Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21495

Title: The Internet as a site of decreasing cultural homophobia in Association Football: An online response by fans to the coming out of Thomas Hitzlsperger
Authors: Cleland, Jamie
Magrath, R.
Kian, T.
Keywords: Fans
Football
Homophobia
Internet
Masculinity
sexuality
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © The Authors. Published by Sage.
Citation: CLELAND, J., MAGRATH, R. and KIAN, T., 2017. The Internet as a site of decreasing cultural homophobia in Association Football: An online response by fans to the coming out of Thomas Hitzlsperger. Men and Masculinities, In Press
Abstract: This article analyses 5,128 comments from 35 prominent football fan online message boards located across the United Kingdom and 978 online comments in response to a Guardian newspaper article regarding the decision by former German international footballer, Thomas Hitzlsperger, to publicly come out as gay in January 2014. Adopting the theoretical framework of inclusive masculinity theory, the findings demonstrate almost universal inclusivity through the rejection of homophobia and frequent contestation of comments that express orthodox views. From a period of high homophobia during the 1980s and 1990s, just 2 per cent of the 6,106 comments contained pernicious homophobic intent. Rather than allow for covert homophobic hate speech towards those with a different sexual orientation, 98 per cent of the comments illustrate a significant decrease in cultural homophobia than was present when Justin Fashanu came out in 1990.
Description: This paper is in closed access until it is published.
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21495
Publisher Link: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/men-and-masculinities/journal200971
ISSN: 1552-6828
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Social Sciences)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Cleland_Hitzlsperger - M&M FINAL.pdfAccepted version154.95 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

 

SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.