I am an athlete.
The female athlete is rarely presented by mainstream media with the powerful and agile capabilities she innately possesses. She is portrayed through the male gaze in a manner that aims to sexualize, domesticate, and control her freedom experienced when playing sports. As a result, her power is robbed and humanity overlooked. The general public consumes these images, reinforcing the construction of a sexist hierarchy that can discourage females from engaging in sports.
The typical female portrayed within sports contains Eurocentric cultural and beauty values. She is often white, slender, and highly feminized. This stereotype further marginalizes female athletes who do not fit into this category from the eyes of societal equity. The experience of female athletes who are racial and ethnic minorities are overlooked and erased. If they are depicted, it is typically in the manner of being an outsider or a token to be fetishized.
This series aims to show the freedom and power of female athletes which is typically disregarded within the media. Their existence rejects the construction of who an athlete can be and instead shows who an athlete is.