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Kobiety i ,,kobiecość" w dyskursie o Euro 2012
Women and “Feminity” in Discourse on Euro2012

Author(s): Honorata Jakubowska
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Stowarzyszenie Czasu Kultury

Summary/Abstract: This paper focuses on representations of women and “femininity” in discourse related to Euro 2012. It discusses a variety of initiatives targeted at women during the European Football Championship, leading to the emergence of several distinct types of women within this discourse. Underlying most undertakings, as the article demonstrated, is the belief that women do not like football, and that the football event itself carries nothing but risks and costs. This last argument is supported by feminist activists, both in Poland and the Ukraine. The article points to some important and positive aspects of these initiatives, but also calls attention to the simplistic schemata underlying them, and the consequences of these, such as promotion of the division between male vs. female and the marginalization of women who are (passively and actively) engaged in sport.

  • Issue Year: 176/2012
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 34-46
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Polish