I presented my paper, “The Original 9: A Feminist Social Movement Through Sports Entertainment and Fashion, 1968-1973,” which is part of my dissertation study, at the Subverting Academia & Subversive Academics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium held March 6-7 in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.
I am teaching “Women, Sports and Culture,” a senior-level course for the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland, this semester. From the description:
“This course will offer an overview of contemporary cultural issues in women’s sports. Topics that will be covered are the controversial nature of sex verification, gender and female bodily comportment, Title IX, the Battle of the Sexes, media representations of female athletes, nationalism, the Olympics, dis/abilities, race and intersectionality, and lesbian and transgender issues. This course is a writing-intensive course with most of the major assignments being linked to parts of the larger final paper.”
Unfortunately for those not enrolled and wish to be, this course is already over-enrolled; however, given the enrollment numbers, it should be offered again soon.
Feel free to peruse the syllabus here.
I am very excited to be joining the Diversity and Conference Climate Committee of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport on November 7, 2014. I will be completing the final two years of NASSS president-elect Cheryl Cooky’s four year appointment.
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 article, “Judith Butler redux — The heterosexual matrix and the out lesbian athlete: Amélie Mauresmo, gender performance, and women’s professional tennis”, has been published in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport — volume 41, issue 2 (the July 2014 issue), p. 163-176. This article has been available electronically since April, 2013.
I won a University of Maryland’s Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. This award will free up my time from teaching during the fall term so that I can fully focus on my dissertation.