Calling for fluid identities on the one hand and seeming to criticize Lysacek for not “coming out” on the other?
masculinized athleticism (Pleshenko’s quad jumps) — seemed to me suspiciously timely, convenient.
So while on the one hand, I believe Lysacek can identify however he fucking wants, his strategic dishonesty, if that’s in fact what’s happening here, disturbs me.
I think it’s very encouraging to have other people who have been in similar situations telling you that they’re behind you.” “I think it gives Evan some momentum to have such a good group of supporters,” she said.
“It gives him the momentum that he needs to keep going even when he might be nervous or might have a doubt. If I can send a tweet and it lights a fire, and it helps push him forward, pushes him past Plushenko, I think that’s amazing.
I’m concerned Lysacek — who as I understand it, has previously been assigned (and I believe actively embraced) a role as the great butch savior of the fagified sport of men’s figure skating — is complicit in, and perhaps actively supports, the homophobia, femiphobia, misogyny and gender policing currently on the rise in his sport. I’d argue it actually highlights some of my concerns with “gay identity” and its limitations.
Here’s master asshat Elvis Stojko talking abt his problem with feminine skaters: People in the gay community have to realize they’ve got to take themselves out of it. I’ve been getting heat for this, but there are people behind me saying that they appreciate it. Criticisms of effeminate skaters aren’t so much about sexual identity as they are gender expression.It’s about what people can identify with when they’re watching the sport. Effeminate men can identify with effeminate skating. When I watch it, I can’t identify because I don’t move like that. And male effeminacy is often just as frequently derided and condemned in many gay subcultures as it is in the mainstream.America’s newest sweetheart, Nastia Liukin, is featured on the latest special-edition Wheaties box.If you missed it, check out the huge casting announcement about season 2 on JJJ now! Here’s the source of my initial concern: Coming as it did immediately after his gold medal win, and in the midst of his very public disagreement w/ silver medalist Evgeny Pleshenko — a disagreement that’s heavily gendered as feminized artistry (Evan’s focus on expression of details) vs.“As an athlete, I think the more support that you get, the better you feel about yourself,” said Moceanu, who has long retired but still participates in gymnastics clinics.