Men Behaving Badly, Sports Edition
By Emma X
Men need a stronghold to protect against
the feminization of Western culture. Of
course, I don't object to the pussification
Still, if somebody chooses to call you a half-n*gger on tape, that is either the greatest expression of cross-racial affection, or one of the crassest examples of team building correspondence in sports history. In our current culture it’s hard to tell, and that is the basic problem. We have too many sub-cultures within our melting pot society. Rules of social behavior are badly integrated and too complicated for common understanding.
Miami Dolphins left tackle Jonathan Martin has been soundly criticized for taking offense to what is understood to be traditional NFL hazing because he doesn’t understand the culture. All he endured was designed to make him a better player, to allow him to get tough emotionally while he trains his body to get tough physically. His inability to cope makes him weak. Making his discomfort public brands him a rat. Whatever goes on in that rarefied place of male-on-male dominance is sacred enough to deserve silence. So shaking down fellow players for $15,000 in lunch money in sports culture is not playground bullying. It is character building. Those of us outside the culture need to understand that this is not about traditional right and wrong; this is how a rookie becomes a veteran. It is how a boy footballer becomes a man. It is a beautiful thing.
|Culture protects what a society|
values. Once that is understood, there is
no conflict of message.
I suppose I could do better contemplating the wisdom of these sterling right-of-passage traditions if the sport of Football were not continually draped in public scandal. But this is a brotherhood whose members have recently been involved in activities that challenge the culture outside the iconic temple, a list that includes, but is not limited to, rape, drug rape, spousal abuse, spousal murder, murder, drug and alcohol abuse, animal abuse, pederasty, cheating, gun running, whoremongering and generally unacceptable social behavior. Of course we should still hold up players as American heroes. Differences in culture just makes conversations with the kids a little more complicated, that’s all.
|It's a man's world where no one escapes|
without physical, mental or emotional injury. We
condone the violence, so why complain about what
it takes emotionally to reach the end zone?