October 9, 2013

So I’m a big sports fan, which isn’t something I’ve written about all that much, although I was once really excited about starting a feminist sports blog. (That is still a thing that would be awesome to do. I’m even still sitting on the WordPress name. I am just awful at organization.) I think part of the reason I don’t write much about my love for sports is that it can be tough to be a female sports fan, especially if you’re also a fan of women’s athletics. Mainstream sports media dudes are, by and large, dudes, and their treatment of women’s sports (and women in sports journalism) runs the gamut from total ignorance to dismissal to super gross sexism.

But that’s not actually what I want to talk about in this post. Instead, let’s think about fandom, and taunting, and young Wil Myers.
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You Play Like a Girl

April 2, 2009

With the women’s NCAA Final Four upon us, I’ve been thinking a lot about sports and gender. Courtney’s post over at Feministing asked the question Is it sexist to not watch women’s sports? A lot of familiar answers popped up–Men’s sports are more exciting! Women can’t dunk! Men are faster!–and suddenly they all started sounded very similar to arguments like There’s nothing wrong with me liking Asian women–I can’t help what I prefer. And, you know, they’re hotter.

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Candace Parker: The Next Michael Jordan?

March 13, 2009

I play basketball every week with a group of what I like to call power lesbians. Last year a bunch of us got together to watch the women’s NCAA basketball tournament, which I’m sure we’ll repeat later this month. Several of my teammates turned out to be big Candace Parker fans–I’d never really heard of her, because honestly last year was the first time I paid any attention to the women’s tournament. (I used to watch the men’s tournament, but now that I’ve moved east I find I get too depressed if I try to watch any of the games with anyone other than my dad.)

Now that she’s on my radar, I was excited when I found this ESPN Magazine cover story.

And then I read it, and got a little less excited.

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