It’s Been A Bad Week for Football

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The NFL’s poor handling of the Ray Rice domestic-violence situation was just the beginning of the organization’s failure to address bad player behavior. Here’s what you missed this week: It seemed like mere moments after the release of the TMZ video of Rice punching his fiancee out cold, the Minnesota Vikings’ Adrian Peterson was being […]

The World Cup Women’s Bandwagon — Only for Sex Kittens

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Like millions of viewers around the world, I’ve spent my last few weekends glued to the TV, basking in the glow of riveting World Cup 2014 matches. I was one of many who called out sick from life between June 12 and July 13—sick with World Cup fever. For hardcore soccer fans, scheduling meals and […]

Wheels of Change: The Bicycle and Women’s Rights

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In 1896, Susan B. Anthony affirmed that the bicycle “has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” The year before, in her book A Wheel Within A Wheel: How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle, temperance reformer and suffragist Frances Willard asserted, “I began to feel that myself plus the bicycle […]

Women Fly Into 2014 Winter Olympics

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This week, women competed in ski jumping at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Germany’s Carina Vogt took home the gold with 247.4 points and a distance of 97.5 m (320 feet), followed by Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Coline Mattel from France. The three American competitors—Jessica Jerome, Lindsey Van and Sarah Hendrickson—finished 10th, 15th and […]

Take the Tarrant Test for 2014 Super Bowl Ads!

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Last year, the Ms. Blog reviewed the Top Five Sexist Super Bowl Ads after the big game. This year, you can be the judge and scorekeeper. You’ve probably heard of the Bechdel Test for judging movies, which has become increasingly popular and well-known since it was put forth by cartoonist/graphic novelist Alison Bechdel in her […]

Feeling Thorny: Or, 10 Reasons Why I Love Women’s Pro Soccer And You Should, Too

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I never thought I’d be the kind of person to greet a sports team at an airport dressed in red and holding a sign, but it appears I am. There I was at Portland International Airport September 1 with a crowd of hundreds of cheering, singing, red-clothes-wearing fans to welcome home the Portland Thorns, champions […]

Upcoming Winter Games Puts Spotlight on Russian Homophobia

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With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi fast approaching, Russia is making headlines due to concerns over a host of recently introduced anti-LGBT legislation. Concerns were briefly assuaged last week when the Russian government released a statement to the International Olympic Committee reassuring the international community that LGBT foreign athletes would be exempt from Russian anti-LGBT […]

Sexism Causes a Racket at Wimbledon

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Britons were elated this week when tennis-star Andy Murray made history by beating opponent Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finals. Winning Wimbledon is a big deal for British tennis fans and the media exploded with praise for Murray’s victory after a 77-year drought for British tennis players. Unfortunately, media networks from CNN to the BBC got […]

Hey, Brittney Griner Came Out, Too!

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With all the hoopla over basketball player Jason Collins becoming the first man in one of the top American pro sports leagues to come out as gay, and then with more hoopla over newly out pro soccer player Robbie Rogers becoming the first openly gay man to actually compete on the field (Collins won’t play […]

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Martina Navratilova made it plain: Men’s professional basketball player Jason Collins’s announcement that he is gay is a “game changer.” Collins forces a reconsideration of gender assumptions, and his announcement disrupts outdated intersecting logics of gender and race, striking a massive blow against racist stereotypes about black machismo, bodily danger and sexual power. Momentum for […]