Femininity

The record-setting 1999 World Cup and Team USA popularized women’s soccer in the United States, caught the attention of the American public and media and put women’s soccer “on the map.” Before 1999 most of the nation did not know who Mia Hamm, Michele Akers, Brandi Chastain, or any members of Team USA were. Yet after their tremendous display of teamwork, talent, and athleticism these women solidified themselves as both celebrities and role models.  Inspired by the 40th anniversary of Title IX, ESPN Films and espnW produced nine documentary films about women in sports.

Take the time to watch The 99ers and try to holdback the goosebumps.  Here are some of our favorite soundbites:  “There were no role models to emulate.”   “We did it because we loved it.”  “It’s still the most watched soccer match in history.”  “. . . making sure all those young girls . . . that whatever they wanted to do or dream or be, they could . . . and that’s what’s so empowering about the experience.”

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Fashion

Whitney Houston will never go out of style and despite her tragic death we consider her among the many trailblazing #GirlsWithGuts.    As the Tribeca Film Festival comes to an end, we’d like to focus on one documentary in particular, “Whitney.  ‘Can I Be Me.‘”   According to a review by Variety, the film’s title, “Can I Be Me,” refers to something that Whitney said in the early Clive Davis years that became a famous line among her inner circle. It meant: Could she make the music she wanted to make? Could she be the artist she wanted to be? But in “Can I Be Me,” the line comes to mean: Could she express all the human being — the princess and the ghetto sister, the pop and the R&B star, the lover of women and men — she really was? Before she could even ask the question, she had already told herself, “No.”

According to Cara Cusumano, directors Rudi Dolezal and Nick Broomfield create a picture of a remarkable woman who needed more help than she received and provide an unflinching, gripping, and wholly committed exploration of talent given and taken away, in an era obsessed with how that talent lives when the stage lights go down.  If you missed the screening this week, the film will air on Showtime in August.

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Fitness

Protein may be athletes’ most-loved macro, and for good reason. It’s crucial for muscle synthesis and incredibly satiating, making it perfect for endurance athletes in particular. “If you eat a whole loaf of bread all by itself, you’re probably not going to feel very satisfied,” says Stevie Smith, a Washington D.C.–based registered dietitian and multiple Ironman finisher. Add some peanut butter, though, and you have yourself a filling meal.

But as our obsession with protein grows—and the market for protein products grows with it—it’s harder than ever to know how to fuel for maximum potential.  Whether you’re vegan or not, read what the experts have to say here.

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Flair

Thank you Harper’s Bazaar for writing exactly what we were thinking!

Here are two facts that are true about the human rights lawyer Amal Clooney. Which one seems more important?

1) She is expecting twins with her actor husband, George Clooney.

2) She recently addressed the United Nations to urge world leaders to speak out against acts of genocide committed by ISIS.

If you were to judge by the way the media covered it, the first is the most important accomplishment. Clooney may have spent years studying and dedicating herself to her profession as a human rights lawyer, but that didn’t stop writers from exclaiming that she was “showing a small baby bump in a clinging black suit.”  This is like asking Superman if a full-length cape is practical while he’s rescuing kids from a burning building. The answer is, “that is not particularly relevant right now.”

Society’s specific glorification of motherhood—the repeated emphasis that it is a woman’s most important job—implies that a woman’s main purpose is not to change the world. It’s not to write books or invent or be feminist abolitionists. It is just to serve as a vessel for younger women and future men.  Read the full feature here.

Amal Clooney pictured outside the UN before delivering a speech on genocide. PC: Getty.