This paper critically examines the relationship between media representation of female athletes and the public opinion of female athletes. Research has shown that female athletes are more likely to be sexualized than male athletes and are therefore delegitimized in their skill. Through analysis of sports websites and a survey distributed online through a midsized, public, liberal arts college in the Northeast, data was gathered to establish the public opinion of female athletes. Research presented shows that female athletes are delegitimized and sexualized as a result of a lack of proficient coverage of their athletic skills and pursuits.
Mannion, Katherine A.
"Play Like a Girl: An Analysis of Media Representation of Female Athletes,"
Proceedings of GREAT Day: Vol. 2015
, Article 17.
Available at: https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu/proceedings-of-great-day/vol2015/iss1/17