Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, 2023
I refined my writing and resource gathering skills, learned how to ask questions that generate valid and reliable results, and demonstrated how those results fill a gap in the sociological research canon.”— Mikayli Moore
Female Weightlifters’ Presentation of Gender on Instagram
Honors thesis in Sociology
In a society where social media reinforces beauty standards, Moore sought to understand the attitudes of women who post weightlifting content on Instagram. Moore conducted 10 semi-structured interviews to learn what motivates women who post in defiance of gender norms, how they enact femininity in a masculine gym space and online, and how they manage the stigmas they experience.
In Their Own Words
Read Mikayli’s reflective essay from their Lang Prize application.