Baseball history has been so thoroughly explored that it seems impossible there could be room for another book. Comparatively neglected is softball’s past—which, it turns out, is completely fascinating and a compelling lens on twentieth-century women’s history.
[Caracas, June 30. Japan's Mika Someya pitches against Venezuela during the Women's Softball World Championship game]
Like attending a women's college, drinking beer from the bottle, and having sex with other women, softball has long been recognized as a sure sign of homosexuality. "If you play, you're probably gay," clarifies the L.A. Times.
Writes Judy Berman in Salon, "Although women's bodies can do incredible, unique things of their own (childbirth, anyone?), men seem to have a biological advantage when it comes to feats of strength and speed." But of course it's more complicated:
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Canada's Dione Meier delivers a pitch during the third inning against the US in their women's preliminary softball game at the Fengtai softball field during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games on August 14, 2008. The game was stopped for a second time in the third inning due to the heavy rain causing a delay. AFP PHOTO /…
Girls' softball team comes to aid of injured opposing player; warms hearts nationwide. • Army woman given Silver Star for valor in combat; removed from Army camp because of gender ineligibility for said combat. • Suburb in Chile gives free Viagra to horny seniors. • Shocker: Men have varying sexual turn-ons. •…