Jolene
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Jolene asked in News & EventsMedia & Journalism · 5 years ago

Ray Rice and media portrayals of gender and violence?

In 2014, football player Ray Rice was videotaped assaulting his (then) girlfriend. He was later convicted of 3rd degree domestic assault, suspended by the NFL, and ultimately fired by the Ravens.

Do you think the phenomenon of high domestic abuse rates in male orientated sports has anything to do with the over population of violence by men against women in the media? How about the culture in which males are raised (having to be "tough" and "in control" in order to be considered a "real man")? How do these ideas related to the Ray Rice case specifically?

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago
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    There's all kinds of details you can cite of course, who will all have some influence, and be a contributing, or detracting factor.

    Fundamentally in a sports like Football, there's 2 things.

    1. You can literally die, if you don't hit others all-out on the gridiron, so Ray Rice is conditioned, he's trained to never hold back.

    2. Almost every football player has a lot of concussions, and where we still don't have enough technology to prove it, the indicators of brain-research show that people with his job, have a SERIOUSLY reduced brain-capacity.

    Combine the 2, the conditioning to 'hit hard, or get hurt', and the damage compromizing the ability to maintain control, and perspective, and you get a pattern like that of the NFL of violence, crime, substance-abuse, and so on.

    The apologist mindset of course raises the risks, but I'm quite sure that even without any other influence, those 2 influences, will create a situation where there's a high risk of physical abuse.

  • Shawn
    Lv 6
    5 years ago

    You might be interested in a video called "Tough Guise" that talks about this exact idea.

    http://www.jacksonkatz.com/video2.html

    Personally, I think that it is pretty pathetic for someone who works in a profession that involves regular violent interactions with others of equal size and strength to physically assault someone much smaller and weaker during their free time.

  • 5 years ago

    It is also due to women putting more value on a mans wallet than on his character.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Do your own homework, softie.

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