Journal article

A ?messenger of sex?? Making testosterone matter in motivations for anabolic-androgenic steroid injecting

Renae Fomiatti, JR Latham, Suzanne Fraser, David Moore, Kate Seear, Campbell Aitken

Health Sociology Review | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019


Anabolic-androgenic steroids are synthetic derivatives of testosterone. They are thought to be the most commonly used performance and image-enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in Australia. However, the motivations for men’s use of steroids and other PIEDs are poorly understood. Established ways of understanding these motivations highlight men’s performance and/or image-related concerns, in the context of contemporary masculinities and gender norms. Researchers have paid little attention to how the social and political features of testosterone shape and transform steroid use. Instead, testosterone tends to be taken for granted as a ‘messenger of sex’ that acts on the body in predictable and routinised w..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The research reported in this paper was funded by the Australian Research Council (Discovery Project DP170100302) and conducted at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, La Trobe University and the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University. The National Drug Research Institute is supported by core funding from the Australian Government under the Drug and Alcohol Program and also receives significant funding from Curtin University. Kate Seear is funded by an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship (DE160100134).