While there are good reasons to celebrate the Super Bowl, my concern in this essay is with the more worrisome pleasure that we take in the violent aspects of professional football. Is our appreciation of the Super Bowl, including the hitting, a pleasure about which we, as feminists, should feel guilty? In order to address this worry, I set into dialogue Mark Edmundson's memoir Why Football Matters and Bonnie Mann's philosophical analysis Sovereign Masculinity: Gender Lessons from the War on Terror, specifically juxtaposing their respective insights about masculinity and its racialization, courage and shame, and war and its symbolization.

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