Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Gender on the Sports Page

One of the most notable trends in sports over the past thirty years is the increasing prominence of women in sports at the amateur, collegiate and professional levels. In 1971, the year before Title IX was passed, there were fewer than 30,000 women competing in college sports. Today, there are nearly 150,000. Professional leagues likes the WNBA and WUSA have created superstars such as Diana Taurasi and Mia Hamm. Despite this growth, it appears individual women as well as female teams are still relatively marginal in the world of newspaper sports reporting. Click here to read rest of the story.

Poynter on Imus-Rutgers

Here is an excerpt from a story in the Newark, New Jersey newspaper, The Star Ledger.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Here are Imus' comments & apology

Imus suspended over remarks about Rutgers


Imus' remarks spur debate
Don Imus' mention of the Rutgers women's basketball team after their loss in the championship game has drawn more than 1,000 comments from ESPN.com readers in the past week. The radio talk show host, who has apologized for his remarks about their looks and will be suspended for two weeks, sparked a wide-ranging discussion about race, gender, the use of language and appropriate responses. Click here to read some of the best comments from the many sides of the argument.

Take a stand against indecency and cruelty
The oversexed Jezebel. The welfare mother. The mammy. And now the latest catch phrase to be added to the lexicon of stereotypes about black women: the nappy-headed ho. Thank you, Don Imus, for your valuable contribution. Click here to read.

Rutgers women should be celebrated -- not insulted
When someone says something so astonishingly cruel, so pathetic and wrongheaded and thoughtless as what Don Imus; his executive producer, Bernard McGuirk; and his sports announcer, Sid Rosenberg, said about the Rutgers women's basketball team, I'll admit my first reaction is a little violent. OK, more than a little. Click here to read the rest of the comments.

Imus tells Sharpton he can't win with 'you people'
NEW YORK -- Don Imus had a hot seat on the other side of the microphone Monday, appearing on the Rev. Al Sharpton's radio show and enduring more criticism for his offensive comments about the Rutgers women's basketball team. Click here to read.

Imus suspended
Nobody should say the things Don Imus said about the Rutgers women's basketball team, writes ESPN.com's Mechelle Voepel. These women should be celebrated, not insulted. Story Imus issued another apology for referring to members of the team as "nappy-headed hos." Sharpton called the comments "abominable" and "racist" and repeated his demand that Imus be fired. Later Monday, CBS Radio and MSNBC did say they will suspend telecasting Imus' radio program for two weeks. Click here to read rest of story.

Women & Sports: Rutgers responds to Imus' comments

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The Rutgers women's basketball team will meet with embattled radio host Don Imus, and their coach on Tuesday called his comments "racist and sexist remarks that are deplorable, despicable and unconscionable."

Players stopped short of saying whether they thought Imus should be fired. Effective Monday, Imus has been suspended for two weeks for calling the Rutgers female basketball players "nappy-headed hos."