A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes

Front Cover
David C. Ogden, Joel Nathan Rosen
Univ. Press of Mississippi, May 14, 2013 - Social Science - 209 pages
Profiles of superstar women athletes and the obstacles they face Essays by Lisa Doris Alexander, Kathleen A. Bishop, Angela J. Hattery, Lisa R. Neilson, Roberta J. Newman, Elizabeth O'Connell, Martha Reid, C. Oren Renick, Joel Nathan Rosen, Yvonne D. Sims, Earl Smith, Lea Robin Velez, and Kimberly Young Female athletes are too often perceived as interlopers in the historically maledominated world of sports. Obstacles specific to women are of particular focus in A Locker Room of Her Own. Race, sexual orientation, and the similar qualities ancillary to gender bear special exploration in how they impact an athlete's story. Central to this volume is the contention that women in their role as inherent outsiders are placed in a unique position even more complicated than the usual experiences of inequality and discord associated with race and sports. The contributors explore and critique the notion that in order to be considered among the pantheon of athletic heroes one cannot deviate from the traditional demographic profile, that of the white male. These essays look specifically and critically at the nature of gender and sexuality within the contested nexus of race, reputation, and sport. The collection explores the reputations of iconic and pioneering sports figures and the cultural and social forces that helped to forge their unique and often problematic legacies. Women athletes discussed in this volume include Babe Didrikson Zaharias; the women of the AAGPBL; Billie Jean King; Venus and Serena Williams; Marion Jones; Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova; Sheryl Swoopes; Florence Griffith Joyner; Roberta Gibb and Kathrine Switzer; and Danica Patrick. David C. Ogden, Pacific Junction, Iowa, is associate professor in the department of communications at University of Nebraska at Omaha. Joel Nathan Rosen, Allentown, Pennsylvania, is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Moravian College. They are coeditors of Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations and Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace, both published by the University Press of Mississippi.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Revealed
3
How the AAGPBL Gained and Maintained Its Highly Respected Reputation
23
The Simplification of the Life and Career of Billie Jean King
43
Traversing the Barriers of the Country Club World
72
Equity through Infamy
92
Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova on the Global Stage
107
Race and Sex and the Framing of the Sheryl Swoopes Narrative
124
Sexual Politician in a Unitard
146
Roberta Gibb Kathrine Switzer and Womens Marathoning
162
How Danica Patrick Swooned Her Way into Sponsorship
175
The Goddess Dethroned
191
List of Contributors
199
Index
205
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2013)

David C. Ogden, Pacific Junction, Iowa, is associate professor in the department of communications at University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is coeditor (with Joel Nathan Rosen) of Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations and Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace, both published by the University Press of Mississippi.|Joel Nathan Rosen, Allentown, Pennsylvania, is associate professor of sociology and Africana studies at Moravian College. He is coeditor (with David C. Ogden) of Reconstructing Fame: Sport, Race, and Evolving Reputations and Fame to Infamy: Race, Sport, and the Fall from Grace, both published by the University Press of Mississippi.

Bibliographic information