Episode 10: Mind Boggling

In Episode 10 of Burn It All Down, Shireen Ahmed, Brenda Elsey, Lindsay Gibbs, and Jessica Luther marvel at the way pseudoscience is used to police female athletes’ bodies. They discuss women’s concussions, attempts to regulate women’s natural testosterone levels in track and field, Wimbledon thus far, and check in on Monica González, former captain of Mexican national soccer team after her world record breaking climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to play in the highest ever regulated soccer match. So much to burn and so little time.

The state of research on women’s concussions and concussion protocols in women’s sports.  (17:49) Interview with Katrina Karkazis on the IAAF’s regulation of women’s testosterone. How the IAAF polices wome fo color in particular, the racial identity of Dutee Chand and Caster Semenya (30:44) Our first reactions to Wimbledon and the stellar women’s matches. Go Venus! (34:09) Shireen Ahmed and Brenda Elsey interview Monica González about her climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro to play in the highest altitude regulation soccer match in history. The group of women, from 20 countries, were part of Equal Playing Field’s initiative, to raise awareness of gender disparity in sport. Gonzo Soccer Peace Foundation is launching a number of exciting initiatives, working with girls in Colombia, Mexico and with others on the horizon (48:01) Burn Pile – Shireen burns burkini bans in Corsican courts (51:29) Jessica burns the “Who Reports It First Game?” in sports social media, sparked by free agency drama. (53:51) Brenda  burns the Guardian article that invented a protest supposedly hidden in the goal posts of the 1978 World Cup (57:20) Lindsay burns Jaime Horowitz and Fox Sports. After decimating Fox Sports, it turned out that Horowitz had sexually harassed journalists (1:01:28) Bad Ass Women of the week: Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor, Mexican soccer players who have denounced homophobia in Mexico.  (1:03:48) Honorable Mentions: Shireen, Khadijah Diggs (1:05:39) Katinka Hosszu (1:07:29) Danielle Kang (1:08:58)

Correction: Shireen Ahmed said that Rowan Stringer died in 2003. She died in 2013.


On female concussions: http://www.espn.com/espnw/sports/article/19775123/why-does-seem-cares-female-concussions and http://www.espn.com/olympics/story/_/page/espnwbodywagner/figure-skater-ashley-wagner-talks-concussions-costumes-collisions-body-2017

And women soccer players’ protocol: http://www.excellesports.com/news/womens-soccer-concussion-protocol-nwsl/

Chastain donating her brain: https://thinkprogress.org/the-significance-of-brandi-chastain-donating-her-brain-to-concussion-research-f4c52fb8c02d

Ostapenko’s name preference and fan base:

Katrina Karkazis: http://katrinakarkazis.com@Karkazis
Monica Gonzalez: gonzosoccer.org; @MonicaGonzo

Article on Equal Playing Field’s initiative on Mt. Kilimanjaro:

Burn Pile:


Bad Ass Women of the Week:

Bianca Sierra and Stephany Mayor:
http://diosasolimpicas.com/DiosasTV/bianca-sierra-y-stephany-mayor/ and https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/sports/soccer/iceland-soccer-stars-in-love-find-acceptance.html 

Khadijah Diggs:

Katinka Hosszu:

Shelby Weldon