Donya Currie is the editor of The Free Lance-Star's Healthy Life section and Healthy Life Virginia newsletter.

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Provocative reading

As an ex-soccer player and as a woman who heard far too many baseless cracks about women’s toughness during my playing days, I loved the story on the New York Times website today about how male soccer players are a bunch of wussy faker babies when it comes to injuries.  (My words, of course, not the Times’ .)

The story was based on research out of Wake Forest University that showed that women, despite getting slide-tackled and slammed into and knocked down, generally  just keep playing. The men, by contrast, are far more likely to throw themselves to the ground in faux agony to draw a penalty, or at least get a break from running. Not that women never fake injuries to get a break — it’s happened recently, in the World Cup tournament. But they’re far less likely to do it than men, the study says.

Check out the story and draw your own conclusions about toughness (and, perhaps, athletic integrity). The story’s online at

In other interesting news, I read today that a Catholic bishop in Ohio has banned parishioners from raising money for Susan G. Komen For The Cure, a major breast cancer research and advocacy organization.

From a story in the Toledo Blade:

“Toledo Catholic Bishop Leonard Blair has banned parishes and parochial schools from raising funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, citing concerns that the global anti-cancer giant may someday fund embryonic stem-cell research.

Mary Westphal, executive director of the Northwest Ohio Affiliate Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and board chairman Angie Ash said they were “extremely disappointed” in Bishop Blair’s decision.”

You can read the full story here: