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What Would Happen if a 'Woman' Outpaced the Winner of the Gold Medal in the 'Men's' One Hundred Meters? Female Sport, Drugs and the Transgressive Cyborg Body

Burke, Michael (2004) What Would Happen if a 'Woman' Outpaced the Winner of the Gold Medal in the 'Men's' One Hundred Meters? Female Sport, Drugs and the Transgressive Cyborg Body. Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 11 (1). pp. 35-44. ISSN 1077-1999

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Abstract

The separation of men's and women's competitions in the sporting world has been suggested as a necessary protection for female athletes against the superior athletic performances of male athletes. The comparison of the most elite performers in these two categories maintains the historical pattern of viewing male sport and the male athlete as the standard, and female sport and the female athlete as the inferior 'other'. This paper argues for a transformative utilization of the separation of men's and women's sports by female athletes and sporting organizations. Female sporting organizations may creatively change the rules and practices of the male standard, so as to challenge the historical patterning of sport. This paper will use the image of the cyborg, and the motivation behind cyborg politics, to call for creativity in dealing with the ban on drugs in sport.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID7013, female, male, athlete, femininity
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2299 Other Philosophy and Religious Studies
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2011 03:49
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2011 03:49
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/2538
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