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Florence Griffith Joyner

Florence Griffith Joyner

Sexual Politician in a Unitard

(p.146) Florence Griffith Joyner
A Locker Room of Her Own
Yvonne D. Sims
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the legacy left behind by the track and field athlete Florence Griffith Joyner in reclaiming African American femininity in sports. It explains that her magnetic and charismatic personality contributed to her accomplishments. Florence Griffith Joyner became a contributor to the sexual power of women in sports, at a time when sport was a male-dominated landscape. In her tragically brief career in sports, Florence Griffith Joyner helped breathe life into athletics by bringing a form of feminine spirit to the competitive world of sport.

Keywords:   femininity, sport, track and field, Florence Griffith Joyner, sexual power

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