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Natalie Weiner


Five Reasons the NCAA Softball Tournament Is The Best Sporting Event You’re Not Watching (Yet)

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. It’s so often misunderstood as to bear perpetual repetition: the softball played by…

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The Thinking Fan’s Guide To The WNBA’s Growing Pains

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. If your inbox looks anything like mine (and here’s hoping it does not,…

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The Instagramification of Women’s Sports, or How We Still Can’t Escape the Patriarchy

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. The 2001 WNBA All-Star Weekend had all the usual elements…

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What We Talk About When We Talk About Gendered Sports

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Softball is, in America, mostly played by girls. Baseball is…

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The Case for WNBA Expansion

The WNBA is celebrating its 25th season this year — a milestone plenty of naysayers never thought it would reach. When the league opened its first season in 1997 it had just eight teams. Today it has 12, for a maximum of 144 roster spots within the world’s premier women’s basketball league. Major…

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Why Women Athletes Have Earned The Right To Be Mad Online

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Asking athletes about things besides their play has historically been…

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The Connecticut Sun are Honoring Indigenous Culture Without Caricaturing It

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Since sports were first organized in the U.S., athletes have…

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Women’s Sports Are Legislators and Administrators’ Favorite Excuse For Oppression

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. If you’ve ever watched or covered women’s sports, few things…

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Women’s College Basketball Players Successfully Forced The NCAA To Look In The Mirror

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Since sports have been taken seriously, women’s sports have been…

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The Corporate Futility of Women’s History Month

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Sports is prime fodder for the onslaught of corporate initiatives that have come…

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College Athletes Are On The Cusp Of (Some) Justice

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. College athletics center on the myth of amateurism: the idea…

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Ignore Any Argument That Asks You To ‘Protect Girls’ Sports’

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. It sounds right: protect girls’ and women’s sports. They are historically underfunded, under-covered…

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The Wide World of Professional Volleyball Is Coming To America

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. Like so many other sports, volleyball has a far different reputation internationally than…

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Corporations Are Embracing Flag Football — But Only For Girls 

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. With this story, it seems important to begin by stating the obvious: for…

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The Kansas City Chiefs Have No Excuse For Their Name — Or For The Chop

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here. This piece carries a content warning for racism and racist slurs. 51 years…

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The Double-Edged Sword of “Women’s Empowerment”

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here “A girlboss is feminism but make it capitalism,” as comedian…

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Trump May Be Gone But The Sports World’s Systemic Problems Are Still Here

Every week in her Good Form column, Natalie Weiner explores the ways in which the sports world’s structural inequalities and injustices illuminate those outside it — and the ways in which they’re inextricably connected. You can read previous columns here.  “Exciting” may not be the best word to describe how…

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The Cost of College Basketball in a Pandemic

“I don’t think we should be playing right now. That’s my opinion on it,” first year Duke head women’s basketball coach Kara Lawson said back in December, a few weeks before her team — at the behest of its players — cancelled the rest of its season due to concerns…

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Kelly Loeffler’s WNBA Ownership Stake Undermines Everything The League Says It’s About

This year, the WNBA said all the right things.  As the 2020 bubble season was being organized (an effort that preserved the league’s PR momentum through the COVID-19 pandemic but put workers’ lives at risk), Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd on video. In response, the WNBA’s players — who often…

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This is What Happens When You Keep Playing

They kept playing. It’s eerie how Keyontae Johnson’s story mirrors the way the sports world as a whole has responded to COVID-19. They watched the absolute worst happen — in Johnson’s case, right in front of their eyes, as he spontaneously collapsed on Florida State University’s basketball court after throwing…

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