Negotiating sexuality and masculinity in school sport: an autoethnography

David Carless*

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This autoethnography explores challenging and ethically sensitive issues around sexual orientation, sexual identity and masculinity in the context of school sport. Through storytelling, I aim to show how sometimes ambiguous encounters with heterosexism, homophobia and hegemonic masculinity through sport problematise identity development for young same-sex attracted males. By foregrounding personal embodied experience, I respond to an absence of stories of gay and bisexual experiences among males in physical education and school sport, in an effort to reduce a continuing sense of Otherness and difference regarding same-sex attracted males. I rely on the story itself to express the embodied forms of knowing that inhabit the experiences I describe, and resist a finalising interpretation of the story. Instead, I offer personal reflections on particular theoretical and methodological issues which relate to both the form and content of the story.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-625
Number of pages19
JournalSport, Education and Society
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • identity
  • sexuality
  • masculinity
  • autoethnography
  • story
  • gay
  • bisexual
  • sport
  • education


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