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“Happy consensual gangbangs”: Deconstructions of sports cultures and hegemonic masculinity in football RPF

Popova, Milena

Authors

Milena Popova



Contributors

Ashton Spacey
Editor

Abstract

This paper uses a close reading of two stories within the gangbang/team sex subgenre of Football Real Person Fiction to investigate how marginalized sports fans can use fan fiction to negotiate the challenges posed to them by hegemonic masculinity within sports culture. These stories engage with themes of safety and vulnerability, hierarchies of masculinity, and issues of sexual consent through common fan fiction reading and writing practices, which allow readers and writers to make meanings from the similarities and differences between the fictionalized representations they create and their knowledge and experience of marginalization within sports culture. In this way, they are able to issue their own challenge to structures of patriarchy and hegemonic masculinity in their fan object - albeit one which is limited in scope.

Citation

Popova, M. “Happy consensual gangbangs”: Deconstructions of sports cultures and hegemonic masculinity in football RPF. In A. Spacey (Ed.), The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction - Essays on Power, Consent and the Body, . McFarland

Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Book Title The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction - Essays on Power, Consent and the Body
ISBN 9781476671215
Keywords fan fiction, slash, real person fiction, consent, rape, masculinity, gender, team sports, football
Publisher URL https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/the-darker-side-of-slash-fan-fiction/
Additional Information Additional Information : From The Darker Side of Slash Fan Fiction: Essays on Power, Consent and the Body © 2018 Edited by Ashton Spacey by permission of McFarland & Company, Inc., Box 611, Jefferson NC 28640. www.mcfarlandbooks.com.

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