Sportz Shortz August 9, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, Sportz Shortz

Our Digest of Women’s Sporting News

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What constitutes a woman? Invasive, humiliating sex testing—still the norm in competitive women’s sports—has  some concrete guidelines. Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, the most recent athlete to be discriminated against, was banned from participating in the 20th Commonwealth Games due to “excess levels” of testosterone in her blood. Disqualification may seem to be an absurd course of action, and it is—almost as absurd as determining someone’s gender from the hormones in their blood.

World Watch August 9, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, World Watch


Our Digest of Global Feminist News and Opinion

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ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith presses potential victims of domestic abuse to learn about “elements of provocation” in a panelist discussion on First Take, earning Smith a meager suspension, (almost as meager as the suspension doled out to Baltimore Ravens Running Back/Batterer Ray Rice) but it’s continuing the dialogue on the pervasiveness of victim-blaming.

Sportz Shortz, July 27, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, Sportz Shortz

Our Bi-Weekly Digest of Women’s Sporting News

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American soccer—rumored to be unpopular—has a growing audience. Rather than an absence of interest, American soccer is “unpopular,” because of  an absence of men. American women outperform their male counterparts continuously—the approaching 2015 Women’s World Cup may very well launch a dialogue centered on the limited recognition.

World Watch, July 19, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, World Watch

 Our Digest of Feminist News and Opinion from Around the World

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High school student Jada, whose assault was recorded and went viral, courageously chose to take control by revealing her identity amidst a climate of mockery and hostility. Online, the recording was received by an unsettling barrage of ridicule from social media users. The atrocity of the brutalization and its aftermath offers us no answers, but does pose a question: when will we begin taking rape seriously?

Sportz Shortz July 12, 2014

Written by Taylor Crain. Posted in Columns, Sportz Shortz

 Our Bi-Weekly Digest of Women’s Sporting News


Iranian women continue to voice opposition to the unwritten regulation barring them from stadiums. The ban, which came about after the 1979 Islamic Revolution, forbids women from attending public sporting events but does not necessarily illegalize their presence. Furthering frustration is the admission of foreign female fans—only Iranian women are excluded. The ludicrous nature of the ban has inspired creative protest, like that of the Women in White Scarves, who write their slogans on their required head coverings.

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