‘No hint of bulging muscles’: The surveillance of sportswomen’s bodies in British print media

Godoy-Pressland, Amy (2016) ‘No hint of bulging muscles’: The surveillance of sportswomen’s bodies in British print media. Journalism, 17 (6). pp. 744-759. ISSN 1741-3001

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Abstract

Since the inception of second wave feminism, feminists have placed female bodies at the centre of the equality discourse. The female body is a contested site for feminist scholars who have identified the under and mis-representation of sportswomen’s bodies in the media. This paper investigates how surveillance techniques are employed in British Sunday newspapers as a function of hegemonic power to influence gendered notions of sport and the display of female bodies in line with normative femininity. Data stems from a semi-longitudinal study which analysed the quantitative and qualitative representation of sportswomen in British print media during January 2008-December 2009. Foucault’s analysis of the Panopticon and Mulvey’s concept of ‘gaze’ are used to interpret the data through the lens of surveillance. Findings demonstrate how the surveillance of female sporting bodies occurred in four distinct ways. The categories, which emerged from the data, include: the body as (1) trivialised, (2) secondary, (3) commercial, and (4) feminine.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: bodies,gaze,journalists,newspapers,sportswomen,surveillance
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 11:02
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2020 23:37
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/56112
DOI: 10.1177/1464884915583770

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