I recently stumbled across an essay I wrote, in collaboration with my colleague and former housemate Sam Franklin, as an undergrad final year student at the University of Brighton. As most scholarly essays do, it had a wonderfully catchy title:

A critical discussion into the role that Physical Education can play in the perpetuation of male and female gender stereotypes, as a result of “benevolence as restraint’” (Larson et al, 2009), the subsequent impact this has on the quality of Physical Education available to all pupils, and ways in which this can be combatted.”

We wrote this for a unit entitled “Sociological trends in PE”, and I don’t mind admitting that it received a pretty stellar mark.

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