Presentation Title

Preliminary Findings From The Rink

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-185

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

The present study, using a semi-structured interview approach, examined female recreational ice hockey players’ (N = 30) experiences participating in their sport. This group is of interest given that relatively few females, compared to males, participate in recreational ice hockey leagues. Interview questions focused on how these women form their gender identity, participating in a male-dominated sport, and if they encountered sexism. Several themes emerged in the data; sexism, gender negotiation, and gender performance. The participants also reported feeling that they were targeted by male hockey players, simply by virtue of their gender. Taken together, the data suggest that women who participate in male-dominated sports encounter obstacle that interfere with their full and healthy participation.

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Preliminary Findings From The Rink

HUB 302-185

The present study, using a semi-structured interview approach, examined female recreational ice hockey players’ (N = 30) experiences participating in their sport. This group is of interest given that relatively few females, compared to males, participate in recreational ice hockey leagues. Interview questions focused on how these women form their gender identity, participating in a male-dominated sport, and if they encountered sexism. Several themes emerged in the data; sexism, gender negotiation, and gender performance. The participants also reported feeling that they were targeted by male hockey players, simply by virtue of their gender. Taken together, the data suggest that women who participate in male-dominated sports encounter obstacle that interfere with their full and healthy participation.