More opportunities, same challenges: adolescent girls in sports that are traditionally constructed as masculine

Nadia Bevan, Claire Drummond, Liz Abery, Sam Elliott, Jamie Lee Pennesi, Ivanka Prichard, Lucy K. Lewis, Murray Drummond

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Abstract

In Australian culture, males dominate sports such as football, cricket and Australian Rules Football. Girls and women in such sports are frequently required to negotiate persistent gender constructs and stereotypes. Despite this, in recent years there has been an increase in girls’ participation in sports that are constructed as masculine. The present study investigated adolescent girls’ experiences (N = 34, aged 13–17 years) in three sports that are traditionally constructed as masculine in Australia; football, cricket, and Australian Rules Football. Through a sociological gendered lens, results from narrative inquiry indicated that adolescent girls are required to navigate gender constructs and sexuality stereotypes. Numerous inequities between girls and boys exist and are challenging to negotiate. The present findings suggest that social connectedness, mentors and same-sex role models assist girls to navigate their sport involvement. These findings provide a sound basis for future research to explore practical solutions to keep girls engaged in such sports.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSport, Education and Society
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 May 2020

Keywords

  • Adolescent girls
  • gender constructs
  • sexuality
  • sport
  • stereotypes

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