Just Recreation: Ethics, Gender, and Equity


  • Karla A. Henderson


women, diversity, ethics, leisure, equality, equity


Just recreation, not "mere recreation," refers to the notion that leisure and recreation services can contribute to social justice. Leisure service professionals must ensure that recreation is not unjust nor a contributor to the devaluation of girls and women or any other group. The purpose of this paper, using an applied ethics approach, is to address issues of equity and gender in leisure service organizations and to draw implications for programming and administration. Examining feminism, ethics, gender, and equity provides a philosophical framework for just recreation. In this paper, I explore five aspects pertaining to just recreation, including equality and equity, leisure choices, diversity, programming, and the workplace. An ethical examination of these areas can lead to asking further questions about social change leading to "just recreation."





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