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Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and Off the Ice

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In her forties, Erica Rand bought a pair of figure skates to vary her workout routine. Within a few years, the college professor was immersed in adult figure skating. Here, in short, incisive essays, she describes the pleasures to be found in the rink, as well as the exclusionary practices that make those pleasures less accessible to some than to others. Throughout the book, Rand situates herself as a queer femme, describing her mixed feelings about participating in a sport with heterosexual story lines and rigid standards for gender-appropriate costumes and moves. She chronicles her experiences competing in the Gay Games and at the annual U.S. Adult National Figure Skating Championship, or andquot;Adult Nationalsandquot;; Aided by her comparative study of roller derby and womenand#39;s hockey, including a brief attempt to play hockey herself, she addresses matters such as skate color conventions, judging systems, racial and sexual norms, transgender issues in sports, and the economics of athletic participation and risk taking. Mixing sharp critique with genuine appreciation and delight, Rand suggests ways to make figure skating more inclusive, while portraying the unlikely friendships facilitated by sports and the sheer elation of gliding on ice.

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An autoethnography of the adult skating world, drawing from queer theory and gender studies

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Rand took up figure skating at age 43. As she became increasingly immersed in the world of adult competition (participating in the Gay Games and the Adult Nationals), she found herself focusing her research on the world of skating. These essays reflect on the sexualization of female skaters, the hairdos and costumes, and racial bias in movement genres and athletic standards.

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Erica Rand, a self-identified middle-aged figure-skating dyke college teacher took up figure skating at age 43. As she became increasingly immersed in the world of adult competition (she participated in the Gay Games and the Adult Nationals), she found herself focusing her research on the world of skating. Here in a series of short, witty, and incisive essays, she reflects on the sexualization of female skaters, the hairdos and costumes, racial bias in movement genres and athletic standards, and whether or not a dyke like her should really be playing hockey.

About the Author

Erica Rand is Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College. She is the author of The Ellis Island Snow Globe and Barbieandrsquo;s Queer Accessories, both also published by Duke University Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction. Skate to Write, Write to Skate 1

I. Seeing and Getting: Notes on Fieldwork

Introduction. Being in Deep 17

1. Seeing and Getting 20

2. Sandbagging, or Grown-Ups Do This? 26

3. Score 32

II. Skating Is Like Sex, Except When It Isn't

Introduction. Pleasure Points 43

4. Skating Is Like Sex, Except When It Isn't 46

5. The End of Me, or My Brief Life in Hockey 52

6. When God Gets Involved 60

III. Hooks

Introduction. Redoing the Laces 71

7. White Skates Become You 73

8. Form-Fitting: The Bra in Three Stories 79

9. My Grandmother's Shoes 85

10. Black Skates, or the Stake in Wanting 89

IV. Ladies

Introduction. Athletic, Artistic, or Just Plain Perverse 97

11. Skank or Ballerina: Codes of the Crotch Shot 103

12. Cracking the Normative 111

13. Oh, Right, Policing Femininity: Nine Inch Nails at Adult Nationals 117

14. Booty Block: Raced Femininity 128

V. Masculine Wiles

Introduction. Masculinity with Teeth 139

15. andquot;I Stand beside Him with an Axe!andquot;: Hockey Guys Together 144

16. Quads Make the Man, or What's too Gay for Men's Figure Skating 153

17. The Girl who Fooled by Butchdar 160

VI. Having the Wherewithal

Introduction. Up from the Botton 169

18. Buy-In: Some Notes on Cost 174

19. So You Think You can Train, or Why Can Joshua Dance? 180

20. Gifts of Nature, Freaks of Culture 186

VII. Blade Scars/Biopsy Scars: Rethinking Risk and Choice

Introduction. Blade Scars/Biopsy Scars 199

21. Parsing Perilicious 204

22. Telling the Mrs. 210

23. What Sticks Out 215

24. Losing her Manhood 219

VIII. The Politics of Pleasure

25. Pleasure on Its Face 227

26. Politics at Hand 235

27. Getting the Goods 242

Conclusion. If I Ruled the Rink, or Make the Rink by Skating 249

Notes 263

Bibliography 285

Index 297

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822352082
Author:
Rand, Erica
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Ice Skating
Subject:
Gay Studies
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
14 illustrations
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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An autoethnography of the adult skating world, drawing from queer theory and gender studies
"Synopsis" by ,
Rand took up figure skating at age 43. As she became increasingly immersed in the world of adult competition (participating in the Gay Games and the Adult Nationals), she found herself focusing her research on the world of skating. These essays reflect on the sexualization of female skaters, the hairdos and costumes, and racial bias in movement genres and athletic standards.
"Synopsis" by ,
Erica Rand, a self-identified middle-aged figure-skating dyke college teacher took up figure skating at age 43. As she became increasingly immersed in the world of adult competition (she participated in the Gay Games and the Adult Nationals), she found herself focusing her research on the world of skating. Here in a series of short, witty, and incisive essays, she reflects on the sexualization of female skaters, the hairdos and costumes, racial bias in movement genres and athletic standards, and whether or not a dyke like her should really be playing hockey.
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