Gender and Sexuality Gender and Sexuality

This theme explores the concepts of gender and sexuality within sporting, media and education contexts. We seek to understand the ways in which identities get shaped in and through participation in sport either by the media that represents them or through the subcultures of different sport or exercise settings. We explore how schools shape our understandings of masculinity and femininity and the role that being physically active or sporty takes in that process.


Russell, K., & Lemon, J. (2012) ‘Doing jibber’: female snowboarders negotiate their place in the snow in Asia-Pacific Journal of Health, Sport and Physical Education 3, 239-252

Rawlings, V., & Russell, K. (2012). Gender control: (Re) framing bullying, harassment and gender regulation in University of Sydney Papers in HMHCE 1, 17-27

Russell, K., & Johnson, B. (2012). The construction of gendered bodies within competitive swimming: A Foucauldian perspective, Psychology of Women Section Review, 14, 26-33

Georgakis, S., & Russell, K. (2011). Youth sport in Australia. Sydney: Sydney Uni press.

Russell, K. (2011). Compulsory heterosexuality and the construction of femininity and masculinity: Issues of performance versus presentation. In S. Georgakis, & K. Russell (Eds.), Youth sport in Australia (pp. 73–85), Sydney: Sydney Uni Press.

Russell, K. (2011). The media, body image and youth sport. In S. Georgakis, & K. Russell (Eds.), Youth sport in Australia (pp. 251–264), Sydney: Sydney Uni Press. 

Russell, K. M, & Norton, K. (2009). Science through sport: Body Image I Middle Secondary. Sydney: Sport Knowledge Australia.

Russell, K. M, & Norton, K. (2009). Science through sport: Body Image II senior Secondary. Sydney: Sport Knowledge Australia.

Russell. K. M. (2007). Gender and Sport: Promoting/preventing health in our schools. In J. Merchant, B. Griffin, and A. Charnock (Eds), Health promotion in sport and exercise. Palgrave Macmillan Publisher: Basingstoke, pp186-202.

Russell, K. M. (2006). ‘Queers, even in netball?’: Positive and negative interpretations of the lesbian label among sportswomen. In C. Aitchison (Ed) ‘Sport and gender identities: Masculinities, femininities and sexualities. Routledge: London (pp. 106–121).

Russell, K. M. (2004) On vs Off the pitch: The transiency of body satisfaction among female rugby players, cricketers, and netballers. Sex Roles, 51, 561-574.


The power of self-representation: Understanding body performances and media representations of elite Australian athletes. PI: Kate Russell