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Lesbian Athletes and Their Experiences of Gender and Sexuality In Competitive Sports In Ireland

Lesbian Athletes and Their Experiences of Gender and Sexuality In Competitive Sports In Ireland (C. 1980-2007).

The following research explores the experiences of a cross section of Irish Lesbian athletes. It focuses on the self-identified women’s experiences of both their gender and their sexuality while competing in competitive sports in Ireland (C.1980-2007). In my research, I purport that women operate on the boundaries of organised sport, and that lesbian women are further marginalised as their very existence acts as a specific threat to normative understandings of both gender and sexuality. Throughout the research, I support this hypothesis by using the data collected to investigate the oxymoronic woman athlete and her experiences of traditional gender constructs within a mainstream heteronormative society.

It is nearly 10 years since this research was submitted. Talking to Linda recently her thoughts were

“I’ve seen lots of positive change since I did the research, however in my opinion at the very elite level there’s still much work to be done.  However small positive steps have definitely taken place in women’s sporting equality. When doing my research, I found lots of resistance for the women’s stories to be taken seriously. I believe in some ways the work was ahead of its time.”

Linda Greene Thesis

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