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Playing with the Boys: Why Separate Is Not Equal in Sports

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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 show in vivid detail how women have been unfairly excluded from participating in sports on ...more
Hardcover, 349 pages
Published October 25th 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 1st 2007)
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Jul 21, 2017 rated it liked it
I am a big fan of women's sports, especially soccer, so I wanted to like this book. And it certainly make some good points but in the end fails to make its case: "that coercive … sex segregation in sports should be called out for what it is: a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection Clause" and eliminated.

There's definitely a massive amount of sexism in sports, and this well-researched book seems to spell out every single instance, particularly from the 1800s until the 1970s whe
A.J. Richard
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read on the topic. Straight forward narrative. Relevant. Visonary. I refer to it time and again while addressing these issues. I'm a grad student researching this topic. When I first met with my adviser I had the book in my backpack and my adviser had it on her bookshelf. A must read for all coaches, athletes, sports officials, sports administrators, lawmakers, sports policy makers, parents, and anyone involved in sports male and female including fans. ...more
Dan Sharber
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
great book! we need to end sex segregation in sports right away. fully integrate everything from t-ball to pro sports. whatever you think right now, read this book and see if you don't agree with me. equity in sports must be achieved on the path to full equality in society over all. ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
While somewhat repetitive, this book shatters the arguments about women at large not being able to compete physically with men at large in all sports. It's social, stupid, not physical or biological. ...more
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Required reading.
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Social change is challenging. And legislation makes for a crude and necessary tool for this change. It's difficult to envision what will be when you live in what is, your vision colored and incomplete. Not to mention those acting with a negative motive, regardless of the human failing that gives those that obstruct their motives. It all takes time to get it all to grow from the root.

Going toward forty years with Title IX [which was
This is simply one of the most illuminating books I have ever read. Title IX is frequently and widely touted as a government mandate that has made everything right for girls and women involved in elementary, high school and college sports, but this book revealed it to be the Plessy v. Ferguson of educational and athletic accommodations for women. It also proves, with dozens of examples, that, more than a generation after Title IX, such accommodations for girls and women are still very often woef ...more
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