“Look at Me! I Can Change Your Tire”

Queer Female Masculinity in the Gym

in Journal of Bodies, Sexualities, and Masculinities
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Kristine Newhall SUNY Cortland, USA kristine.newhall@cortland.edu

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Abstract

Outside of bodybuilding, queer women in fitness and exercise cultures have received little attention in popular discourse and academic research. In this article, I examine how queer use of gym space can inform and reify a queer identity, specifically the enactment of queer female masculinity. I use Jack Halberstam's work on female masculinity and literature in the fields of cultural studies and sport studies to discuss how queer identity, space, and power operate on the body in the context of fitness culture.

Contributor Notes

Kristine Newhall is an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at SUNY Cortland where she teaches courses in sport studies. Her research looks at the intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in sport and physical culture. Recent projects explore transgender policies in organized and recreational sports and the history of feminisms and their influence in women-only sport spaces. She is the co-founder of the Title IX Blog. She received her PhD in Women's Studies from the University of Iowa. ORCID: 0000-0003-4325-6586. Email: kristine.newhall@cortland.edu

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