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SOCC38H3 Lecture Notes - Level Crossing, Typical Male, Masculinity

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Ann Mullen

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Football Video discussion:
Resources of school are invested in this
They may have fundraisers
School is contributing to some finances when it was built facilities, swimming pool,
track, ring, football field
School is supporting this sport in some ways
Qualities of masculinities: being aggressive, competitive, emphasis on winning (you
have to win to be successful), tough, leadership, confidence, teamwork and
Even if they’re injured, they need to suck it up by getting an injection and get on the
field need to be tough and not showing fear
Willing to do some risky health-wise by injecting steroids in the knee
More likely to do well when they are popular athletic ability leads to success
Leadership quarterback are the ones who make the decisions
Football is a very hierarchical sport among the other team members, there some
that are more valuable than others
Maintaining bulk of body is important to block other players from getting the ball
Qualities of femininity: getting attention from the status of their boyfriends, being
sexy cheerleaders by wearing short skirts, being supportive in subordinate roles
Relationships between boys and fathers taken for granted, fathers take a lot of
pride in their star athlete sons (think their son is better than the other one), the sons
reflect the fathers (if the son does well, then the father has high masculine status)
Athletics have to come first before academics
No Sissy Boys Here article:
What are the representations of boys and girls (masculinities and femininities) in
Gender is constructed through schools
Authors call these textbooks agents of transmission whats expected and whats
Its not normal or appropriate for boys to have Barbie dolls
Textbooks are transmitting whats normal and whats appropriate
Q: Are males portrayed in a manner where they cross traditional and typical male
Do they have just male characteristics or do they share both male and female
There can be men that are far more on the masculine side, in the middle with mix of
traits, and some on feminine side
Methods: content analysis first coder codes everything, then second coder checks it
Males in these fiction stories show signs of aggressiveness, argumentativeness, and
competitiveness, while females are expressed as emotional, passive, affectionate
Men are portrayed 5 times more aggressive than women
21% of men are argumentative, only 6% of female characters are competitive
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