Women, Sport, and Film Course
Cosponsored by Athletics and Physical Education at Bryn Mawr College and the
Exercise and Sports Studies Department at Smith College, with support from the
Center for Science In Society at Bryn Mawr College and the Serendip
At the end of the course, each student will write a three page paper on a
subject related to the course. These papers will be posted as links from a
directory on this page, so that they can contribute to continuing general
discussion of important issues related to women and sport.
Paper topics (select one):
1. Through the readings, films, and discussions, we have identified several
themes. One is a theme of mergers-submergers. We see evidence of this
historically with women who organized and administered their own sports
structure and then were "invited" by the male sport structure to merge (eg AIAW
and NCAA, Women's Olympic Games and USOC, ABL and NBA/WNBA). Generally, the
women's structure is lost of submerged within the dominant male sport structure.
Discuss the social and cultural costs and/or benefits of these mergers in the
development of women's sports.
2. What are the social and cultural costs and benefits of an individual (male
or female) entering a non-traditional sport for their gender/sex (eg women who
enter body building, power lifting, boxing; men who enter synchronized swimming
or field hockey)?
3. Using the four topics, history, race and class, gender, and sexual
orientation in sport, assume you are a screen writer in the year 2010. You have
been commissioned to write a movie script about women's sports and current
society. What is the theme? Who are the protagonists? What are the issues and
how does the movie end?
Write your paper as instructed (3-4 pages, double-spaced, 12 point type) and
print a hard copy to submit. Then make a second version of your paper by saving
the original one as "text only". This new text-only version is the one you will
submit electronically for posting. It will have lost some formatting, including
double-spaced lines, underlining and boldfacing, and any special layouts usings
tabs and tables, so try and avoid depending on these in your original paper
(unless you are familiar with HTML tags and can add these later yourself). If
paragraphs are not separated by a blank line in the text-only version, add a
carriage return after each paragraph.
To submit the text-only version of your paper electronically, go the web paper posting area
and follow instructions there.
To see papers, go to the Index of Web Papers.