Athletic Photos Analysis

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Sports, as a whole, are a male dominated activity. The American society expects every “real” man to be interested and/or involved in sports. In contrast, there is less pressure for females participate in sports let alone physically enduring activities. These roles reflect the traditional gender roles imposed on our society that men are strong and dominant, while females are submissive to men. However, deviation also occurs in athletics as males and females begin to challenge these norms. By analyzing the two photos below, the players and the environment portray traditional and deconstructed gender norms. Michael Kimmel further analyzes traditional gender roles by relating that, “feminism also observes that men, as a group, are in power. Thus with the same symmetry, feminism has tended to assume that individually men must feel powerful” (106). The first photo with the boy and girl players reveals this concept of perceived male power. The boy’s gesture to obtain the ball portrays his belief that the girl lacks the capability to start the game. By reaching out, he expects her to submit...

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