No Joy in Penn State, But a Flicker of Hope

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No one knew exactly what was going to happen. But as the Penn State Nittany Lions walked onto the field at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, the applause that grew in the stands was loaded. How do you clap for a program led by a man who knew that one of his coaches molested at least […]

Women Boxers Advised To Wear Skirts

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According to the BBC, the Amateur International Boxing Association is advising women boxers to wear skirts. The President of the Association, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, argues that it allows viewers to tell the difference between the men and the women: I have heard many times, people say, ‘We can’t tell the difference between the men and the women,’ […]

Life Without Title IX

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It’s very easy for me to imagine life without Title IX. That’s because I already lived it. I was quite the little jock growing up. I spent every evening after school skateboarding, or playing ball in the street with my neighborhood buddies. In the summers I played tennis and swam. But when the boys I […]

USA World Cup Soccer Women: No Apologies!

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As the FIFA Women’s World Cup ended on July 17 with a stirring, nail-biting  victory by Japan over the USA, we can celebrate a triumph for women athletes everywhere. The matches were beautifully and excitingly fought, as we watched the deft touch of Brazil’s Marta, the unstoppable force of the USA’s Abby Wambach … sports fans of all genders have […]

Quidditch’s Title IX (and Three-Quarters): Anyone Can Ride a Broomstick

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With excitement building for the final Harry Potter movie, we’re hosting a week of posts about the series on the Ms. Blog. Today we’ve got a report on gender equity at the heart of the hardest-core Harry Potter fanbase: the people who actually play Quidditch. For the uninitiated, “Muggle” Quidditch is a land-based version of […]

Women’s Soccer World Cup: Controversy Off the Field

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Tomorrow morning, the U.S. women’s soccer team will take on North Korea in their first match of the FIFA Women’s World Cup, which began yesterday. While the international championship itself is sure to be exciting, many events leading up to it have already been making headlines around the world. FIFA, the international governing body of […]

Defying Title IX, Colleges Report Male Athletes as Women

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The New York Times has a fascinating 3-minute video on “roster management.” a term referring to the manipulation of Title IX rules in order to appear like you’re following them when you’re not. As the article explains, schools demonstrate compliance with Title IX; …by showing that the number of female athletes is in proportion to […]

Jumping for Joy

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When I first moved to Park City, Utah, in 2004, I was shocked to learn that women ski jumpers were not allowed to go to the Olympics. Heck, what happened to Title IX? But this is the Olympics, where an elite group of mostly men on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) make the rules. For […]

Click! Boys Don’t Like to Lose

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Mike Shayne was the first boy to ever ask me out. I was 13, too young to drive, so it was the sort of date where someone’s mom dropped you off some place and picked you up a couple of hours later. I was not attracted to Mike, but nonetheless went roller skating with him (indoor […]

Our Favorite Feminist Hoopster, Male Variety

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UPDATE: D.J. Gay and San Diego State will bring the power of women’s studies to the Sweet Sixteen! Read on … March Madness is in full swing, and it is time for the Ms. Blog to fill out our brackets for the NCAA women’s and men’s basketball tournaments. We can’t tell you all our picks, but […]