Although title IX requires that equal opportunity for participating in sports be given to both males and females, the debate on the costs and benefits of this statute is still heated. Those who oppose men participating in field hockey claim that their presence on the field will change the nature of the "women's" game. The greater strength of men could make the game more aggressive or even violent, and potentially overpower the female athletes who are participating along their side. There has been a valid and long-standing claim, stating that female participation in sports provides an arena where girls and women can become empowered and gain confidence to face life's battles. Many people see men as a threat to this value suggesting that a mans presence on the field could intimidate the women, thereby dominating the game, and taking away a safe place for girls to grow and find their own strengths.
But what happens when the men want to wear the skirts and the women want to step into the ring? In most cases unfortunately there are bad repercussions along with the good ones. Sexuality is called into question when members of either sex compete in an unconventional sport. In the case of women, they are constantly compared to men, not being as fast or strong, therefore undermining their game and style. However, every time a man puts on skirt for a field hockey match, or a woman laces up her cleats for a football game despite society's ill will, all humans benefit.
To at the same time depict them as athletic presents conflicts with their filmic image. As a result, films which feature a female athlete tend to compromise her athletic image and apologize for her gender-nonconformity and participation in sports in a variety of ways. In all of the narrative films we watched for class that featured women in sports – Bend It Like Beckham, Girlfight, and Love and Basketball – there was a very clear heterosexual love interest interwoven for every female athlete. Though I am not purporting that straight women cannot be athletes or that they are compromising the... ... middle of paper ... ...ve in Diana's worth as a boxer. The images of both of these men is significant to the film's meaning.
It's Time for Girls and Boys to Plays Sports Together On the athletic field, in the gym, or on the ice, there have always been standards for the athletes to follow. These standards range from what type of athletic equipment is not only necessary but appropriate, to who can play when, where, and how. This last standard is the one that is being challenged the most; can men play not only on women’s teams, but can they also participate in female dominated sports without being taunted? The same goes for women, can females, without fear, really participate in traditionally male dominated sports? Although the social costs to the individual participating in the non-traditional sport are many, the benefits, if played well and correctly, can be and are quite plentiful as well.
Hurling insults reaches a point where two sticks slide off to the side while an echo of a thud from gloves smacking the ice captivates the audience at an ice rink; a left hook soars directly into the jaw of a different player with blood dripping onto the ice as he tries to grab a hold of the other’s collar for stability. Throwing punches left and right until the fight comes to a close with the players heading to the penalty box. One player one suffers a broken nose and the other missing teeth. As hockey continues to evolve in popularity either in participation or spectating, a common theme known to all includes fighting. Fighting in hockey has become a strategy within the game, but provides complications later in life.
Plushenko challenges gender stereotypes and other male figure skaters by not fighting for figure skating to be considered masculine but instead accepting femininity as something men should not be afraid of. If for example, a football player were to wear lipstick during a football game, it more than likely would be ridiculed by fans, peers and possibly it might even get them in trouble their employer. Homophobia and misogyny are rampant masculine sports, it has been seen time and time again where gay sports players only come out after retiring or female reporters knowledge of the game is insulted. Masculine sports have an air of exclusivity and fear of femininity, and it is as Reiner puts it “Men need to be taught to think beyond their stereotype”(Reiner.) Masculine sports avoid any sort of stereotypical femininity at all costs while it is clear with figure skaters like Plushenko that he accepts femininity and masculinity as he flows through both genders during his
I believe that the difficulty male athletes face when involved in female sports such as field hockey or synchronized swimming illuminates the socially constructed gender bias still prevalent in sports today. But I would like to think that these male athletes would benefit from the progress that female athletes have already made. The pioneering women who showed the public that they were capable of crossing gender boundaries in sports have demonstrated that gender stereotypes in sports are not necessarily accurate. While ideas about masculinity are just as difficult to topple as ideas about femininity, the first public athletes have opened door of opportunity for females and have forced everyone to rethink stereotypes about gender and sports.
Quinn liked to talk about hockey; Courtney looked like she used to play for the Red Wings. I was getting restless so I decided to make a bold move. I got up and walked over to Dan, even though there was nowhere for me to sit. “Are you ready to stop pretending why we came here?” I asked, putting my arm on his shoulder. The dancing had begun half an hour ago at the indoor bar, but most of our table appeared oblivious and uninterested.
“We got lost, ended up being an hour late to the haunted house, I watched him scream, ... ... middle of paper ... ...ould take Tre’s advice and go seek professional help.” “Girls have dated men way worse than him, yet you’re saying you need professional help?” “Only insane people can like other insane people.” “Is liking him really that bad?” she laughed, stopping at a traffic light. “And if it is, all the girls who date him beforehand needs to go right along with you. And you’re pretty, Ariana; how many times do I have to tell you?” “They probably have already and no matter how many times I hear it; I find myself finding it hard to believe.” “If you keep acting like this he won’t find you at all attractive. Hell, I’m a girl and I wouldn’t dare to date you. Have a little confidence in yourself and make him regret laughing at your love confession.” “It wasn’t a love confession,” I corrected her.
There is one thing that all men must admit if they have ever associated with a female, they are extremely persuasive over men. Now, not all men may not go as far to kill another human being as Macbeth did just because a woman told them to, but there is no denying that they have some control over men. This can be extremely true when women start to attack a man’s “manliness.” This seemed to be one of Lady Macbeth’s biggest weapons. With Lady Macbeth using her powers like this I do believe that she really is worse than her husband. Some may say that she is not the one who really killed her so she can’t be worse, but men know what women can make do, especially by just simply hitting their weak spot and calling out their manhood.