Women who do not fit the cultural definitions of femininity run the risk of being labeled a homosexual. Societal expectations are restrictive and seem to refuse to view the athletic talents of women as acceptable behavior. The most evident inequity between male... ... middle of paper ... ...rning attention from the media, not only do they have to be the best in their sport but they must also the most attractive in order to get significant attention. Overall, the differences between what male athletes and female athletes must do in order to become successful is vastly distinct. A woman must be able to cope with receiving a lower salary than a man, expose herself to public eye in order earn time in the spotlight, and conform to society’s traditionalistic ideals of feministic traits to live up to the standards of a female athlete.
Further, equity in funding of men and women in similar sport is another strategy that eliminates discriminatory treatment of women in sport. Lastly, the media is central to improving the status of women in sport. Media coverage of women in sport should increase drastically to create a platform where women sports issues are highlighted. Also, coverage popularizes women sports and will help people appreciate women as much as they appreciate
For example, stereotypes of women’s physical abilities and social roles are still very prominent today, and so women naturally feel inferior in the sports domain. If we stray away from the right track towards gender equality in sports and increased feelings of empowerment will only be reached if these stereotypes are eliminated (Sandys, 2007). Therefore, it could be argued that increased media coverage of women’s sports could be a possible solution, because it would serve to ed... ... middle of paper ... ...d to secondary positions and now women’s athletics was controlled by men where as in the past decade it was controlled by women (Antunovic & Hardin, 2013). Gender equality in sports is still an issue that will be dealt with many years to come. Great advancement has been made through history and accomplishments did not go unnoticed.
The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) is a network trying to help and empower Afghan women. This program is trying to boost women’s self esteem in sports(“Women”). If... ... middle of paper ... ...inged on. Gender equality still lacks to this day with self esteem, no media or scholarships, and also Title IX being infringed on. So I think society should get more evolved and interested in the fact that women do not have equal rights in sports, even after having Title IX.
If it is said that an individual plays, throws, or hits like a girl these statements are often meant to be insults. Female athletes are usually viewed as less accomplished than their male counter parts. Athletics for women are considered hobbies, not a career path. While women’s sports have made great strides towards being equal, the stigma that women’s sports are inferior is still prevalent. While co-ed sports teams might not be the answer, allowing women opportunities to play the same sports as men is a step in the right direction.
John Humphreys, the author of “Foul Play” argues that sport provides an opportunity for the creation of barriers between groups. I feel he is perfectly correct in saying this as one of the biggest problems in sport today is sexism. Women face a number of discriminations in sport today; they aren’t paid nearly as much as male athletes, their facilities are always worse than men and not only this but there is a large amount of sexualisation of female sports stars in the media. This as well as the failure of general public to take woman’s sport seriously has resulted in a huge divide between male and female sports. Sport plays a huge role in today’s society and many say that sport is able to teach people vital values such as sportsmanship, teamwork, how to work together as well as how to create friendships.
Women do not get the same recognition in sport as men because their stereotyped personalities have caused people to see them as weak and not strong enough physically and emotionally to participate in sport. This lack of recognition results in an absence of woman athletes in male dominated sports, female athletes receiving less sponsorship money than men, and a poor publication of female athletes in the media. Although most of these stereotypes affect women, there are some sports in which men are discriminated against because of their gender. Gender stereotyping exists in sport because of the idea that sport is an activity that requires strength, power and agility. These are commonly qualities associated with men and differ from the stereotypical weakness, frail... ... middle of paper ... ... equal, where we can fulfil our dreams and where we can be an inspiration to others.
It is a system that will not end until society understands the implications of gender inequality in sports and how it negatively affects women when it comes to their participation, their confidence and competition with others. Females deserve the same opportunities and treatment that men do when it comes to sports. Although I know that
The issue of affirmative action is a sore subject in society. I have mixed feelings on the policy; it can be beneficial as well as harmful to those affected by it. As a woman in the workforce, it is reality to me that segregation based on sex does exist, as well as a wage gap. I feel that women will benefit more from a free market system rather than one controlled by government regulation. In order to meet their quota, employers will promote women and minorities too quickly or into positions, they are not qualified for.
Images of Women in Sports There is, of course, a huge difference between the ways women are typically supposed to act and what is expected from a typical athlete. Whereas women are expected to comply to their gender role prescribing passivity and compliance, athletes are connoted with an aggressive, competitive nature. Furthermore, society trains women to be ashamed of their bodies and supplies an unrealistic ideal body type and encourages restricting feminine clothing, whereas athletes must have a keen understanding and appreciation of their bodies. In this way, athletes are implicitly coded as male. Though women and men can both be great athletes, of course, gender roles limit the social image and expectations for individuals based on their sex.