Reading: “I Won. I'm Sorry” by Mariah Burton Nelson (SOL – 569 - 575)
POST CUT-OFF: NOON 11/10/2013
1. Some sports are seen as gendered-female, meaning they are coded for women or girl athletes more than for males. What are some of these sports and why do you think they are considered “women’s sports?” What sports could plausibly become sports “acceptable” for women to participate in?
2. Discuss the connection between sexuality and women’s athletics in reference to Nelson’s comments about it on page 572. For further reference, you may want to check out this website of images for “sexy female athletes” Danica Patrick, Maria Sharapova, Jenny Finch, and Gina Carano.
3. Implicit in these discussion is the argument that sexualizing and objectifying female (and, in some cases, male) athletes for predominately male fantasies is wrong, degrading of women, misogynistic, and patronizing. But are there other ways of looking at this issue which we haven’t considered? Is it so bad? Should we just all “lighten up?” Or is there something more serious going on?