How people perform their sexual identities as athletes and spectators
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Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2002
Sportsex examines the landscape of sports writ globally. And it is about the way sport allows men and womenbut mostly mento consider their looks, their vitality, and their relationship to their gender in ways that would be considered taboo in any other context.
Miller pays particular attention to the way celebrity is considered around the world through a number of different athletic activities. Along the way he also offers his own personal connection to sport as both a researcher and recipient of its abuses and pleasures.
In a world where everything is considered in its relationship to globalization, sport is one of the few arenas of social life that can be concretely seen in international terms. Sportsex opens that world up in a way that is accessible and significant for anyone interested in the shape of our emerging world culture.
"Sportsex is the work of impassioned fandom and a voracious cultural appetite."
"A groundbreaking study of the globalization of the body through sports, particularly sports driven by the media and advertisers... Those concerned with sports will debate Miller's stimulating ideas for some time to come."
"Miller goes inside the locker room and situates the sports starwhether a lesbian tennis player, an out Austrialian rugby player, or a sexually ambiguous professional basketball playerinto the larger contexts of bodily representation, political economy, and identity. As Americans contemplate the public ramifications of other professional athletes coming out of the closet, Miller's in-depth inquiry offers some illuminating perspectives."
"The best book on sexuality and sport to date... There are no other[s] that compete indirectly or directly with this one... [This] book will be seen as a significant contribution and will help shape the field of studies on sport and sexuality."
"Finally, a book that gets beyond a simple condemnation of media culture and the way it functions in sport to a more complicated analysis of both positive and negative potentialities. Sportsex explores the sexualization and commodification of both male and female athlete bodies and the consequences for a real destabilization of gender polarities. A fascinating and highly readable contribution to sport and media studies."
"A hugely enjoyable, smart and sexy examination of the role sports and athletes play in the contemporary lesbian and gay sexual imagination."