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"They never do this to men": College women athletes' responses to sexualized images of professional female athletes
Unformatted Document Text:  One step female athletes and their coaches could take is to end scrutiny and judgment of athletes’ bodies and appearance while emphasizing teamwork and performance on the field or court. Values learned in sports such as cooperation, striving for excellence, discipline, goal- seeking and good health can translate into productive and valuable qualities in the workplace and life in general. Female athletes with their goals focused on success have a strong chance, when treated with respect and encouragement, of becoming political, business, economic, cultural and societal leaders. Research into this area of sexualized images and their effects on athletes should continue. Future projects could concentrate on a larger pool of athletes that is more ethnically diverse. Other studies could focus on journalists’ attitudes or on male athletes’ perceptions of such images. References LiteratureAngelini, J. R. (2006). How did the sport make you feel? Looking at the three dimensions of emotion through a gendered lens. Sex Roles, 58: 127-135. Anderson, C. (April 8, 2009). The choice between sports and sex appeal. In www.chantellesays.yardbarker.com. Retrieved January 19, 2011 from http://chantellesays.yardbarker.com/blog/chantellesays/The_choice_between_sports_and_sex_appeal/582394 Bernstein, A., & Galily, Y. (2008). Games and sets: Women, media and sport in Israel. NASHIM: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, (15), 175-196. Bishop, R. (2003). Missing in action: feature coverage of women's sports in Sports Illustrated. Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 27, 184. Bissell, K, & Birchall, K. (2007). Playing like a girl: perceived influence of the media & parents and body self-esteem in adolescent female athletes. Proceedings of the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, San Francisco, California. Blinde, E. M., & Taub, D. E. (1992). Homophobia and women's sport: The disempowerment of athletes. Sociological Focus, 25(2), 151-166.

Authors: Everbach, Tracy. and Mumah, Jenny.
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One step female athletes and their coaches could take is to end scrutiny and judgment of 
athletes’ bodies and appearance while emphasizing teamwork and performance on the field or 
court. Values learned in sports such as cooperation, striving for excellence, discipline, goal-
seeking and good health can translate into productive and valuable qualities in the workplace and 
life in general. Female athletes with their goals focused on success have a strong chance, when 
treated with respect and encouragement, of becoming political, business, economic, cultural and 
societal leaders.
Research into this area of sexualized images and their effects on athletes should continue. 
Future projects could concentrate on a larger pool of athletes that is more ethnically diverse. 
Other studies could focus on journalists’ attitudes or on male athletes’ perceptions of such 
images.
References
Literature
Angelini, J. R. (2006). How did the sport make you feel? Looking at the three dimensions of 
emotion through a gendered lens. Sex Roles, 58: 127-135. 
Anderson, C. (April 8, 2009).  The choice between sports and sex appeal. In 
www.chantellesays.yardbarker.com.  Retrieved  January 19, 2011 from 
Bernstein, A., & Galily, Y. (2008). Games and sets: Women, media and sport in Israel. NASHIM: 
A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, (15), 175-196.
Bishop, R. (2003). Missing in action: feature coverage of women's sports in Sports Illustrated
Journal of Sport & Social Issues27, 184.
Bissell, K, & Birchall, K. (2007). Playing like a girl: perceived influence of the media & parents 
and body self-esteem in adolescent female athletes. Proceedings of the annual meeting 
of the International Communication Association,
 San Francisco, California.
Blinde, E. M., & Taub, D. E. (1992). Homophobia and women's sport: The disempowerment of 
athletes. Sociological Focus, 25(2), 151-166.


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