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Men’s figure skating: a tangled mess of identities

February 7, 2014 — 

BuzzFeed recently ran an article on men’s figure skating, it was titled Why Is The World’s Gayest Sport Stuck In The Closet? With this, and the Sochi 2014 Olympics in mind, UM Today thought it would also contribute to the dialogue.

In 2011, The University of Manitoba’s Institute for the Humanities hosted a lecture by visiting professor Mary Louise Adams (Queen’s University). The lecture was titled, “From Gentlemen’s Art to Sport for ‘Sissies’ and Girls: What the History of Figure Skating Can Tell Us About Gender.”

You can listen to an abridged version of that lecture here.

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