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Sexuality, Pride and women’s basketball

TweetThis week I’m devoting several posts stemming from Monday’s 42nd Title IX anniversary, with an emphasis on cultural issues relating to gender and sports. Here are previous posts on “Title IX, sports and the culture of grievance,” and “Pop feminism hits the sports pages.”
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The latest development on the [...]

More gradual steps or a big leap for the WNBA?

TweetCan the outgoing trifecta of women’s college basketball’s most visible stars attract a bigger spotlight for the WNBA?
That’s what both the league and ESPN are banking on as they held a tightly-staged press conference Thursday to announce an extension of their long-standing television partnership.
The six-year deal, which Sports Business Journal reported ahead of time [...]

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 [...]

Leagues of their own for a good reason

TweetThis week espnW has been running a series examining the possibilities of women competing in men’s professional sports leagues. Veteran reporter Jane McManus does a good job detailing the physical and cultural obstacles women face in football, while Pat Borzi does the same in baseball.
I do admire the women facing very long odds of ever succeeding [...]