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Gender Stereotypes in Athletics
Transcript of Gender Stereotypes in Athletics
in Sports By: Scott Fenwick
& J.P. Langlois Common Stereotypes What Sport Should You Play? (Females) Works Cited: - The dumb jock and the ditsy cheerleader
that we portrayed in our skit are two
of the most common gender stereotypes in
- There are many other socially constructed stereotypes that unfairly categorize men and women in sports.
- Throughout our presentation we will explore some of these stereotypes and investigate why men and women are not seen as equivalent athletes. According to society, females are "fit" for sports that don't involve aggression, and allow them to display their beauty and gracefulness. Such sports may include dance, gymnastics, figure skating, and cheerleading. What Sport Should You Play? (Males) Society deems any sport that involves physically demanding competition, aggression, and man on man contact, suitable for males. Such sports include football, hockey and boxing.
Males who choose to take part in a less "masculine" sport are looked down upon, and are often considered to be feminine or homosexuals. Because of his attire and his choice of sport, society would immediately label Mitch Buchman as a homosexual. However, he is completely heterosexual. Unfortunately, people categorize male dancers and gymnasts in the same way. Generations of "Stupid" Thinking Smart Athletes George Parros:
School: Princeton - Many student athletes are criticized for being accepted into their universities only to contribute to a sports program.
- However, many intercollegiate athletes learn how to succeed in life through their sports. Competitive sports foster good time management skills, perseverance and mental endurance in an athlete. Ken Dryden
earned a Bachelor of Arts degree
in history at Cornell University's
Department of History and a degree in Law
at McGill University.
He wrote the book "The Game,"
which was a huge success. Jeremy Lin
SAT Score: 1290
Fun Fact: perfect score on his
SAT subject test in math http://www.athleticscholarships.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Athletics-Affects-Your-Grades-160x220.jpg
http://www.la84foundation.org/9arr/ResearchReports/ResearchReport2.htm Studies suggest that jocks are stereotyped as dumb and cheerleaders are stereotyped as mean ditzes because of the way they are portrayed in popular culture. After watching this popular movie "Bring It On," teenagers immediately have a negative stereotype of cheerleaders. Stereotyping male and female athletes is an easy thing to do. However, it is unfair, and often times can be very hurtful. Think twice before you put a label on an athlete. Get to know them for who they are, not what sport they are associated with. Conclusion What is a Stereotype? A stereotype is a certain image or character that is assigned to a person or group of people based on their race, religion, gender, or in this case, their sport.
Stereotypes are dangerous. It is impossible to judge and label someone prior to having any interaction with them.