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Yes, the world cup is happening, but there’s also cricket, cycling, tennis, and a whole bunch of other sports as well. What I have done here is selected a few images from non-football sports to illustrate 2 of the ideals of masculinity as given in the 19th century.

“Showing excessive feeling was expected to be confined to very specific contexts such as winning or loosing at sports”

James Anderson after England lose off the penultimate ball

(England losing to Sri Lanka, Cricket)

Novak Djokovic cries

(Djokovic winning Wimbledon)

Marcel Kittel of Germany

(End of the first day of the Tour de France

“Male figures must show no anger, desire or surprise”

Christian Malcolm

(Christian Malcolm, athletics)

 Ciaran Johnson ensures there is no escape for Wexford opponent PJ Nolan

(The Gaelic Games)

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