"For the woman the very act of reaching back, twisting the body, and hurling an object forward to its target is an act of revolt. It is the assertion of space and place, of freedom and subjectivity. To throw is to not simply be in space, but to be the very ground of space and time. Young’s essay is an important reminder. In this context, to throw is not simply a movement of the body, but a way for the subject to assert herself, her subjectivity, and her freedom by rising above and beyond mere embodiment. I throw, therefore I am."
"Young female athletes like Mo’ne Davis should be encouraged and supported, not treated as anomalies but as models of what it means to “throw like a girl.” Young girls must learn that their embodiment is a source of freedom, not incarceration, a source of pride, not shame. Athletic activity encourages not only self-mastery but mastery of the space and time through which they become — not to become “strong like the boys,” but to to realize the wholeness of their personality, to be free."
"As I watched early news reports about Michael Brown, my heart sank for his parents, and I was reminded of the small-print clause in the rules of empowerment for a son who is brown. In raising my son to be an upstanding citizen of the world, I teach him to speak up because his opinion matters, to walk into every room with confidence and to never feel intimidated by anyone because we are all created equally. Mike Brown’s death, however, reminds me that one day I will have to tell my son the truth."