Outdoor Rink Project

Hockey Everywhere

Montreal, QC: Romance on the Rink

As we were walking to the hockey rink in LaFontaine Park today, we decided to investigate a claim made by Adam Gopnik in this year’s winter-themed Massey Lecture.

Gopnik tries to establish a connection between skating and covert sexuality, writing that “to glide is to escape the normal bonds of the body, but it also makes us body-conscious. Skating, like ballet, is a virtuous stylization of sexual poses that subliminally restates them. Skating rinks [are] places where, with impeccable motives, you can go and engage in wild flirtation and open body display.”

We’re not so sure about this. Listen to our not-very-rigorous analysis here.

Pigeons sense romantic tension between skaters in LaFontaine Park.


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