This independent study is a case study of transgender tennis player Renée Richards in the 1970s. To unpack this topic, the author explores the history of gender testing in professional sport and the gender theories that are entrenched in its framework and organization. The author also discusses how Richards challenged the long accepted gender binary in Richards v. US Tennis Association. Furthermore, the author looks at the media’s role in how Richards, and other trans athletes, are portrayed to society and how pressure is put on them to be public figures. This I.S. also embarks on a discussion about how changing rules does not always change culture.
Biro Walters, Jordan
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Harris-Ridker, Matthew, "Grand Slam for Gender Equality? Renée Richards, the History of Gender Testing in Sport and Trans Participation in Professional Tennis and Professional Sport" (2019). Senior Independent Study Theses. Paper 8738.
History of Gender | Women's History
Sport, Transgender, Tennis
Bachelor of Arts
Senior Independent Study Thesis
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