chapter  9
Oedipus Reps Woman as Sequel
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SOME BODIES appear to test and strain beyond recognition boundaries between masculinity and femininity. These are the muscled, "excessive" bodies on view in professional bodybuilding-a job category that nominates the embodied fictions I mean to flesh out below. I am particularly interested to consider the ways in which hypermuscularity blurs the lines between "man" and "woman," original and sequel. In specifying the relations between musclemen and musclewomen, as they operate in and upon a film and its sequel (Pumping Iron and Pumping Iron II: The Women), I hope also to indicate that there is, finally, no place to draw the line between "sex" and gender, identification and desire. It is, of course, precisely this no man's land against which heterosexuality compulsively defends itself.