A fellow grad student is writing her dissertation on baseball, recounts Conservative English Major. He thought of baseball in literature: Bernard Malamud’s The Natural and W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe (which became Field of Dreams). But no.
She interrupted: “I’m not doing that. I’m doing Baseball. Bats are obvious phallic symbols. The balls clearly represent sperm, which comes from the ‘balls’ of men. The gloves are symbolic vaginas, which accept and then reject the sperm. The gloves are worn on the hands, indicating masturbation fantasies. It’s all very male, and has to do with discourses initiated in an attempt to exclude the feminine other by appropriating the methods and means of reproductive symbolism.”
For this she expects a doctorate in literature.