Queen of fights

Lesbians in Tunisian sports

Nassim Hamdi, Monia Lachheb, Eric Anderson

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Abstract

Sport within the Muslim context, including in the location of this study, Tunisia, remains an institution designed for the promotion of a heterosexual form of masculinity and the degradation of both femininity and women's athleticism. Unlike recent advancements in the West, homosexuality remains viewed almost entirely negatively by the political, religious, and social debates in Muslim cultures. This overt hostility has almost entirely erased any visible gay culture within Muslim sports. It is within this context that this study finds importance. It represents the first-ever examination into the lives of lesbian Muslim athletes,
in either a Muslim majority or non-majority state. Conducted on three lesbian athletes living in the Islamic country of Tunisia, we show that each is out of the closet to varying degrees but that homophobia within their sports—even on majority lesbian teams—remains rife …
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1127-1145
JournalJournal of homosexuality
Volume63
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Dec 2015

Keywords

  • Arab-Muslim culture
  • Heteronormativity
  • Homophobia
  • Lesbians
  • Sport

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Hamdi, N., Lachheb, M., & Anderson, E. (2015). Queen of fights: Lesbians in Tunisian sports. Journal of homosexuality, 63(8), 1127-1145. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2015.1117902
Hamdi, Nassim ; Lachheb, Monia ; Anderson, Eric. / Queen of fights : Lesbians in Tunisian sports. In: Journal of homosexuality. 2015 ; Vol. 63, No. 8. pp. 1127-1145.
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Hamdi, N, Lachheb, M & Anderson, E 2015, 'Queen of fights: Lesbians in Tunisian sports', Journal of homosexuality, vol. 63, no. 8, pp. 1127-1145. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2015.1117902

Queen of fights : Lesbians in Tunisian sports. / Hamdi, Nassim; Lachheb, Monia; Anderson, Eric.

In: Journal of homosexuality, Vol. 63, No. 8, 11.12.2015, p. 1127-1145.

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Hamdi N, Lachheb M, Anderson E. Queen of fights: Lesbians in Tunisian sports. Journal of homosexuality. 2015 Dec 11;63(8):1127-1145. https://doi.org/10.1080/00918369.2015.1117902