My Gendered Boxing Wraps
Contributed by Alejandra Benítez Silva, 2017
Keywords: Boxing wraps
“An old white man who is in the training suggests I get some hand wraps to avoid injuries. At the end of the session I buy them from the gym’s administrator, who gives me a pair of pink hand wraps. ‘Has he chosen this color because I look like a woman? Is it me stereotyping a color, or is it him stereotyping me? Is it both? Should I give them back? Objects are gendered and gender us,’ I reflect while receiving my new wraps.” (Field diary, first conditioning session, Ithaca Boxing Gym, 19 April 2017).
The ethnographic context of my research project was a boxing academy in Yorkshire, UK. In order to collect primary data and to grasp the gendered culture of the sport, I became a boxing apprentice. Between April 2017 and April 2018, I spent 150 hours in the gym. During this time, every situation or interaction was subject of gendered analysis which was reported in my field diary.