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Masculinity, Cultural Constructions, and Sports

Introduction to Critical Masculinity Theory

"When they treat you bad, you just got to take care of your pride, no matter what."
-- Satchel Paige

"Boxing is for men, and is about men, and is men. 

A celebration of the lost religion of masculinity all the more trenchant for being lost."

     --- Joyce Carol Oates, On Boxing


How is sports a mirror of society?
How can sports be a mechanism to improve society?

Accessing Prior Knowledge: Films with Sports Themes around Masculinity

Any Given Sunday



The Blind Side
The Wrestler
Raging Bull

Sport Films and Gender analysis article



Introduction to Advocacy and Activism

Tough Guise introduction, by Jackson Katz
Wizard of Oz: The Man Behind the Curtain












 




Jackson Katz ...is one of America's leading anti-sexist male activists. An educator, author and filmmaker, he is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in the field of gender violence prevention education with men and boys, particularly in the sports culture and the military. He has lectured on hundreds of college and high school campuses and has conducted hundreds of professional trainings, seminars, and workshops in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. 




Storify: "Upstanders, Arise!" An Inquiry into Taking Action against Bullying



Definition:  What is a 'real man?' 
What happens to boys/ men who are boxed out by these definitions?








Synthesis through Disney Film Analysis


Group Research Project
“The Television Manhood Formula," by Michel A. Messner, Michele Dunbar, and Darnell Hunt [handout]

10 Dominant Themes in Televised Sports
according to Messner, et al

1) White males are the voice of authority.
2) Sport is a man's world.
3) Men are foregrounded in commercials.
4) Women are sexy props for men's successful sports performance.
5) Whites are foregrounded in commercials.
6) Aggressive players get the prize; nice guys finish last.
7) Boys will be (violent) boys.
8) Give up your body for the team.
9) Sports is war.
10) Show some guts!

A Replication Study--- 

Representations of Gender in Media Sports Texts: 

Your group will survey of television and other screen sports media texts.  Together, you will devise a study that is comparable to the data sample that Messner, et al conducted (2 hours of Sports Center on ESPN, 90 minutes of Extreme sports on Fox and ESPN, 2 hours of professional boxing [or other sport that falls outside the top four of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey], 2 playoff games of basketball, 2 broadcasts of football, 1 broadcast of baseball). Messner’s researchers totaled 23 hours of sports programming, “nearly one quarter of which was time taken up by commercials” (76).

Each student in your group will choose one television sport text to view.  After viewing your text, compare your findings against the “Televised Manhood Formula” that the Messner research group found. Because your presentation must be multimodal (at least three of the following four modalities: visual, audio, digital, print), you must create some type of electronic presentation [suggestions = compose directly on your Google website; Windows Movie; Pinterest; Prezi, etc.] that you will project and narrate from the Web. You will receive an individual grade. 


Media Sports Texts: A Brainstorming

Boston Herald: newspaper
Boston Globe: newspaper
98.5/ The Sports Hub: talk radio and website
WEEI: talk radio and website
New England Sport Network: cable channel and websiteSports Illustrated: magazine
professional sports broadcasts: radio and television
Sports Center on ESPN
Extreme sports on Fox and ESPN































































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