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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Turkey Trots for Tots

Prodigies are always a hot topic, and with the publication of Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, they have been back in the news.  While prodigies tend to come from fields where it is not necessary to go through physical maturation first (like music, math, chess, etc.), that is beginning to change as some parents […]

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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: Milestones and Menstruation

It’s been an interesting month for female athletes. Yesterday 16-year-old Lexi Thompson (who I have previously featured in a Shrinking and Pinking post in which I named her a “star of the future,” which was clearly spot-on!) became the youngest ever winner of an LPGA event. While she’s not old enough to join the LPGA […]

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