Publication details for Dr Mark McCormackAnderson, E. & McCormack, M. (2010). Intersectionality, critical race theory and American sporting oppression: Examining black and gay male athletes. Journal of Homosexuality 57(8): 949-967.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0091-8369 (print), 1540-3602 (electronic)
- DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2010.503502
- Keywords: Gay athletes, Race, Intersectionality, Critical race theory, Sport, Oppression.
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This article examines the influence of the racial categories of White and Black and the sexual categories of gay and straight on sporting American men. The effect of the intersection of these cultural categories is discussed by investigating the exclusion of athletes who are both Black and gay, as well as highlighting the culturally perceived differences of (straight) Black and (White) gay men. However, the analysis accounts for more than just difference, examining the commonalities of oppression between these discrete identity groups. We use the research on Black athletes to call for further empirical study on gay athletes. It is argued that critical race theory and intersectionality offer complex and nuanced understandings of these oppressions, which, when theorizing is left solely to the realm of poststructuralism, can otherwise be missed.