The female signifiant in all-women's amateur roller derby

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Abstract

I analyze women's flat-track amateur roller derby by asking: how do derby skaters negotiate the requirements associated with emphasized femininity? By drawing on Hebdige's (1979) analysis of punk, I develop the term female signifiant to argue that roller derby is an aggressive contact sport with a theatrical edge. It provides a rich, adventurous space to satirize athletic and feminine norms. Specifically, skaters' sport participation is characterized by an interrogation of emphasized femininity without necessarily undermining the masculine/feminine gender binary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)428-440
Number of pages13
JournalSociology of Sport Journal
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Sociology and Political Science

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