A Content Analysis of Micro Aggressions in News Stories about F emale Athletes Participating in the 2012 and 2016 Summer OlympicsAllen K and Frisby CM*
Department of Strategic Communication, University of Missouri, Missouri School of Journalism, 140B Walter Williams, Columbia
- *Corresponding Author:
- Frisby CM
Department of Strategic Communication
University of Missouri
Missouri School of Journalism
140B Walter Williams, MO 65211-1200, Columbia
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: April 24, 2017; Accepted Date: May 02, 2017; Published Date: May 05, 2017
Citation: Allen K, Frisby CM (2017) A Content Analysis of Micro Aggressions in News Stories about Female Athletes Participating in the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. J Mass Communicat Journalism 7: 334. doi: 10.4172/2165-7912.1000334
Copyright: © 2017 Allen K, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
According to research on the use of micro aggressions on female athletes in the United States, women are expected to fit a traditional feminine mold even when participating in physical competition. The purpose of this study is to determine how often and in what context micro aggressions were used in reporting on female Olympic athletes during the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Data obtained in the analysis show that, currently, many instances of sexism, racism, second class citizenship and restrictive gender roles are present in coverage of these elite female athletes. Micro aggressions were found in articles covering masculine and feminine sports, black and white athletes and features stories outside of results from the Games. Implications as well as future research directions are discussed.