Moving and belonging: dance, sport and sexuality

Gard, Michael (2003) Moving and belonging: dance, sport and sexuality. Sex Education, 3 2: 105-118. doi:10.1080/14681810309037

Author Gard, Michael
Title Moving and belonging: dance, sport and sexuality
Journal name Sex Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1468-1811
Publication date 2003-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14681810309037
Volume 3
Issue 2
Start page 105
End page 118
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In this paper I explore the notion of gendered ‘investments’ in particular forms of physical activity; what is at stake when people choose one way of using their body rather than others? First, I present data from a life history interview with, Ralph,
an Australian professional male dancer. In this interview, Ralph talks about the way he has experienced dance throughout his life and how his investments in being a particular kind of male (straight identifying, ‘cool’) have shaped these experiences. That is, rather than experience being a shaper of identity, I suggest the reverse. Second, I relate the
contextually specific nature and constructedness of these investments to physical education.  Why does physical education take the form it does and why, given its often-stated goal to expand the movement repertoires of children, is it so closely identified with sport? I conclude by critiquing the view of mainstream physical educators which sees sport as a ‘natural’ pleasure, as an expression of ‘normal’ child development and as the ‘common sense’ subject matter for physical education. I argue that these appeals to the ‘natural’ obscure physical education’s location within heteronormative regimes of bodily
practice. Instead, sport and dance can justifiably be seen as politically ‘erotic’. In short, I argue that physical education is one site amongst many others in which the bodily and sexual conformity of citizens is pursued.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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