Black Female Presence; Tennis and Dance In Claudia Rankine’s, Citizen, she addresses a various amount of relatable circumstances as an African American. Rankine addresses a specific black figure in America, Serena Williams, as an example of a resilient and strong black female athlete. Serena is one of the examples in which Rankine points out racial inequality, and microaggressions in sports, she also opens up about the stereotypes placed in front of Serena and the personas Serena had to play for years of her career. I've found that in both dance and tennis, black women have faced judgement from spectacle, competed with mostly white counterparts, and have had to consistently reclaim their undeniable contribution to the sport and art form.
“It 's true: Williams is black, she 's very muscular, and she 's a skilled player. But breathless commentators sometimes talk about these qualities in a way that buys into what sociologist Delia Douglas, in an article on the Williams sisters published in 2004 by the Sociology of Sport Online called "the essentialist logic of racial difference, which has long sought to mark the black body as inherently different from other bodies (Harris)."The result is that Williams 's athleticism is attributed to her ethnicity.” In todays society most media reporters and social media portrays the famous tennis player Serena Williams the way they do because she is a “black female”. They view Serena Williams as manly, untamed, and boisterous, because of her
People pretend it does not exist, but racism is still here and very alive in the world of tennis. Despite this, the leaders of tennis pride themselves as being innovative and having forward-thinking because of tangible things like equal prize money, television and media coverage for male and female tennis players. But the sad fact remains that tennis will not truly be socially advanced until racism is stopped. Two of the greatest woman athletes to play the game, Serena and Venus Williams, are both African American sisters who began tennis when they were young and through the years have been hugely successful. The two sisters have brought inspiration to learn the game to a new generation of young African Americans, since they grew up in a poor neighborhood and became professionals.
When I think of an athlete’s body I envision, strong toned arms, sleek slender back, hard rock abs and chiseled legs but is this standard for all athlete’s men and women alike? Society as we know it has a strong hold on social roles and social norms for men and women that includes the way one should look, sound and how his/hers body type should be this ideological thinking has even seeped its way into the sports world. Men used sports as an arena to display their strength and agility as a way to justify their masculinity, dominance and power not only over their opponent but over women as well. In the book “Out of Play: Critical Essays on Gender and Sport”, Michael Messner describes the crisis of masculinity and how and why sports ultimately
The way in which society targets femininity is written about by both Julia Sereno and Janet Mock, and the fact that this theme is present in both of the writings produced by trans women shows its importance when discussing trans-female identity (Mock 147, Serano 42). To specify, similar concepts about femininity are posed by both Serano and Mock in their writings. Serano, in an instance when she is talking about media productions of trans women, Serano explicates, “The media neutralizes the potential threat of trans femininities rose to the category of ‘woman’ by playing to the audience’s subconscious belief that femininity itself it artificial… In fact, it’s the assumption that femininity is inherently ‘contrived,’ ‘frivolous,’ and ‘manipulative
Creed is defined as an idea or set of beliefs that guides the actions of a person or group. In The Help Kathryn Stockett utilizes the creed of Skeeter Phelan to expose the vast mentalities that were prevalent in Jackson, Mississippi at the time. Skeeter Phelan was a significant character because she did not allow fear of societal alienation to silence her thoughts and that encouraged others to share their thoughts. Skeeter’s beliefs and thoughts began to show through her actions which resulted in abandonment from her “friends” and alienation from the Jackson, Mississippi population. Skeeter Phelan chose to write a book which featured African American maids and their stories about the Caucasian families they worked for, which included many
The popular perception of the American dream is that it is the perfect formula to achieve whatever you desire through unmatched opportunities. However, in reality the core of the dream holds many hidden flaws that ultimately discredit its validity. Throughout American History, examples of the privileged citizens see more respect to every life task that occurs. As for the rest of the population, the minorities who have been stepped over, suffer bias opinions that affect success barriers they attempt to cross. There is a sense of hypocrisy within the American dream discussion because the minorities that supposedly make this country diverse, fall under the crumbles of the privileged.
Tennis From the Beginning When little baby Serena was young, she started her training at age 3 and has always loved tennis. Her family supports her so much they even play tennis. “Serena 's father used what he 'd gleaned from tennis books and videos to instruct Serena and Venus on how to play the game. At the age of 3, practicing on a court not far from the family 's new Compton, California, home, Serena withstood the rigors of daily two-hour practices from her father.”
Sporting athletic leagues have been around since 1903, when New York City’s Public School Athletic League for Boys was established creating formal contests between kids and adults. Racism has been around since humans have diversified into different races, ethnicities, and religions and coming together and clashing. How has sports and racism interacted with each other to make such a social uproar? Personally, I believe in playing the game how it’s supposed to be played without politics being involved, regardless of the opponent’s skin color or religious beliefs. The media has portrayed the sporting world in such a negative light to gain more attention to the average viewer, while forgetting what the main aspect of sports is all about, winning.
Soccer is the most prominent sport across the world. It affects many people lives whether good or bad. It starts trends, foundations, gives people jobs, and it even starts wars. Soccer has been around since times of old, or longer than anyone alive to date can remember. It predates any other sport but is only recently coming to America.