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Out of Play: Critical Essays on Gender and Sport

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From beer ads in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to four-year-old boys and girls playing soccer; from male athletes' sexual violence against women to homophobia and racism in sport, Out of Play analyzes connections between gender and sport from the 1980s to the present. The book illuminates a wide range of contemporary issues in popular culture, children's sports, and women's and men's college and professional sports. Each chapter is preceded by a short introduction that lays out the context in which the ...
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From beer ads in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue to four-year-old boys and girls playing soccer; from male athletes' sexual violence against women to homophobia and racism in sport, Out of Play analyzes connections between gender and sport from the 1980s to the present. The book illuminates a wide range of contemporary issues in popular culture, children's sports, and women's and men's college and professional sports. Each chapter is preceded by a short introduction that lays out the context in which the piece was written. Drawing on his own memories as a former athlete, informal observations of his children's sports activities, and more formal research such as life-history interviews with athletes and content analyses of sports media, Michael A. Messner presents a multifaceted picture of gender constructed through an array of personalities, institutions, cultural symbols, and everyday interactions.

About the Author:
Michael A. Messner is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Raewyn Connell     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction: Gender and Sports     1
Sport as a Gender Construction Site
Barbie Girls versus Sea Monsters: Children Constructing Gender     11
Sports and Male Domination: The Female Athlete as Contested Ideological Terrain     31
Masculinities: Class, Race, Sexualities
Masculinities and Athletic Careers     47
White Men Misbehaving: Feminism, Afrocentrism, and the Promise of a Critical Standpoint     61
Studying Up on Sex     71
Bodies and Violence
When Bodies Are Weapons: Masculinity and Violence in Sport     91
Scoring without Consent: Confronting Male Athletes' Sexual Violence against Women   Mark Stevens     107
Gendered Imagery
Outside the Frame: Newspaper Coverage of the Sugar Ray Leonard Wife Abuse Story   William S. Solomon     123
The Televised Sports Manhood Formula   Michele Dunbar   Darnell Hunt     139
This Revolution Is Not Being Televised   Margaret Carlisle Duncan   Nicole Willms     155
The Male Consumer as Loser: Beer and Liquor Ads in Mega Sports Media Events   Jeffrey Montez de Oca     167
Bibliography     197
Index     221
List of titles inthe SUNY series on Sport, Culture, and Social Relations     226
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