In this special issue, queer studies scholars consider the athletic. The essays are based on the authors’ intimate experiences with the disciplining structures of sports and with physical practice as a site of performing as well as undoing gender and sexuality. The contributors address the relationship between discourses about sports and the regulation of gender; discourses about gender and authenticity as refracted through race and class; queer feminist engagements with physical culture; and affect and the disorienting animality of the gendered, athletic body.
Contributors look at figure skater Johnny Weir and transgendered college basketball player Kye Allums; at how extreme fitness programs like CrossFit can operate as performance sites for self-realization as well as self-objectification; and at the special role of sport in how twentieth-century psychologists interpreted effeminacy in boys.
The issue also includes a collection of queer film manifestos.