I have had two journal articles accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals in the past week. The first article is, “Serena Williams and (the Perception of) Violence: Intersectionality, the Performance of Blackness, and Women’s Professional Tennis,” and will be published in Ethnic and Racial Studies. The second article is, “Rainbow Flags Over Margaret Court Arena: Commemoration vs. Grassroots LGBTQ Social Activism at the Australian Open Tennis Championships,” and will be published in Interactions: Studies in Communication & Culture, 10(1/2). These two articles will be published sometime soon. I am so happy that they found nice homes.
I have been selected to review abstracts submitted to the “Cancer Forum” program of the American Public Health Association’s annual conference. The conference will held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in November, 2019.
I have had a book chapter published in, “Routledge Handbook of Tennis: History, Culture and Politics,” edited by Robert J. Lake (https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Tennis-History-Culture-and-Politics/Lake/p/book/9781138691933). The book chapter, “The Original 9: The Social Movement That Created Women’s Professional Tennis, 1968-1973,” chronicles The Original 9, a group of nine women – Jane “Peaches” Bartkowicz, Rosemary “Rosie” Casals, Judy Tegart Dalton, Julie Heldman, Billie Jean King, Kristy Pigeon, Kerry Melville Reid, Nancy Richey, and Valerie Zeigenfuss – who banded together in 1970 to pressure the governing bodies of tennis to offer equitable pay and access to tournaments for women as they did for men. They emerged in and through the women’s liberation movement in the US. “Women’s lob,” coined in the early 1970s by Gladys Heldman, the founding editor of World Tennis magazine, was used to describe the particular feminism that was being used in women’s tennis. The Original 9 drew on two main components of the rhetoric of the broader women’s liberation movement of the time: 1) equal pay for equal work, and 2) access to an economic livelihood (through a sustained and consistent offering of tournaments for women). The Original 9 are credited with creating modern day women’s professional tennis along with the creation of the Women’s Tennis Association in 1973. By contextually grounding the Original 9, the influences, motivations and risks of their protest, as well as the gains they achieved, are illuminated. I am especially proud of this publication because Rosie Casals was my coach throughout my pro tennis career.
I will be attending the 2019 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Regional Seminar in Baltimore, Maryland, to be held May 16-17. The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland is funding it. I am looking forward to the discussions!
I have had an article published in the journal, Teaching Media Quarterly. The article, “Engaging Students of Intersectionality Through Sports Media: Using Women’s Tennis to Teach the Matrix of Domination,” outlines the ways in which sports media can be used to engage students when teaching the concepts of intersectionality. Intersectionality is a particular knowledge project that facilitates our understanding of the lived experiences of those who are affected by race, class, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and other identities, and how social inequalities are organized, operate, and can be challenged in the social world. The social struggle is across relationships that have different levels of power. As such, intersectionality has an implicit and often explicit commitment to social justice. The lesson plan outlined here offers a focused look at Patricia Hill Collins’ “matrix of domination” (Collins 2000; 2009) as the explanatory model for seeing and understanding the various levels of power which operate in our society. Using examples from women’s professional tennis, which are highly mediated events, has proven to be effective as explanatory examples as well as increasing student engagement with the sometimes dense theoretical concepts of intersectionality. This article is part of TMQ’s special issue on Intersectionality and Media.