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Charlene Weaving - St. Francis Xavier University. Antigonish, NS, CA

Charlene Weaving

Associate Professor, Human Kinetics | St. Francis Xavier University

Antigonish, NS, CANADA

Leading researcher on gender and sport analysis



Charlene Weaving Publication







Dr. Charlene Weaving researches gender and sport. Past projects include athletes and sexualization, gender construction in the MMA and UFC, and myths surrounding menstruation and pregnancy for athletes.

She teaches in the Human Kinetics Dept at STFX: Gender and Sport, Modern Olympics Games and Ethics in Sport.

Industry Expertise (3)


Sport - Amateur

Health and Wellness

Areas of Expertise (19)

gender and sport

Hockey and gender


Beach volleyball

Olympics and ethics

Olymipc Games and gender

Olympic studies


MMA and gender

women's rugby

sexualization and athletes

sexism in sport

Hockey Wives

menstruation and sport

pregnancy and sport

ethics in sport

Sports Illustrated Swimusit Issue


athletes posing nude

Accomplishments (2)

Interntational Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS) Service Award (professional)

Received this award in 2013, for significant contributions to the IAPS organization.

Faculty of Science Oustanding Teaching Award (professional)

In 2007, awarded the Faculty of Science Outstanding Teaching Award

Education (3)

Western University: Ph.D., Philosophy of Sport, Kinesiology 2005

Western University: MA, Philosophy of Sport, Kinesiology 2000

Acadia University: Bachelor of Kinesiology, Kinesiology 1999

Affiliations (1)

  • President of the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport (IAPS)

Media Appearances (5)

Sexism running rampant at Rio Games

Sportsnet  online


Analysis of the various examples of sexism found throughout the 2016 Games.

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Beach volleyball’s never ending joust over bikini uniforms

MacLeans  print


Interview about the current state of women's Olympic beach volleyball uniform regulations.

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Conference Stickhandles gender roles

Daily Gleaner  print


Interview after conference presentation on the docu-series Hockey Wives.

The Lingerie Trap

ESPN Gartland  online


Interview based on research work on the Lingerie Football League, now called the Legends Football League (LFL)

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Why are male and female beach volleyball uniforms so different

NOW Toronto  print


Interview during the 2015 Pan American about beach volleyball uniform regulations.

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Articles (5)

Cheating, lying, and trying in recreational sports and leisure practices

Annals of Leisure Research


Research publication examining the ethics of 'not trying' in recreation sport.

Examining 50 years of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.” Journal of Philosophy of Sport

Journal of Philosophy of Sport


Research paper examining 50 years of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

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Core Workout: A Feminist Critique of Definitions, Hyperfemininity, and the Medicalization of Fitness

International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics


Research article examining physical activity and the fitness trends and the extent of femininity and masculinity.

Alternative Chicks: Examining Women Feeskiers and Empowerment

Fair Play


Research article examining the case of empowerment and free skiing. The specific case of Sarah Burke is analysed.

Getting Jacked and Burning Fat: Examining Doping and Gender Stereotypes in Canadian University Sport

Journal of Intercollegiate Sport


Research article outlining the role that femininity and masculinity ideals play in doping for University athletes.