In this edition of The Weekly Pulse: how to stay safe this Super Bowl season; a look at the Biden administration’s plan to reopen schools; updates on vaccine development; the future of post-pandemic travel; and, where we win and lose in recent reproductive health news.
Super Bowl cheerleaders are frequently forced to work long hours for no benefits and illegally low wages, while experiencing sexist discrimination.
It’s an all-too-familiar story for working women—low pay, long hours, zero benefits and near-impossible standards of sexiness and appearance not applied to male-dominated jobs. To top it all off, this particular tale also includes not just “the usual” discrimination, but outright wage theft.
The Super Bowl will draw attention to human trafficking for one day. But reducing human trafficking needs to be an ongoing endeavor by businesses, organizations and the public.
The problem is not women’s bodies, or the mere sight of them. The problem is a culture that judges women primarily by how they look, or what they wear or don’t wear, and constantly cuts them down to size through a cruel and fatal combination of diet culture and unrealistic, unattainable standards of female beauty.
With rare exceptions, girls who want to play the same football games as their male peers will need parents and schools who are willing to fight for their right to equal play.
It is time for the sports world to embrace women with talent and knowledge as fans and personalities.
We sat through an array of diarrhea-related pharmaceutical spots, “aww”ed over wiener dogs in bun costumes and questioned that “Super Bowl babies” claim—and we can say confidently that this year’s selection of Super Bowl ads was decidedly less sexist than in years past. What’s more, the whole event featured a number of feminist fancies—from Queen Bey running the halftime […]
The National Football League attracted much unwanted attention last year surrounding the issue of domestic violence in its ranks. When the now-infamous Ray Rice elevator video went viral, the embarrassing incompetence of the league in handling domestic abuse was exposed, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was forced to answer to the public. Now that the […]
We will see a historic ad today during the Super Bowl. A 60-second ad to end domestic violence, from the “No More” public service campaign, will play for audiences in the midst of the football revelry—just as ads from this campaign have aired during countless regular and postseason games. But isn’t it time that we […]
As the world pauses for Super Bowl Sunday, the Ms. Blog can’t help but also mention some non-sporting issues facing the National Football League: particularly domestic violence and its relationship to players’ traumatic head injuries. Here, an excerpt from the upcoming issue of Ms. magazine. Paul Oliver married his college sweetheart, Chelsea, who he met […]