Department for Health

The Conversation: Choosing sport is not easy for women in a society obsessed with body image

Thu Mar 20 11:53:00 GMT 2014

Professor Simone Fullagar and Dr Jessica Francombe-Webb examine participation for women and girls in sport and physical culture and how national campaigns alone cannot bring about more engagement and opportunities for participation.

Recent Winter Olympic sporting success raises critical questions about the limits of national campaigns‘ ability to translate gold medal "inspiration" into everyday participation for women and girls in sport and physical culture.

Minister for sports Helen Grant has also created controversy by suggesting women should be able to choose what sport they want to do, whether that was taking up hockey or the more feminised practice of cheerleading. The negative public reaction to this suggestion reflects the desire of many to move beyond the history of narrowly defined, feminised sport.

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