The woman is perfected: A psychoanalytic reading of systemic abuse in women's artistic gymnastics

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Abstract

This article brings forward a psychoanalytic reading of the recent abuse
scandals in women’s gymnastics. By taking into consideration wider psychoanalytic
literature on sport as well as gymnastics’ historical development, this structural
analysis of systemic abuse focusses on two overarching questions: firstly, what is
the libidinal economy of perfectionism underlying the sport, and secondly, what is
the role of sexual difference and gender ideals within this economy? The paper
argues that women’s gymnastics, as a sport which aims at performing perfected
femininity, is sub
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)(In-Press)
JournalPsychoanalysis Culture and Society
Volume(In-Press)
Early online date26 Jan 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jan 2024

Keywords

  • Applied psychoanalysis
  • Women's gymnastics
  • Perfectionism
  • Gender ideals
  • Abuse

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