by Jennifer Doyle

About Jennifer Doyle

Jennifer Doyle (she/her) is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside. She is the author of Campus Sex, Campus Security and Hold It against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art. She has published writing on the gender politics of sports in Deadspin, the New York Times, the Guardian, and Vice.


In 2004, Celaya FC, a second-division men’s soccer team in Mexico, attempted to sign striker Maribel Domínguez to a contract. Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s international governing organization, stepped in with an official prohibition and the assertion, “There must be a clear separation between men’s and women’s football” (Tuckman 2005). The memo prohibited Domínguez, who captained the women’s national team, from playing in even exhibition games with the men’s squad. Domínguez is hardly alone. Although Calgary Foothill team management felt she had earned her place on the squad, in 2017, the Canadian goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé was barred from playing with the men’s team for the same reason (Turk 2018).