Interracial Attraction: Male Bodies on Television and in the Soccer Field

  • Luis Navarro-AyalaEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization and Embodiment book series (PSGE)


Navarro-Ayala shows how Moroccan writer Rachid O.’s narratives Chocolat chaud (1998) and L’enfant ébloui (1995) present a teenager who turns to television in the process of subjectivity formation as an effect of transculturalism. French television becomes a source of homoerotic fantasy, which awakens desire in the local Moroccan youngster to search for a partner with ethnic and racial differences. Navarro-Ayala focuses on the internalization that turns a collective scene into an intimate space to explain how the teenager develops a sensual perception and affective register. Rachid’s fascination for the blond-haired, blue-eyed French boy he meets through transcultural information technology materializes into a real encounter in the soccer field. Here, the sense of touch solicits an interconnectedness of private desires and public behavior.


Rachid O. Chocolat chaud L’enfant ébloui Morocco Space Intimate contact Intimacy Homosexuality Affect Transcultural media and technology Television Sports Soccer Soccer field Appropriation of queer space Gay athletes Effeminate male body Blond-haired Blue-eyed French boy Space Homosexual agency Subject formation Interracial attraction Sexual act Male–male sex Penetration Hegemonic space Power relations Shame in sports Subversion 


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  1. 1.St. Norbert CollegeDe PereUSA

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