Sports are known as a form of entertainment used to unite Americans, until the idea of race comes into play; when athletes of certain races are discriminated against. The highest paid players at most positions often consist of athletes of the same race. There is a major gap in sports between the careers of the athletes, as many people are forced into other positions or careers due to their race. Nearly predetermined career paths negatively affect athletes in all sports because a lot of sports are populated by people of specific races, people of certain races dominate many positions, and stereotypes of athletes lead to advantages for people of various races.
Masculinity has been classified differently depending upon the approach of the researcher. Joanna Bourke outlines the five ways masculinity can be conceptualized, including biological, whereby masculinity is a product of the biological makeup of men; socialization, where masculinity is a result of the “proper” socialization of men; psychoanalytical, whereby differing masculinities are formed as a result of varying socio-historical and cultural environments; discourse, where masculinity is an outcome of discourses; and feminism, where patriarchy not only restricts men but also reinforces the oppression of women. There are multiple versions of masculinity within any ‘one’ social context. Robert Morrell explains, “Boys and men choose how to behave and this choice is made from a number of available repertoires. Such choices are never entirely free, because the available repertoires differ from context to context and because the resources from which masculinity is constructed are unevenly distributed.”
Masculinity in Movies Masculinity by definition is the possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men. Masculinity takes form in many different ways and is found in so many aspects of everyday life. We see masculine traits in police work, sports, armed forces, and many more areas. One place where we fail to recognize this trait is in the movie industry. Movies are a form of entertainment for most everyone so this stereotype we see goes unnoticed.
One thing that really stood out to me in the second video was talking about the sport culture playing a huge role in showing what boys what masculinity should look like. The sport culture has become more aggressive, competitive, and mostly violent. I watch a lot of football and there is always some kind of fight going on or some guy taunting or disrespecting another guy. You can see hundreds of examples of seeing two guys trying to compete with each other trying to be the "top dog. " If you really think about look at football, It's a really violent sport.
We live in a society that teaches men that they must be very masculine, successful, powerful, inexpressive, and aggressive. They must live in this box of masculinity and can’t step out of it. If they do fall out of the norm then they are called names like sissy, queer, wuss, and others, as a way to feel degraded for not living up to the male standard. These men are taught from a young age to construct a highly masculine identity. This is especially seen in sports like football, hockey, wrestling, rugby, boxing, and the MMA.
OUTLINE Title: Confronting or Confirming The Traditional Masculinity? (The Portrayal of Fatherhood in Indonesia Men’s Lifestyle Magazine) Research Problem: In Indonesia patriarchal country, being a man means that one has a bigger responsibility in his life.
Discourses have far reaching effect on how we as humans discuss and experience our bodies. The discourse of normalcy has produced a socially constructed body that either fits or deviates from the socially constructed norm. This results in categorization and stigmatization of individuals based on whether they have more “normal” or “abnormal” traits. Normalcy causes people to continually and meticulously analyze their body, producing discomfort and desire to change. The discourse of gender tightly regulates how and when males and females discuss their bodies.
Topic: Hegemonic Masculinity in Khaled Hosseini's novel A Thousand Splendid Suns This study is carried out to find the causes and reasons of ‘hegemonic masculinity’ in Afghan society through Khaled Hosseini’s novel: A Thousand Splendid Suns. This term is not just restricted to masculine superiority but it is about gender relations. When we speak of masculinities it is not equivalent to male gender only, rather it is concerned with the position of men in gender order.
Throughout this sociological investigation, the notion of ’’masculinity’’ will be explored, examined and dissected as well as the concept and the idea of what it means to be a man in the eyes of an individual themselves as well as society as a whole. One may note that this investigation will intertwine and relate to the woks of Lorber (1996), Connell (1995) as well as various other pieces of academic literature and research. It is evident to note that further research has been done in the form of a one-on-one live interaction with a Mr Andrew James. This interview will explore the paradigms of what it means to be a man and what is considered to be masculine from the view point of a heterosexual male and thus illustrating the stereotypical thoughts that are associated with what a man ‘’should be.’’ Before one starts to explore to notion of masculinity and what is meant be the term man, one first needs to differentiate and find a distinction between the notion of sex and gender.
Exploring the use of the word "Fag" as it relates to sexulality and masculinity in adolescent males and or popular culture. The word "Fag" is a derogatory and malicious term that when used in its broadest context is a negative connotation associated with one 's sexuality. When we delve deeper into its meaning and context, the word can lead to a juxtaposition or confusion in how the term is actually being used in a derivative form, not to its implicit meaning as it relates to sexuality and masculinity. The term in itself and its implied usage as it relates to sexuality from someone who may have a homophobia, is a viscous attack on some ones preference to sexuality. The term in itself and its meaning have gone through a metamorphosis of sorts,
All sports fans may think of their favorite athlete as a hero, a god, a role model, or someone they wish to be. As an athlete there is always the fear of failure or missing the one shot that could have achieved their life goal. As athletes they are always expected to live, breathe, eat, and die for their sport, which in the end causes them distress. In the novel Friday Night Lights, the small town of Odessa, Texas they put that same unneeded pressure on their athletes. To them it is more about winning then actually enjoying the sport, putting an immense pressure on their team to succeed.