Serena Williams Responds to the “Smile!” Treatment

By Anita Little on Sociological Images, cross-posted with permission Serena Williams, the winner of 21 Grand Slam titles and arguably the greatest living female athlete, was understandably exhausted after defeating her sister and best friend Venus Williams in the U.S. Open earlier this week. So she wasn’t having it when, during … [Read more...]

Olympic Women Succeed, but is it Really Fair Play?

By Emma Shakarshy This Sunday the Olympic flame will be extinguished, marking the end of the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London. In addition to honoring and celebrating the achievements of all the Olympic athletes, the Closing Ceremony unites the world's athletes who will march together as 'one nation'. It's been a rousing few … [Read more...]

Sex Objects or Athletes? The Fallout of Sexy images of Female Athletes

by Sim Badesha, Cross-posted with permission, Battered Women Support Services Previously, I commented on the fact that media represents many famous women athletes as sexual objects. I shared Daniels (2009) statements of how these athletes are controlled by the media to devalue them. If you haven’t been able to read Daniels … [Read more...]

In the Media, As a Black Man You’re Still Guilty Even if Proven Innocent

  Yesterday morning I was checking out the Huffington Post's piece on the dropped Hofstra gang rape case and was not surprised at the sloppy coverage by the media of the innocent young black males falsely accused of the crime. "Journalists" are still running the mug shots (on the left) along with the Hofstra gang rape … [Read more...]