The purpose of my creative project was to negate hegemonic, societal, and media views of black female athletes. Specifically, my project resists objectification, gender roles, and racial stereotypes towards African American women athletes at The College of Wooster. Using a feminist approach, I created images that positively represent women of color in sports with a perspective that fights against their treatment and typical portrayal in sports media coverage. Additionally, I shed light on black women athletes at the College by producing ambiguous images that force the audience to 1. Generate multiple perspectives, 2. Reframe their way of thinking, and 3. Become comfortable with the uncertainty of a situation. My goal in producing this creative project, and as an aspiring photographer, is to change to society’s view of how women of color should be represented in sports media coverage. Through this project, I believe that I can help promote that change.


Bostdorff, Denise


Communication Studies


Arts and Humanities | Photography | Women's Studies


feminist criticism, black women, photography, communication, sports media, women of color in sports

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis


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