This Article analyzes the view that to be taken seriously as an athlete, women must replicate the behaviors prevalent in male-dominated sports. The Article focuses on sports in the educational context as an important opportunity for legal intervention. Because the law involves the allocation of resources and the policing of behavior by the government, this discussion prompts us to ask how resources should be allocated and what kinds of behavior should be encouraged and discouraged in promoting gender equity. In particular, the analysis of sports within educational programs offers an opportunity for a critical examination of current models of athletic participation that foster an environment in which harassment often occurs.
Rhonda Reaves, "There's No Crying in Baseball": Sports and the Legal and Social Construction of Gender, 4 J. Gender Race & Just. 283 (2001)