Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy: The Evolution of Gender, Identity, and Race in Sports (Hardcover)

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Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy: The Evolution of Gender, Identity, and Race in Sports (Hardcover)

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A thought-provoking journey into the complicated history of gender, sexuality, race, and social justice through the world of sports.

Have you ever wondered why most cheerleaders are girls? Or why some athletes, like Caster Semenya, have to prove they're women while there's no testing for men? And why do athletes like Megan Rapinoe and Colin Kaepernick use sports as a platform for social justice, and should they?

These questions and more are examined in Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy: The Evolution of Gender, Identity, and Race in Sports. Robyn Ryle uses the world of sports to examine the history, controversy, and current conversations around sexuality, race, and social justice, bringing in the stories of today's athletes to highlight the issues. Topics covered include gender segregation, gender testing, transgender athletes, sexuality, homophobia, globalization, race, and activism.

Throw Like a Girl, Cheer Like a Boy shows the great strides that have been made in the sports world, but there are still questions that remain and work that needs to be done. This book brings to attention the ways in which sports can contribute to inequalities while also demonstrating how sports can help create a more just world for everyone.

Robyn Ryle is a sociologist, writer, and sports fan who has taught about gender, race, and sexuality to college students for twenty years. Her previous books include She/He/They/Me: For the Sisters, Misters and Binary Resisters and Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration. She lives in Madison, Indiana.

Product Details ISBN: 9781538130667
ISBN-10: 1538130661
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Publication Date: June 29th, 2020
Pages: 186
Language: English