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Ming-Yuen S. Ma and Erika Suderburg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670826

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670826.001.0001

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Media and Desire in the Sport Spectacle

Media and Desire in the Sport Spectacle

(p.274) 23 Media and Desire in the Sport Spectacle
Resolutions 3

Jennifer Doyle

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter explores the intersection of gender, mediation, and sport in a handful of works by contemporary artists. It seeks to address a negative space. When asked to speak at an exhibit centering on masculinity and sport in contemporary art, the author found herself disturbed by the absence of images of female athletes from the exhibit. Her surveys of contemporary art overly engaged with sport show a dramatic difference in both the amount and the formal character of work featuring images of women engaged in sport—the chapter attempts to figure out why this is so. It discusses how women’s sports are framed by mainstream media as making a bad spectacle, either via sensationalist stories of female monstrosity or by reproducing the notion that women’s sports are boring. In contrast, the spectacle of the men’s game seems to provide the artist and the fan with a distance that gives him permission to adore his subject. Without that visual archive, without the spectacle of the spectacle filtering us from them, the task of representing the female athlete is more charged and more overdetermined.

Keywords:   gender, mediation, sports, female athletes, contemporary art

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