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Body Objectification in Woman Athletes
An analysis of the relationship between women athletes, body objectification and eating disorders.
# 100611 | 2,291 words | 29 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jan 14, 2008 in Sport (Players) , Medical and Health (Eating Disorders) , Women Studies (Feminism)

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This paper explores the body of scholarly and research literature on the subject of female athletes, body image and objectification. It analyzes the role that the feminine ideal plays in the cognitive dissonance many sportswoman experience in reconciling the need for musculature to compete with the societal pressure to confirm to traditional norms of gender appearance. It pays particular attention to the correlation between this dissonance and the onset of eating disorders. The paper concludes with an analysis of qualitative research done by the author. The paper includes several interviews and discusses the light they shed on the previously discussed theories.

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Literature Review

From the Paper:

"The coding of these interviews, albeit abbreviated because of limitations of time and length, nonetheless reveals distinct clustering patterns of words that connote issues central to our research topic. There clearly is a strong correlation between perceived body type, female athleticism and eating disorders in the case histories recounted in our interviews. Self-objectification is also in evidence as one of the root causes of the underlying psychological conflict that finds expression in eating disorders. Maggie's story in particular illustrates how destructive the discontinuity between the 'feminine ideal' and perceived body image can be. Just as the interview with the woman body builder demonstrates how the feminist perspective consciously applied to the problem of stigmatization of "muscular' woman can in fact insulate women from the social approbation of outright bias."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blinde, E. M., & Taub, D. E. (1992). Women athletes as falsely accused deviants: Managing the lesbian stigma. Sociological Quarterly, 33, 521-533.
  • Bordo, S. (1993). Unbearable weight: Feminism, Western culture, and the body. Berkeley: University of California Press.
  • Chow, R. (1999). When Whiteness feminizes : Some consequences of a supplementary logic. Differences, 11(3), 137-168.
  • Crawley, S. L. (1998). Gender, class and the construction masculinity in professional sailing. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 33, 35-41.
  • Duquin, M. E. (1994). The body snatchers and Dr. Frankenstein revisited: Social construction and deconstruction of bodies and sport. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 18, 268-281.

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