A Readingista Reviews Sportista

Today a book review I wrote of the new book Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States, appeared on The Rumpus. This may or may not mean I am the next Cheryl Strayed… This summer my husband and I had Olympics fever. We watched NBC’s tape-delayed broadcast every night and live online coverage of our […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Athletics in a Post-Post Title IX World

The XX(X) Olympics were an enormous success for women– especially the Americans.  If the US women had been their own country they would have placed fifth in the medal count standings.  Even more noteworthy is that 60% of the all the US’ medals came from women and 2/3rds of the American gold medal haul were […]

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How will the Olympics inspire girls? (from the Gates Cambridge blog, a program that has inspired me)

This blog originally appeared on the Gates Cambridge blog, A Transformative Experience, on July 29, 2012. I was a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge from 2002-2003. It truly was one of the most transformative experiences of my life from a personal and professional point of view. For many years after my time […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: The XX(X) Olympiad Edition

It’s finally here! This week the Summer Games begin.  I– and my DVR– are ready. While some are calling them the Title IX Olympics, I prefer  the XX(X) Olympics.  Sure it’s the first time that women (269) outnumber men (261) on the US team (hence the “Title IX” moniker [and it helps that this is […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Any Age, Any Size, Any Sport

So much is happening in the world of sports with the lead-up to the Summer Olympics– and female athletes have been stealing the spotlight, especially in track (so much has been written on the 100m controversy, but I have to endorse this Sports Illustrated article by Tim Layden as the absolute best I have read […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Chic and Unique Female Athletes

I must confess that when I started reading this month’s Vogue I did not expect to read about a motocross racer.  Maybe in Sports Illustrated— but Vogue? Just goes to show that female athletes are everywhere these days, showing excellence in various sports and reaching wider audiences than ever before. 21-year-old Ashley Fiolek is the […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Playing like a Girl Follow-Ups

It was 40 years ago this week that a woman first ran in the Boston Marathon. In 1972 Kathrine Switzer was an athletic pioneer, running among the men– even when a man tried to stop her. The picture is much different 40 years on thanks to Title IX and changing societal attitudes. Women are bona […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: It’s All Greek to Me

It’s a good time to be a female athlete. As the NCAA women’s basketball tournament winds down, we are left with the stories and legacies of serious athletic stars like Elena Delle Donne (with her interesting and brave back story) and Stanford’s Ogwumike sisters. Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins has emerged as a star who transcends […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: Co-Ed Underwear

I love the Olympics. I love watching all the events. I love watching the “fluff” (background pieces/sob stories about the athletes). And I love seeing amazing athletes who participate in sports that don’t often get a lot of attention (like synchronized swimming and fencing, for example). And then there’s shooting. Over the weekend six shooters […]

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An Olympic-Sized Achievement: Scholar-Athlete Amanda Scott (from BlogHer)

I know Amanda Scott as a fellow Gates Cambridge Scholar. But I can’t run like her! A very impressive person. CLICK HERE TO READ THIS ARTICLE ON BLOGHER SPORTS! 2012 is not only a leap year, it’s an Olympic year. That means that in the next few months thousands of hopefuls are gearing up for […]

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