Alumna Update from Women & Gender Studies at CU Boulder

The Women & Gender Studies department at the University of Colorado, my undergraduate department, has just published an alumna update on me in their latest newsletter.  I am honored to be a CU Women Studies alum!  Check out the article at:


Continued public intellectualism

On July 19, my letter to the editor was published in the New York Times.  I was responding to the piece that Ben Rothenberg wrote on body image and women’s tennis, “Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image With Ambition.”  Shortly after its publication, the article was attacked by feminists and sociologists as being racist and sexist, especially towards Serena Williams.  My response as a letter to the editor of the New York Times was an attempt to show both sides of this controversy, what goes on in the press conference and what scholars were responding to.  Rather than being disturbed that top female athletes have body issues and they expressed their feelings about their bodies, academic writers figuratively shot the messenger.  That is simply a weak tactic for any scholar.  Furthermore, in being upset with Rothenberg, these scholars are really saying that female athletes should not talk about these issues, which is a decidedly anti-feminist critique for any scholar.

Rothenberg’s article can be found here:

The letters to the editor regarding Rothenberg’s article can be found here:

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Foray Into Public Intellectualism

On June 6, 2014, Emma Span published an op-ed in the New York Times titled, “Is Softball Sexist?” In this piece, Span asserts that softball is a distinctly different sport than baseball and that there is no inherent need for girls to be pushed out of baseball and into softball. However, she warns that there is still attempts to undermine softball, opening it up to boys and men, though Title IX guards against this.

My comment of this piece was selected as a “Times Pick” and it garnered an impressive 69 recommendations from other readers (as of June 10, 2014). The text of my comment is attached below:
NYT Times Pick 6:6:14