Changing the game: Sport and a cultural shift away from homohysteria

Rory Magrath, Eric Anderson, Rachael Bullingham

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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’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook of Sport, Gender and Sexuality
EditorsEric Anderson, Jennifer Hargreaves
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2014


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