In simple terms, homosociality means that a certain social context is limited to, or is strongly dominated by, same-sex individuals. The concept was developed in the field of gender research to explain how men identify with, are drawn to and understand their social position in relation to other men. Women are excluded from these social contexts, partly to keep them from interfering with the often fairly intimate culture and partly because, based on established power structures, they do not possess the economic, social and political resources that would otherwise make it worthwhile to include them. Jokes about decisions being made in the sauna or on the golf course refer to homosocial contexts in real life, where men by tradition meet in informal environments to which women are not invited or explicitly welcome.

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