Essay on jock culture

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Samantha Colyn Ms. Ebert Example Essay 1 September 29 2014 Are you a jock or a puke? In 1975, Robert Lipsyte wrote “Jock Culture” which was in “The Sportsmaster.” It didn’t appear in “The Nation” until 2011. Analysis will examine the credibility of the examples used by the author to stage his claims. Robert is a sportswriter and a broadcast journalist who is also known for his young adult novels. He was born in 1938 in the Bronx. Throughout his childhood, he would’ve described himself as a “puke.” He was bullied and felt like an outcast. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University at only 19 years of age. He also received his Master’s degree in journalism. When Lipsyte was a reporter and writer for The New…show more content…
They come to work sick, they strive to be the best. It goes to show that there can be more than just the 2 groups. Robert describes Jock Culture as a danger to the common good, and a distortion of sports. “It is fueled by greed and desperate competition.” (pg 350) Jock Culture applies the rules of competitive sports to everything. It’s to keep the fear of being known as “feminine” to the others. You want to be known, overall, as the alpha male, or masculine at least. At a young age, most kids are thrown into peewee sports and classified from then on in that point of their lives, as either a jock or puke. Which is where all the horror starts with Jock Culture. As they grow older, it gets worse, in high school, the jocks are looked up too. As if they belong on a throne or are “godlike.” This what Robert is trying to explain basically in paragraph 7 and 10. It didn’t use to be all bad like this with Jock Culture. Sports were a way of being taught leadership, teamwork, responsibility, respect, and bravery. Now, it has become a cockpit of bullying, violence, and a commitment to the “win at all costs” attitude. Which is why Robert is pushing to show the dangers of what Jock Culture actually does to people, especially at a young age. “Pukes” get out casted but grow up and become writers or such while jocks, the “in” group, grow up to be stockbrokers or the like, because of the competitive culture the jobs come with. Overall, Jock Culture is
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