My research focuses on the differences of representation of genders in sports media. Being a collegiate female athlete myself, this topic really hits home for me, and is a big passion of mine. The primary text of my project is the ESPN television talk show, First Take. The show in itself reinforces a gender ideology with the way it is formatted, having two male analysts and a female host, however the host is not allowed to speak and share her opinions on the topic or issue at hand. That job is left for the male co-analysts. Before beginning my research, I claimed that First Take highlights the lack of representation that female athletes receive in sports media. I then seeked to determine the number of times that any female athletes were discussed in the show and how they were talked about. With my data I was able to find out if First Take truly does help aid in the lack of equal representation.
Handwerger, Madison, "Disparities in Sports Media Representation" (2021). Media and Communication Studies Presentations. 13.
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