Lecture 10: Sporting Gender
Women as sports media authors and subjects
We generally think of sports as a male interest
Women have always been physically active but have
excluded from organized sports since a decade ago
Women’s bodies are too fragile for sports their bodies
would become to masculine and it would distract you
from other responsibilities at home.
It was in 1900 hundred Paris games that included women
and that included tennis and golf.
Over time more women’s event have been added every
Currently the there are two Olympic games that don’t
include women skiing games in the winter games and
boxing games in the summer.
Some people believed that women would not be able to
complete meaningfully in the early days of the Olympics
Even though they have been competing for a 100 years
and men since the beginning they are catching up.
Women are now participating in sports more then ever.
They’re still underrepresented, why?
Wollstonecraft was a feminist of the early 1800s that said
that its very well and good to say men are more
physically fit and athletic but if we are not giving women
the same opportunity from a early age then how are we
ever going to know?
When women are represented how are they represented
in sports :
Sports were designed by men and for boys.
It’s more comfortable to see women as feminine and to
feminine for sports. There’s still a tendency for an example to call women by
their first name by commentators.
We still have a lot of anxiety about strong women and
what that means for women.
Playing a long empowerment or exploitation: women keep
the images the women media plays going.
These images suggest empowerment and the way the
media is trying to portray them.
Women portrayed in heterosexual images that
emphasize their sexuality, and domestic lives.
This takes light away from non-heterosexual women in
sports and makes lesbian women in sports invisible.
Sport is very gendered in this culture.
The view of boys on women is being delayed during their
Women are still underrepresented in sports and when
they are represented its stereotypical representation.
If we equate masculinity with strength and power and
feminity to motherhood and the domestic sphere then we
have a problem when talking about female athletes.
As soon as you have one gender trying to reach out of
their categories into another then it becomes hard to
keep masculinity and feminity in a box.
What we decide is highly masculine or feminine in sport is
These aren’t empowering images and there not the kind
of images that get young women to say yes I can look like
that if I becom