Sep 20, 2018

Axios PM

Mike Allen

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1 big thing: The dangers men don't see

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Three high-profile murders in recent months shared two common factors: 1) The victims were women engaged in physical activity outdoors; 2) They were killed by men, seemingly at random.

Why it matters: The past few years, most recently the #MeToo movement, have exposed a major gap in what men know about what women face — and the common knowledge women are taught about how to deal with these dangers.

Between the lines: It’s not a new phenomenon for women to feel unsafe being outdoors by themselves. But recent instances are reminders of how often women feel targeted or singled-out in a variety of settings, even those that are most familiar. 

This ranges from catcalling on the street, to harassment in the office, all the way to physical violence against people who are just trying to live their lives.

The big picture: This is what women are talking about when they wear headphones while walking down the street, take a cab short distances at night, or when they persistently check with their friends to be sure they got home all right.

Bonus: Pic du jour

Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Yes, even the White House needs painting once in a while.

2. What you missed
  1. Christine Blasey Ford says she "would be prepared to testify next week" before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the grounds that senators offer "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety." Go deeper.
  2. Amazon introduced a bunch of new devices with its Alexa voice assistant built in today, including a microwave, wall clock, and a subwoofer. Full list.
  3. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has referred another immigration case to himself for review, and his decision could keep all asylum-seekers caught crossing the border illegally in mandatory detention — even if they've passed their "credible fear" interview. Go deeper.
  4. Exclusive: Meredith Perry has stepped down as CEO of uBeam, the controversial wireless charging startup she founded in 2011, Axios' Dan Primack reports.
1 fun thing: Not just bigger in Texas

Step aside, McMansions: American homeowners are so in love with their lifted trucks and SUVs that they're driving a boom cycle for bigger garages, reports Phoebe Wall Howard for the Detroit Free Press.

  • "Dustin Collier, a builder based in Traverse City, Michigan, said his garage project clients consist mostly of people in their 50s and 60s."
  • “Vehicles are just taller. You might be able to fit a Ford F-150 into a garage with nothing on its roof, but if you have lights or anything up there, it’s cutting things close."
  • "While the 8-foot height is the new standard on garages, he builds as high as 12 feet now to accommodate the popular roof racks."

Drive on in.

Mike Allen