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Kane & LaVoi comment on violence in women's sport

Mary Jo KaneMary Jo Kane, Ph.D., professor and director of the School of Kinesiology and director of the Tucker Center, was quoted in The New York Times on November 11 in an article titled, For All the Wrong Reasons, Women's Soccer Is Noticed. The piece follows up on the suspension of college soccer player Elizabeth Lambert of the University of New Mexico after she engaged in shoving, punching, tripping and yanking an opponent down by the ponytail November 5 in a 1-0 loss to Brigham Young.

Kane remarked, "I think women being physically aggressive and violent is, in many ways, the last boundary to break ... I think you'll see snippets, but I don't think you'll see the same kind of behavior as men. In the broader social context, we don't allow women to engage in that kind of behavior. There would be a pushback."

Tucker Center Associate Director, Nicole LaVoi, was also quoted on the same subject in WCCO's Good Question: Why Are We Drawn To Women Fighting?.

LaVoi stated, "Women get national news sports coverage when they behave outside of the societal norms for a woman."

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