Fan Reflections on Sexuality in Women’s Football in the United Kingdom

Cleland, Jamie, Cashmore, Ellis, Dixon, Kevin and MacDonald, Connor (2022) Fan Reflections on Sexuality in Women’s Football in the United Kingdom. Journal of Sport and Social Issues, 46 (5). pp. 458-476. ISSN 0193-7235

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This article presents the responses of 1,432 male association football fans, collected via an online survey from March 2020 to April 2020, regarding their views on sexuality in women's football in the United Kingdom. The analysis focuses on two broad themes that emerged from the data: (1) the association of women footballers with masculinity and how they subsequently transgress the traditional characteristics of femininity; and (2) a reduced stigma surrounding sexuality in women's football given its lower profile in terms of coverage and the smaller number of fans in comparison to men's football. The article concludes by outlining how there is less homonegativity concerning sexuality in women's football in the United Kingdom, primarily because the heteromasculine position of male fans is not challenged, but fans also reaffirm the stereotypes and myths of non-heterosexual women playing a sport like football.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fans, gender, lesbian, masculinity, femininity
Subjects: C600 Sports Science
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2021 11:53
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 09:00

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