Monthly Archives: July 2012

Solo shots and the Saudi Olympic predicament

TweetAs the Hope Solo-Brandi Chastain feud sucks up American media attention in London, the matter of other female athletes touted by Western women’s sports activists has flown under the radar since their notable entrance during the Opening Ceremony Sunday night.
Late yesterday an agreement was reached for Saudi Arabian judoka Wojdan Shaherkani to compete with a [...]

The missing eye of the Olympics

TweetThe Olympics have just started, and I can’t wait for them to end.
That’s what I have thought over the years watching the Opening Ceremonies and first few days of the Games.
But not for the reason you may imagine.
I’ve always wanted the Olympics to hurry up and get over so Bud Greenspan could complete his amazing [...]

Ways of seeing women’s athletic bodies, con’t

TweetMy post yesterday about female athletes and posing nude for magazines prompted Laura Taylor, one of my Twitter followers, to dust off a 12-year-old open letter she sent to USA Today columnist Christine Brennan, the now-defunct SI for Women magazine and Gary Miller, then of ESPN (!).
The essential point in this sharply written missive (and [...]

Women’s pedaling and peddling a familiar line

TweetOutside magazine takes a long look at the world of women’s cycling, but it’s less about the sport and more a curation of wailing about why it doesn’t get the media attention its supporters believe it deserves.
No story along these lines would be complete without the obligatory academic feminist stock quote, in this case from [...]

Symbolism and female Saudi athletes

TweetInternational pressure on Saudi Arabia to send women athletes to the London Olympics has paid off. But some working to improve the plight of females in sports and life in that country are skeptical it has more than symbolic value. Says Saudi sports website editor Ahmed al-Marzooqi:
“We are still disappointed here. I should be happy [...]

Hope Solo and the selling of women’s sports

TweetHope Solo is once again in the news for some of the wrong reasons –┬ábeing warned for a positive test for a substance she takes for pre-menstrual purposes and discussing athletes’ debauchery at the 2008 Olympics.
The U.S. women’s national soccer team goalkeeper is either a breath of fresh air or hot air, depending on your [...]