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Posted on: May 8, 2009


              This picture is of a fight during a hockey game. This scene is not uncommon for spectators of the sport, it is actually encouraged. Hockey is one sport in which fighting is promoted in. Here, the players show the ruthlessness they have and the express the idea “fight to the death.”

                Fighting in male sports is believed to promote gender identities. It is thought that “violent sport appears to be a male response to social changes that are undermining the traditional patriarchal power bases in men” (Gamble & Gamble, 313). One possible reason for the fight could be because one of the men was “talking smack,” which could lead to one overstepping their boundaries. This type of situation would make males want to prove their dominance and violence is their answer.

Gamble, T. K., Gamble, M. W. (2003). The gender communication connection. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company.


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