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Gender Roles within the Horseback riding Sport

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Tessa Pendergraft

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Gender Roles within the Horseback Riding Sport
Facts
Equestrian events are one of the few sports in which men and women can compete equally.

There are two types of riding: Western and English

Western riding has a larger male population than English

In the United States there is an estimated 7 million people who ride horses every year. (2% of the population)

69% of these 7 million are female riders

31% of these 7 million are male riders
"Men ride horses to get from point A to point B."
"It depends on the cultural and societal differences in the individual's life."
Conclusion
Real Life Situation
What does this mean about gender roles in our society?

What does this mean for the way that male horseback riders are perceived?

What does this mean for the way that women are perceived in society?

What does this mean for the way that the horseback riding sport is perceived?
General Knowledge Issue
"Horseback riding is a girl's sport."
The way that society perceives gender stereotypes holds emotional implications for the male riders looking to oppose them.

The value that society gives these gender stereotypes also affects them.
"It depends on the cultural and societal differences in the individual's life."
Society's perception of male riders has certain exceptions that make a male rider's situation socially acceptable for them to participate.

Other cultures have differing views f not only gender roles but also the sport in general.
To what extent does our perception and emotional response to gender roles shape our understanding of mixed gender participation in the sport of horseback riding?
"Men ride horses to get from point A to point B."
The public perception and emotional response to horseback riding as a means of doing work for male riders does not trigger criticism. Gender roles are not broken in this situation and therefore it is socially acceptable.
"Horseback riding is a girl's sport."
Knowledge Question
To what extent does our perception and emotional response to gender roles affect our understanding of the Human Sciences, particularly in Social Sciences?
Areas and Ways of Knowing
Works Cited
Dunn, Michael. The human sciences (10th May 2013). theoryofknowledge.net http://www.theoryofknowledge.net/areas-of-knowledge/the-human-sciences/Last accessed: 16th September 2014
Perception of the different genders in society

Males- perceived as the dominate gender

Females- perceived as the weaker gender

Predominately male sports tend to be more physically demanding while predominately female sports are perceived as easy and not mentally or physically challenging.

The horseback riding sport has been feminized by society's perception and therefore causes male participation to decrease.

The way that different horseback riding events are judged in competition affects the way that the sport is publicly perceived.
In some countries the male horseback riding population is perceived very differently from the way that it is seen in the American society we live in.

In Great Britain the horse riding population makes up 6% of their total population.

In the first olympics the equestrian events only allowed male commissioned officers.

The difference between the cultures and the origins of the sport causes a higher tolerance for male riders.

Male riders from certain backgrounds are socially acceptable
Men ride horses for a purpose

The horseback riding sport has two main factions.

Western riding is widely perceived as a manlier sport because of its origins

You see male riders in the olympics because of the level of achievement
By: Tessa Pendergraft
Personal connection
Connection to Real Life Situation
La Gringa.
Chronicle Forums
. January 12, 2006. Web. September 15, 2014. http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-33677.html
Herdy, Amy. Cruz Bay Publishing.
My Horse Daily.
Equine Network, 2014. Web. September 15, 2014. http://myhorse.com/blogs/english-and-western-riding/rider-education/horsesafteyusa-guidelines-for-choosing-a-childs-riding-lesson-program/
Blocksdorf, Katherine.
About Horses
. About.com, 2014. Web. September 15, 2014. http://horses.about.com/od/horsesportsexplained/p/engwestdiff.htm
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