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

Paperback | July 24, 2009

byEileen McDonagh, Laura Pappano

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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 showin 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 notsufficient 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 physiologicaladvantage 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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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 showin vivid detail how women have been unfairly ...

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 Ti...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.91 inPublished:July 24, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceAcknowledgments1. What's the Problem2. The Sex Difference Question3. Title IX: Old Norms in New Forms4. Sex Segregated Sports on Trial5. Inventing Barriers6. Breaking Barriers7. Pass the BallNotes