I’m patting myself on the back for a moment: All The Referee of the Year Candidates Are Men and You Should Be Pissed About It broke Face Beat It‘s record for hits in one day, clocking in at just a hair under one thousand page views.

Okay, enough of that. As happy as I am to stir up the conversation about women in quidditch, that’s not enough. My feminism isn’t shit if it’s not intersectional. I’m a white, cisgender, straight woman who voted for Hillary, a stereotype of White Feminism if there ever was one.

But I want to be better than that. I want to keep shining a light on what it’s like to be a minority in this sport. I want to keep this conversation going.

I can’t write about what it’s like to be LGBTQA+ or a person of color in quidditch by myself, but I want to. My experience as a woman is far from the only perspective that needs to be shared.

So if you’d like to share your experience, I’d like to provide a platform for you. Feel free to message me, leave a comment here, or email me: elizabeth@barcelosknows.com

Someone has to be the Angry Feminist Killjoy of quidditch and I feel like that burden has fallen upon me. Well, so be it. I love a good soapbox to preach from. Inspired by one of my favorite Nickelodeon shows of the 90s, I’m kicking off a new series on Face Beat It: Barcelos Explains It All.

Today, I’m taking on something that has bothered me for ages: how few nonmale quidditch head referees there are and why. While it’s by no means a comprehensive article, it’s a start.

It also references the greatest quidditch headline of all time because I’m a hack and I couldn’t help myself.

Enough beating around the bush. Go ahead and read All The Referee of the Year Candidates Are Men and You Should Be Pissed About It over on Face Beat It.

2018 Resolution Update: February

Everyone makes resolutions for the new year. I know that this January was so long that felt like a whole year, but nope, we still have eleven more months to go. Time to check in and see if I’ve been working on reaching the goals I set for myself. Continue reading

2017 Year in Review: Quidditch

Holy shit, how it is 2018 already?  Is it because every year takes up a smaller percentage of my life and therefore feels increasingly insignificant? Is it because I can feel my youth slipping away from me in silver hairs and creaky joints?

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A new year is as good a time as any to reflect back on the last 3.1% of my life. (I think it did the math right. But if you ever had a look at any of my math grades, you’d know that the likelihood of me getting it wrong is pretty high.) Each week for the rest of the month, I’ll be looking back at some of the things I blogged about the most in 2017.

So, let’s start with the topic that gets more hits to my blog than anything else: quidditch.

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