Fair Play: How Sports Shape the Gender Debates


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St. Martin's Press
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5.6 X 8.4 X 1.1 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

KATIE BARNES (they/them) is an award-winning journalist covering the intersection of sports and gender for ESPN. Barnes is a three-time GLAAD Award nominee, a nominee for the prestigious Dan Jenkins Medal, and they were named the 2017 Journalist of the Year by NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. They were an executive producer on "Mack Wrestles," an ESPN 30 for 30 short documentary that premiered at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival and was shortlisted for awards by Critic's Choice, NY DOCS and the International Documentary Association. This is their first book.


"[An] excellent and much-needed examination of current debates about transgender and intersex athletes. ...Barnes brings nuanced, in-depth analysis to complex issues that have been oversimplified, misunderstood and sometimes distorted."--Heather Hewett, The Washington Post

"A powerful treatise on what current outrage, particularly about transgender girl and women athletes, says about how we think about sports as a whole. Enlightened and empathetic--required reading for anyone weighing in on gender and sports."--Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"Through interviews, deep research, and thoughtful observations, Barnes provides much-needed clarification on a topic that too often leads to confusion and discomfort. An important study on the policing of gender."
--Booklist (Starred)

"This book will help you better understand this very important topic of our time. It really is a must read given how divisive this issue has become."
--Julie Foudy, two-time FIFA Women's World Cup champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, and current ESPN broadcaster

"Fair Play is thoughtful, timely, and incredibly accessible. Building on previous reporting with new interviews and insight, this book presents a history of trans participation in sport and a contemplation of what the future could hold for all athletes--all while holding the humanity of everyone who simply wants to play."
--Meg Linehan, Senior Writer, The Athletic

"Weaving their own personal journey with razor sharp political arguments backed by the actual experiences of trans athletes across the sports world, Katie Barnes has written a lionhearted volume that contains more courage than any book I've read in some time. All the people who have been anxiously hoping for a book like this, will breathe a sigh of relief on the first page. All the people who are utterly confused and conflicted about how trans athletes "fit" in the sports world, who really need it, will love it. All the people who hate it would've hated it anyways. That makes it a total triumph."
--Dave Zirin, Sports Editor of The Nation, author of The Kaepernick Effect