From hegemonic to inclusive masculinities in English professional football: Marking a cultural shift

Rory Magrath, Lindsey Gaston, Eric Anderson

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Abstract

In this article, we conduct a generational study of measuring progress towards the inclusion of homosexuality in professional sport. We accomplish this by interviewing an openly gay football player, Anton Hysén, in the year 2017, using the precise same questions about the relationship between his homosexuality and sport that were asked of the first openly gay professional footballer in 1992, Justin Fashanu. We thus measure difference in attitude according to the 25 years that have elapsed between the interviews. Our results emphasize two themes: First, the near-total acceptance of being gay within professional football today, compared to 25 years ago; and second, the social praise that is levied upon today’s openly gay sportsmen, compared to the social stigma placed upon Fashanu.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-312
JournalJournal of Gender Studies
Volume27
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2017

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