Sports In The Chicano/A Community Essay

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Sports are a major contributing factor in the Chicano/a community. It constructs ones gender by oppressing women due to their exclusion in partaking in sporting events as well as by providing an outlet for men to vent and regain their manhood. Delgado's article, “Golden But Not Brown” refers to Oscar de la Hoya and how some in the Chicano/a community view him as lacking masculinity; comparing him to “El Lion”, Julio Cesar Chavez. “El lion” evokes a more traditional and manly way of boxing which is an aggressive one while Oscar de la Hoyas involves more strategy and movement. He is often described as a pretty boy for this by the machistas in the Chicano/a community. De la Hoya's particular style of boxing earned him a gold medal in the 1992 Summer Olympics and have ranked him as one of the best boxers as well as one of the most successful. Now predominantly a promoter, running his company “Golden Boy Productions” he is a success story in the neighborhoods of East Los Angeles. Yet, even with all this fame and fortune he is often ridiculed for his ”winning and sunny demeanor” outside the ring, challenging his manhood. Hombres are supposed to be “silent, brooding, and aggressive” all the qualities that de la Hoya does not pertain to. This shows that even though one can be in a highly masculine and male gendered sport it does not necessarily mean that one has the characteristics of a machista according to the Mexican American community.
Another article that emphasizes sports and the importance of gender within them is Alamillo's “Baseball and Sports Clubs”, Alamillo states how sports was an example of social construction. Transnational sports like baseball shaped the demeanor and gender of men in both the United States and Mexico. Companies imposed the game of baseball on their workers so that it would teach them values that would be useful to them in order to increase the production of commodities in the fields.
Being from a mexican family, my parents wanted to introduce baseball to me like it was introduce to them as a mechanism to masculinized the male. They brought on this sport to me as a child of 9 years old as I slipped on my first glove and tied the laces of my brand new cleats. I always knew I loved the game ever since my older brothers and my dad played. What I did not know was what it taught and how it was used as a resource to many Mexican Americans in my community in order to further promote their masculinity. Baseball is a highly male gendered sport and the competitiveness, endurance, and strength needed supports it. For me and my fellow teammates it was always a competition who could throw the hardest, run the fastest, or hit the hardest. I always strived to be the best because if not my teammates or even my brothers and dad would joke around saying they would sign me up for softball if I struck out one more time. Women in baseball was hardly heard of other than them working in the snack bar. Being compared to women was the...

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