‘Legends’ in ‘lingerie’: sexuality and athleticism in the 2013 Legends Football League US season

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Khomutova, Anastasiya and Channon, Alex (2015) ‘Legends’ in ‘lingerie’: sexuality and athleticism in the 2013 Legends Football League US season Sociology of Sport Journal, 32 (2). pp. 161-182. ISSN 0741-1235

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Abstract

This paper explores the representation of female athletes within the Legends Football League (LFL; formerly ‘Lingerie Football League’) in 2013. Specifically, the study seeks to understand the vision of women’s sport, and female athletes, which the LFL propagates. Drawing on a combined content and semiotic analysis of the commentary and visuals featured in 26 LFL matches broadcast online in 2013, our data suggests that the LFL presents apparently conflicting images of sexualized, but ‘powerful’ female athletes. We discuss these data relative to competing interpretive approaches to female sexuality in sports media, and join other sports media scholars in advocating audience reception research as a necessary next step to grasping this emergent sport’s significance.

Item Type: Journal article
Additional Information: © 2015 Human Kinetics Inc, as accepted for publication
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L311 Sport and Leisure
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L310 Applied Sociology
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L390 Sociology not elsewhere classified
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies
L000 Social Sciences > L300 Sociology > L320 Gender studies > L321 Women's Studies
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1123/ssj.2014-0054
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2015 09:18
URI: http://eprints.brighton.ac.uk/id/eprint/14459

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