Wrestling with Identity: An Exploration of Female Wreslers’ Perceptions

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Ellen Macro McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

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Jennifer Viveiros McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

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Nick Cipriano McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

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This study explores female freestyle wrestlers’ experiences related to identity, body consciousness, (hetero)sexuality, and (conventional) femininity, and also the perceptions of females participating in a traditionally male-dominated sport. Data was collected from questionnaires distributed to 47 high school, university, and club female wrestlers and from in-depth interviews with eight university wrestlers. Based on the findings, the researchers suggest that female wrestlers are comfortable with their body; that public perception concerning their sexuality and femininity is not an issue of concern for them; and that they do not experience gender-role conflict nor engage in the female apologetic. The results are of particular interest because they differ from what other studies have concluded regarding the experiences of women in(traditionally male-dominated sports.

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