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Michael A. Messner

In: Handbook of Studies on Men & Masculinities

Chapter 18: Still a Man's World?: Studying Masculinities and Sport

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Still a Man's World?: Studying Masculinities and Sport
Still a man's world?: Studying masculinities and sport
Michael A.Messner

Recently, two sports events stirred enough controversy to spill the stories off the sports pages and into wider public discussion and debate. First, in 2002–2003, the U.S. Secretary of Education formed a commission to evaluate Title IX, the popular 30-year-old law that is credited by women's sports activists as a primary force behind the dramatic growth of girls' and women's sports. By almost any measure, men's sports still receive far more money, scholarships, attention, and adulation than do women's sports, yet critics blame Title IX for a kind of “reverse discrimination” that they claim has threatened or eliminated athletic opportunities for boys and men. Around the time of the ...

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