From tributes to the life of Nelson Mandela and violent protests in Ukraine and Thailand to chaos in the Central African Republic and a rare cloud inversion filling in the Grand Canyon, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
When it comes to the portrayal and treatment of women in the media, we've come a long way since the Mad Men era. And yet, in 2013, it's still not unusual to hear messages like "I'm not saying she deserved to be raped, but..." or "Women just aren't as good at math as men" crop up on the web or on TV.
There are some day, weeks, months, where you do everything right, answer everyone on time, say all the right words, are polite, interested, enthusiastic, offer to share and promote other people media, give them anything they want — for free — and yet , tumbleweeds. …Today would be that day. Frustrating.
You would think, that having a few days off would be a guarantee for sleeping in late and enjoying all of the lounge time I’ve been dying for in the last year. And yet, here I am at 5:23am (I’ve actually been up since 5am) writing. I guess training myself to be awake at this time every morning for the last year has taken its toll. I’m chronically awake – no matter what! Time for a Kindle break. Black Friday is going to have to wait and the GOTMLA gift guide is going up late too. I need a break!
In The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Blunt's character reveals that she partakes in a bizarre diet that involves abstaining from all food, "and right before I feel I'm going to faint, I eat a cube of cheese." The joke still resonates with audiences because 1) that diet is just a ridiculous means of starvation, and 2) it also reflects the absurd ethos of modern dieting philosophy.