Serena Williams: From Catsuit to Controversy

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Serena Williams was involved in 2 major news stories in the summer of 2018—she wore a black catsuit at the French Open and was involved in an on-court controversy at the U.S. Open. Newspaper articles from this time frame were analyzed for the sex and race of the author, athletic descriptors of Williams (composure, emotionality, strength-based athletic skill), and framing of her maternity. Results indicated that Williams was framed differently by various groups of journalists and framed based on her public behavior.

The authors are with the School of Communication, University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, MS.

Maxwell (Lindsey.conlin@usm.edu) is corresponding author.
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