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1. Yes this current research does follow-on from that paper. The research for that conference paper was a much broader project on the Sociology of Bridge - gender was just one small section of the interviews conducted by me with top level players (mainly from US and UK). Elizabeth Graham (my current PhD student) analysed that interview data using a gender lens for her Masters thesis alongside doing her own focus groups with sociologists and psychologists (she won two awards for that thesis).

The focus on sexism for this follow-up study also emerged from the recent threads on BW (Ida's letter posted via Justin, posts by Sabine, Peg and others). I wanted to do something a bit more systematic rather than just exploring those online discussions and I am hoping to target a much wider range of responses (compared with the in-depth interviews which involved only international players).

By the way, the interviews will start to be published in Bridge Magazine next year in a new series titled ‘Bridge Encounters’ beginning with Jeff Meckstroth and Eric Rodwell.

2. So for that research the focus was only on elite players - mostly pros and top level players who have represented their country. I included some juniors and post-juniors in order to get the perspectives of younger players who had also played at international level.

3. By ‘better’ I was referring to practical competence. I make the distinction between men being more successful in terms of results because they win more top level events and ‘better’ in terms of aptitude and competence. In my view, the former (results) is clear and the latter (competence) is up for debate.
Dec. 24, 2016
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Do you still have the article you wrote on chess and gender? If so, could you send it to me?
Dec. 24, 2016
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Peg has provided some links which indicate that men and women's brains are different, and Yehudit suggests that there is contradictory evidence which disputes that view. Does anyone know of any books/papers or other sources which I can use as part of a literature review on the topic of male versus female brains?

Other relevant material for the broader debate of this thread would also be welcomed.
Dec. 23, 2016
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I used these age categories as they mirror those I've used in recent research where I wanted to capture juniors, post-juniors, and older players' perceptions of the game. I'm broadly interested in differences between younger and older players for this exploratory study but age, whilst relevant, is not necessarily going to be a key factor.
Dec. 22, 2016
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No problem at all - I'm just keen to get as many responses as possible - I'm not bothered what format they arrive in! And if others just want to email or private message me with a general response that is also fine.
Dec. 22, 2016
Samantha Punch edited this comment Dec. 23, 2016
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You don't need to copy the questions - just the question numbers with your responses are fine. Many thanks to those of you who have replied so far. I chose not to use a standardised questionnaire as my experience of that format is that people respond very briefly. By using this more open-ended approach I hoped to encourage people to respond at length if appropriate.
Dec. 22, 2016
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I think it is more complex than just stopping women's events. In the long run that will help, but in the short run it will be a challenge for various reasons (eg. men and women do not experience the same opportunities nor do they face the same barriers). So it might need the sacrifice of one generation for it to start levelling out. Perhaps beginning at junior level and ensuring training around unconscious bias might work better.

I think they tried stopping women's events in Norway, but it didn't last as I believe quite a few women stopped playing. Does anyone know what happened/when?

Raising awareness around everyday sexism is a good starting point (posts such as this and recent ones), as it has been about for so long that many people don't see it or inadvertently perpetuate it (including some women). When sexism in bridge stops being taken-for-granted or shrugged off as ‘normal’, then things can gradually change (as in other spheres), but there is likely to be plenty of resistance along the way as it has been naturalised for so long.
Aug. 14, 2016
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The bigger challenge might be how to get rid of ingrained sexist discourses, attitudes and behaviours then it might be easier to get rid of gender based events.
Aug. 13, 2016
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Instead of the question ‘why are men better at bridge’ perhaps starting with ‘why are men more successful than women at bridge’ might be more appropriate?
Aug. 13, 2016
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I have read this thread with much interest as I am doing some sociological research on this topic at Stirling University in Scotland. If anyone has any examples or thoughts that they have not wanted to post publicly, but would not mind me using anonymously in my research project, then please do message me privately. All comments are welcome, and in due course I will share the findings of the study including an academic paper currently in preparation. Thanks in advance for any contributions which I will anonymise carefully.
July 1, 2016
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This question is to primarily act as a control variable for analysing the next set of questions in order to allow for respondents completing the questionnaire at a time that is ‘unusual’. So the information sought is whether respondents are experiencing different health status from ‘normal’ to give context to the survey responses, rather than trying to evaluate an absolute measure of health in these domains. I hope that may help to clarify the purpose of this question, as the subjective or relative nature of the statements is intentional. Many thanks to all those who have completed the survey so far - please encourage others to do so.
June 12, 2016
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Although some of the questions may not be ideal for non-UK respondents, we are keen for non-UK residents to participate via the above international survey link, so please assume that question refers to taking a holiday in your own country versus a holiday abroad,
June 10, 2016
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The survey began in the UK but we have now opened up this survey link to all nationalities. So we welcome American respondents as well as those from other countries.
June 10, 2016
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On the final ‘thank you’ page of the survey, there is an email address for you to use if you would like to be sent a copy of the survey results and/or enter the prize draw.
June 10, 2016
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