number of knockoff TS items being sold without her approval. WSJ


 Decoding the deal. What should we make of the Iran nuclear deal? Fortune's Nina Easton talks to Sharon Squassoni, director of the Proliferation Prevention Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, about the strengths and potentially dangerous weaknesses of the historic agreement.  Fortune

 We already knew that. A new study finds that the men most likely to harass women online are losers. The research, which looked at people playing the video game Halo 3, found that the less skilled male players were the most likely to make nasty comments to female gamers.  Washington Post

 Searching for profits. Yahoo reported a second-quarter net loss of $22 million, which is painful compared to a $270 million profit posted one year ago. In more positive news, CEO Marissa Mayer's target markets—mobile, video, native and social advertising—generated $399 million in revenue, up from $249 million in the same quarter last year. Fortune

 Gauging the gap. New data from the U.S. Labor Department reveals that women now earn 81.9 cents for every dollar a man earns. That's down slightly from 84 cents this time last year—although analysts warn not to read too much into it, since the stats don't account for differences in hours worked or types of jobs. WSJ

Slouching toward Amazon. The Last Love Song, a 672-page biography of Joan Didion, is due to be released this August.  New Republic

Meet Dr. DNA. Dr. Cathy Petti is the new chief health officer of, where she's leading the company's foray into the controversial world of personal genomics. Check out our Q&A. Fortune


 A symbol of hope? Reem Sahwil, the 14-year-old Palestinian girl who pleaded with Angela Merkel to let her family stay in Germany, has come to symbolize the hundreds of thousands of migrants who have recently come to Western Europe seeking safety or opportunity. New York Times

 Winners aren't weak. Six-time NBA champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes that the body shaming of black athletes like Serena Williams is not about race. The real problem, writes Abdul-Jabbar, is a traditional standard of beauty that values women who appear "soft, fragile, and weak." Time

Model youth. With a new generation of underage models hitting the fashion runways this season, it's almost as if we’re back in the days of teen sensations like Brooke Shields and Kate Moss. This story asks, "Almost two decades later, isn’t it time we moved on?"  New York Times

 Sporty style. Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced that it will open two new, female-focused apparel and footwear stores this summer, making it the latest mainstream retailer to jump on the “athleisure” bandwagon.  Fortune

 Goop grows. With the launch of physical pop-up shops and an upcoming beauty line, Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog-turned-wellness brand is in the process of evolving beyond digital.  Racked

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Vogue names Caitlyn Jenner one of the week's best dressed  Vogue

Study confirms that, yes, women know best when it comes to their own reproductive health  Quartz

Siri and Alexa were never cut out to be homemakers  Re/Code

Women's brains appear most vulnerable to Alzheimer's  NPR


I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So, no, I am not impressed at all.

Actress Emma Thompson, on sexism in today's acting industry