Category Archives: women's sports

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 – being 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 [...]

‘Beyond Title IX’ excerpt: ‘Who is a Woman?’

TweetThe final part of my new book “Beyond Title IX:  The Cultural Lament of Women’s Sports,” includes many more calls to eliminate sex-segregated athletic competition than I imagined there would be when I began doing the research.
Some women’s sports advocates have argued that Title IX has ensured what they contend is second-class status by legally [...]

‘Beyond Title IX’ excerpt: ‘Why Sex is More Fun Than Gender’

TweetThe third part of my new book “Beyond Title IX: The Cultural Laments of Women’s Sports” deals with what I refer to as the “representation obsessions” of so-called women’s sports advocates, and the portrayal of female athletes in the media.
When women athletes pose suggestively in magazines, with or without clothing, some of these ultra-feminist “sport [...]

‘Beyond Title IX’ excerpt: ‘Tales From the Pink Locker Room’

TweetToday’s excerpt from my new book: “Beyond Title IX: The Cultural Laments of Women’s Sports,” details a prominent Title IX blogger’s first bout with media attention not that many years ago. But the national notoriety surrounding the Pink Locker Room at the University of Iowa is something that Erin Buzuvis does not mention these days, [...]

Introducing my new book: “Beyond Title IX”

TweetThe deluge of celebratory media coverage in recent weeks over the 40th anniversary of the enactment of Title IX has been remarkable.
I’ve commented on this blog about the flood the zone coverage of espnW, and what has been missing from its narrative.
On  Saturday, ESPN Classic filled in some of that gap with a substantive documentary, [...]

Thank you for inspiring my dreams

TweetI haven’t benefitted from Title IX in a sports context, and readers here certainly know I’ve got problems with the way the sports compliance provisions are being enforced by the courts.
But this terrific video compiled by World Team Tennis is the perfect tribute to a woman who has done so much more than to advocate [...]

Fear-mongering and Title IX

TweetIt’s perfectly understandable to go back down memory lane with the 40th anniversary of Title IX approaching and recall what women’s sports were like in the 1970s.
I know this, because I was playing in fledgling youth sports leagues at the time, limited to slow-pitch softball and six-on-six basketball. That was all we had, but those [...]

NCAA scholarship limits and the Title IX numbers game

TweetESPN The Magazine’s Peter Keating laid out a case on espnW this week for changes in NCAA scholarship allocation limits that he asserts is “the silent enemy” of men’s non-revenue sports.
There are some interesting numbers here, and he does make a good point in suggesting that raising scholarship limits in non-revenue sports “may be the [...]

Raining on the Title IX parade

TweetI’ve not found many more refreshing athletes to cover than Brandi Chastain.
And I’ve never been enamored with Republican politicians whose voting records are a predictable laundry list of all the issues, economic and social, that I couldn’t be more opposed to.
But when California Assemblyman Chris Norby expressed his concern this week over court interpretations of [...]