Tag Archives: women’s sports

Ways of rating female athletes

TweetBoth espnW and Sports Illustrated have compiled lists of the Top 40 women athletes of the Title IX era, and they’re both revealing in their approaches.
First of all, SI’s list is already done and available on one link, in a very compelling photo gallery. There are some notable omissions. No Dot Richardson, softball gold medalist [...]

Skirting the issue on boxing attire

TweetThe Amateur International Boxing Association is now saying skirts are optional for competitors in the first women’s Olympic boxing tournament in London.
Another first-world crisis has been averted.
This optional position is probably the best, given the mixed opinions from the boxers. Some were incensed about what might have become compulsory; others were not.
In free Western societies [...]

Best of 2011: Issues in women’s sports

TweetThis week I’m bringing back some of my favorite posts from the year, and especially those that generated some good conversation. Issue pieces in sports always seem to do the trick, and these were no different.
In June I posted a 10-part series I called “Women’s Sports Without Illusions,” a critical examination of the movement and [...]

See you in September

TweetI’ve been putting this off for a couple of weeks now but can’t wait any longer: I’m taking a bit of a break from most of my online activity, including this blog.
There’s so much I wanted to write about here before I stepped away, including the end of The New York Times’ series on gender [...]

A truly warped way of seeing women athletes

TweetIn my recent series on women’s sports, I introduced readers to the work of a self-identified “sport media scholar” who is anything but.
Mary Jo Kane of the University of Minnesota is one of the more relentless and joyless critics of portrayals of female athletes by the media, especially when they’re not wearing much clothes.
But even when [...]

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 [...]

Injuries and imagery in women’s sports

Tweet(This is a topic I wanted to examine in my recent series “Women’s Sports Without Illusions,” especially after a perceptive reader brought it up. I pledged to address it in a new phase of my inquiry that continues on this blog and elsewhere. So here’s a little bonus coverage.)
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Women’s Sports Without Illusions: Final Thoughts

TweetI do promise to make this brief, because I’ve already unpacked a lot over these last two weeks about women’s sports, and more precisely, the movement behind them for the last four decades.
All the links in the “Women’s Sports Without Illusions” series can be found here. And just a few other things to point out [...]

The racquet that endures and inspires

TweetThis is the final post in a series entitled “Women’s Sports Without Illusions” that critically examines the nearly four decades of the women’s sports movement, including Title IX, cultural and social developments, the growth of professional and international women’s sports and current challenges and issues.
All posts in this series can be found here.

I’ve been promising the [...]

Do girls and women really need sports?

TweetThis is the eighth in a series entitled “Women’s Sports Without Illusions” that critically examines the nearly four decades of the women’s sports movement, including Title IX, cultural and social developments, the growth of professional and international women’s sports and current challenges and issues.
All posts in this series can be found here.

At about the time young girls [...]