Sex, violence & power in sports : rethinking masculinity / Michael A. Messner & Donald F. Sabo.

by Messner, Michael ALooking glass; Sabo, Donald FLooking glass.

Publisher: Freedom, CA : Crossing Press, [1994]Description: 220 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 0895946882; 0895946890; 9780895946881; 9780895946898.Other title: Sex, violence, and power in sports.Subject(s): Gay athletesLooking glass | Masculinity in sportsLooking glass | Power (Social sciences)Looking glass | Sports -- Psychological aspectsLooking glass | Sports -- Sociological aspectsLooking glass | Violence in sportsLooking glass
Contents:
Our stories. The best years of my life ; Indignities: a short story ; Ah, ya throw like a girl! -- Sexuality and power. the myth of the sexual athlete ; Women in the men's locker room? ; Sin and redemption: the Sugar Ray Leonard wife-abuse story ; Riding with the spur posse -- Violence, pain and injury. Why Rocky III? ; Pigskin, patriarch, and pain ; When bodies are weapons -- Gay athletes and homophobia. The politics of homophobia in sport ; Gay athletes and the Gay Games: an interview with Tom Waddell ; AIDS, homophobia, and sports -- Marginal men. Sports and the politics of inequality ; White men misbehaving: feminism, Afrocentrism, and the promise of a critical standpoint ; Seen but not heard: Black men in sports media ; Doing time doing masculinity: sports and prison -- Changing sports, changing men. Getting beyond exercise as work ; Jocks in the men's movement? ; Feminist analysis of men in sports ; Boys and girls together: the promise and limits of equal opportunity in sports ; Different stakes: men's pursuit of gender equity in sports ; Changing men through changing sports: an eleven-point strategy -- Selected readings on men, gender, and sports -- Resources and organizations.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 219). Summary: Examines the effect of sports in shaping men's attitudes toward women and violence.
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Includes bibliographical references (page 219).

Our stories. The best years of my life ; Indignities: a short story ; Ah, ya throw like a girl! -- Sexuality and power. the myth of the sexual athlete ; Women in the men's locker room? ; Sin and redemption: the Sugar Ray Leonard wife-abuse story ; Riding with the spur posse -- Violence, pain and injury. Why Rocky III? ; Pigskin, patriarch, and pain ; When bodies are weapons -- Gay athletes and homophobia. The politics of homophobia in sport ; Gay athletes and the Gay Games: an interview with Tom Waddell ; AIDS, homophobia, and sports -- Marginal men. Sports and the politics of inequality ; White men misbehaving: feminism, Afrocentrism, and the promise of a critical standpoint ; Seen but not heard: Black men in sports media ; Doing time doing masculinity: sports and prison -- Changing sports, changing men. Getting beyond exercise as work ; Jocks in the men's movement? ; Feminist analysis of men in sports ; Boys and girls together: the promise and limits of equal opportunity in sports ; Different stakes: men's pursuit of gender equity in sports ; Changing men through changing sports: an eleven-point strategy -- Selected readings on men, gender, and sports -- Resources and organizations.

Examines the effect of sports in shaping men's attitudes toward women and violence.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Following the heels of accusations against O.J. Simpson and the murder of Columbian soccer player Andres Escobar, and with a made-for-talk-shows title, could this book possibly be legitimate? You bet: men's studies scholars Messner (Power at Play) and Sabo (Jock), who have taught and written about the subject for more than a decade, have never been more serious than in this collection of essays and articles that address the relationship between sports and violence. Examining the male identity and the ways racism, sexism, homophobia and self-abuse manifest themselves on the field, in the locker room and through the media, Messner and Sabo offer chilling statistics and anecdotes to demonstrate the impact of popular practice and attitudes on individuals and society. If the collection is marred by some jargon-filled academic pieces and the authors' self-congratulatory feminism, it is still powerful. It is never more powerful than when the authors, both self-described jocks, look back at the brutalizing competition; the ostracization that is ``team spirit'' in its most virulent form; and the desperate contests in which points are kept on the scoreboard of women's bodies. Photos. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

CHOICE Review

As their title suggests, Messner and Sabo examine the relationship between men and sports. They contend that sports reinforces male chauvinism, which may lead to violence and an unrealistic opinion of women. Thus, many gender issues are covered that were first studied by Women's Studies scholars. Furthermore, additional material was used from the National Organization for Men Against Sexism (NOMAS) and Changing Men magazine (formerly M). There are 24 papers, 15 of which were previously published in M Magazine. Some of the topics are sexuality and power, the alliance between newspapers and sport, wife abuse as portrayed in the Sugar Ray Leonard drug arrest, gay athletes and homophobia, men in prison, and black men in sports media. The book concludes with 11 suggestions for changing men through sports in order to achieve greater gender equity. All levels. J. Davenport; Auburn University

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