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"Jumping like a girl": Discursive silences, exclusionary practices, and the controversy over women's ski jumping

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dc.contributor.author Laurendeau, Jason
dc.contributor.author Adams, Carly
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-02T18:08:57Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-02T18:08:57Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Laurendeau, J. and C. Adams. (2010). “‘Jumping like a girl’: Discursive silences, exclusionary practices and the controversy over women’s ski jumping.” Sport in Society, 13,3, 431-447. (Taylor & Francis) en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/3139
dc.description.abstract This paper considers the recent International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to deny women the opportunity to compete in ski jumping at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Drawing on a feminist Foucauldian framework, we suggest that the Olympics is a discourse that constructs excellence and fairness as “within the true,” with the IOC protesting that this recent decision is not about gender, but about the upholding of Olympic ideals. We interrogate three conspicuous absences in this discourse, each of which trouble the IOC’s claim that this decision is not evidence of gender discrimination. In particular, we contextualize this decision within the risk discourses upon which the IOC has historically drawn on denying women’s participation in particular Olympic events, arguing that the discursive silence around the issue of risk points to “old wine in new bottles” as the IOC dresses up the same paternalistic practices in new garb. We conclude with a consideration of these discursive structures as more than simply oppressive of women. Instead, they may also be understood as indicative of the ‘problem’ posed by women, especially those who threaten the gender binary that pervades many sporting structures. Finally, these structures signal opportunities for resistance and subversion as women act to shed light on the discursive silences upon which structures of domination rest. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship A portion of this paper was presented at the the 9th International Symposium for Olympic Research, Beijing, China, in August, 2008. Thanks to those attending this session for their helpful observations and suggestions. Our thanks as well to Mary Louise Adams, Dayna Daniels, Michelle Helstein, Claudia Malacrida, and the Sport in Society reviewers for their insightful comments throughout the development of this paper. We would also like to acknowledge the Revelstoke Museum and Archives for their assistance with this project. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_US
dc.subject Ski jumping en_US
dc.subject Women's ski jumping en_US
dc.subject International Olympic Committee en_US
dc.title "Jumping like a girl": Discursive silences, exclusionary practices, and the controversy over women's ski jumping en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Sociology Department
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US


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