A Locker Room of Her Own. Celebrity, Sexuality, and Female by David C. Ogden, Joel Nathan Rosen, Jack Lule, Roberta J.

By David C. Ogden, Joel Nathan Rosen, Jack Lule, Roberta J. Newman

Female athletes are too usually perceived as interlopers within the traditionally male-dominated international of activities. stumbling blocks particular to girls are of specific concentration in A Locker Room of Her Own. Race, sexual orientation, and the same characteristics ancillary to gender undergo certain exploration in how they effect an athlete's tale. primary to this quantity is the competition that ladies of their position as inherent outsiders are put in a special place much more complex than the standard stories of inequality and discord linked to race and activities. The individuals discover and critique the concept that during order to be thought of one of the pantheon of athletic heroes one can't deviate from the conventional demographic profile, that of the white male. those essays glance particularly and seriously on the nature of gender and sexuality in the contested nexus of race, attractiveness, and game. the gathering explores the reputations of iconic and pioneering activities figures and...

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But the softly padded rail option was hardly necessary. The bloom was off the rose. The more female players there were in the Negro American League, the less of a novelty it was seeing a woman play. Potential fans voted a resounding “no” to women on the diamond with their pocketbooks. The experiment ended after the 1954 season. 8 So why aren’t Stone, Morgan, and Johnson household names? In reality, even the male stars of the Negro Leagues are largely unknown to all but a small group of scholars and historically minded fans.

A brief look at the careers of a few of those athletes may provide an answer. CROSSING OVER A New York Times obituary, published on November 10, 1996, reads, “Toni Stone, a scrappy second baseman who became a footnote to baseball history in 1953 as a member of the Negro League’s Indianapolis Clowns when she became the first woman to play as a regular on a big-league professional team, died on Nov. ”2 In fact, the first woman to play baseball in a “big league” was not a member of the Rockford Peaches or Fort Wayne Daisies.

Lynette Woodard, for her effort, was enshrined in the James Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame twice, in 2002 as part of a group of Globetrotters, and in 2004, as a player in her own right. As such, her tiny slice of the collective popular cultural memory is set in stone. Still, it is unlikely that she will ever garner the fame of Patrick, or Venus and Serena Williams, or Evert, or Navratilova, nor will she earn the same endorsement dollars, the true measure of fame and reputation. Although the WNBA has neither the fan base nor the revenue, questionable though it may be, of its counterpart in the men’s game, the strides made by the first wave of female basketball players, fronted by Woodard, the most visible of them all, opened the door for successive women in the professional game.

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