How the "Stereotype Effect" Hurts Women Athletes

When women are told they’re worse athletes, they perform worse. And our society tells them they’re not as good as men in all kinds of ways.

#HandsOffCaster: Why the Policing of Female Athletes' Testosterone Levels Needs to Stop

A scientist explains why worrying about athletes' testosterone levels is baseless and offensive.  Read more »

Backtalk: "Stranger Things" & Women at the Olympics

A spoiler-free conversation about gender and race on Netflix show Stranger Things (Winona!). Amy and Sarah also discuss how female athletes are scrutinized during the Olympic games. Plus: Big news about Amy’s life and some love for Alynda Segarra of Hurray for the Riff Raff. Read more »

Opportunity Costs: What the Olympics Show Us About the Economics of Women's Sports

Women who are skilled competitors and elite athletes should have the chance to shine more than once every four years. Read more »

Magical Thinking: The Media’s Disturbing Portrayal of Katinka Hosszu’s Relationship with Her Husband and Coach

NBC sports commentators have been criticized for several other gaffes in the past few days that all display a traditional and conservative approach to gender and relationships. Read more »

As They Head to the Olympics, Women's Soccer is Fighting to Win Equal Pay

They're the number one women's soccer team in the world. But their most formidable opponent is the wage gap.  Read more »

Cruel Summer: What's Messed Up About The Olympic Games

It's worth considering what kind of exploitation makes our spectatorship possible. Read more »

Popaganda: Sports and Capitalism

The Olympics kicks off this week in Rio de Janeiro, amid protests over its high costs and impact on Brazil's poorest communities. While sports represent our cultural values and tie in closely to our identities, it's not hard to see how sports from the college level to the Olympics are driven by one... Read more »

The Forgotten History of Female Athletes Who Organized Their Own Olympics

Men barred "those delightful creatures" from competing at the Olympics. So female athletes protested by making their own games in 1922. Read more »

What Happens When Athletes Contradict Their Media Narratives?

A still from the NBC coverage of Adelina Sotnikova's surprising winning skate at the 2014 Olympics. There are two ways to succeed at sports: by being memorable, or by winning. Note that one achievement does not necessarily imply the other, and that in some sports the two can even be... Read more »

On Our Radar: Feminist News Roundup

Here's the news on my radar today: • Alpine skier Bogdana Matsotska has dropped out of Olympic competition in protest of the violence in her... Read more »

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