The Goddess Dethroned
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