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Radio talk on the coverage challenge for female athletes: Getting ink and airtime without playing the sexy card.

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Ahead of the 2012 Olympics, a show today on blogtalkradio explores where we are on the media and female athletes -- attention, sex appeal, image, behavior. How do we get better coverage? JoAnn Kawell talks with Jane Schonberger, Ariel Dougherty, and FGN's Laura Pappano, a panel assembled from a special edition ...

Does Sexy Mean Selling Out?

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

By Laura Pappano On The Issues Magazine has just published a special edition focusing on the 40th Anniversary of Title IX. If I've learned one thing from FairGameNews it's that the matter of how female athletes use and present their bodies reliably spurs heated -- though circular and predictable -- debate. ...

The SI swimsuit challenge: What’s a mom to do?

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

     By Katie Culver There is not a lot of media coverage of female athletes, but when there is I like my daughter, who is five years old, to see it. I try to records as many women's sporting events as I can for her to watch. Recently, we were watching the U.S. ...

Fresh take on Billie Jean King, ’70s feminism, sports — and Title IX

Monday, May 16th, 2011

By Laura Pappano In the new May/June issue of The Women's Review of Books, I wrote about Susan Ware's new book, Game, Set, Match: Billie Jean King and the Revolution in Women's Sports (UNC, 2011). You can read the view here. The book is timely, given mounting evidence that Title IX is ...

The quest for 89 victories is not just for UConn. It matters to all of us.

Monday, December 6th, 2010

By Laura Pappano The countdown started long ago. Most fans know that if the UConn Women’s Basketball team continues its unbeaten run that on Dec. 21 the team will surpass the 88-game winning streak set by John Wooden’s UCLA teams of the early 1970s. As the date nears, the question becomes pointed: Who ...

Urban girls: Have we overdone the pregnancy and drug warnings? Should we talk sports instead?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

By Laura Pappano On Monday, two girls from Teen Voices, a magazine (and website!) aimed at helping urban girls counteract negative media images, interviewed me for an article they are writing about Title IX (and, their passion, women’s basketball). Hopefully, I helped them some. But, really, they are helping me -- and ...

Retired soccer power Angela Hucles talks post-play life — work, volunteering & pulling for US National Team (as a fan)

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

By Megan Wood Angela Hucles, who retired just over a year ago, was a two-time Olympic gold medalist and Boston Breakers powerhouse who played with the team during both the WUSA and WPS eras. Hucles, a Virginia Beach native, was named the 2009 Humanitarian of the Year by the U.S. Soccer ...

The female athlete’s edge: Training gives “aimless” 20’s purpose

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

By Sarah Odell How appropriate that I happened to be at my parent’s when Sunday’s New York Times Magazine asked on its cover “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” Oh great, I thought to myself, yet another article about why my generation hasn’t lived up to expectations. I picked up the magazine ...

Wait, it’s not the POTUS’s job to play PC b-ball — women have to get in the game!

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

By Lauren Taylor Um, earth to FairGameNews.com readers! Did no one read Laura’s post on Monday? (Actually our tracker shows they did). Then, why no comments to tell her she was talking crazy? C’mom -- you’ve got to keep us on our toes! I read it and nearly came through my computer ...

Beyond bitch, bunny, or mom: Art intervention challenges (oh-so-tired) pop images

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2009

By Laura Pappano Of course being hot helps. Good-looking athletes get our attention, whether we’re talking Danica Patrick or Tom Brady. It doesn’t make them any better on the racetrack or the football field, but it does attract fans and sponsors. I get that. But there’s trouble when we consider the broader implications ...