Many young men in the 1960s and 1970s came to reject some of the traditional ideas about manhood that many of their fathers tried to pass down – like unquestioning respect for authority even when that might mean killing and dying for questionable or unjust causes such as the Vietnam War.
The best thing I can say is professional football is a business. When they are recruiting football players, they are not recruiting model citizens. Everybody has to be aware of this. What’s being selected for the NFL is the ability to play and perform on Sunday afternoons. Everything else is secondary.
When media coverage sets up a binary opposition between ‘the accuser’ and ‘the accused,’ there is no longer a victim or even an alleged victim – a flesh and blood person who was harmed by the violent act of another.
Typical news accounts and commentaries about school shootings and rampage killings rarely mention gender.
For millions of women and men around the world, the playwright Eve Ensler is a beloved figure. She represents the epitome of the politically engaged artist, someone who uses her creative brilliance to illuminate injustice and give voice to the voiceless.
Media play a powerful role in establishing and perpetuating social norms.
If the KKK was smart enough, they would’ve created gangsta rap because it’s such a caricature of black culture and black masculinity.
The concept of power we admire is power over someone else.
In the alternate universe of conservative talk radio, the killing of Bin Laden coincidentally happened on Barack Obama’s watch. He had to be kicked dragging and screaming into authorizing it, and even then he made lots of mistakes.
Ben Roethlisberger is a proven winner in athletic competition. But the measure of a true leader is how they conduct themselves 24/7, not just during a winning touchdown drive or a goal-line stance. Leadership isn’t something that gets switched off because the game clock expires.