Monthly Archives: July 2011

Free at last: letting women’s sports grow up

TweetJust as the Japanese team began celebrating its victory in the Women’s World Cup on Sunday, soothing Tweets sprang forth to summarize the impact of the gallant U.S. runners-up. One declared that “little girls everywhere win today,” while another proudly proclaimed the Americans “role models for all.”
Except that these two individuals — it should be noted [...]

The rise of U.S. women’s soccer not all due to Title IX

TweetIt’s understandable that Title IX advocates are jumping on the U.S. women’s soccer team’s bandwagon as hard as they did 12 years ago. Then as now, American players roused their nation to care, at least for three weeks, about two things which were unlikely to gain mass attention, especially together: soccer and women’s sports.
Here we [...]

Ain’t misbehavin’: Women athletes as entertainers

TweetA question often raised about women’s athletics — and it’s usually posed as a rhetorical one — resurfaced recently following a suggestion from a WNBA coach that her players might just be too “nice” when the reality of competitive sports gets a little nasty:
“Could women’s sports use some bad girls?”
The attempt at an answer revolved [...]

Injuries and imagery in women’s sports

Tweet(This is a topic I wanted to examine in my recent series “Women’s Sports Without Illusions,” especially after a perceptive reader brought it up. I pledged to address it in a new phase of my inquiry that continues on this blog and elsewhere. So here’s a little bonus coverage.)
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