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Allure Features Research of Southwestern Professor and Alumna

Associate Professor of Psychology Traci Giuliano and her former student Jennifer Knight, Southwestern class of 2000, recently had their research about the media’s portrayal of female athletes featured in the June 2002 issue of Allure magazine

Their paper, “He’s a Laker; she’s a ‘looker’: The consequences of gender-stereotypical portrayals of male and female athletes by the print media,” was originally published in the interdisciplinary journal Sex Roles. According to Knight, currently a graduate student in the industrial/organizational psychology program at Rice University, their research found that “when media focus on more peripheral aspects, like attractiveness or marital status, people de-value women as athletes.”

Allure, which is geared toward “the professional modern woman interested in fashion, beauty and fitness,” has a national circulation of more than 875,000.

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