Bikinis, Bodychecks and Beams: Sexism Embedded within the Laws of Sport

During the USA’s victory over Canada in the group stages of the women’s ice hockey at the Winter Olympics late last week, the commentator’s proclamation that “of course bodychecking is illegal in women’s ice hockey” caught my attention. My immediate thoughts were that this is a classic example of the gendered nature in which women’s sport is viewed. Does it not seem ludicrous that an important element be taken out of the game to seemingly “allow” women to participate? Continue reading