Objectification in Sport Media: Influences on a Future Women’s Sporting Event

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Lindsey Darvin University of Florida, USA

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Gendered processes in the sport industry often perpetuate male dominance and female inferiority. While these gendered occurrences have been well documented, the outcomes of such processes are underexplored. Under the guidance of objectification theory and the production–reception relationship, the authors investigated the influence of objectification in sports-media outlets’ coverage of a female sporting event for a national sample of U.S. consumers (N = 225). In addition, given the lack of coverage directed toward female sporting events, the current study investigated the influence of previous viewership on consumer behaviors for a future women’s sporting event. Findings suggest that processes of objectification influence both men’s and women’s consumer behaviors and that previous viewership influences future consumer-behavior motives. Furthermore, objectified images and language did not adversely affect future consumer behaviors for those who had previously viewed a similar women’s sporting event. Sport-media and communications professionals alike can leverage these relationships.

Darvin is a graduate student, and Sagas, her advisor, in the Dept. of Sport Management, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.

Address author correspondence to Lindsey Darvin at lindseydarvin@ufl.edu
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