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Sporting women and social media: sexualization, misogyny and gender based violence in online spaces.

Kavanagh, E. J., Litchfield, C. and Osborne, J., 2020. Sporting women and social media: sexualization, misogyny and gender based violence in online spaces. International Journal of Sport Communication, 12 (4), 552-572.

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DOI: 10.1123/ijsc.2019-0079

Abstract

This study investigated gender based violence targeted at high profile women in virtual environments through presenting the case of women’s tennis. Using a netnographic approach and third wave feminist lens, an analysis of two popular social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) was conducted to examine the social commentary and fan interaction surrounding the top five seeded female tennis players during the Wimbledon Tennis Championships. Athletes were exposed to violent interactions in a number of ways. Four themes were identified through analysis of data: threats of physical violence; sexualisation that focussed on the female physical appearance; sexualisation that expressed desire and/or proposed physical or sexual contact; and sexualisation that was vile, explicit and threateningly violent in a sexual or misogynistic manner. Findings demonstrate how social media provides a space for unregulated gender-based cyberhate targeting high profile women while in their workplace in a way that traditional sports media does not.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:1936-3915
Uncontrolled Keywords:Social Media ; Abuse ; Gender ; Social- Media ; Violence ; Sport
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:33151
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:18 Dec 2019 10:06
Last Modified:04 Feb 2020 15:54

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