University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Gendered behavior is reinforced at an early age. In media, women are usually portrayed following gender stereotypical behaviors and are often sexualized, meaning that their worth is often determined by their body shape and clothing type and as such women are often wearing revealing clothing, following gender stereotypical behaviors, and portraying unrealistic body proportions (e.g., Gentlemen’s Quarterly Magazine; Collins, 2011). The representation of women in climbing media is similar to that of the general media. The present study focused on route names within the climbing community and presents a qualitative analysis on the sexism and other derogatory (i.e., overtly sexual) themes present within the names. We found that while a large number of routes had neutral names, approximately 6.6% included derogatory names toward multiple identities. Implications of derogatory names and directions for future research are discussed.
I would like to thank Dr. Zelin for her incredible patience and guidance, and for always encouraging me to move forward. I would also like to thank Dr. Osborn for her generous feedback and edits. I'd like to thank Angela Kruck for perseverance with this project and her participation as a second rater.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Rock climbing; Trails--Names; Sex discrimination
Barahona, Raiza, "What's in a name? an assessment of degradation of women in the name of climbing routes" (2020). Honors Theses.