Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

One yard shy of empowerment: Cinematic portrayals of female athletes
by Lieberman, Viridiana, M.A., Florida Atlantic University, 2012, 123; 1517836
Abstract (Summary)

Sports are a primary zone of masculinity and sports films are a popular genre. One is hard pressed to find many leading female roles as athletes in male-dominated sports storylines. The cinematic portrayal of women athletes represents social attitudes and values and whether or not the women’s movement has been able to influence representations and, concomitantly, social understandings of women and athleticism. My discussion of films featuring female athletes begins with National Velvet (1944) and ends with Whip It (2008). By examining select sports films centered on all female teams, co-ed teams and individual female athletes, I show how their storylines and resolutions do or do not capitulate to patriarchal ideology. I find a general capitulation, with some concessions to women’s equality. I conclude with a call for a degendering of sports and a redefinition of strength, competitiveness and aggression as human, not masculine.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Caputi, Jane
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Women's Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Gender studies, Film studies
Publication Number: 1517836
ISBN: 9781267481412
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