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A Locker Room of Her OwnCelebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes$
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David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617038136

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.001.0001

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Afterword

Afterword

The Goddess Dethroned

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(p.191) Afterword
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A Locker Room of Her Own
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Jack Lule

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617038136.003.0011

This chapter explores how the mythologies of gender roles are being changed by the emergence of headstrong female athletes. Since ancient times, femininity has always been associated with the goddesses of fertility and with the idea that women were always the weaker sex. With the feats accomplished by Billie Jean King, Roberta Gibb, and Danica Patrick in changing the landscape of male-dominated sports, it is likely that the myths of the roles of women will change, dethroning the goddesses of fertility and installing the goddesses of the hunt.

Keywords:   sports, femininity, women, gender roles, Billie Jean King, Danica Patrick, Roberta Gibb

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