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.

Yes, I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted here. I feel like I’m forever struggling with balancing writing for work versus writing for me. But that’s a blog post for later.

For now, if you’ve missed me pontificating about quidditch, fear not! Alejo Enriquez of How to Play Quidditch invited me to join him and Harry Greenhouse for a podcast.

Alejo’s site is a cool resource for learning about the games, but the podcast is the real gem. He’s been looking for people who are knowledgeable about aspects of quidditch and bringing them on for podcasts. This pod’s topic was one close to my heart: college quidditch and how we as community players can help foster it. Give it a listen here.

I didn’t write anything last night because I was chatting with my partner in podcast crime instead. Ryan Smythe and I podcast together pretty regularly anyway, so we decided to make it official. Check out the first episode of West Coast Bias here.