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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 [...]

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 [...]

Women’s sports links, June 28

TweetThe United States takes on North Korea in its Women’s World Cup opener today (11:45 a.m., ESPN), and the center of attention is in the nets.
Perhaps the most memorable moment in U.S. women’s soccer since the 1999 World Cup was Solo being dropped in China after lashing out at then-coach Greg Ryan, who had benched [...]