Exploring the more sophisticated and nuanced perspective in the era of sports dominance in America, athletics have become both a metaphor and reality of American masculinity. Edited by three of the leading scholars at the intersection of masculinity and sports studies, this volume offers a fascinating articulation on the state of athletics in modern society. Each part of this volume examines a significant arena and tackles some of the most deeply rooted issues within the field of sports. From the mechanisms by which masculinity is interwoven into sports, to the violence encoded within the field, this book provides an insiders look at the state of gender relations being contested and transformed.

Moms, Sisters, and Ladies: Women Student Trainers in Men's Intercollegiate Sport

Moms, Sisters, and Ladies: Women Student Trainers in Men's Intercollegiate Sport

Moms, sisters, and ladies: Women student trainers in men's intercollegiate sport

Few areas of contemporary society construct dualism of gender and sexuality and maintain heterosexual male dominance more vigorously than sport. Historically, sport has been characterized by bonding activities that are linked to antisocial and misogynistic behavior by male athletes, coaches, and other members of the male sporting fraternity (McKay, 1997; Messner, 1992b; Messner & Sabo, 1994; Schacht, 1996). As was demonstrated vividly in the 1990 sexual harassment of Boston Herald sports-writer Lisa Olsen by several members of the New England Patriots, the locker room has become a flash point for the conflicts that can arise when the misogynist milieus of some sporting subcultures ...

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