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By Dave Zirin

A rollicking, rebellious, myth-busting background of activities in the USA that places politics within the ring with pop culture.

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Sports, like so many other voluntary activities, creates connections across political lines. ” Dionne’s starting point is that sports are apolitical, neutral space. The problem with Dionne, the sports page, and everyone who tries to segregate these two worlds is that they are trafficking in myth. They want us to believe that sports and politics together are as painful a mash-up as Mitt Romney getting cornrows or Hillary Clinton cutting a salsa album. It is certainly easy to understand why this is so readily accepted.

And there are the editors and producers who both employ and tolerate me: BJ Schecter, Ben Osborne, Susan Price, Nick Goldberg, Gary Spiecker, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Steven Wells, Peter Rothberg, Joan Connell, “Hard Core” Richard Garner, Roane Carey, Matt Rothschild, Alan Maass, Elizabeth Schulte, Michael Goodfriend, David Goodfriend, Mark Walsh, Ari B, and Jeremiah Tittle on the wheels of schlemiel. Thanks are due also to the people at Haymarket Books for their support throughout: Anthony Arnove, Julie Fain, Elizabeth Terzakis, Rachel Cohen, and Sarah Macaraeg.

11. Shame and disgrace. 12. 31 Despite these perils, women’s colleges after the Civil War began to offer athletic options. Sports also came to symbolize the movement for suffrage. The development of the rubber tire and growth of the bicycle craze was widely accepted as a tool for women’s liberation. ” Susan B. Anthony agreed, saying,Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world: It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.

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