Tag Archives: sports and culture

In defense of the culture of football, con’t

TweetNot much of a peep from my Tweeps yesterday when I put out the link to this fine and eloquent rebuttal to critics of American football from Jonathan Chait at New York Mag.
Now I don’t feel so alone for having written this a couple weeks back.
Perhaps it was the headline — “In Defense of Male [...]

Sports Gods and antiheroes we think we know

Tweet“Try as we will to weigh him down with meaning, the athlete remains one step ahead of us.”
– Stephen Amidon, “Something Like the Gods”
* * * * * * * *
Has the contemporary sports star finally been caught in the grasp of social media mobs who scrutinize, judge and presume guilty with the ridiculous [...]

Kickstarting a global sports website launch

TweetNearly three years ago one of the rare independent additions to the growing online sports magazine set was launched via Kickstarter.
Now, some of the people and contributors behind The Classical are involved in another Kickstarter effort to begin a website that looks at global sports from a largely cultural perspective.
The site is called The Allrounder [...]

The sports media’s rush to judgment on a tragedy

TweetOnly a few hours after Jovan Belcher of the Kansas City Chiefs shot his girlfriend to death and then took his own life, grand pronouncements about the cause of this tragedy predictably made their way into publication, and on television airwaves.
With only threadbare facts available to them beyond the deaths that left an infant girl [...]

Never mind the throwing gap

TweetJanet Hyde, a former psychology department head and women’s studies professor at the University of Wisconsin, employs a familiar argument in explaining research showing that gender-based differences in the throwing of a ball are considerable:
“The more we argue for gender differences, the more we feed people’s stereotypes. A belief in large gender differences is incompatible [...]

‘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, [...]