Men’s netball or gender-neutral netball?

Tagg, Brendon (2014) Men’s netball or gender-neutral netball?. International Review for the Sociology of Sport, 51 3: 314-331. doi:10.1177/1012690214524757


Author Tagg, Brendon
Title Men’s netball or gender-neutral netball?
Journal name International Review for the Sociology of Sport   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1461-7218
1012-6902
Publication date 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1012690214524757
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 51
Issue 3
Start page 314
End page 331
Total pages 18
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this article I examine whether justice in New Zealand is better served through the provision of gender-inclusive or gender-segregated men’s netball competitions (where netball began as a late 19th century women’s version of basketball). While the New Zealand Men’s Netball Association (henceforth called the ‘men’s association’) was initially established in 1984 under an inclusive ethos rooted in Māori community-based and fa’afafine-based competitions, by the end of that most overtly transgender and fa’afafine players were excluded so as to boost the association’s heterosexist credentials. This process culminated in 2004 when the men’s association was replaced by the New Zealand Men’s and Mixed Netball Association (henceforth called the ‘mixed association’). While in principle medically verified postoperative transgender women may now play in mixed-gender leagues, virtually none do. Furthermore, anyone who foregoes such treatment – including fa’afafine – must dress as a man in order to play. If it is the coercion that makes coercive gender segregation problematic then perhaps justice would be best served if men’s netball was a gender-neutral activity. This seems consistent with the gendered history of both netball and men’s netball in New Zealand.
Keyword Fa’afafine
Gender
Masculinities
Netball
Transgender
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Social Science Publications
 
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