Feminist Sports Media Studies: State of the Field

Part of the Comparative Feminist Studies book series (CFS)


Feminist analyses have long informed studies of sports media by detecting and interrogating gender hierarchies and gendered expressions of power. In the current “postfeminist” media environment, women celebrate through individualized narratives of progress, but continue to face structural barriers as a group. To critically assess cultural shifts around women’s potential in sport and media, feminist scholars face a challenge and an opportunity to question underlying assumptions that have informed their analyses.

This chapter critically assesses three interconnected areas of research on women and sports media: representation, workplace cultures, and consumption/fandom. Further, the chapter provides theoretical insights into future directions in feminist sports media research and discusses implications for the field.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bradley UniversityPeoriaUSA
  2. 2.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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