New Sporting Femininities

Embodied Politics in Postfeminist Times

  • Kim Toffoletti
  • Holly Thorpe
  • Jessica Francombe-Webb

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Kim Toffoletti, Jessica Francombe-Webb, Holly Thorpe
    Pages 1-19
  3. Postfeminism and the Sport-Media-Industrial Complex

  4. Everyday Athletic Girls and Women Negotiating Postfeminism

  5. Postfeminism in Online Sport and Fitness Spaces

  6. Kim Toffoletti, Holly Thorpe, Jessica Francombe-Webb
    Pages E1-E1
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 325-334

About this book


This edited collection critically explores new and emerging models of female athleticism in an era characterised as postfeminist. It approaches postfeminism through a critical lens to investigate new forms of politics being practiced by women in physical activity, sport and online spaces at the intersections of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and ability.

New Sporting Femininities features chapters on celebrity athletes such as Serena Williams and Ronda Rousey, alongside studies of the online fitspo movement and women’s growing participation in activities like roller derby, skateboarding and football. In doing so, it highlights key issues and concerns facing diverse groups of women in a rapidly changing gender-sport landscape. This collection sheds new light on the complex and often contradictory ways that women’s athletic participation is promoted, experienced and embodied in the context of postfeminism, commodity feminism and emerging forms of popular feminism.


gender subjectivity bodies agency neoliberalism feminism physical culture athletes digital spaces Postfeminism New Media New Femininities Representations of Sporting Girls

Editors and affiliations

  • Kim Toffoletti
    • 1
  • Holly Thorpe
    • 2
  • Jessica Francombe-Webb
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social SciencesDeakin UniversityVICAustralia
  2. 2.Faculty of Health, Sport and Human PerformanceUniversity of WaikatoWaikatoNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department for HealthUniversity of BathBathUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72480-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72481-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2522-0330
  • Series Online ISSN 2522-0349
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