Game on! Sub host Liz DiNovella joins us in the studio today to talk sports and feminism. On the first segment of today’s show, Liz speaks with Jessica Luther about women in sports journalism, college sports and sexual assault, and what it means to be a conscientious fan. In the second half of the show, we hear from Brenda Elsey about soccer in Latin America, the World Cup, and the gender pay gap for athletes.
Jessica Luther is a freelance writer and journalist based in Austin, Texas. She is the author of Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape (Akashic Books, 2016). Her forthcoming book, How to Love Sports When They Don’t Love You Back (University of Texas Press, 2019), is “a guide for conflicted fans who want to keep watching the sports they love but who acknowledge the problems with the industry.”
Brenda Elsey is an associate professor of history at Hofstra University. Her research focuses on the intersection of gender, politics, and sports, particularly in Latin America. She is the author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth-Century Chile (University of Texas Press, 2011) and the forthcoming Futbolera: Women, Sports, and Sexuality in Latin America (with co-author Josh Nadel).
Both of today’s guests are co-hosts of the feminist sports podcast Burn It All Down.