Overcoming Sexism and Homophobia in Women’s Sports

Two steps forward and one step back

Authored by: Pat Griffin

Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality

Print publication date:  February  2014
Online publication date:  March  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415522533
eBook ISBN: 9780203121375
Adobe ISBN: 9781136326967


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In 1981 Marilyn Barnett sued Billie Jean King for alimony, claiming she had been in a relationship with Billie Jean for seven years. The news quickly dominated sports and mainstream media. Billie Jean was not only a tennis champion, she was also a well-known and revered feminist speaker for a variety of women’s equality issues. After initial denials, Billie Jean acknowledged the relationship, calling it a “mistake” and posed for People magazine with her husband.

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