The realm of sporting events has not only become increasingly distanced from the craft of focused athleticism — approaching instead a performative spectacle of advertisement and excess — but has historically been a space dominated by men. Even as exposure and excitement increases for women’s sports, stereotypes overwhelm conversations centered on women in this traditionally male arena. The Women Sports Film Festival, kicking off with a free first screening of T-Rex: Her Fight
for Gold on July 28 at 6:30 p.m., will show ten films this weekend at The New Parkway (474 24th St, Oakland), all centered on impressive female athletes who are distancing themselves from the expectations set for women in sports. Attending the festival, intentionally set for the weekend preceding the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics, will be a perfect way to get excited about small victories within the changing nature of sports, including the ever-increasing access for women and other marginalized groups.