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Gender in sport.

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Gender in sport Gender is a socially constructed, multi-faceted issue, which is not based on biological differences. The roles of parents, peers and the media are imperative in this construction, especially in the area of sport. Sport is an integral aspect of life, and is an important issue in childhood and adolescence. Education and mass media are powerful agents of socialization and play influential roles in the construction of masculinity and femininity. Yet these could be the agents that break down these images and promote change within our society. This essay looks at the many issues involved with gender and sport, and gives achievable implications to promote change. Children do not learn how to act male or female by being passive. They actively participate in activities that assist in developing their gender. As well, children receive messages from around them that reinforce notions of what it is to be male or female. ...read more.

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receive the recognition that they rightly deserve, which has resulted in an uneven spread of publicity and therefore, lack of positive role models for girls. From the absence of female role models in sports, young students may assume that to be 'feminine' is to be passive and only supportive of male dominated sports. Physiologically and developmentally, this notion is unfounded; as it has been proven that properly trained pre-pubescent girls could adequately compete with boys in contact sports. Given that some girls mature at an earlier rate, some girls may have a physiological advantage over the boys of the same age group Although girls are capable of participating and competing in male dominated sports, few adults advocate this. Therefore it can be said that gender issues in some sports are still very much culturally fixed. In order for things to change, children should be encouraged to participate in sports previously dominated by the opposite sex, and the education of parents, and other influential members of society ...read more.

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Rarely are females seen in sporting photos with an accompanying headline and an in depth story. Usually the articles consist of a brief outline of the event with no photo and a small caption. This further reinforces to children the ideal of what it is to be feminine or masculine. "Our culture expects females to be spectators and cheerleaders of male sports Gender is socially constructed and is not an innate characteristic. It can be challenged on an individual basis, but influences from peers, parents, school and the media go a long way to set the boundaries for masculine and feminine behaviors. There are many benefits of sport provided that it is undertaken in an equitable manner. Sufficient role models should be provided to children, especially girls as they are drastically under represented in mass media circles. Teachers should be aware of gender differences that exist and how gender stereotypes are constructed in order to begin to break down the gender barriers that exist and therefore begin a cycle of change. ...read more.

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