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The league of men : masculinity, the media and rugby league football

Yeates, Helen L. (1995) The league of men : masculinity, the media and rugby league football. Media Information Australia, 75, pp. 35-45.

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Abstract

The rhetoric of masculinity is at melting point in Australian culture. In the nineties, Australian television news and sporting programs have constructed a particularly shrill and insistent form of brash, heterosexual sporting masculinity in football reporting. Against this norm of rippling 'muscularity' and aggressive competition, all so-called aberrant forms of humanity such as women, homosexuals, and men who do not fit into Connell's 'hegemonic masculinity' paradigm have been effectively marginalised and silenced. Class and ethnicity discourses are at best muted, and at worst, ignored in much of the writing about sporting masculinity. While acknowledging the significance of class and ethnicity, this paper explores the nexus between gender, sexuality, the media and League football.

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ID Code: 30374
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Rugby League football - Australia, Masculinity in popular culture, Gender and sports - Australia, Feminism and sports, Gender identity and mass media
ISSN: 0321-9616
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1995 RMIT Publishing
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2012 10:35
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2013 16:02

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