Gender in Sport - Gender in Sport - Foxy Boxing Why Study...

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Gender in Sport - Foxy Boxing Why Study Gender and Sport? - History of women’s sport in the U.S. centered on gender - Sport makes invisible structure of gender visible - Mirrors other institutions - Sport offers the possibility to challenge our current understanding of gender - Sport is a site of gender reproduction Sport as Site of Gender Reproduction - Picture the institution of sport as a peach - Core of sport remains dominated by men and celebrates masculinity - Women remain on the periphery, do not pose a challenge to the institution’s gender regime - Balancing expectations as athletes and as women creates a conflict Neutralizing Techniques - Ways to manage perceived deviancy as athletes - May take many forms o Feminine apologetics o Deemphasizing strength, power, and skill o Identifying with male athletes o Emphasized femininity How can sport change our understanding of gender? - Playing on co-ed teams may change perceptions about men and women o Typically when men enter a sport dominated by women on the periphery
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This note was uploaded on 10/17/2011 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Thompson during the Spring '11 term at Michigan State University.

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