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Unformatted text preview: view of sports as a masculine entity, we associate sports chiefly with masculinity. Even if professional sports players play with the idea of gender roles, their behaviors on the court and the strength and commitment they posses for the sport outweigh any off the court behaviors that may associate themselves with other beliefs. Sociologists have identified these behaviors has “tensions within the masculine culture of athletics” (236). While such actions do go against the typical image of a male athlete, the overall effect of any actions, I believe, is very minimal. I do not think these actions by Beckham and Rodman are judged as scrupulously as the judgments made of female softball players. Since females to begin with are not highly regarded in the world of sports, any stereotypes of female athletes are often magnetized. The stereotype of the “butch” softball player is taken much further than any such offenses made of male athletes....
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2009 for the course DSOC 1101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.
- Spring '07