‘Queers, even in netball?’: Interpretations of the lesbian label among sportswomen

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Abstract

This chapter addresses the positive and negative experiences of being labelled
as lesbian among sportswomen in general and female rugby players, cricketers
and netballers in particular. What follows is an exploration of how the lesbian
stereotype develops within sport and how women who play rugby, cricket and
netball experience those stereotypes. The discussion is illustrated with empirical
data from 30 interviews conducted with women who played rugby, cricket and
netball and this discussion is informed by literature spanning the last 20 years in
the sociology and psychology of sport.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSport and Gender Identities
Subtitle of host publicationMasculinities, femininites and sexualities
EditorsCara Aitchinson
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoutledge
Pages104-119
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-203-64664-9
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-25956-9, 978-0-415-25957-6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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