Gianluca Agostinelli, a PhD candidate in Educational Studies at Brock University, wrote a piece recently published in The Conversation about a controversial draft pick by the Montreal Canadiens hockey team and the culture of sexual violence that often permeates men’s sport.
“After coming up short in the Stanley Cup final, the Montreal Canadiens have lost again after drafting a player charged with distributing a sexual photo without consent.
In the recent NHL entry draft, the franchise selected 18-year-old defenceman Logan Mailloux in the first round, a move that has generated a great deal of complex, divisive dialogue.
Whether users’ comments condemn or condone Mailloux’s unlawful conduct, they help highlight the ongoing influence of rape culture in men’s hockey and prompt a necessary, contentious discussion about whether — and when — athletes accused of sex crimes deserve a second chance from teams and fans.”
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