‘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
Number of pages16
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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