Even though this is a great step towards the equality of genders in the area of sports, there is still much yet to be accomplished internationally, especially on the portrayal of women athletes by media. Boys are often encouraged to become athletes, or to become like their sporty idols, yet girls are discouraged when they express their interest in becoming like successful female athletes. Why is this so? In general, the most recognized sport players around the globe are men, such as Stephen Curry, or Lionel Messi, which media focuses on a lot. What the media does not provide as much attention to and do not urge the population to become like, are women athletes.
These three are probably most important because they are sports that both genders play but the women’s side of the game still gains a lot of media coverage, definitely not as much as their male counterparts but more than other women’s sports. A woman competing with men is an on going issue and the differing analyses from liberal and conservative parties will be an eternal debate. Women should perhaps have the power to decide whether they want to compete against men, especially in non-contact sports. Furthermore, limitations on women’s combative sports should be up to the individual and the risk of hampering the reproductive organs would be solely down to the woman
Sexism in sports is a wide ranged topic that many people have ignored for most of their lives. Throughout the decades, women have been tossed away and not been allowed to do so many things in their life, that men have been allowed to do. For example, decades ago, women were never allowed to hunt, be seperate from their husbands, or even play sports til the 1900’s. Their only job was to sit home and care for the kids while the men did all the dirty work. Now, our society has separated boys sports from women sports in a big way that has changed lives, with money.Women’s treatment in sport has always been a wild fire of bigger gender inequality.
I am also not saying females cannot like things that are deemed feminine because they were deemed feminine, I am saying that we should accept that females like what they like because they like it, not because society pushes it onto them. If I like a sport, it is not based on how much the field looks like a body part, but in how well the players play or how the team is doing. We as a society need to stop pushing labels on things as trivial as sports. Females need to learn that we do not have to like things for a certain reason. We also apparently need to learn our shapes but that is another
Which has increased the number of woman participationing in leisure recreation such as sports, they are still influenced by social stereotypes such as sports. Even at an early age children think gymnastics is feminine while boxing masculine. She then goes on to references an article by George that states a stigma occurs when someone acts different then the social norm and also falls into a stereotype. This is definitely true for boys as they are more under pressure to conform to social ideals and show their masculinity. Schmalz, Dorothy L; at Clemson university and Kerstetter, Deborah L at Pennsylvania state university worked together on their research paper that is based on doctoral dissertation This article also talks about what people in general view as an acceptable vs unacceptable sport for boys and girls and the consequences that lead with not following them such as stereotyping and stigmas.
Purpose of choosing the topic: The reason this topic is chosen is because I have been feeling the emotion of unfairness. As a female athlete myself, I found that, generally, people think men are more capable, stronger than women in sports field. I’d hate to admit it but gender stereotyping is still a thing in 21st century and it’s kicking in our house. We’ll not be discussing traditional sports that can be seen in the Olympics but extreme sports which somehow became trendy among modern generation. However, gender stereotyping exists as if it was deeply planted among the society, even for the youngest minds.
For example, Ruben, is a male that does not follow the masculine code that men are suppose to follow. In fact, he possesses feminine qualities such as putting on makeup, dresses, and a wig. He even tries to give Julia advice on how to be a beautiful woman, such as when he tells her to put on certain make up. This questiond the gender convetions because it shows that men do not have to follow a masculine code that is forced upon them. The masculine and feminie qualities should apply to both men and women.
The sport domain has been traditionally considered an exclusive masculine field. Historically, women could not take part in sport until 1900 and they were allowed to join sports that did not provide physical contact or strain. Nowadays, although females can take part in every sport activity, gender stereotypes in sport still exist (Friedricks & Eccles, 2005). The persistence of gender stereotypes in sport could determine a phenomenon known as stereotype threat (Steele and Aronson, 1995; Steele, 1997; Steele, Spencer & Aronson, 2002). Stereotype threat consists in a suboptimal performance within a task related to a judgment dimension along which that particular social group is “known” to be “weak”.
Women often face problem in securing their livelihood and ensuring a supported life. As Laura mentioned, male athletes are even supported financially by having extended careers as coaches, trainers, referees or managers. Most retired sportswomen do not earn much and do not have guarantee in pension. The pay gap between men and women in sports is obvious and clear ending up that less women join sports because men are treated much better than them. Women will not want to risk their living and involve themselves in a field where they are often neglected.
“This has meant that generally the analysis of men and masculinities has been subordinate to the overarching themes of female oppression and female liberation” (Horrocks, 9).So looking for masculine gender may seem odd at first because it seems that masculinity has an obvious meaning and men are the ones who are in power. Todd W. Reeser in his Masculinities in Theory states, “Masculinity seems like an obvious thing, something we can and do take for granted. We know what it is when we see it: it is commonsensical, produced by testosterone or by nature” (1).It has been decades that women and feminists are the ones who talked about gender damaged and inequalities all over the centuries as a weaker gender and look for gender equality.“Gender equality means that males and females have equal opportunities to realize their full human potential and can contribute to and benefit from economic, social, cultural and political development”(Jasmani,61). But recently having masculine gender can be harmful as well for men because both genders are active in society, politics, etc and men are not the only ruler; it is not really a promotion to have a masculine identity anymore. As a matter of fact, gender