Team sports are often seen a traditionally homophobia arena within society. Yet in this interview Dr Eric Anderson argues that this widespread assumption is increasingly inaccurate. Through analysing the relationship between sport and wider society he offers an account of how wider cultural and social changes in relation to homophobia are starting to manifest themselves in more relaxed and tolerant attitudes within team sports. Drawing on his extensive empirical research he argues that young people today are increasingly comfortable with the presence of homosexuality and that all the evidence suggests this trend looks set to continue. He also discusses his own experiences as America's first openly gay high school coach.
Play the Podcast:
Eric Anderson - The Problem of Heterosexuality in a Homophobic Culture [third video lecture on page]
Eric Anderson - In The Game: Gay Athletes and the Cult of Masculinity
Our apologies for the poor sound quality in the final third of the interview.