Playing With the Boys

Playing With the Boys : Why Separate is Not Equal in Sports

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Athletic contests help define what we mean in America by "success." By keeping women from "playing with the boys" on the false assumption that they are inherently inferior, society relegates them to second-class citizens. In this forcefully argued book, Eileen McDonagh and Laura Pappano show in vivid detail how women have been unfairly excluded from participating in sports on an equal footing with men. Using dozens of powerful examples-girls and women breaking through in football, ice hockey, wrestling, and baseball, to name just a few-the authors show that sex differences are not sufficient to warrant exclusion in most sports, that success entails more than brute strength, and that sex segregation in sports does not simply reflect sex differences, but actively constructs and reinforces stereotypes about sex differences. For instance, women's bodies give them a physiological advantage in endurance sports, yet many Olympic events have shorter races for women than men, thereby camouflaging rather than revealing women's more

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 149.86 x 226.06 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195386779
  • 9780195386776
  • 1,075,547

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Frailty Myth... Highly recommended.'-Library Journal argument more plausibly than does Colette Dowling in The law, media, and psychology, the authors make their feminist research, and opinions from biology, history, sociology, provide equal opportunity for women... Marshaling facts, politics, higher education, and employment generally, should 'Convincingly argue[s] the notion that sports, like assumptions about sports.'-Bust 'Makes a dynamic case for reshuffling our genderedshow more

About Eileen McDonagh

Eileen McDonagh is Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. She is the author of Breaking the Abortion Deadlock and The Motherless State. Laura Pappano is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Boston Globe Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and The Washington Post. She is the author of The Connection Gap and is currently a writer-in-residence at the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley more

Table of contents

PREFACE ; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ; 1. : What's the Problem ; 2. The Sex Difference Question ; 3. Title IX: Old Norms in New Forms ; 4. Sex Segregated Sports on Trial ; 5. Inventing Barriers ; 6. Breaking Barriers ; 7. Pass the Ball ; NOTES ; INDEXshow more

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