Reading The Catsuit: Serena Williams And The Game Changer In Tennis

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I have decided to write a response paper to Jamie Schultz’s: “Reading the Catsuit: Serena Williams and the Production of Blackness at the 2002 U.S. Open.” I really enjoyed reading her journal and all the opinions regarding Serena William’s infamous catsuit. Although there are some negative opinions regarding Williams’ choice of outfit and the way she presents herself, but she has challenged the normative white identity in women’s tennis. She has pushed the boundaries not only in tennis, but also throughout women’s sports with her masculine physique and her extraordinary abilities on the tennis court. Serena Williams should be noticed more for her game and the achievements she has gotten throughout her career and not just because of her gender, ethnicity, or the way she chooses to present herself. Her hard-work should be recognized as a game changer in tennis and people should appreciate that.
As mentioned by Shultz on page 340, “Serena and Venus Williams have attracted more black spectators than any other black professional athlete.” This just shows that the Williams sisters has helped inspire the minorities to come and watch a predominantly “white” sport. With
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She changed and improved the game of women’s tennis. She is one of the first players to ever brought power and skill to tennis, which shaped to how we play it now, she made it more exciting and entertaining. Serena Williams has defied all these haters and achieved amazing success in tennis and she will continue to do so. It is time that people shift their thoughts from how she looks to her bubbly personality and the many titles she will win in the future. It is also fine that people do not appreciate how Serena look like, I am very certain that she will not have a thought about people’s comments while looking at all her accomplishments. Serena Williams in that catsuit was an iconic moment in tennis and it will be for a very long

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