Gay athletes in a homophobic environment
Anderson: Anderson notes that gay male athletes are viewed as a paradox because they comply with the gendered script of being male through physical involvement in sporting activity, but violate another masculine script concerning heterosexual desires. Gay athletes, thus, could be uniquely situated to undermine hegemonic masculinity as a consequence of this paradox. Do you agree with this argument (that gay men who engage in hypermasculine activities like sport can challenge notions of hegemonic masculinity)? Write a response describing your thoughts on ways in which this might or might not prove an effective challenge to the idea that masculinity is an exclusively heterosexual domain.