Uniforms have more meaning than what we wear

Deakin University journalism student Felicity Smith looks at some recent—and not so recent—commentary on women’s sports uniforms and the control over women’s bodies. Uniforms are significant—historically so. Uniforms in sport are there to identify, to unite, to unify the player with the watcher. Athletes can use them to show pride, either in their country or …

It’s Time To Be Less ‘Ladylike’ in Sport

Award winning journalist Angela Pippos makes her Siren Sport debut, tackling the use of the term ‘ladies’ in sport and why it’s got to go. Long before I started flexing my feminist muscle, I watched the 1992 film A League of Their Own, by ground-breaking director Penny Marshall and starring Geena Davis. It’s a story …

Bouncing around in the in-between

Emerging Sports Writer Program participant Phina Newton explores the complicated spaces women navigate in wanting to drive change in sport, but feeling pressure and fear.  Throughout my 11 years playing representative basketball, I have had many different coaches. They differ in race and age, but rarely in gender. For ten of those 11 years, all …

Women in sport and social media: Empowering and oppressive

It’s a topic that regularly rises back to the surface, returning contributor Emily Patterson details the complex relationship women in sport have with social media. Social media provides an opportunity for sportswomen to engage in self-representation, by presenting images and narratives of their choosing. However, this same exposure also allows members of the public to …