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

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

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”

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

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 […]

We Heart: Ruby Rose on Gender Fluidity

If you haven’t seen a friend or loved one since June 11, it’s probably because they’ve been in bed binge-watching the new season of Orange Is the New Black (we were pretty excited that it was coming back, too.) Despite the sudden influx of 13 new episodes, it didn’t take fans long to pick a new show […]

Laverne Cox’s Most Fearless Quotes on Trans Acceptance

As TIME magazine said on its iconic cover last year featuring trans actor Laverne Cox, we are at a “transgender tipping point.” The challenges that trans individuals face, such as higher rates of joblessness, homelessness and violence, are finally being pushed into the national dialogue in a way they haven’t been before. That is due […]

We Heart: Barnard College’s Decision to Admit Transgender Women

Since its founding in 1889, Barnard College has been a women’s college devoted to furthering women’s interests and empowerment. On June 4, the college announced that it would soon be expanding its mission to include a more diverse representation of women. The fall of 2016 will mark the first year that Barnard College will admit […]

We Heart: Fun Home Sweeps the Tonys!

In a short comic for Vulture titled Fun Home Coda, cartoonist Alison Bechdel reflected on the process of watching her life turned into a dramatic stage performance after her best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home, was taken on by writer Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori for adaptation into a broadway musical. On the experience of hearing the […]

We Spleen: Women as “Tomatoes” in Country Music

Last week in an interview for Country Aircheck Weekly, radio consultant Keith Hill, described as “the world’s leading authority on music scheduling,” offered up this spleen-worthy tidbit about the role of women in country music radio: If you want to make ratings in country radio, take females out. The reason is … women like male […]