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How to be a feminist sports fan?

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

My mornings begin with ESPN. There have been a handful of mornings when I don’t tune in — and those mornings have led to days that have ended poorly.

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

My mornings begin with ESPN. There have been a handful of mornings when I don’t tune in — and those mornings have led to days that ...

screenshot of smiling housewife from SNL skit

SNL skit mocks sexist Super Bowl ads

I missed the big game/commercial fest last night, but I’m gonna assume that, apart from perhaps a few more feminist moments than usual, this SNL skit, in which Vanessa Bayer stars in a fake Totino’s pizza roll ad and parodies the classic tired Super Bowl commercial formula, is as spot-on as ever. 

I missed the big game/commercial fest last night, but I’m gonna assume that, apart from perhaps a few more feminist moments than usual, this SNL skit, in which Vanessa Bayer stars in a fake Totino’s pizza roll ad ...

Why teaching “respect” won’t end violence against women

Another professional athlete has been arrested for hitting a woman. This time it’s NBA player Greg Oden, who punched his former girlfriend in the face. The police report described “blood, swelling to the nose, lacerations to the forehead and nose area” on the woman’s the face. Oden was apparently calm and cooperative, telling the police “I was wrong, and I know what has to happen.” And blah blah blah, blah blah blah.

Look. The details change, but the story remains the same: violence against women is an epidemic we refuse to take seriously. Sure, Oden is “taking responsibility” for what he did. Congratulations to him. But he still did it. He still punched a woman in the ...

Another professional athlete has been arrested for hitting a woman. This time it’s NBA player Greg Oden, who punched his former girlfriend in the face. The police report described “blood, swelling to the ...

Watch: Michael Sam and his boyfriend find out he’s become the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL

As Courtney mentioned in the Reader yesterday,  Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this weekend. Here’s a heartwarming video of Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, receiving the call from the St. Louis Rams.

As Courtney mentioned in the Reader yesterday,  Michael Sam became the first openly gay player drafted by the NFL this weekend. Here’s a heartwarming video of Sam and his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano, receiving the call from the St. ...

Update: The #WeAreAllMonkeys banana selfie campaign was a planned marking stunt

It turns out that Dani Alves’ witty reaction to a banana being thrown onto the soccer field that I wrote about earlier this week was a planned marketing stunt.

I don’t know about you, but I think this speaks to why the ensuing social media reaction felt like such a hollow campaign. What’s troubling to me is not that it was somewhat staged, but that in the planning, no one thought of anything more substantive. Jude Wanga wrote a good piece on the topic, and what actions could have actually been taken: 

It turns out that Dani Alves’ witty reaction to a banana being thrown onto the soccer field that I wrote about earlier this week was a planned marketing stunt.

I don’t know about you, ...

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