Feminism | Posted by Ines R on 07/9/2014

Sexism and Soccer Balls

The other day my friend asked me if I thought a true feminist can support the World Cup. Until this year, I probably would have immediately answered yes: I just associated the World Cup with a somewhat rarefied joy and excitement. Over the years, I have loved witnessing the passion other countries have for their nation’s team and choosing a team to root for with my family (we usually just hop onto the bandwagon of the favored champions since our country, Peru, has not been in the World Cup since 1982). But this year — maybe because I’m older, maybe because it seems more obvious than ever before — I’ve noticed various sexist dynamics surrounding the World Cup.

The World Cup has had a significant impact on women’s lives all …

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Feminism | Posted by Lauren M on 04/30/2014

Changing the Dialogue About Women’s Sports

It has been a pretty good month to be from Connecticut. March Madness came to a close on Monday, April 7th and Tuesday, April 8th, with the championship victories of the Men and Women’s National Basketball Tournament. The UCONN Huskies Men and Women’s basketball teams both won, making it the second time in the history of the NCAA Tournament where both championships were won by the same school. Who did it the first time? The Huskies, back in 2004. Having the men win the tournament seemed like a long shot; they were the 7th seed and they had to face some pretty good teams along the way. The women on the other hand were favorited, as they had been undefeated in the regular season. This sounds like great news right? …

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Feminism, Pop-Culture | Posted by Becka W on 02/25/2013

Top Five Fictional Female Athletes

Anybody who has ever met me can agree on one important point: I am a pop culture addict, with a list of favorite TV shows and movies a mile long. Some of my all-time heroes are fictional ones and it’s undeniable that even fictional depictions of women deeply impact the way girls and women view themselves and model their lives. Unfortunately, these representations are often based on stereotypical gender roles — including a serious lack of representation of female athletes. This may not seem like the most pressing issue, but studies have shown that girls who participate in sports have greater self esteem and participating in sports imparts valuable lessons. Modeling the benefits of sports in the media has the potential to impact countless girls, which is why I want …

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Articles | Posted by Julie Z on 12/14/2012

An Interview with Hudson Taylor of Athlete Ally

Hudson Taylor, a lifelong athlete and three-time NCAA All-American wrestler, is the founder of Athlete Ally, a nonprofit sports resource which, according to its website: “encourages all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same. Athlete Ally provides social advocacy campaigns, on-campus trainings and practical tools including resources to locate and learn about allied athletes, coaches, teams, athletic clubs and sports-based advocacy projects around the country.” You may also remember Hudson from his video “Time To Evolve” which was posted on the FBomb this past summer.

Hudson recently agreed to answer some questions about his work as an LGBT ally in the athletic community …

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Feminism | Posted by Vimbai D on 04/18/2011

Women’s Super League: Up and Running

April 13th 2011 was a landmark day for women’s football in England as Arsenal took on Chelsea in the inaugural match of the FA’s Women’s Super League (the WSL). And it was also a personal landmark day as I was able to watch the match on TV. Yes, I did. Women’s football. On TV. I have never had the opportunity to watch women’s football matches on TV before so excuse my excitement.

Featuring eight clubs including Chelsea, Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool, the WSL has been three years in the making. Official plans for the league had been announced in 2009, but it has been a league that has been needed for longer than that. It is the step forward that women’s football in England has desperately needed: a league that …

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Feminism | Posted by Marie B on 02/28/2011

Martial Arts: Not Just Defense

This weekend I will be testing for my black belt after eight years of Taekwondo classes. During those eight years, I’ve grown into the person I am today. Not only have I learned how to kick, punch, and block, but I have learned compassion, respect, and confidence. Each Saturday, I spend hours practicing self defense, meditating, sparring or even teaching entire classes. It is one of the most rewarding activities I have ever participated in (and prevents the extracurricular section of my college apps from remaining blank). Unfortunately, the only aspect of taekwondo, or martial arts of any kind, that people pick up on for women, is self defense.

For example, one day this past year, I participated in a jujitsu class:
Kick her Brian! She’s a black bel

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Pop-Culture | Posted by Rosamund C on 02/2/2011

What Penalty For Sexism in Sport?

Anyone living in Britain at the moment would have to be hiding under a rock to have missed the current Sky news sexism row. It hasn’t quite got its own ‘-gate’  suffix yet but it’s surely only a matter of time, as what started as a few off-the-cuff comments has snowballed into a national debate.

Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray were commentating on a football (soccer) match last Saturday, when, believing their microphones to be switched off, they made sexist remarks about the female referee, Sian Massey. The game hadn’t even started when they were already criticising her ability to do her job, complaining that women “don’t know the offside rule” and that “the game’s gone mad.” They also complained about Karren Brady, one of …

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