'She Shoots, She Scares''! Online Reader Responses and the Backlash Agaisnt the 2010 Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey Team on Ice Celebration

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Title: 'She Shoots, She Scares''! Online Reader Responses and the Backlash Agaisnt the 2010 Canadian Olympic Women's Hockey Team on Ice Celebration
Authors: Fortier-Brynaert, Emily
Date: 2011
Abstract: Gender double standards continue to affect women's participation in sports. This major research paper investigates the online newspaper coverage of the Canadian Olympic Women's hockey team on ice celebration that took place after the players won a gold medal during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics Winter Games. I consider two significant online articles published in the Ottawa Citizenand the online reader responses that appeared as a reply to those articles. Readers expressed concern over these hockey players drinking alcohol, smoking cigars and celebrating on a public ice surface. The readers' unease appears to be indicative of an underlying historically and culturally entrenched opposition to the disruption of white, middle-class norms of feminity. The sentiments expressed by the online reader responses concerning failed role models, public disgrace and classlessness are linked to historical assumptions of female frailty, reproduction, and lesbianism in the context of women's sporting activities today. Three categories of women athletes emerge: the Heterosexy Athlete, the Good Mother and the Failed Woman.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/26031
CollectionÉtudes féministes et de genre - Mémoires // Feminist and Gender Studies – Research Papers
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