We Spleen: Famous Footwear’s Non-Consent Ad

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With all of the horrible news about rapes on college campuses and the development of “enthusiastic consent” policies to ensure that sex is a mutually agreed-upon activity, what does this new holiday TV ad from Famous Footwear teach young boys? As far as we can see, it teaches them that kissing girls requires no consent […]

We Spleen: TIME‘s “Feminist” Hate-Fest

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Feminist. Feminist. Feminist. Screw you, TIME! That was my immediate reaction when I read that TIME had included “feminist” on a list of choices for its annual “worst words” poll, where readers can select the inescapable and overused buzzword of the year that they never want to hear again. The criteria for such distasteful words: If you hear that […]

We Heart: A Thoughtful Response to Hollaback’s Catcalling Video

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By now, major news outlets and just about everyone and their cousin have discussed Hollaback’s anti-street harassment video that shows a woman being catcalled as she walks the streets of New York City for 10 hours. But what many have yet to see is Jezebel’s “A Hollaback Response Video: Women of Color on Street Harassment,” written and […]

We Heart: Students Fighting Victim-Blaming With #MyAntiRapeFace

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Here’s one way to offend students (and, you know, women who reside on planet Earth): Tell them their facial expressions cause sexual assault. That’s exactly what one violence-prevention advocate did recently at Ramapo College in New Jersey. According to campus newspaper The Ramapo News, Cory Rosenkranz, a psychological counselor at the school, put the responsibility for preventing sexual assault squarely […]

We Heart: Daniel Radcliffe’s #WhatAFeministLooksLike Moment

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It looks like Elle UK cover woman and UN Women ambassador Emma Watson is rubbing off on her Harry Potter co-star, Daniel Radcliffe. In a recent interview with British GQ Radcliffe was asked if he’s a feminist: Yes [I am]. There’s seems to be a very recent thing that you come “out” as a feminist. It’s a very weird […]

We Heart: HuffPost Canada’s Tribute to Rape Survivors

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On Sunday, The Huffington Post Canada offered up a haunting tribute to rape survivors. Using tweets shared with the trending hashtag #BeenRapedNeverReported, HuffPost filled its landing page and the front page of its Living section with truth-telling revelations. The hashtag was created by former Toronto Star reporter Antonia Zerbisias and Montreal Gazette writer Sue Montgomery in support of […]

We Heart Mo’ne Davis, Pitchwoman

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Even with the World Series happening between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals, Mo’ne Davis of Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons remains one of the most-buzzed-about pitchers in baseball. The 13-year-old Little League player captured the awe of the country this past summer when she became the first girl to pitch a shutout in […]

We Heart: Kristen Stewart for Calling Out Anti-Feminists

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Kristen Stewart has grown a lot from her Twilight years: She’s no longer the meek Bella Swan waiting for a vampire in glittery armor to save her, but instead is restarting her career with standout indie performances. She stars in the upcoming film Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a disillusioned guard at Guantanamo Bay, and […]

We Spleen: Microsoft CEO’s Sexist Gaffe

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently caused a stir when, at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, he (with no intended irony) said that women should not ask for raises. Why? Because not asking for a raise would grant us good karma and give us “superpowers” that would reward us later in our careers. Note […]

We Heart: Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai!

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What a perfect way to prepare for International Day of the Girl on Oct. 11! Today, 17-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai became the youngest-ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize for her tireless work promoting girls’ access to education around the globe. She co-won the award with Kailash Satyarthi, who, at 60, has spent decades fighting for an end to […]