We Spleen: Victim-Blaming by Vancouver’s Transit Police

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Women passengers in Vancouver are voicing outrage this week over a sexual assault awareness campaign recently launched by the city’s transit police. The initiative urges victims of assault to report crimes using a new text messaging service, but instead of offering support to survivors, the campaign blames the victim. Update: TransLink, the organization that oversees the Vancouver Transit […]

We Heart: ESPN’s Body Issue for its Diverse Portrayal of Athletes

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The sixth annual ESPN The Magazine Body Issue is on newsstands this week, with six different covers and stunning nude photographs of 22 professional athletes. The special issue describes itself as a “tribute to the extraordinary power of the athletic form” and includes players from a range of sports–football, basketball, baseball, boxing, tennis, sailing and […]

We Heart: Church of England to Welcome Women Bishops

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On Monday, the Church of England’s General Synod (the Church’s governing body that meets two or three times a year) voted in favor of allowing women to become bishops. The landmark decision still has to be approved by Britain’s Parliament, but that is seen as a formality. The decision comes 12 years after the 1992 […]

We Heart: This Happy Coincidence of Men’s Soccer and Women’s Power

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For those of us following the World Cup, the past month has been a whirlwind of emotions. For Americans, the World Cup has incited pride in our country, pride in our team, pride in Tim Howard, etc. But we also must acknowledge another kind of pride: pride in global women of power. Argentina and Germany, […]

We Heart: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Dissent and Everything That Accompanies It

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In the midst of the devastating Hobby Lobby decision, at least we have the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, AKA Notorious R.B.G. She wrote an extraordinary 35-page dissent to the ruling that expressed her disapproval based on legal precedent, current laws and a dash of personal opinion. Parts of the dissent have even been […]

We Heart (and Question): New Commercial from Always

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Last week, Always released a new commercial that challenges the notion that doing something “like a girl” means anything less than doing it well. The ad first features people who are supposedly auditioning for a commercial. When the director (who is a woman) tells them to “run like a girl” or “fight like a girl,” […]

We Spleen: The Decision to Excommunicate Kate Kelly

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After being tried in absentia on June 22 by an all-male panel of judges, Kate Kelly, founder of Ordain Women, has been convicted on an apostasy charge and is excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). The panel found that she has been engaging in “conduct contrary to the laws and […]

We Heart: Australian Chief of Army David Morrison, Feminist Ally

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On June 12, 2013, Lieutenant General David Morrison, AO, Chief of Army, sent a message to the Australian Army by posting a YouTube video on the Australian Army Headquarters channel describing his thoughts about the allegations of sexual assault, harassment and degrading behavior by Aussie Army members. In the video, General Morrison says: Every one of us […]

We Spleen: Excluding Women Characters from Popular Video Game

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James Therien, video game developer Ubisoft’s technical director, said their upcoming game Assassin’s Creed Unity will not feature any women characters. The Assassin’s Creed series focuses on historical moments, and the upcoming edition—which is set to be released on Oct. 28—will be modeled after revolutionary France—just without all those pesky women, Therien told VideoGamer.com, [Including […]

We Heart: Comedy Duo Jack and Dean’s “Consent” Music Video

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Who knew consent could sound so catchy? Comedians Jack Howard and Dean Dobbs, the British duo behind YouTube channel OMFGItsJackandDean, prove that clear communication is as easy as it is necessary with their new rap music video, “Consent.” The video opens with a typical club scene. Our well-dressed, sunglassed protagonists strut onto a dark, steamy […]