Given some of the recent attention and engagements with the notion of sexism in Bridge, I would like to explore experiences, perceptions and opinions on this subject in more depth. In order to facilitate this, I have included some questions below which I would appreciate your responses to. I am interested in your personal reflections based on your knowledge and experiences as a Bridge player. Responses are welcome from everyone (men and women of all ages and all levels from beginner to expert) as I’m keen to include a wide range of views in this research.
1) What do you understand by the term ‘sexism’ in relation to Bridge?
2) Do you believe that sexism is a relevant and/or useful term in understanding the social dynamics between men and women in the game of Bridge? (please elaborate if possible)
3) What might you consider to be examples of sexism in Bridge? (please indicate if these are based on personal experiences)
4) What might you consider to be examples of ‘unconscious bias’ in Bridge in relation to gender, and how are these different or the same as examples of sexism?
5) Are there any changes that could be made in relation to equality between men and women in the game of Bridge?
6) What might be the consequences (positive or negative) of raising awareness or addressing sexism in Bridge?
7) Is there anything further you wish to contribute to this subject?
8) Please indicate which of the following apply to you:
Gender: Male / Female
Age group: Under 25 / 25-34 / 35-54 / 55+
Bridge Standard: social player / club player / tournament player (congresses, national events or leagues) / international (ie you have represented your country) / professional player
Nationality: please provide your country (or continent if you prefer)
Name (optional - only if you do not mind being identified by Sam even though your responses will be anonymised in the study)
Email (optional - for possible follow-up and copy of the results)
Please send the question numbers with your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org (or post them below) and this will mean you are agreeing for these to be used in my sociological exploration of this subject, and for possible inclusion in academic papers and bridge literature. If there is something specific amongst your answers that you wish to be exempt, please make this clear. Responses will be anonymised.
Thank you for your time, much appreciated.
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