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Michael A. Messner

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Chapter 12: Like Family: Power, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Male Athletes' Friendships1

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Like Family: Power, Intimacy, and Sexuality in Male Athletes' Friendships1
Like family: Power, intimacy, and sexuality in male athletes' friendships
MichaelA.Messner

The locker room had become a kind of home to me … I often enter tense and uneasy, disturbed by some event of the day. Slowly my worries fade as I see their unimportance to my male peers. I relax, my concerns lost among relationships that are warm and real, but never intimate, lost among the constants of an athlete's life. Athletes may be crude and immature, but they are genuine when it comes to loyalty. The lines of communication are clear and simple … We are at ease in the setting of satin uniforms and shower nozzles.

—Bill Bradley (1977)
Introduction

Throughout most of this century, it was ...

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