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Playing With the Boys: Why Separate is Not…

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

by Eileen McDonagh

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This is a wonderful representation of the history of women and sports, the complexities of Title IX, and disparities between men's and women's sports. McDonagh's insights into the separation in thought between men's and women's athletics are resonant and well-researched to provide the most information possible regarding such a subject. ( )
  MeganWhobrey | Feb 24, 2016 |
A Castilleja faculty member says this is "a great sports sociology book." Want to learn more about Title IX? The differences between the boys'and the girls' versions of soccer and other sports? The ways boys' and girls' sports are inequal (think recognition, funding, and on and on)? Then take a seat and pick up McDonagh's book.
  CastiLib | Aug 17, 2009 |
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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 strengths.

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