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“We Have to Make Horse Riding More Masculine!” On the Difference Between Masculine Needs and Feminine Practices in the Context of Swedish Equestrian Sports

  • Birgitta Plymoth
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Abstract

Swedish equestrian sports are considered feminised. Female dominance is reflected positively from a gender equality perspective, at the same time as boys and men’s lack of interest for equestrian sports becomes a matter of concern. This chapter analyses how issues concerning boys and men are discussed in the Swedish Equestrian Association’s magazine Häst&Ryttare (Horse and Rider). This is based on theories of masculinity and sports, homosociality (Connell) and gender negotiation (Messner). The analysis shows attempts to renegotiate a new gender order within these sports by contrasting male and female characteristics. Male interests are supposed to be focused on tough, cool and competitive aspects, while the female is focused on caring, pottering and chatting in the stable. At all levels, hegemonic masculinity is defended as a successful way to attract men to equestrian sports, and femininity is posed as a threat to this project.

Keywords

Soccer Player External View Hegemonic Masculinity Gender Order Gender Boundary 
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References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Social and Welfare studiesLinkoping UniversityLinkopingSweden

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