At the 2019 Women’s World Cup, the United States National Team (USWNT) beat Thailand by the lopsided margin of 13-0 in the first game of group play of the soccer tournament. Afterwards, the USWNT faced criticism from the general public, from former professional athletes, and from the sport media, while simultaneously receiving support in light of these critiques. This study aims to contextualize this commentary within the world of sport, arguing that reactions like these perpetuate stereotypes of feminine behaviour and reinforce hegemonic masculinity. Despite progress for women athletes, they still face gendered reactions to their play.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cultural Studies