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Structured Inequality Sport and Gender Part 2
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Sport and Male Identity Most research does NOT support the notion that sport success leads to work success or happiness in life. Given the definition of success in our society, the system is set up for the majority of participants to fail. Participants are likely to blame themselves for the failure.
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Sport and Male Identity Harry Edwards states the problem can be worse for black males because they have no safety net when they fail in sports. Boys and girls come to sports with an identity that has already been gendered and frames their view of sports. Men worried that our society was becoming more feminine with changes that were occurring.
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Male Concerns Boy Scouts of America was created so boys could be taught “true manliness” by men. Organized sports came about because of the same concerns. Sports is one of the last bastions of traditional male ideas of success and male superiority over feminization.
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Boyhood
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