Beer, Babes, and Balls: Masculinity and Sports Talk Radio by David Nylund, Eric Anderson

By David Nylund, Eric Anderson

Appears to be like at modern activities speak radio and its family members to either conventional and more moderen sorts of masculinity.

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And everyone is a better coach than the coach that is currently doing the job . . although many [hosts and callers] are out of shape and not athletic, they can live through their favorite players and prove their male superiority. These above comments bear an uncanny resemblance to Goldberg’s observations (1998). He writes, “Men’s investment in spectator sports accordingly becomes an investment in their own projected superiority through the superiority of the best athletes (who just happen to be men)” (p.

Bush’s love of sports makes evident that relationship between imperialism, militarism, and sports. Sport has figured both as a metaphor for war and a representation of national identity. Cashmore (2000) discusses how organized sport has been used by various nations as a training aid for the physical demands of war and as a tool of cultural imperialism. Jansen and Sabo (1994) draw upon a number of examples from the Gulf War of 1990 to demonstrate how American football language became interchangeable for military operations.

Throughout my adolescence and adulthood, sports fandom has provided a way in which I have been able to connect with other men across class and racial lines. At various sites— sporting events, sports bars, parties, and work—I have engaged in many spirited conversations with men of color about sports. I can recall many conversations with African American men from Detroit in which race may have been rendered temporarily insignificant; it was our identity as Tigers or Pistons fans that took primacy.

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