Conflict was also found to be more prevalent for female athletes participating in traditionally masculine sports such as baseball, football, soccer, hockey, and basketball (Amanda R. Hoiness). Female athletes have a habit to use more emotion-focused coping strategies which can create more stress. As more and more women and girls across the country are competing in sports and athletic events, the popularity of those competing in traditionally masculine sports is increasing. Sports such as football, rugby, and basketball are no longer the exclusive province of male athletes. (Amanda R. Hoiness) Participation in sports that require what are considered typically “male characteristics,” such as speed and strength can present an “image problem” for many female athletes.
Our ‘single story’ portrays the gender discrimination between men and women in which women are not on par with men in terms of sport and in particular soccer. Families and governments often discourage women from participating in soccer be-cause of its aggressive and masculine nature. Another reason, albeit not so present in today’s society, was that men in ruling bodies had feared women surpassing them in the sport. This deterred the women’s game from progressing further. Media also plays an important role in shaping the opinions of society towards women playing soccer.
Males tend to respond better when training do physical activity. If boys can respond with hard work and determination then who is to say girls can’t respond the same. Females might not respond the same because they haven’t always been told they have somewhere to go in life with their sports because in most ways there is no way for them to play professional sports. All girls might need is to be told they can go somewhere while doing what they love. Just by saying this it could light the spark that the girl needs to have the same passion, drive, and determination that a boy has.
Some of these stereotypes have racial undertone and then some have to deal with sexuality. No matter the situation American sports stereotypes have affected the image of how certain individuals are portrayed due to those stereotypes. The National Football League (NFL) is the most popular and
In one article, the author mentioned the inequality of men and women that were shown in advertising. “Despite the many people’s desire to strive toward greater gender equality and smash antiquated conceptions that ‘men’ and ‘women’ are to serve distinct roles in society, popular media seem insistent on portraying gender in very ‘traditional’ ways” (Andy 2). As it is said in the quotation, media and advertising often show the traditional roles of men and women even though now that the society is changing. Traditional masculine and feminine body shapes are emphasized on advertisements. On most ads, women are skinny while men are strong.
Without recognizing it, gender has control over the way we behave. One example of how gender effects our behavior is how women are more likely than men to follow the rules. Men are taught that they have more power, and therefore are more likely than women to disobey the rules. When watching the news, you are more likely to see a man who committed a crime than a woman, although there are still many women out there who commit crimes. Through the idea of use of space, it has always been the idea that men have greater power so they use more space.
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.
Football is one of the most important sports which represents the traditional culture in the United States. In this country, most people enjoy watching and playing football, also there are numerous events about football such as the Super Bowl. Football seems to be extremely common, but in fact, many researches show that it is dangerous for players who started playing football since they were young and became professional athletes later. In other words, football may cause players’ health problems such as concussion, dementia and so on. During the game, there are lots of hits and collisions happened.
Sports is a large component in this gender inequality that has existed for eternity. To eliminate the stereotypical thoughts in the minds of society, women and men should be able to play on the same teams, athletes should stop being judged by their gender, and people should treat female sports as important as men’s sports. The issue with women’s sports being treated less important than men’s sports is that
This film is made for boys because girls are under-evaluated: they do not develop an important role; they are cheerleaders or someone’s girlfriend. Besides, when there’s a strong girl in a film, she always needs a man who takes care of her. But what happens in films happens in real life: it is very difficult to find sports played by girls in TV. In the films like She’s the Man and Bend It Like Beckham, they suggest that even though girls want to play (in both cases football) they found quite difficult to develop their passions: either they were under-evaluated or the people who surrounded them thought sport was a ‘man thing’. Having said that, we can conclude that it is a contradiction to find racism and machismo in sport if sport is defined as friendship, respect, ambition, work group, sense of belonging, loyalty and support, and other positive