to kicking down Yeardley’s bedroom door early Monday morning, shaking her, and banging her head against the wall repeatedly. She was found face down in her bed in a pool of blood. One eye was swollen shut and her face was bruised.The school itself made the decision to have both lacrosse teams finish the season, seeing the continuation of sport as "healing" for the teammates of the murderer and the murdered. A lot of the media analysis and university response is about "alcohol abuse," but the real problem is a particular form of sporting masculinity and until it is addressed on college campuses, murder, rape, and other forms of masculinized violence will continue to happen- at UVA, Duke, Sacred Heart in Connecticut, everywhere that lacrosse is played. That may seem odd given lacrosse's reputation as a "gentleman's sport." But the truth is, men's lacrosse culture is a mix of machismo and middle-classness that often results in aggressive behavior. On college campuses, men who play lacrosse are at the top of the strict hierarchy of masculinity and heterosexual desire. These young men have a certain something about them, a certain level of prestige as "men" who are "straight" and "tough" but not "meatheads" or as working class as football players. They tend to be "bros" - a sort of seemingly laid-back masculinity that actually masks a lot of fear that they won't be able to "man up" when the time comes. Other students, understanding that lacrosse men are the ruling elite of campus with more ability to hook up than other groups of straight men, often refer to them as the brogeoigsie (pronounced like bourgeoisie- but with "bro"). Administrators love the bro-eoigsie. They give them scholarships and let them leave classes on Fridays to get to games and generally spend a lot of resources on making sure that lacrosse happens. The reasons are complicated. Partly it is because a lot of alumni, who played lacrosse back in the day, are happy to donate as long as lacrosse is taken care of. But it is not just an economic issue. It is also an issue of class and gender insecurity and privilege. Sports became central to the American higher educational system over a century ago as the real bourgeoisie consolidated power. As the rising middle classes were able to translate their growing wealth into political power, they also had to find reasons to justify the fact that they, and not the nobility or upper classes, were the ruling elite. The answer was that they were FIT TO RULE- fit in the mental sense, but also the physical one. The bourgeoisie painted the upper classes as a bunch of debauched and effete males who could not man up to the job of running Wall St. or DC. The working class men were manly, of course, but with degenerate minds and questionable physical fitness. Instead, bourgeois men were sound of mind and body. The bourgeoisie was educated, but also sporting. Teddy Roosevelt, the ultimate symbol of the introduction of sporting culture into American masculinity, liked to say "When you play, play hard. When you work, don't play at all." The problem with ruling elites, however, is that they are always afraid of losing their power. This is as true of gender ruling elites as it is of economic ones (not that the two are separate). Ruling white, middle-class, heteronormative masculinity is always looking over its shoulder, afraid someone will see its weaknesses, afraid someone will take its power away. And so it is always aggressive, proving itself, making sure that no one thinks it doesn't deserve its power and privileges. This ruling manliness proves itself through sports, but also through excessive alcohol consumption and sexual domination. And this is no more fun for the men who have to do it, the bro-eoisie, than it is for those who have to live with them. It's scary to have to always prove yourself, to always be afraid of being called a "fag" or a "pussy." It's nerve-wracking and stressful and a lot of work, from how you get dressed in the morning to how you perform at the game to whether you hook up and with whom on a Saturday night. Given the choice, I think a lot of the members of brogeoisie would rather exchange some of their power for some peace. But as long as universities and the ruling elites of our culture prove our own fitness to rule through the fitness of our youth, as long as sporting culture is not just for fun and fitness, but for scholarships and future jobs, the brogeoisie will have to man up and pay the price. And sadly, the young women and young men who are used to prove their manliness- the bitches and the fags who are screamed at and threatened, beaten, raped and even murdered- will have to pay an even higher price.