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Gender stereotypes and sports.
Transcript of Gender stereotypes and sports.
Role sports play
Sports can both build up and break down gender stereotypes.
Lets look back
Males were considered the althetes
Females were unable to play anything due to their body.
The break down
Sports have contribute to break down gender stereotypes.
It is quite common now to find men in activities that have tend to be feminine.
For example :
It has become quite common to find women participating in contact sports.
Men tend to have a lager body frame and mass then a typical women
Typical male sports
Directly relates to their stereotypes.
Males are considered tough and physical
Each sport that are stereotyped as a male sport include many of the psychological aspects expected from a man.
Typical female sports
smaller body frame
These sports all require skills such as flexibility, grace etc. Many things that are stereotyped as a female trait are incorporated in each of these activities.
Some women as well participate in these kinds of sports in order not not get a "mans" body.
A women's body also tends to be smaller which helps in preforming certain skills for each sport
It is now more common to find men and women participating in sports and activities not typically expected from their gender.
Men have been an added advantage to many of these activities.
Their strength and power are great skills to have in order to excel in each sport.
Men tend to have larger bodies which can be a weakness in certain skills needed to be preformed.
some skills may look awkward in the beginning and takes longer to master it.
men are not as flexible as females
By participating in these activities women are completely going against their typical stereotypes of being weak and innocent.
In order to play these contact sports in general it is necessary to have skills and qualities such as:
The effect of the media has shown kids at a young age stereotypes of what boys and girls should do and act like.
The Media's Effect
Boys in the media
Girls in the media
type of sports they play. For example they are being taught to be aggressive and competitive just as they need to be in order to play a sport like football.
Boys are being taught at a young age that men should be aggressive, macho, etc. By learning that they should grow up
to be a certain way it can reinforce the
In many t.v. shows as well as movies set in high school it is very common to find the male lead as the athlete.
When little girls watch typical high school girls
on TV, they tend to be cheerleaders or dancers
who date the football players. They are being taught at a young age that to be popular or normal, they must follow these stereotypical roles. Little girls don't normally see the women who play the more contact sports and therefor are unaware of the other options out there.
Sports have both reinforced gender stereotypes as well as break them down. Men and women are becoming more involved in activities not connected to their typical stereotype. The media has contributed to the stereotypes placed on each gender.