'I found that joking back actually made me not on edge, and I didn't feel threatened': women's embodied experiences of sexist humour (banter) in a UK gym

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Clark, A. 2018. 'I found that joking back actually made me not on edge, and I didn't feel threatened': women's embodied experiences of sexist humour (banter) in a UK gym. International Journal of Gender and Women's Studies. 6 (1), pp. 15-29. https://doi.org/10.15640/ijgws.v6n1a2
AuthorsClark, A.
Abstract

Judgement over the use of derogative humour (e.g. sexist humour) has become increasingly critical within public domains. Many cases of everyday sexism have been well documented, with sexism being interpreted and experienced in many different ways.

Recent work has begun to critique humour in society, examining whether the framing of sexist comments as jokes alter the way in which we evaluate and understand its meaning. Drawing upon ethnographic data obtained from an on-going research project, this paper delves into the embodied experiences of female exercisers within a UK ‘working-class’ mix-gendered gym.

Through a feminist phenomenological lens, I explore how these experiences shape participants’ understandings of the embodied self, the gym spaces they engage in, and the broader social constructions of the gendered body. Discussion provided highlights how women’s experiences of sexism within the gym is heightened within particular spaces and times, and how comments received are considered within a dichotomous nature; i.e., that of benevolence or harm, or alternatively disguised as a joke or ‘banter’.

KeywordsFeminism; gyms; sexism; humour; embodiment; phenomenology
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Gender and Women's Studies
Journal citation6 (1), pp. 15-29
PublisherAmerican Research Institute for Policy Development
ISSN2333-6021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.15640/ijgws.v6n1a2
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PrintJun 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited23 Feb 2018
Accepted17 Feb 2018
Accepted author manuscript
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