This book provides an in-depth examination of gender, sport and sexualities, an analysis of the limitations of liberal feminist responses, and an exploration of radical feminist alternatives.
Dr. Lenskyj presents illuminating case studies from Canada, the United States and Australia, which exposes coaches' and administrators' complicity in perpetuating the chilly climate for female athletes in general, and for lesbians in particular. It includes a content analysis of the mass media treatment of sportswomen, and a discussion of how lesbian characters are portrayed in mainstream and lesbian fiction.
Drawing on historical and contemporary examples, Dr. Lenskyj contextualizes the homophobia and sexual harassment present in the everyday experiences of significant numbers of women involved in sport and physical activity. She shows that despite three decades of feminist and lesbian activism, and despite the apparent liberalization of attitudes since the 1960s, lesbian sexuality remains largely in the closet while heterosexuality continues to be exploited in the name of selling sport.
About the author
Dr. Helen Jefferson Lenskyj is Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. Her other publications include Out on the Field: Gender, Sport, and Sexualities (Women's Press, 2003), Out of Bounds: Women, Sport, and Sexuality (Women's Press, 1986), Inside the Olympic Industry: Power, Politics, and Activism (SUNY Press, 2000), and Best Olympics Ever? The Social Impacts of Sydney 2000 (SUNY Press, 2002). She was one of the recipients of the 2004 City of Toronto Persons Day Honours. She was recognized as one of 75 women in Toronto who have made a significant contribution to women's equality.