Random thoughts after Week 1 in Rio

We are one week into the Rio Olympics and I have some thoughts– well, a lot of thoughts, but here are some serious (and not so serious) personal highlights. I’ll focus on the big three that sociologists like to think about: gender, class, and race. I’d like to thank various journalists for giving me a […]

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Fantastic Lies and TRex: Documentaries and Sports in American Society

Wow, I haven’t blogged in three months. Why? Most of my time has been taken up by the course I am teaching this semester, a large lecture class at Brown called Sports in American Society. Standing room only crowd today in my inaugural Sports in American Society lecture. <insert sporting exhortation here> #americanstudies #sportsinamericansociety #professorlife […]

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Be a Journalist #LikeaGirl

I know I’m in the minority here, but I didn’t really like the Always #LikeaGirl ad that aired during the Superbowl this week. Now I write this as a person who believes wholeheartedly that men and women/girls and boys can almost always do the same things. I attended an all-girls school for eight years, and […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Sex, Sports, and Sociology

It’s always fun when a sociological study makes it into the mainstream press (for a good reason)– especially one about sports. A new paper out in the International Review for the Sociology of Sport titled, “Where are the female athletes in Sports Illustrated? A content analysis of covers (2000–2011),” has been making the rounds, especially […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

This time of year is always a big one for female athletes– especially with the recent popularity of NCAA basketball superstars like Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins. While it’s so important to celebrate these victories, it’s also important to remember the ways in which we still have room to grow when it comes to female […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Shifting Sports

New shifts in sport have been all over the news lately. Danica Patrick is the first woman to shift into the pole position (the top qualifier) at the Daytona 500. And while the International Olympic Committee’s unexpected and shocking decision to drop wrestling from the summer Games impacts more men than women, it’s telling that […]

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Bikini Babes: Olympic Gold and Pageant Bling

Last week some pageant bling helped me get into the holiday spirit. Take a look at these amazing/atrocious gowns from the 2012 Miss Universe Pageant and tell me they don’t make you think of a) A Christmas Tree and b) A Mrs. Claus outfit gone wrong. (Well, actually only if Mrs. Claus was a part-time […]

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Shrinking and Pinking “Chick” Fights

I learned a new term this month: “Chicked.”  Apparently that’s what you say in skiing when a woman beats a man on the slopes. Here’s an excerpt from an article describing what it is to be chicked: “That’s a verb used in ski racing – chicked – to chick someone,” explained Canadian alpine racer Larisa […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: More Girls, More Sports, More Changes

Compared to the past few months, October brought less female athlete news– but as students returned to school and Olympic-caliber athletes returned to training, there’s no doubt that women in sports were hard at work.  And, in many cases, they are working hard in new contexts. 1) In Massachusetts female high school golfers now have […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Success, with a Reality Check

Recent news out of the world of female athletics has been nothing but positive lately.  From the success of women in the Summer Olympics to the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX we’ve been very busy focusing on the accomplishments of women athletes. This past month one of the biggest stories about women […]

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