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Blue lines and gender lines: The contested terrain of trans bodies in women’s hockey

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Transgendered athletes have competed at all levels in sport, though most remain hidden and silenced. In the spring of 2003 USA (ice) Hockey banned one transsexual Male-to-Female (MTF) athlete from participating in the Women’s National Hockey Tournament with her teammates. By deeming her ineligible, USA Hockey demonstrated the closed corridor of publicly controlled gender in women’s sport. This article offers an ethnographic semi-biographical voice to an athlete seeking space and gendered identity through her sports participation. In looking for ways to re-construct gender we engage with a post-structuralist and psychoanalytic framework through the works of Foucault, Freud, Lacan, Butler, and Grosz. In the reading of gender a feminist lens is employed to further view the subjectivity of women. In applying these theories to the experiences of a trans-body we confront ideas of body policing, identity marking and identity self-maintenance through the voice of one transgendered athlete.

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angela (91), femal (70), bodi (67), hockey (53), sport (52), gender (48), experi (43), athlet (40), ident (40), play (40), male (39), self (35), sex (35), women (31), process (30), like (28), 1994 (25), 1990 (24), individu (23), team (23), feel (22),

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Transgender, Sport, Ice Hockey, Hockey, Sexuality, Transsexuality, Gender
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Cohen, Jodi. "Blue lines and gender lines: The contested terrain of trans bodies in women’s hockey" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City, Aug 11, 2007 <Not Available>. 2013-12-15 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184726_index.html>

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Cohen, J. H. , 2007-08-11 "Blue lines and gender lines: The contested terrain of trans bodies in women’s hockey" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, TBA, New York, New York City Online <PDF>. 2013-12-15 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p184726_index.html

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Abstract: Transgendered athletes have competed at all levels in sport, though most remain hidden and silenced. In the spring of 2003 USA (ice) Hockey banned one transsexual Male-to-Female (MTF) athlete from participating in the Women’s National Hockey Tournament with her teammates. By deeming her ineligible, USA Hockey demonstrated the closed corridor of publicly controlled gender in women’s sport. This article offers an ethnographic semi-biographical voice to an athlete seeking space and gendered identity through her sports participation. In looking for ways to re-construct gender we engage with a post-structuralist and psychoanalytic framework through the works of Foucault, Freud, Lacan, Butler, and Grosz. In the reading of gender a feminist lens is employed to further view the subjectivity of women. In applying these theories to the experiences of a trans-body we confront ideas of body policing, identity marking and identity self-maintenance through the voice of one transgendered athlete.

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