Violence in sports
by zxc1997 on October 22, 2015 - 11:59pm
In Robert Hogg’s article,” Masculinity and violence: the men who play rugby league,” he points out the fact that violence is seen as a nature of the game of rugby. The amount of violence involved in a game of rugby seems to be accepted by the general audience. Violence is also considered as a normal characteristic of masculinity. As the former New South Wales and Australian halfback Tommy Raudonikis suggests, Rugby league is a hard game played by hard men (Hogg).
The word “hard” refers to two aspects in masculinity. First of all, it means a physically strong body. Men who play sports are expected to have very strong bodies with lots of muscles. During the game, these features can provide the player more power which leads to a better performance. However, it can also cause the players to play the matches more aggressively. As a result, the number of injured players will increase.
The second meaning of the word “hard” is stoicism. Men are expected to not express their emotion. Men should be stoic at all time because emotion prevents men from taking the right decisions. However, keeping the emotion inside has a huge effect on one’s mental health.
Overall, these aspects of masculinity mentioned in Hogg’s article are not beneficial to men. Men should start to think about masculinity again, and try to build it in a more beneficial way.
Hogg, Robert. " Masculinity and violence: the men who play rugby league." The conversation. May 17, 2013. Web. October 22, 2015.