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Title IX: 40 years and three generations chart the change

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Laura Pappano For those of us who think and write about gender and sport, Title IX never seems adequately enforced, to go far enough, or to be effective enough in addressing the inequities in our culture around sport. And -- still! -- it's often under fire, forcing us to ardently ...

Title IX pushes back at limits imposed “because you’re a girl.”

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

By Laura Pappano When Title IX became law in June 1972, I was 10 and unaware of what it was or would do. I had discovered that being a girl could be limiting. My father, a volunteer Little League coach, honed my baseball skills in the backyard but wouldn’t let me join ...

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. ...

Why doesn’t the POTUS see the power in pick-up?

Monday, October 26th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Is it a problem that White House b-ball games with the president are male-only affairs? Or that, according to the New York Times story yesterday that since taking office President Obama has played 23 rounds of golf – and none (based on records kept by a CBS reporter) ...

Secrets of open-water swimming: Liz Fry on avoiding sharks, refueling, and making 55 degrees feel “balmy”

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Laura Pappano Elizabeth Fry, 50, is a powerhouse of an open-water swimmer who last month shattered by more than six hours (six hours!!) Kris Rutford’s record for the reverse Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. On September 18, she completed the 28.5 mile clockwise swim – against the current, down the East ...

Why Can’t DIII Football Be Co-Ed?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

[caption id="attachment_560" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Lebanon Valley College photo"][/caption] By Laura Pappano The phrase “college football” evokes testosterone-charged pre-U.S. Marine-style intensity and mammoth bodies colliding at ridiculously odd angles and high speeds. That may accurately describe DI teams on Saturday TV or at bowl game time, but how about the 0-6 Amcats at Anna ...

The history of women’s sports we’d rather forget (but shouldn’t)

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

By Laura Pappano Word last week that rare film footage of Babe Ruth had been discovered by a New Hampshire man among his grandfather’s home movies provided yet another opportunity to lovingly recall the delightful history of sport, in this case, baseball. No doubt editors are being deluged with book proposals this ...

Can the NFL make pink a legit sport color?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

By Laura Pappano I can’t wait to see what happens when I tune in to the NFL this weekend. Will we see more dropped passes? Missed routes? Hugging and giggling in the huddle? After all, the league is kicking off a month-long effort to support breast cancer awareness through its “Crucial Catch” ...

Beach volleyball makes feminists queasy, but…

Friday, September 25th, 2009

Read Laura Pappano's piece in The Huffington Post on the return to competition of beach volleyball double gold medal duo Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh  -- in Walsh's case that's post childbirth. Sure, bikinis complicate (but that may be a good thing).