This new anthology from SAGE brings together over 90 recent readings on gender, sexuality, and intimate relationships from Contexts, the award-winning magazine published by the American Sociological Association. Each contributor is a contemporary sociologist writing in the clear, concise, and jargon-free style that has made Contexts the “public face” of sociology. Jodi O’Brien and Arlene Stein, former Contexts Editors, have chosen pieces that are timely, thought-provoking, and especially suitable for classroom use; written introductions that frame each of the books three main sections; and provided questions for discussion.

Scripting Gender: Sport

Through sports boys learn how to compete against one another, how to work in teams, and how to “be men.” As girls and women become more involved in sports, they navigate scripts of femininity which may be at odds with the ideals of athleticism. The gendered scripts of sports shape athletes as well as spectators.

In her article, “Tiger Girls on the Soccer Field,” Hilary Levey Friedman examines the scripts of femininity associated with afterschool activities for young girls. Some parents encourage their daughters to become involved in activities that stress characteristics typically associated with masculinity in order to help them succeed in male-dominated spaces later in life. These scripts are classed, too, and are based on who has access to these ...

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