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Skating on Thin Ice: Professional Hockey, Rape Culture, and Violence against Women (edition 2023)

by Walter DeKeseredy (Author), Stu Cowan (Author), Martin D. Schwartz (Author), Jack Todd (Afterword), Heather Mallick (Foreword)

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"Why is it that professional sports, and notably hockey, remain a bastion for rape culture and violence against women? What are the conditions that allow a culture of toxic masculinity to persist despite awakenings elsewhere in society? What is the path forward, and how do we make officials, coaches, and athletes accountable? Drawing on decades of award-winning sociological research and sports journalism, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz along with veteran sportswriter Stu Cowan find answers to these questions in Skating on Thin Ice. The book examines the abusive, misogynistic, racist, and homophobic behaviours found in professional hockey and explains the larger societal forces that perpetuate and legitimate these harms. Confirming a recent federal government inquiry into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual assault allegations, the book reveals that young men enter the NHL and other revenue-generating hockey leagues already trained and primed to treat women as objects--and often to commit violent acts against them. Rooted in the authors' work in the sports world as well as their work with activists and governments, Skating on Thin Ice doesn't just highlight the problem of hockey and rape culture, it also provides collaborative solutions for fixing it."--… (more)
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Title:Skating on Thin Ice: Professional Hockey, Rape Culture, and Violence against Women
Authors:Walter DeKeseredy (Author)
Other authors:Stu Cowan (Author), Martin D. Schwartz (Author), Jack Todd (Afterword), Heather Mallick (Foreword)
Info:Aevo UTP (2023), 340 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Rape Culture, Hockey Players - Sexual Behaviour

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Skating on Thin Ice: Professional Hockey, Rape Culture, and Violence against Women by Walter Dekeseredy

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This an amazing book on a very serious subject. The three writers examine the background and causes of rape culture and violence against women and what we, especially men, must do to change the culture. Using specific cases with names that most hockey fans will recognize, the writers illustrate the consequences for the women abused and the lack of consequences for the men. A timely volume considering the Junior Hockey players who currently facing a public trial in the media and eventually in court.

One player who is mentioned in many chapters for the violent abuse of his wives is Bobby Hull. The Golden Jet was the player of the 1960's who fans admired for his speed and shot on the ice but unfortunately he used his three wives as punching bags and the league and his team did nothing. The NHL is currently the only league without a domestic abuse policy and may not have one while Gary Bettman leads the League.

Chapters cover how male peer support encourages men to be abusers as does access to pornography. The pornography section was very difficult to read for this male. My last comment is the content of large sections of this study were difficult to read because the content was so cruel and harmful to women one wonders about these men and how they were raised.

While the title suggests it is only about hockey, the book also examines in less depth the same issues in other professional sports such as football and basketball. ( )
  lamour | Feb 12, 2024 |
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"Why is it that professional sports, and notably hockey, remain a bastion for rape culture and violence against women? What are the conditions that allow a culture of toxic masculinity to persist despite awakenings elsewhere in society? What is the path forward, and how do we make officials, coaches, and athletes accountable? Drawing on decades of award-winning sociological research and sports journalism, Walter S. DeKeseredy and Martin D. Schwartz along with veteran sportswriter Stu Cowan find answers to these questions in Skating on Thin Ice. The book examines the abusive, misogynistic, racist, and homophobic behaviours found in professional hockey and explains the larger societal forces that perpetuate and legitimate these harms. Confirming a recent federal government inquiry into Hockey Canada's handling of sexual assault allegations, the book reveals that young men enter the NHL and other revenue-generating hockey leagues already trained and primed to treat women as objects--and often to commit violent acts against them. Rooted in the authors' work in the sports world as well as their work with activists and governments, Skating on Thin Ice doesn't just highlight the problem of hockey and rape culture, it also provides collaborative solutions for fixing it."--

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