The Effects Of Queer Theory On Post Secondary Sport Teams

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The Effects of Queer Theory On Post-Secondary Sport Teams
Shayna Stoymenoff
Instructor: David Pereira
February 29, 2016

The issue of sexuality in sports is highly complex and controversial. Through queer theory, it enables one to challenge traditional and heteronormative assumptions regarding gender and sexuality by reconstructing labels used for sexual identification, emphasizing both physical and mental strength and skill among British male university students and rejecting the notion of stable sex and that subject’s positions as disciplined constructions of identity in sporting environments such as post-secondary youth sporting teams. This paper will explore that through the use of queer theory, one can challenge heteronormative assumptions through post-secondary sporting teams by reconstructing terms for “gay” and “lesbian” sexual identities among youth athletes. Furthermore, through rejecting and critiquing the traditional female roles that young female athletes are assumed to be the “female apologetic” we are disrupting the boundaries between men and women. Finally, focusing on using queer theory to conceptualize hegemonic masculinity in British male university sporting teams offers positive aspects of sporting masculinities such as both physical and mental strength and skill among these various British male university students. This is useful in challenging the aggression, and homophobia, and sexism that is inherent in some sportsmen’s view
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