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UNI to host speaker on gender representation in sports

September 21, 2012

Barbara Cutter, interim director, Women's and Gender Studies Program, 319-273-5909,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Kate Lavelle, director of forensics and assistant professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa, will give a talk titled "Playing Like a Man -- Representations of Gender and Athleticism in Sports," at noon, Monday, Oct. 1, as part of the Current Research on Women (CROW) Forum. The forum will be held at the Center for Multicultural Education (CME), Room 109A, on the UNI campus.

Lavelle's speech will focus on the implications of statements that frame the athletic abilities of women in masculine terms, and explore why those statements are still used. Her talk will use the example of Brittney Griner, a 6 foot, 8 inches basketball star on Baylor University’s Women’s Basketball team. Since the beginning of her collegiate career, Griner has been one of the best players in the game. However, despite her on-court success, Griner's femininity has been consistently scrutinized in the press and by fans.

This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Barbara Cutter, interim director of the UNI Women's and Gender Studies Program, at 319-273-5909 or