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Annika sorenstam. I will be talking to you about Annika Sorenstam and how she played in a male golf tournament.

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Annika Sorenstam Good morning/ afternoon class and Mr Curran, today I will be talking to you about Annika Sorenstam and how she played in a male golf tournament. Annika Sorestam is a professional golfer that was born in Sweden on October 9 1970. She won 90 international tournaments as a pro and tops the LPGA's career money list with over 22million dollars worth of money. Annika Sorenstam made history at the bank of America colonial tournament in 2003 as the first women to ever play in a men's PGA tour since 1945. But the male golfers did not like this. Annika Sorenstam's goal was to try and break the behaviour of the men towards the women and their sports. I think it was good for Annika Sorenstam to play in a male golf tournament and I'm going to explain why today. Socialisation is the process by which individuals learn what is acceptable in their society. ...read more.

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These qualities together are called 'hegemonic masculinity. A lot of people say only males should play certain sports like AFL and Rugby because they are more hegemonic. Then people say the sports that only girls should play are Netball and Soccer. Sport is made for anyone at anytime. It doesn't matter what gender plays what. Most often males are known to be hegemonic, so when Sorenstam entered the male tournament, comments from the males in the tournament came out. In 2003 Annika entered the PGA tour competition, which is one of the biggest comps going round. She was the first woman to play in a males tournament in 45 years. Viljay Singh withdrew from the competition saying, 'she will have no business.' Nick Price said, this is a publicity stunt. And others said they hope she doesn't make it through the cut. These comments are terrible. Just because a female entered a male golf tournament doesn't mean you leave the comp or make stupid comments like it is a public stunt. ...read more.

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In the olden days if a female even watched any sport they were stoned to death, which is ridiculous. This was just showing to the world the power men have in comparison to women. Male dominance occurred for centuries, however as time has passed, women's position in sport has increased. And women are now seen competing in physical activities that are stereotyped as masculine activities for men. After close analysis, I believe that Annika Sorenstam strengthened the place and position of other golfers around the world because they will now have the ability to do what she did in golf and in all other sports. It was great that she entered the male PGA tour. She found out how good she was and improved her overall game at the same time. She also helped society learn that women can play mens sport it doesn't matter what gender they are. Most males are thought to be more hegemonic than women so it's going to be a long time before men and women go in a same tournament. ...read more.

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