Emily Crosby publishes article in "Women's Studies in Communication" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
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Emily Crosby publishes article in "Women's Studies in Communication"


Emily Deering Crosby, GSWS Visiting Instructor and Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Communication, published an article titled, "Chased by the Double Bind: Intersectionality and the Disciplining of Lolo Jones", in Women's Studies in Communication. 


Jeré Longman’s controversial 2012 New York Times article criticizing track star and U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones, which reached more than 30 million readers, contributes to the hegemonic ideologies that deride female athletes through double binds. Yet due to Jones’s gender, race, class, and sexuality, traditional double binds do not offer an adequate framework. Employing an intersectional approach that counters a tendency to highlight the experiences of privileged White women, [Crosby] articulates the binds of feminine/athlete, poor/hustler, and virginal/exotic to complicate feminist communication scholars’ notion of the double bind and address interlocking, inseparable oppressions. Highlighting the significance of nuanced double binds that bridge feminist criticism and critical sport study, [Crosby] considers the potential for feminist analysis to respond to the bias and backlash experienced by celebrity sportswomen.

About Emily Deering Crosby:

Emily Crosby is a Visiting Instructor for the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication. Emily teaches Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies as well as Sex, Race, and Popular Culture. Her academic concentrations include rhetorical criticism, feminist and critical theory, and visual rhetoric. Emily’s dissertation research explores the rhetorical strategies employed by female country music stars during the “second wave” of feminism, as means to temper radical sentiment and construct palatable personae amidst conservative gatekeepers. Emily’s two other recent projects examine double binds in sports rhetoric through an intersectional lens, and critique contemporary Orientalist discourse through a postcolonial lens. Her Master’s Thesis analyzed mommy blogs’ role in destabilizing mothering ideologies and diversifying hegemonic online culture. She is developing a new course on gender and the digital.

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