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Men Will Be Boys: The Modern Woman Explains Football and Other Amusing Male Rituals
     

Men Will Be Boys: The Modern Woman Explains Football and Other Amusing Male Rituals

by Sally Jenkins
 

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Acclaimed writer Sally Jenkins travels from locker rooms to team laundry rooms and kicks open the door to reveal what men may have feared for some time—women are pigs, too. Women love the mess, the game plan, and the pileup in the end zone as much as the next guy; they just wonder if a winning season means that the head coach isn't able to spend enough time with

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Acclaimed writer Sally Jenkins travels from locker rooms to team laundry rooms and kicks open the door to reveal what men may have feared for some time—women are pigs, too. Women love the mess, the game plan, and the pileup in the end zone as much as the next guy; they just wonder if a winning season means that the head coach isn't able to spend enough time with his kids.

Every Sunday and Monday from September to January, 40 million women tune in to watch NFL football. Sally Jenkins knows that the average woman knows as much about football as the men in her life. With such helpful devices as "A Babe's Glossary of Football terms" and "Stupid Female Questions that Make Perfect Sense," Men Will Be Boys reveals that for every fumble that has the modern woman screaming at the television set, she's also pondering...

How come the big guy in the front line makes so much less than the smaller guy behind him who is always so clean?

Why do coaches wear those beltless pants?

In Men Will Be Boys Jenkins punctures the macho crap that surrounds the game and makes it more fun for the woman fan. And men, too, if they'd only admit they don't know everything.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Dedicated to both her father, who "Frankensteined" her, and her long-suffering mother, this is a sometimes hilarious, sometimes soapboxy handbook on women and football, women and other sports, and women and men by a former staff writer for Sports Illustrated. After uproarious chapters on women as gridiron experts who have a different take on the game, the book climaxes in a chapter sure to appear in humor anthologies, a transcript of the first all-female broadcast of a Monday Night Football game in 2006, followed by a transcript of the first nationally televised NFL Women's League football game in 2022. There is an ironic chapter on the comforting clarity in the narrative of a football game: the game has a beginning, a middle and an end, plus a final score. But when Jenkins discusses female sportswriters and especially female sportscasters, she seems to forget that she is writing a book of humor and becomes preachy (on women in lockerrooms: "women do not eroticize the workplace. But try explaining that to the sports-minded man"). (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385482189
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.23(w) x 7.32(h) x 0.87(d)

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