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Gendered childhoods and the inequity of accessing the outdoors

Parsons, Katie J.; Halstead, Florence


Florence Halstead


Understanding our beliefs and experiences means we must often explore our childhood experiences, and reflect on how, at certain points in our life a range of barriers, obstacles and societal or social constructs have resulted in shaping the opportunities we had and our behaviours in accessing them. Herein we consider and reflect on the paper “Muddy Glee: rounding out the picture of women and physical geography fieldwork” and take inspiration to reframe and discuss a broader context of childhood experiences in setting the background for the observations made within the paper. We highlight and discuss three key provocations which provide a framework to explore how social constructions of gender, from within the womb onwards, impact women’s experiences, challenges, and pleasures of fieldwork in geography, and moreover link these experiences to the restrictions on access to the outdoors women experience in everyday life.


Parsons, K. J., & Halstead, F. (2022). Gendered childhoods and the inequity of accessing the outdoors. Area,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 16, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 29, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Oct 2, 2022
Publicly Available Date Sep 30, 2024
Journal Area
Print ISSN 0004-0894
Electronic ISSN 1475-4762
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Geography, Planning and Development
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