A Locker Room of Her OwnCelebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes

A Locker Room of Her OwnCelebrity, Sexuality, and Female Athletes

David C. Ogden and Joel Nathan Rosen

Print publication date: 2014

ISBN: 9781617038136

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


Female athletes are too often perceived as interlopers in the historically male-dominated world of sports. Obstacles specific to women are of particular focus in this book. Race, sexual orientation, and the similar qualities ancillary to gender require special exploration of the way they impact an athlete’s story. Central to the book 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.

Table of Contents

The Woman Who Should Be King

Elizabeth O’Connell

Venus and Serena Williams

Earl Smith, and Angela J Hattery

Marion Jones

Roberta J. Newman, and Joel Nathan Rosen

Paired Heroines

Kathleen A. Bishop

“Raindrops on a Window”

Lisa Doris Alexander

Florence Griffith Joyner

Yvonne D. Sims

Racing into the Storm

Oren Renick, and Lea Robin Velez

Go Mama! Branded By Beauty

Lisa R. Neilson


Jack Lule

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