May 13, 2012

Cool attraction: Maine author explores figure skating

By Meredith Goad
Staff Writer

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Erica Rand, a Bates college professor, learned figure skating in her 40s, and although she loves the sport, she is critical of some aspects of it.

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So I think males are asked to avoid certain kinds of behaviors or movements that would look feminine. I think it's partly anti-gay prejudice, but I think it's also anti-feminine. 

Q: That's tough because you have to be graceful in skating, and a lot of things that could be interpreted as feminine might just be adding grace to your movement.

A: Exactly. And the whole idea that grace should be feminine, that's a problem. It's a problem with the sport being considered a sport. Should it really be the case that if you are graceful you are not being athletic? That's ridiculous. 

Q: How often do you skate now? 

A: I usually skate about five times a week, if I can. 

Q: So all the looking at everything going on behind the scenes didn't affect your love of it?

A: I still love it. I have criticism of it, but I love it. It's funny, because one thing I talk about periodically in the book is these times where I think, "Well, I won't skate." Like, I'm going to a conference, I won't bring my skates. We had our big ice show the last weekend of April, and the next day I really should have taken off, because I had been skating twice a day for a week preparing for it, but I was just ready to get back on the ice. After I do something like a competition or a show that's scary and sometimes involves pressure and nerves and all this stuff, after that's over then I just feel like now I'm ready to learn new things and the joy of skating is even more immense.

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