Chapter 6 considers the role of pleasure and lifestyle in IPED consumption, drawing on a case study of the book’s oldest subject, Phillip. A sprawling interview conducted with Phillip in a coffee shop in Potsford is utilized to first introduce this notable participant, before unpacking his initially instrumental motivations to use IPEDs. However, although first rooted in sporting aspiration, Phillip’s consumption exemplified the age-defying, lifestyle-enhancing experiences of consuming IPEDs and his use is therefore explored in relation to medicalization, the liberal tenet of a mastery over nature, and testosterone as a gateway to ‘perma-adolescence’. Though a unique case study, this exploration serves to highlight the role of pleasure and lifestyle within the broader IPED-using population.
|Title of host publication||The Muscle Trade|
|Subtitle of host publication||The Use and Supply of Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs|
|Place of Publication||Bristol|
|Publisher||Bristol University Press|
|Number of pages||13|
|ISBN (Electronic)||9781529228038, 9781529228045|
|Publication status||Published - 16 Nov 2023|