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Kendra James, Tonya Harding, and the Dictatorship of Expectation

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Laurie and Debbie say: In 1994, the figure skating world was rocked with a major scandal, when skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked and hit in the leg the day before the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Kerrigan was unable to skate the next day, and Tonya Harding won the championship (which she might well have lost […]

Tuesday Linksday

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Debbie says: A very rich selection of links this week: Extreme wheelchair sports provide great visuals: Wheelz does what he calls WCMX, or wheelchair motocross. It’s like BMX, except with four wheels instead of two. Oh, and a disability thrown in just to keep it interesting. Wheelz practically invented the sport. There are other wheelchair […]

Danica Patrick: She Races Tomorrow!

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Laurie and Debbie say: Tomorrow is the Daytona 500, and Danica Patrick stands a pretty good chance of winning it. For those who don’t follow race car driving, the Daytona 500 is a major NASCAR (stock-car driving) race, and Patrick is the first woman NASCAR driver to make the very top rank in the sport. […]

Serena Williams: The Change

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Laurie says: This blog is a huge fan of the Williams sisters, Serena and Venus, as athletes and as world changers. I saw Serena winning the US Open and then found this poem in a post on A Philosopher’s Life. .. .. The Change by Tony Hoagland The season turned like the page of a […]

Object —-> Olympic Athlete —-> Human Being

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: We both love the Olympics, especially the sports you never see on TV except during the Olympics. And neither of us has a TV right now, so neither of us is seeing as much Olympics as we would like. Other folks are watching and commenting, however, and here’s some of what […]

Trans American Revolution

Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Laurie and Debbie say: We were deeply struck by this interview with Keelin Godsey, Olympic contender (who didn’t quite make it) for the hammer throw event. It’s worth listening to the whole thing. Godsey identifies and lives as a man, and competes as a woman, for reasons that he explains clearly in this amazingly open […]

Third Gender Soccer Star Leads Samoa to Victory

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: Jonny “Jayieh” Saelua was just named “Man of the Match” for his goal assist and 90th minute goal-line clearance which helped lead Samoa to its first victory in 30 consecutive games, and in a World Cup qualifying match at that. The “Man of the Match” is transgender; more specifically, she is […]

A More Hopeful Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve been doing Thanksgiving posts since we started this blog in 2005, and almost all of them have begun with some version of a lament for how hard it was in the previous year to find things to be thankful for. This year is very different. Just this week, a very […]

Women Going Wild

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Laurie and Debbie say: Turkey has been having a lot of trouble with fan violence at and after soccer matches, and one of the solutions being tried is all-woman audiences. Travis at Think Progress shared this brief video of a local Turkish soccer game attended by some 40,000 women and children, along with some thoughts […]

Photo of the Week

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Laurie says: This image of Guy Gayle is from Familiar Men: A Book of Nudes, with my photographs and text by me, Richard F. Dutcher, and Debbie Notkin.  Guy’s words below are from the texts on masculinity that frame the photos. … … I remember the cracking sound as his shinguard shattered underneath his sock.  […]

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