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'I used to think women were weak:' Orthodox masculinity, gender-segregation and sport


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Anderson, E., 2008. 'I used to think women were weak:' Orthodox masculinity, gender-segregation and sport. Sociological Forum, 23 (2), pp. 257-280.

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Abstract

This article explores the cultural and structural forces that help influence the reproduction of sexist, misogynistic, and antifeminine attitudes among men in team sports. It first shows how the segregation of men into a homosocial environment limits their social contact with women and fosters an oppositional masculinity that influences the reproduction of orthodox views regarding women. However, this research also shows that when these same men compete in the gender-integrated sport of cheerleading, they positively reformulate their attitudes toward women. These findings therefore suggest that gender-integrating sports might potentially decrease some of the socionegative outcomes attributed to male team sport athletes, possibly including violence against women.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsAnderson, E.
DOI10.1111/j.1573-7861.2008.00058.x
DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Education
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code10333

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