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  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781524746100
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $48.00

Sidelined

Sports, Culture, and Being a Woman in America



Shrill meets Brotopia in this personal and researched look at women's rights and issues through the lens of sports, from an award-winning sports journalist and women's advocate

Sidelined is the feminist sports book we've all been waiting for.”
—Jessica Valenti

Shrill meets Brotopia in this personal and researched look at women's rights and issues through the lens of sports, from an award-winning sports journalist and women's advocate

In a society that is digging deep into the misogyny underlying our traditions and media, the world of sports is especially fertile ground. From casual sexism, like condescending coverage of women’s pro sports, to more serious issues, like athletes who abuse their partners and face only minimal consequences, this area of our culture is home to a vast swath of gender issues that apply to all of us—whether or not our work and leisure time revolve around what happens on the field.

No one is better equipped to examine sports through this feminist lens than sports journalist Julie DiCaro. Throughout her experiences covering professional sports for more than a decade, DiCaro has been outspoken about the exploitation of the female body, the covert and overt sexism women face in the workplace, and the male-driven toxicity in sports fandom. Now through candid interviews, personal anecdotes, and deep research, she's tackling these thorny issues and exploring what America can do to give women a fair and competitive playing field in sports and beyond.

Covering everything from the abusive online environment at Barstool Sports to the sexist treatment of Serena Williams and professional women's teams fighting for equal pay and treatment, and looking back at pioneering women who first took on the patriarchy in sports media, Sidelined will illuminate the ways sports present a microcosm of life as a woman in America—and the power in fighting back.

  • Published: 1 June 2021
  • ISBN: 9781524746100
  • Imprint: Dutton
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $48.00

Praise for Sidelined

Sidelined is a remarkable window into what American sports culture—a powerful and enduring distillation of masculine power and privilege—tells us about the state of inequality in America. A must-read.” —Soraya Chemaly, author of Rage Becomes Her

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“Shame on the public and the press for treating sexism and misogyny in women’s sports as a game. This book digs deep into why and how it happens and how it can be stopped.” —Soledad O’Brien

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“If there is any justice, Sidelined will become a cornerstone text for everyone who works in—or cares about—sports media. The level of insight that Julie DiCaro provides holds the key for making us more open-minded and empathetic about the sexism that pervades the industry. It is also written with a snappy flair that reads like the best sports writing.” —Dave Zirin, sports editor at The Nation and host of the Edge of Sports podcast

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