The funhouse mirror: The blogosphere's reflection of women's sports

Marie Hardin, Bu Zhong, Thomas F. Corrigan

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Depictions of professional sports and athletes in U.S. mainstream media have generally been indicted for reinforcing masculine hegemony and ignoring women's and amateur sports. This study explored the attitudes and values of independent sports bloggers in relationship to gender and, more specifically, to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex in federally funded institutions. A survey of 200 independent sports bloggers was conducted to determine whether the sports blogosphere provides an alternative to depictions of sports offered through mainstream media coverage. Survey results demonstrate that the sports blogosphere has yet to become a truly alternative, egalitarian space for sports commentary. The analysis suggests that increased participation of female bloggers who are willing to cover female athletes and advocate for women's sports can alleviate the situation. Otherwise, the sports blogosphere will merely replicate old-media values.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBlogging in the Global Society
Subtitle of host publicationCultural, Political and Geographical Aspects
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781609607449
StatePublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • General Social Sciences


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