(Reuters) – More than 50% of feminine rugby players say homophobic and sexist abuse deters women from taking part in the game, in keeping with a examine revealed by English membership Harlequins and the Harlequins Foundation on Friday.
The analysis, carried out in collaboration with Australia’s Monash University, was revealed forward of the boys’s Premiership aspect’s third annual Pride fixture, wherein they tackle Wasps.
The examine surveyed 280 players (141 women and ladies, and 139 males and boys) from eight novice golf equipment in England in 2020.
Of the players surveyed, 37% stated that they had heard homophobic slurs at their membership within the earlier yr, whereas 59% reported listening to sexist abuse and jokes about women.
Nearly 90% of the surveys stated that individuals “typically” incorrectly assume women who play rugby are lesbians.
“The findings inform us there may be nonetheless a lot work to be finished to make rugby extra inclusive and welcoming,” Harlequins Foundation head Marc Leckie stated.
“We are wanting ahead to utilizing the outcomes to drive the dialog, which is able to, ultimately solely make the game higher for everybody.”
Among interviews for the analysis, Beth and Jo (Joanne) Evans, sisters who co-captain the women’s crew at Sutton and Epsom, stated that they had confronted some type of discrimination in rugby.
“I really like taking part in women’s rugby as a result of it’s extremely supportive of individuals of all sexualities and gender identities,” Beth stated. “But when folks make assumptions about women who play rugby or inform homophobic jokes it harms everybody.”
“We nonetheless battle to be accepted and be handled equally by others in rugby,” Jo added.
“I typically wonder if individuals who purchase into the stereotypes or inform informal jokes about us consider that ‘actual’ women and ladies wouldn’t need to play rugby, so we should all be lesbians or need to be like males.”
(Reporting by Aadi Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)