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Book Title: Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice|
The author of the book: Erica Rand
Date of issue: April 13th 2012
ISBN 13: 9780822352082
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.57 MB
Edition: Duke University Press Books
Read full description of the books Red Nails, Black Skates: Gender, Cash, and Pleasure on and off the Ice:In her forties, Erica Rand bought a pair of figure skates to vary her workout routine. Within a few years, the college professor was immersed in adult figure skating. Here, in short, incisive essays, she describes the pleasures to be found in the rink, as well as the exclusionary practices that make those pleasures less accessible to some than to others. Throughout the book, Rand situates herself as a queer femme, describing her mixed feelings about participating in a sport with heterosexual story lines and rigid standards for gender-appropriate costumes and moves. She chronicles her experiences competing in the Gay Games and at the annual U.S. Adult National Figure Skating Championship, or "Adult Nationals"; Aided by her comparative study of roller derby and women's hockey, including a brief attempt to play hockey herself, she addresses matters such as skate color conventions, judging systems, racial and sexual norms, transgender issues in sports, and the economics of athletic participation and risk taking. Mixing sharp critique with genuine appreciation and delight, Rand suggests ways to make figure skating more inclusive, while portraying the unlikely friendships facilitated by sports and the sheer elation of gliding on ice.
Read information about the authorErica Rand is a writer, critic, activist, and Professor of Art and Visual Culture and of Women and Gender Studies at Bates College in Lewiston, ME. She also serves on the editorial board of the journal Radical Teacher. Her book, The Ellis Island Snow Globe, won the Alan Bray Memorial Book Award from the Modern Language Association's GL/Q Caucus.
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