We Spleen: What the AP Called Amal Clooney

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Last week, three journalists—Egyptian Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, Egyptian Baher Mohamed and Australian Peter Greste—were sentenced in Egypt to three years behind bars for their work with Al-Jazeera. The sentence was shocking, another example of the erosion of press freedom in Egypt, but the journalists are fighting back. Representing Fahmy is Amal Clooney, an esteemed human rights […]

We Heart: The Feminism of “Dear Abby”

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“Dear Abby,” a popular advice column featured in newspapers around the country, is well-known for its heartfelt (and quick-witted) responses. But did you know that the writers behind “Dear Abby” have also dished out sound advice related to sexual health and gender? This Monday, Abby answered a question from “Stunned in Pennsylvania,” who wrote to her seeking advice on […]

We Heart: Janelle Monáe’s #BlackLivesMatter Activism

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Last Friday, singer Janelle Monáe appeared on the Today show to perform as part of its summer concert series. After finishing her song “Tightrope,” she began to give an impassioned speech to the still-cheering crowd: Yes Lord! God Bless America! God Bless all who have lost lives to police brutality! We want white America to […]

We Heart: Beyonce’s History-Making Vogue Cover

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Queen Bey snagged the highly coveted September issue cover of Vogue, which was teased on the star’s Instagram yesterday and set the BeyHive abuzz. Beyoncé has graced countless covers in her music career—and this is her third time covering fashion bible Vogue—but this was no ordinary cover. This marked the first time a black woman artist has […]

We Heart: Comedians Take Down the Tampon Tax, Taylor Swift-Style

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Periods are even worse than you thought—and not just because no one told you you don’t need to be chained to the tyranny of the tampon. In case you aren’t familiar with the intricacies of the American tax code, “necessities” or “non-luxury” items are exempted from sales tax as people must buy them in order to survive. […]

We Heart: Hannibal’s Stance on Sexual Assault

Hannibal is often lauded as one of the simultaneously most beautiful and grisly shows on television, but it deserves yet another accolade: Its showrunner Bryan Fuller refuses to depict sexual assault. If you’re unfamiliar with the Hannibal Lecter mythos, here’s a primer: Lecter is an esteemed psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer whose exploits are chronicled in […]

We Heart: Facebook’s New Feminist Icons

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You may not have noticed, but there have been a couple visually small—but symbolically huge—changes made to Facebook recently. Caitlin Winner, a design manager at Facebook, was looking through archives of Facebook icons when she noticed something about the “friend request” icon that the rest of us have long overlooked—it depicted two people, a man […]

We Spleen: Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner

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Last week at the Aspen Ideas Festival, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner said that women who are beautiful and funny are almost impossible to find. While speaking on stage with Goldie Hawn, Eisner graced the audience with his theory on why Hawn’s Hollywood career had been so successful: “From my position, the hardest artist to […]

We Spleen: Blaming Sexual Assault on “Biological Wiring”

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In March, retired Canadian Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps published a report detailing the cultural factors that contribute to the high levels of harassment, date rape and other forms of assault in the Canadian military. Earlier this month, CBC news released an interview with Canadian Chief of Defense Staff General Tom Lawson, who had something […]

We Spleen: “Sexing Up” Women’s Soccer

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Marco Aurelio Cunha, a Brazilian’s women soccer official, has a lot to say about the Women’s World Cup currently underway in Canada. Brazil has the potential to win the tournament, but Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail recently reported that Brazilian media has shown little coverage of the games so far because Brazilian fans just aren’t […]