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Jen Welter is hardly a rookie when it comes to the game of football – she played as a running back for the Texas Revolution (the only woman on an all-male team) for 14 years, then joined on as assistant coach, and now, she’s leading the linebackers of the Arizona Cardinals. Her role with the Cardinals makes her the first-ever woman coach in the history of the NFL. Despite her position being temporary, she plans on making her mark. Her start: A unique strategy of personalized letters to each of the linebackers. With a Ph.D. Read More
Jen Welter, a former college rugby player, will be the first female coach in NFL history. Welter will be joining the Arizona Cardinals as a training camp and preseason intern coaching inside linebackers for the upcoming season. I don’t even know much about football, and this is super exciting to me—I love the idea of a super cool lady bossing the men around in such a testosterone-y environment. “The truth is, [Welter] has more playing experience than some of the coaches who coach me now,” one team member said. Read More
Terry Crews, the former NFL player, current Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor, and author of Manhood: How to Be a Better Man - or Just Live With One, delivered the keynote address at a conference addressing violence against women and new directions for masculinity. So, now I’m sitting here watching this guy -- speak candidly with Elamin Abdelmahmoud about feminism: What we’re talking about is gender equality -- true gender equality. But the problem is that men have always felt they are more valuable. Read More
  This month, “Be That Guy,” a behavioral marketing campaign that stresses sex without consent is sexual assault, in partnership with the global human rights organization, Breakthrough, launched a Green Bay clip opposing violence against women that will run throughout the NFL season. It confronts the weird gender roles and issues that men face everyday, namely to confront men who are harassing women and tell them to knock it off! We all know being a bystander and letting harassment happen can and often will perpetuate further violence towards women. Read More
Self-described writer, comedian, and cheeseburger aficionado, Megan MacKay, presents her witty censure of Ray Rice and the NFL via another clever makeup tutorial. If you like this one, check out her youtube channel where she roasts Hobby Lobby and other gender-offenders weekly. Her videos are especially bold because the acerbic one-liners attacking misogyny are delivered with an eyeshadow brush. There are a lot of layers here: she is defending femininity, subverting expectations of feminism, and exposing the foundations of systemic injustice. We can’t wait to see more. Read More
Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was caught on camera, dragging the unconscious body of his girlfriend Janay Palmer out of an Atlantic City casino elevator. In the video, Palmer is limp, and though Rice tries repeatedly to prop her body up, she continues to fall to the ground.  Now he has been suspended for two games. I’m sorry, what? Two games? That is an insultingly brief suspension!  The NFL maintains that the punishment is, in fact, quite stringent. It’s going to cost him around $700,000—of his $15 million signing bonus.  No. Not acceptable. Read More
For the passed couple of decades, Native American activists and advocacy groups have been campaigning for Washington D.C.'s NFL football team, The Redskins, to change its blatantly racist name and logo. Although there is a law that prohibits the trademarking of offensive racial terms, all law suits, legal fights, and canvassing have been unfairly ineffective. However, more recently, the battle has gained the national attention it deserves after a California tribe bought airtime during Game 3 of the NBA finals on June 10th. Read More
Last month, Mother Jones released a story detailing the rights-infringing working conditions of many NFL Cheerleading teams,  such as the Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders. Now, Mother Jones has come out with a new story about the ice girls on the Nation Hockey League’s rinks - and it is no surprise that conditions on the ice are no better there than they are on the field. The ice girls interviewed were primarily from Philadelphia Flyers and the Los Angeles Kings, yet many other teams may be experiencing similar workplace wrongs. Read More
Anyone else out there having one of those days/weeks/millennia in which they consistently question the goodness of mankind? Most of the news cycle is designed to point to awful people doing awful things. It's hard – especially on Thursdays – to be an optimist. Read More
A stereotypical view of NFL games conjures images of men in face paint pounding beers and eating copious amounts of junk food, leaving their wives/girlfriends/families at home. But those generalizations can be squashed as women continue to grow as an important part of the sport’s fan base. According to ESPN, 44 percent of NFL TV viewers are women, up from 34 percent in 2011. Read More
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