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By Jim McKay, Michael Alan Messner, Donald Sabo

Exploring the extra refined and nuanced standpoint within the period of activities dominance in the US, athletics became either a metaphor and fact of yankee masculinity. Edited through 3 of the prime students on the intersection of masculinity and activities experiences, this quantity deals a desirable articulation at the kingdom of athletics in smooth society. every one a part of this quantity examines an important enviornment and tackles the most deeply rooted concerns in the box of activities. From the mechanisms wherein masculinity is interwoven into activities, to the violence encoded in the box, this publication presents an insiders examine the country of gender relatives being contested and reworked.

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As my title indicates, these stereotypes and their associated roles included those of mother, sister, and lady. " One woman SAT explained, "You become motherly, you start taking care of them. " Another noted, "You get that knock on the door at 5 o'clock in the morning: Ί don't feel good. ' " [laughs]. Moreover, some women indicated that not only did athletes treat them this way, but they also became "protective" of athletes, particularly after spending entire seasons with them. Indeed, one woman went as far as calling her demeanor a "motherly instinct," stating that she had gotten to the point of empathizing with the difficulties of intercollegiate athletic participation: I feel it's kind of a compliment that they feel comfortable enough with me.

Their decisions to avoid Madeline were never questioned or challenged. In contrast, other boys who customarily wrestled were usually willing to wrestle with Madeline. These boys, who tended to have less status and lacked the social sophistication of the higher-status boys, did not seem to view wrestling with Madeline as risky, even though Madeline usually wound up sitting on them. Although these boys were publicly and consistently "beaten" by Madeline, none of the boys was ever teased about it.

And I think sometimes that a man [trainer] might not be quite as sensitive to those type[s] of things, but that's just my personal feeling. I don't know for sure because I have never seen a man handle it before. Indeed, the other question I asked about the motherly role was whether men SATs also adopted it. The response was generally "No," although in some cases these responses were qualified, as seen in one man's comparison of men and women SATs: They [women SATs] get things that we don't Women are more motherly figures You can get closer to them A guy's relationship with a guy is like, you know [long pause] sex, sports, etc.

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