Male coaches who molest the female players entrusted to their care...Sexual assault of college women by male athletes...The rise of "sports bars" and topless golf...All-male teams that receive the lion's share of college athletic budgets, despite laws to the contrary. Blending eloquent personal testimonies and surprising factual evidence, author and athlete Mariah Burton Nelson explores how our culture glorifies brutality and examines how th rise of female power in this country has been matched by a growing male contempt, reflected in the increased popularity of the "manly" sports--football, basketball and hockey.
Explosive, insightful, often witty and always thought-provoking, here is an essential, in-depth look at America's male-dominated sports mania, and at the dangerous attitudes fostered behind the closed locker room door.
A former Stanford and professional basketball player, Mariah Burton Nelson is the author of the groundbreaking The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football and Are We Winning Yet? A popular lecturer, she speaks to several dozen groups each year and has appeared on hundreds of television shows, from Good Morning America to Dateline to Larry King Live. She lives in Arlington, Virginia. She can be reached via e-mail at Mariahbn@aol.com.