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February 28, 2014

 

This week’s analysis comes from an article I saw during Olympic coverage on the website Bleacher Report, a sports website. On it contained an article called “US Snowboarder Jamie Anderson Says Tinder Is ‘Next Level’ in Olympic Village,” which is about the dating app, Tinder. It focused on a 23-year-old Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson and her experiences with the app.

In the “International Review for the Sociology of Sport,” Alinea Bernstein cited a study from 1999 (cited to only R. Jones), “ that the accounts of females playing the female-appropriate sport had the highest frequency of female stereotypic comments. Thus, the beauty and grace of the gymnasts was still the main point of emphasis, even with the U.S. women’s gymnastics team winning the gold medal for the first time in Olympic history.”

 

That same principle definitely applied during the Olympics, as The Bleacher Report article only said that Anderson won a gold medal 13 paragraphs into the article which was only 16 paragraphs long. Once the medal was mentioned, the author said her decision to stop using the app “might have been the ticket for Anderson.”

 

And then the article ended with this:

 

“Be on the lookout, men. Anderson could be back on the grid and looking for Tinderonis any day now.

 

Just remember: Tinderella has been to the mountaintop, and she has seen the highest heights the platform can deliver. So it might be time to stop skipping abs at the gym.”

 

Ideas of showing female athletes as just grace and beauty, as Bernstein cited in her article, is relevant. Especially because she is the subject of dating lifestyle, which overlooked her gold medal in this specific article.

 

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