For release: February 1, 2010
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Media images of women athletes often highlight their beauty and sexuality and deliver
potent messages. Dr. Sally Ross, assistant professor of sport and leisure management
at the University of Memphis, has conducted research to determine what types of photographic
images young women athletes would create for themselves and what messages they would
like to convey in those photos.
Athlete or Diva?
Photographic Preferences of College and Adolescent Female Athletes
Ross will present her findings in a Women’s Research Forum Wednesday, Feb. 10, at
3 p.m. in Clement Hall, Room 409. Sponsored by the U of M’s Center for Research on
Women, the event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will follow the presentation
in Clement Hall, Room 337.
As part of the study, adolescent and college-age female athletes had their pictures
taken for a photo essay. Fifty-two of the women participated in groups interviews,
during which they viewed their photos and discussed their perceptions of the images.
Ross will share themes arising from the research, as well as photos from the project.
Ross is a former Big Ten All-Conference and Academic All-Conference student-athlete.
Before earning her doctorate from the University of Illinois, she was an assistant
athletic director overseeing student-athlete support services there. She also served
as an academic counselor and life skills coordinator for student-athletes. Her areas
of research include experiences and opportunities for girls and women in sport, as
well as athletes’ representation in the media.
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