Monday, May 16, 2005

Pawn to Queen

Interesting article in the NY Times today along the "anything boys can do girls can do better" vein, On Boards Without Boys, Girls Reassert Their Power. It discusses an all-girls chess tournament, touching on the historical underrepresentation that girls have in the activity, as well as some of the reasons for the lack of female chess players. What is interesting, however, is that the story opens with a vingette of a girl flirting and complimenting her way to an advantage, and ends with a description of the same girl as flirtatious. Maybe that's just how ninth grade girls are (flirty and interested in clothes), but it does seem incongruous with the tenor of the article.


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