This study analyzed photographs of the sports pages of four collegiate newspapers for sex differences. To determine if these differences exist, a quantitative scale was designed and utilized. This scale pinpointed sex differences through both the content and the context of the photograph. Four newspapers of four schools in Iowa were examined: two small, private liberal arts colleges and two large, public universities. It was determined that sex differences do exist in the sports photographs of collegiate newspapers. Women are more likely to be photographed in a pose, signifying the trivialization of women’s athletics, while men are more likely to be photographed in action, signifying the importance of men’s athletics. The captions accompanying these photographs reinforce these gender roles. The sex differences in the photographs suggests that gender stereotyping remains prevalent despite significant progress in extending equal opportunity to women in collegiate sports.
Rebecca Anderson, ’97
Sponsor: Christopher Carlson