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.
|Title of host publication||Sport and Gender Identities|
|Subtitle of host publication||Masculinities, femininites and sexualities|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Number of pages||16|
|ISBN (Print)||978-0-415-25956-9, 978-0-415-25957-6|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|