With sport’s traditional function of masculinising and heterosexualising boys-and subsequently marginalising effeminacy-it is unsurprising that homophobia and anti-femininity have been commonly employed among athletes in the construction of gender-normative performances (Anderson and McGuire, 2010). This was particularly true of the purpose of sport (in the Western world) in the 1980s. Here, sport took on renewed importance for boys and young men as it was a central tool in heterosexualising men in a culture that Anderson (2009) calls ‘homohysteric’.
|Title of host publication||Routledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality|
|Editors||Eric Anderson, Jennifer Hargreaves|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 18 Feb 2014|