Coercive Entitlement: EBURSTYN READING (Review)

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Department
Kinesiology & Health Science
Course
KINE 1000
Professor
Hernan Humana
Semester
Winter

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Winter term tutorial discussion slides Burstyn reading Burstyn reading Question • Phrases such as “might equals right,” “survival of the fittest,” “rugged individualism,” and “winner takes all” express what ideology? Burstyn reading Answer: The ideology of „coercive entitlement‟ Burstyn reading Question • What has the ideology of coercive entitlement got to do with men‟s sports and men‟s culture? Burstyn reading Answer: Boys and young men are initiated into manhood through this ideology Burstyn reading Question • What is the ideology of coercive entitlement? Burstyn reading Answer: Being violent and aggressive is how to gain rewards and respect, and every disagreement, problem or confrontation is a test of manhood Burstyn reading Question • Why does it matter that males are initiated into manhood through the ideology of coercive entitlement? Burstyn reading Answer: • It is not an accident that “more and varied men [have] been exposed as batterers than in the relatively small, if highly visible world of sports.” Answer: • Sports construct the ideology of coercive entitlement, and sports have a huge following, particularly among young men. Burstyn reading Question • What has coercive entitlement got to do with issues such as sexism and homophobia? Burstyn reading Answer • It promotes sexist and homophobic attitudes But how? Burstyn reading Answer: In the ideology of coercive entitlement, “To be a man is not to be a woman” (Course Reader). “...women [and those perceived to be homosexual] become the receptacles for men‟s distorted and self-hating behaviours, particularly their disavowal of the „feminine‟ within themselves” (Course Reader) Burstyn reading Qu
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