Ruth Hubbard on how the social influences the physical

“If a society puts half its children into short skirts and warns them not to move in ways that reveal their panties, while putting the other half into jeans and overalls and encouraging them to climb trees, play ball, and participate in other vigorous outdoor games; if later, during adolescence, the children who have been … More Ruth Hubbard on how the social influences the physical

athletes and the gender binary

“Women began participating in Olympic competitions in 1900. Given emerging fears that some athletes in women’s competitions were too ‘‘masculine’’ to be female, international sports governing bodies implemented procedures to ensure that all participants were indeed female.” Cheryl Cooky and Shari L. Dworkin examine the history of gender verification in sports. 

the sexual/sexualised athlete

Local athletes Tiffany Teo and Nurshahidah Roslie are making their mark in mixed martial arts and boxing. Today, female fighters are still sexualised in a largely male-dominated martial arts industry. How do female athletes handle being seen through a sexual perspective? Justin Ong writes for Channel News Asia.