Beyond pay and patriotism: What really drives the debate about the US women’s soccer team (USWNT)?

By Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD

The pose is everything. Megan Rapinoe stands with arms wide and head tilted toward the sky — countenance and posture signaling strength, pride, and confidence. In response to Rapinoe and her teammates, people around the world have become instant soccer fans, energized by these star athletes. At the same time, others are offended or down right angry. What is it about this team that is so divisive?