Reconceptualising the Gender of Fitness Doping: Performing and Negotiating Masculinity through Drug-Use Practices
2015 (English)In: Social Sciences, ISSN 2076-0760, E-ISSN 2076-0760, Vol. 4, 546-562 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article analyses self-portrayals and gender constructions among Swedish male bodybuilders who are engaged in fitness doping. The empirical material comes from a larger ethnographic investigation into gym culture. The results show that there is a strong propensity to conform with particular gender fantasies that rests heavily on a binary understanding of gendered, doped bodies. However, this storyline does not apprehend the entire self-presentation of the analysed drug users. Negotiations and inclusive subversions of traditional gender norms are also expressed. For example, the narratives show how the use of performance-enhancing substances makes it possible for (heterosexual) men to approach, touch and express feelings of desire towards other men and their bodies. As such, this practice can be viewed as a contestation of hegemonic gender values, in which masculinity and fitness doping are detached from a quite heterosexist understanding, and turned into a symbolic world of homoerotic pleasure.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 4, 546-562 p.
masculinity, sexuality, health, body, fitness doping, gym culture
Sport and Fitness Sciences Gender Studies Sociology
Research subject Social Sciences, Sport Science
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-45637DOI: 10.3390/socsci4030546OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-45637DiVA: diva2:844577