BitchTapes Super Bowl Sunday

I'll try not to let my hearty anti-Patriots fervor affect this playlist of music from the regions participating in the Super Bowl this weekend. 

After FIFA Lifts Hijab Ban, Muslim Women Soccer Players Hit the Field

Tasneem Abu-Rob and Rand Albustanji, two of Jordan’s starters, became the first players to wear a hijab at a FIFA-sanctioned world tournament. Read more »

In Fox's "Pitch" Gender Essentialism Stars Alongside Every Sports Cliché in the Book

The best thing about Pitch is the charismatic protagonist Ginny Baker, played wonderfully by Kylie Bunbury, who approaches the role with an emotional nuance and subtlety that balances the show’s heavy-handed script.  Read more »

Backtalk: Kaepernick’s Protest & Freelance Writer Problems

Amy and Sarah talk about big feelings on activist athletes. They dig into the media coverage of Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem and highlight what it means that soccer star Megan Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with him. Then, they discuss the gender politics of... Read more »

Popaganda: Body-Positive Exercise

Why does the thought of going to the gym inspire such anxiety? Because exercise—literally moving our bodies—is so wrapped up in fatphobia, ableism, sexism, and other nasty stuff. On this episode, we try to extricate exercise from all the body-shaming stuff that's usually tied to it. Bitch Media... Read more »

How the "Stereotype Effect" Hurts Women Athletes

When women are told they’re worse athletes, they perform worse. And our society tells them they’re not as good as men in all kinds of ways. Read more »

#HandsOffCaster: Why the Policing of Female Athletes' Testosterone Levels Needs to Stop

A scientist explains why worrying about athletes' testosterone levels is baseless and offensive.  Read more »

Backtalk: "Stranger Things" & Women at the Olympics

A spoiler-free conversation about gender and race on Netflix show Stranger Things (Winona!). Amy and Sarah also discuss how female athletes are scrutinized during the Olympic games. Plus: Big news about Amy’s life and some love for Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. Read more »

Opportunity Costs: What the Olympics Show Us About the Economics of Women's Sports

Women who are skilled competitors and elite athletes should have the chance to shine more than once every four years. Read more »

Magical Thinking: The Media’s Disturbing Portrayal of Katinka Hosszu’s Relationship with Her Husband and Coach

NBC sports commentators have been criticized for several other gaffes in the past few days that all display a traditional and conservative approach to gender and relationships. Read more »

As They Head to the Olympics, Women's Soccer is Fighting to Win Equal Pay

They're the number one women's soccer team in the world. But their most formidable opponent is the wage gap.  Read more »

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