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Feminist analysis of sport policy

BySally Shaw

A number of versions of feminism have developed during its evolution from the late 1960s. In this chapter, I focus on four, showing how these various feminisms examine policy, and how each would put gender on the sport policy agenda. The first three can be loosely categorised under the broader label of ‘liberal feminism’. As Bensimon and Marshall (1997) suggest, liberal feminism is ‘a gentle, more socially/politically acceptable perspective … emphasizing women’s equal access to domains where men dominate, chipping at the glass ceiling’ (p. 3). Finally in this section, I present some ideas regarding the inclusion of radical feminism within sport policy.