Terry Crews: Modern Day Masculinity Can Be as Damaging as the Taliban

While you probably know Terry Crews from Brooklyn 99, Everybody Hates Chris or his time playing in the NFL, you might be less familiar with his work as one of the most progressive and thoughtful voices in gender criticism. The actor—who just published the book Manhood: How to Be A Better Man - Or Just Live With One » 12/01/14 9:41pm 12/01/14 9:41pm

My Life In The Locker Room: A Female Sportswriter Remembers The Dicks

Originally published June 4, 1992, in the Dallas Observer. Reprinted here with permission from the author, who has also provided an afterword about the response to her story. » 11/24/14 2:18pm 11/24/14 2:18pm

Women Don't Need Restaurants for Women, Just Give Us the Goddamn Steak

Yo, Ladies™! Huddle up. Grab a backwards chair. (Now turn it around and sit on it RIGHT, YOU SHAMELESS HUSSIES. Ladies™ don't straddle.) It's time for some serious LadyTalk™. If you're a Lady™, like me, you've definitely run into this problem: It's dinnertime. You're starving. You haven't eaten since your morning cup… » 5/09/14 2:56pm 5/09/14 2:56pm

Title IX's Other Effects: Do Sports Make Women Less Religious?

How does playing a sport in high school affect a woman after she has graduated? We know from Betsey Stevenson's 2010 study in The Review of Economics and Statistics that female former high school athletes tend to go further in school and make more money. But what about the effects on a woman's social life? Does she… » 3/04/14 11:01am 3/04/14 11:01am

Why It Took 90 Years For Women's Ski Jumping To Make The Olympics

The first measured ski jump was explicitly a show of manhood. In 1809, the story goes, a lieutenant in the Norwegian military launched himself 9.5 meters through the air "to show his soldiers what a courageous fellow he was." The sport that grew out of that jump was likewise a test of manliness—far too dangerous, it… » 2/11/14 11:59am 2/11/14 11:59am

Yikes, David Price

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The Privilege Tournament

Privilege: so sweet to have. But even sweeter to not have. Privilege has its benefits, but the lack of privilege confers that sweet, sweet moral superiority. With that in mind, we have decided to determine who, exactly, has the least privilege of all. » 9/25/13 12:40pm 9/25/13 12:40pm

How to Be a Man: The Newly Updated Rules

Lately we've been talking a lot about men and how they are doing more than ever to embrace women's progress and challenge old notions of masculinity. But that doesn't mean it isn't confusing for them. The pressure is still there to be "men," whatever that means, and, in fact, it seems no one is sure what it actually… » 9/24/13 12:42pm 9/24/13 12:42pm

Ronda Rousey, Bro Queen: Why Is The UFC So Stupid About Women?

The UFC would like very much for you to care about its women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, and you probably should. She is, beyond being quite good at hurting people, nothing short of fascinating. There really is no other explanation for how a once-anonymous Olympic judoka, who then transitioned to the equally… » 2/22/13 12:50pm 2/22/13 12:50pm

Down With Toy Apartheid: The Gender Apocalypse Of The Playroom Can't…

Every toy is in some sense educational, though we tend not to think about this much while buying toys, and people always become excited when there's a struggle over the curriculum. So last week, in response to a protest campaign, Hasbro announced that it would be expanding its Easy-Bake Oven line: In addition to the… » 12/28/12 11:00am 12/28/12 11:00am

Female Indian Athlete Accused Of Rape, Having A Penis

Here's a song we've heard before. A female athlete is accused of not being a female. This time, the woman's name is Pinki Pramanik and she is an Indian runner. » 6/16/12 4:30pm 6/16/12 4:30pm

Hate Hockey? Hate Women? The CBC's Women-Only Stanley Cup Feed Is For…

Canadian national broadcaster CBC announced today the network's Stanley Cup Finals coverage will include an alternate audio channel featuring Lena Sutherland and Jules Mancuso of While The Men Watch, a site dedicated to "sports commentary that women actually want to hear." » 5/23/12 6:25pm 5/23/12 6:25pm

20 Things Angry Buffalo Fans Wrote To A Female Sports Columnist Who…

Last week, Jennifer Gish—a sportswriter who is a woman—wrote a column for the Albany Times Union that questioned "whether the Bills faithful had a right to demand respect after a 2-0 start." After it was published, some Bills fans wrote to Gish. Here is what they told her (I've taken out the newspaper's demure… » 9/29/11 1:00pm 9/29/11 1:00pm

Diamond DeShields Is A Six-Foot 16-Year-Old Who Can Dunk And Be Female…

It's true that men and boys who are younger and shorter than Diamond DeShields dunk a lot, and that they don't automatically get national attention for it. We're promise we're aware of that. This isn't a Stern call for league integration, this is a basic call for appreciation of the fact that DeShields, a 16… » 3/11/11 4:30pm 3/11/11 4:30pm

This Is What Happens When A Woman Goes On Jim Rome's Show

ESPN.com contributor Amy K. Nelson is a daily guest on ESPN's Jim Rome Is Burning this week. Here's how the Twitterverse responded: » 3/02/11 6:45pm 3/02/11 6:45pm

If You Question This Lady's Ovaries, You're A Hatemonger

While it may be cruel to so publicly question Caster Semenya's gender, it's not a ridiculous question. But just keep in mind you're being racist. What? » 8/21/09 2:30am 8/21/09 2:30am


Androgynous distance runner Caster Semenya has won the 800 final at the track and field world championships, shaving more than a second off the year's fastest time as if it were an unwanted penis. [IAAF] » 8/19/09 4:30pm 8/19/09 4:30pm

She's The Man?

South African distance runner Caster Semenya will run in tonight's women's 800-meter final at the track and field world championships in Berlin, despite concerns that she's a dude pulling a reverse Yentl on the world. » 8/19/09 10:30am 8/19/09 10:30am