Did you know that cheerleading was originally thought to be too macho for girls? This book delves into all the ways that our gender, sexuality, or race-based assumptions and expectations about people affect how we see their performance on the playing field, often ignoring what people are actually doing out there. Robyn Ryle uses clear sources and text to show how often the expectation comes first, and then the results are interpreted to fit what people wanted to see. Modern issues around transgender athletes, activist players, and homophobic announcers in different sports are all examined with a steady but light tone, showing how society and sports affect one another in ways we never think about.
3/27/20, Publishers Weekly: Profiled in the article "Squad Goals: Sports Books 2020: No longer relegated to the sidelines, sports titles by and about women take the field" Link: https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/new-titles/adult-announcements/article/82846-squad-goals-sports-books-2020.html
12/6/20: Blog “A Gender Variance Who's Who” mentioned book in roundup “Books on Gender Variance in 2020.”