Female Athletes In 'Blood Sweat And Jeers'

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Even though female athletes are now becoming more accepted, they are still being challenged with a stigma known as “the image problem”, for example, all female athletes are lesbians. To avoid this “problem” the media employs a feminine apologetic in which they heterosexualize female athletes through emphasizing their relationships with men. In “Blood Sweat and Jeers” Knight mentions that female athletes continue to be confronted with the “image problem” or homophobia. She also notes that, “There is an underlying ear in society that participating in sports will encourage homosexuality or even convert female athletes into lesbians and prevent them from fulfilling their stereotypical domestic and maternal roles.” I strongly agree with this statement

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