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Women vs Men: In Sports

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Andriana Aivazians

on 12 December 2013

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Legends Football League (LFL)
What is it?
Title IX
In 1972 the US government passed an amendment that prohibited gender discrimination in educational systems and federally funded programs; which included sports.
NCAA Basketball
In Women's Collegiate Basketball, there is a 30 second time limit to score on each basket/or at least hit the rim.

The men are give 35 seconds to score.

In addition to the previously mentioned ball size differences, it appears as though the NCAA believes female athletes need a smaller ball with the same sized rim, and at the same time are able to score with less time.
Domestic Popularity of Women's Soccer
Women In Sports
Original Title
of the LFL
When the LFL was founded, the original name of the sport was "Lingerie Football League"
Women's Soccer
- Why is it the most popular women's
Legends Football
- Original title
- Oversexualization
Women's Basketball
- WNBA vs. NBA Ball Size
- NCAA Basketball
- Founded in 2009, the LFL is a women's football league int he United States.
Although, the original LFL was founded in the USA, both Canada and Australia have developed their own LFL divisions.
What underlying messeges about women does the original title convey to society?
How does the original title reflect
the Madonna-whore Complex?
Over-sexualization of the LFL
Clearly, the original title of the LFL, "Lingerie Football League", was a reference to the clothing that the women are required to wear.
By having the women wear clothing distinctly
similar to lingerie, the athletes are not recognized for their athletic ability but are viewed as sex objects instead.
The founder of the LFL stated that
the entire business model of the LFL, uniforms and title included, was built
upon the notion that "Sex, Sells".
LFL disadvantages
-Wear hockey helmets
-Do not wear proper padding
-No compensation for injuries
-No salary
2013 LFL Changes
Along with the title change, within the league...
-Athletes will no longer be wearing lingerie
-Female silhouettes will be removed from team logos
-Redesign of shoulder pads
- Tag line changed from "True Fantasy Football"
to "Women of the Gridiron"

"This is the next step in the maturation of our now global sport. While the Lingerie Football League name has drawn great media attention allowing us to showcase the sport to millions, we have now reached a crossroad of gaining credibility as a sport or continuing to be viewed as a gimmick. In the coming years we will further establish this sport in the US, Australia, Europe and Asia as the most known form of American football globally. In order to reach the next milestone, we feel the focus has to be the sport and our amazing athletes”, said Mitchell S. Mortaza, Founder & Chairman, Lingerie Football League, LLC
Ball Size
Currently, the WNBA requires that all basketballs used have a circumference of 28.5 inches
In the NBA the required ball size is slightly larger, with a circumference of 29.5 inches.
In the 2004 Olympics, the NBA balls were used for both men and women. But in the Fall of 2004, the FIBA instituted that WNBA size balls be used for all international basketball events.
Title IX
Title IX includes gender and disability
On the international scale, men and women
use the same size basketball. But in the
USA, men and women are required to use
different sizes.
Global Popularity of Women's Soccer
In the book "Beyond 'Bend it Like Beckham': The global phenomenon of Women's Soccer", Timothy Grainey explains the massive increase in women's participation within soccer.
Grainey quotes FIFA, "Figures suggest 26 million women were playing soccer in 2006...10% of the total of those playing were in North America."
He argues that the USA is the most progressive and accommodating for women, especially in soccer; which explains the sudden increase.
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