The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports

The Stronger Women Get the More Men Love Football Sexism and the American Culture of Sports Women s freedom and their freedom of movement have always advanced in tandem early in this century a suffragette s most potent symbol was her bicycle Sports are central to American culture and the so

  • Title: The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports
  • Author: Mariah Burton Nelson
  • ISBN: 9780151813933
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Women s freedom and their freedom of movement have always advanced in tandem early in this century, a suffragette s most potent symbol was her bicycle Sports are central to American culture and the socialization of children, yet the manly sports world rarely offers women a level playing field Despite laws to the contrary, all male teams routinely garner a vastly disprWomen s freedom and their freedom of movement have always advanced in tandem early in this century, a suffragette s most potent symbol was her bicycle Sports are central to American culture and the socialization of children, yet the manly sports world rarely offers women a level playing field Despite laws to the contrary, all male teams routinely garner a vastly disproportionate share of college athletic budgets despite two decades of sensitivity, men s sports are still a fertile breeding ground for Neanderthal attitudes about women and despite increased awareness of sexual harassment, affairs between male coaches and underage female players are commonplace and gang rape of college women by male athletes has almost become a cliche As women have become increasingly involved in sports, those manly American sports football, basketball, hockey have seen an enormous explosion in popularity, at least partly because they are seen as an inviolably male domain Many women are finding that participation in sports can make them healthier, happier, confident in their own abilities, at home in their own skins, better able to compete with men in the workplace Is this what men are fleeing when they watch football Astute, provocative, and full of original research, Mariah Burton Nelson s book paves the way for a new awareness of the American culture of sports and its pervasive effects on both women and men.

    One thought on “The Stronger Women Get, the More Men Love Football: Sexism and the American Culture of Sports”

    1. An interesting book, though very much of its time. Some of the premises that Nelson takes on are hard to prove, such as what's really going through the mind of a man as he watches football. But her chapters on sexual harassment, underfunding for women athletes, lack of coverage for the same, are built in fact. The book feels very much a product of the second wave, which is neither good or bad, just a feeling I had. What is bad is the brief but very noticeable transphobia Nelson displays when dis [...]

    2. Argument Synopsis: Nelson argued that men are threatened by the gains of women up to the 1990s and doubled down on sports, particularly masculine violent ones. While women dominate the running boom, none speak of women doing it for pride, pleasure, power, and passion, only about looks. Nelson argued that women feel alientated from male talk of sports, and that football is the ultimate symbol of male power, with violence and muscle advantage. Furthermore, the violence in masculine sports encourag [...]

    3. It's a common misconception that feminists and "man-haters" are one and the same, and books like this I believe reinforce the delusion. I felt like the author twisted and spin-doctored a lot of the issues to suit her agenda. Read with several grains of salt, if you choose to read it at all.

    4. A feminist critique of football. There was a lot that I didn't agree with, but if you believe that football is somehow anti-woman, than this is the book for you.

    5. The feminism was a bit too shrill, but there were some good points and arguments made. A worthwhile read, but not great.

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