Super Hardcore Subversion


  • Rob Pickering Missouri State University


professional wrestling, pop culture, feminism, Canadian pop culture


Geneviéve Goulet is virtually unknown, but her alter ego, LuFisto "the Super Hardcore Anime," is renowned to professional wrestling fans in Canada, Japan, and Mexico as a competitor who will face all challengers, regardless of gender. This resolve, along with her agency over how her image is distributed to the public, creates Goulet as a positive female role-model in the hegemonics of her chosen industry.

I am a fat, twice-divorced male born and living in the American Midwest, so of course I'm a wrestling fan, but in spite of that, there is room in approaching wrestling for intellectual and feminist discourse.

This piece is dedicated to Genny Goulet—LuFisto herself—who taught me how to be a better fan. She took the time out of her own schedule to answer questions, which is always a daunting situation for a celebrity regardless of whether his or her status is “cult†or “mainstream.†On more than one writing project, she has been my muse and my friend. Thank you, Geneviéve.

Author Biography

Rob Pickering, Missouri State University

Robert Pickering is a candidate for an MA in English at Missouri State University, where he currently teaches creative nonfiction as a graduate assistant. He is immersed in popular culture and feminist theory, and has previously presented at both the 2011 Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association SW Texas/National Conference, as well as the 2011 Midwest PCA/ACA Conference.





Issue #7