Dr. Natalie Nelson-Marsh
College of Arts and Sciences
The purpose of this study is to explore the toxic trends within the sports community that create a heterosexual environment for student athletes. The theory of cultivation was applied when reviewing different articles of literature relating to identity, sports language, sports media, and the intersection of sexuality and sports. Upon categorizing the data, critical analysis was used. Analysis of findings are further discussed through the themes that emerged: representin’, genderin’, and dominatin’. Interviews with popular athletes, mic’d up games, and articles were used to demonstrate the prevalence of this issue in society and how society has normalized this type of language. Student athlete’s look up to professional athletes and often mimic trends within their own lives. Their identity is further repressed when identifying as LGBTQ because of heterosexual norms. The sports world has normalized using language that harms a portion of their population to the point where student athletes fear publicly identifying outside heterosexual norms.
College athletes--Psychological aspects; Identity; Communication in sports
Citation: Pilot Scholars Version (Modified MLA Style)
Rook, Janine, "Keeping Score: How Heteronormative Language in Professional Sports Shape the Identities of Student Athletes" (2020). Communication Studies Undergraduate Publications, Presentations and Projects. 101.