The only movie made in Afghanistan this year was directed by a woman, who says she cast herself when the original actress's feet were cut off by the Taliban. At the premiere in Kabul, some were slightly more skeptical.
- According to a study out of the UK, women spend three years of their lives cooking, which is more than double the amount of time men spend in front of the stove. But there is good news:
• As expected, the French Assembly has indeed voted in favor of banning the full facial veil in public spaces; the measure extends to both burqas and niqabs. The bill is expected to be ratified by the Senate in September.
• Smith's graduating class of 2010 are a lucky bunch: Rachel Maddow will be coming to the Massachusetts school to receive an honorary degree and give the commencement address. •
In response to the rape of an 8-year-old girl from Arizona, CNN delves into the terrible facts about rape in Liberia. "It's something that happens every day in every community in Liberia," said Tania Bernath of Amnesty International.