Thursday, January 27, 2011

Philosophy of Sport one of 50 Best Blogs

At least, that's what someone at Zen College Life says.

Perhaps I'm just being defensive, but I don't think this blog is "male-dominated". I guess one could conclude this by looking at the list of contributors, as by my count 15 out of 23 contributors are male. Regardless, if any non-male philosophers of sport are interested in contributing, and for that matter people from places outside of the U.S. and Canada, let me know.

Great play doesn't equal great character

I grew up in Kansas City, and thought this recent column would be of interest to readers here:

I have no idea what kind of person Ben Roethlisberger is now, but setting that aside, I think Mellinger is right about how fans often respond to these types of situations.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Yet more (un)acceptable sexism...

I never thought I'd be publicising so much about ethical issues concerning sex and gender but there seem to be so many. Here's another story about disparaging remarks made by Sky Sports presenters about a female line-judge and the offside rule.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Controversy pushes girl off coed hockey team

An article in the Toronto Star details the struggles of 12 year old Kayla Watkin to play hockey. The only girl on a co-ed team, Watkins was asked to agree to restrictions on her ice team or agree to improve her skills. Instead, she did the only thing she thought she could: She quit.

Notable is the fact that the team, the Toronto Ice Dogs PeeWee “A” club, is the lowest level of competitive play, intended to be inclusive of all levels and abilities. Except for girls, I guess....As usual female athletes need to be better than male just to play the game. That isn't fair.