gender relations

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The relationships between men and women on the basis of their masculine and feminine identities. Sport-based gender relations have often been perceived as biologically determined, and so separate sporting cultures of men and women have been claimed as evidence of natural differences. In fact, such gender relations must be seen as forms of gendered power relations, rather than accepted as an element of the natural order. See also feminism; gender.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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