All part of the hetero-normative? Women football fans` voices on players` sexual (mis)conduct

Mewett, Peter and Toffoletti, Kim 2006, All part of the hetero-normative? Women football fans` voices on players` sexual (mis)conduct, in Sociology for a mobile world. TASA 2006 Conference Proceedings., Sociological Association of Australia (TASA), Sandy Bay, Tas., pp. 1-9.

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Title All part of the hetero-normative? Women football fans` voices on players` sexual (mis)conduct
Author(s) Mewett, Peter
Toffoletti, KimORCID iD for Toffoletti, Kim
Conference name TASA Conference 2006, University of Western Australia & Murdoch University, 4-7 December 2006
Conference location University of Western Australia
Conference dates 4-7 December 2006
Title of proceedings Sociology for a mobile world. TASA 2006 Conference Proceedings.
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2006
Conference series Australian Sociological Association Conference
Start page 1
End page 9
Publisher Sociological Association of Australia (TASA)
Place of publication Sandy Bay, Tas.
Summary From interviews conducted in Victoria with women fans of Australian Rules Football, this paper examines their perceptions and rationalisations of alleged sexual misconduct by players. The paper is situated in the seeming contradiction of women avidly supporting male dominated sports despite players being implicated in misconduct against their gender. Women fans' voices about the reported misconduct are explored. These fall into two main categories that are referred to as the 'predatory female' and the 'rogue male' narratives. The former suggests that the sexual assertiveness of some women - the 'groupies' - unlocks men's primal sexuality. The latter points to footballers being immersed in a hyper-masculine sub-culture that predisposes them to treat women in an arbitrary, demeaning manner. The fans' voices, while condemning players' misconduct, suggest that predatory females, by actively seeking out footballers, become victims
because they trigger testosterone driven male responses. Rogue male behaviour is deprecated, but understood as stemming from masculine ways, accentuated by team bonding, that leads some individuals into misconduct, possibly as a means of emphasising their masculinity within their group. Explaining player misconduct in these ways enables fans to distance themselves from it and continue their passionate support of
ISBN 9781740521390
Language eng
Field of Research 160899 Sociology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
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