SINAS Research Seminar: “Second-Class Waves for Second-Class Surfers: The Modern Roots of Sexism in Surf Culture”

  • Date: –17:00
  • Location: Engelska parken Room 16-1044 and via Zoom - contact Adam Hjorthén for link
  • Lecturer: Scott Laderman, Fulbright Professor, Uppsala University/Professor of History, University of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Organiser: Swedish Institute for North American Studies (SINAS), Department of English
  • Contact person: Adam Hjorthén
  • Föreläsning

This article traces the colonial origins and development of sexism and hypermasculinity in modern surf culture.  In pre-twentieth-century Hawai‘i, where modern surfing originated, wave-riding was a pastime widely enjoyed by both men and women.  Indeed, women were among the most celebrated surfers in the islands.  But as white Americans increasingly took up the sport following the U.S. colonization in 1898, sexism emerged as one of surfing’s most enduring features, becoming ubiquitous during the sport’s massive growth in the second half of the twentieth century.  By the 1970s, women began more forcefully speaking out about the hostility and barriers they faced, though this was only the beginning of a long struggle for gender equality.