Pornographic eroticism and sexual grotesquerie in representations of African American sportswomen
McKay, J & Johnson, H 2008, 'Pornographic eroticism and sexual grotesquerie in representations of African American sportswomen', Social Identities: Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 491-504.
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Sport is used as a lens through which ‘white’ people are encouraged to analyse how they construct and view ‘black’ people. Sport is linked to an analysis of the ways that sections of the media have framed tennis champions Serena and Venus Williams as threats. This article examines how key media spokespeople use disparaging racist and sexist stereotypes that no longer focus on female passivity and weakness to denigrate their physical power and mental strength. It argues for a new critical race consciousness that can inform sporting commentary and media narratives to enable African American women and men to envision and achieve equality within a broader framework of social justice.