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.

Domestic Violence and Televised Athletic Events: “It's a Man Thing”

Domestic Violence and Televised Athletic Events: “It's a Man Thing”

Domestic violence and televised athletic events: “It's a man thing”

Jennifer is a 44-year-old African American woman who has lived with her 36-year-old partner, Charles, for 7 years. Charles played basketball in high school and, later, in a job corps league. Today he is an avid sports fan, watching football and basketball all day on weekends, and betting between $2 and $10 on each game. During games, he drinks beer and liquor and smokes marijuana. Charles first started beating Jennifer after his favorite team, the Buffalo Bills, lost their first Super Bowl championship. As she recalled:

It was horrible, crazy. He punched me in the mouth, split my lip. I had bruises on my body ...

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