“I can do anything better than you”

There has always been a struggle for women’s sports to compete with mens sports. Be it the fact that the WNBA has horrible ratings compared to the all male NBA, or the WPGA which is for all women golfers rather than the PGA for men. The fact remains that in gerneral the average person can name off an arrray of male pro athletes, but very few could rally off more than a hand full of female athletes.

Gatorade ran a series of ads in the 90s that showed Michel Jordan, possibly the most popular male athlete of the time, competeing with Mia Hamm the most poplular female of the time in a multitude of different sportrs. In every sport it seemed as if each athlete was equally matched in their abilities. Yet after the commercials aired there seemed to be no increase in femlae sports viewing.
Thus leaving the professional sports world primarily dominated by males

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9 Responses to “I can do anything better than you”

  1. thesinglegreenlight says:

    I completely agree with this blog post. It is very interesting to think about how people really don’t know much about women’s sports. We discussed this in class and it really makes sense, When I hear of someone saying “We are going to watch the playoffs.” I instantly think of a male sport. It is only when “women’s playoffs” is said that I think of it being a women’s sport. It is interesting to think about this, because at this time and age I would think that everything should be equal, but in this case it definitely it is not.

  2. ace1388 says:

    I believe that male dominated sports have more attention payed to them simply because males can do certain things that females cannot do. For instance, There is a select few females that can dunk in the WNBA, and that is just doing a regular simple dunk. However, when you watch the NBA, basically every male can dunk in different fashions. Therefore, casusing people not to pay attention to certain female sports simply because their is a wow factor when watching males compete. Although, the sports world is dominated by males, I think females are slowly on the rise. Especially, with womans USA soccer, who are by far better than the USA mens soccer team. Females are trying to make things equally, but when females can only jump 9 feet compared to a male jumping 12 feet, it is hard to get people to pay attention.

  3. tvanh001 says:

    I think a lot of that has to do with the intensity of the sports as well. Women may say that their sports can get pretty tough but in Male sporting events, the mix of testosterone and the natural male competition mentality, men sporting events tend to be more intense. There is not going to be high rating for events that do not keep the viewers attention.

  4. I remember these commercials back in the 90’s! The tune used to get stuck in my head all the time! But in regards to what the commercial is trying to say, male sports do get more of the attention due to the contact, excitement, high scores, etc. Male sports are more popular to the public than female sports but women are just as intense in their sports as men are. It is also cool to watch the women compete in the Olympic sporting events and world cups and what not.

  5. andersonk1 says:

    Although, I do not remember the commercials in the 90’s, I definitely agree with the post. Male sports have an upper-hand as opposed to female sports. “The fact remains that in gerneral the average person can name off an arrray of male pro athletes, but very few could rally off more than a hand full of female athletes.” I highly doubt many people can name off even a hand full of female athletes, female sports are just not popular at all.

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