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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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: Skirting Controversy

It seems that often when there’s a woman’s first in sports, there’s some sort of controversy shortly after.  Case in point? Women’s boxing. Last month I wrote about the inclusion of women’s boxing as an Olympic sport for the first time (for another inspirational story about how this came to be, check out this story […]

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Shrinking and Pinking: A Month of Firsts for Female Athletes

It’s been a month of firsts for women in athletics.  While women have definitely made many strides in gaining access to various playing fields, it’s startling to realize how many more physical milestones there are left to hit.  But it’s also inspiring to learn about the women who break barriers and set the standards. For […]

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