“No matter how toughened a sportswoman may be, her organism is not cut out to sustain certain shocks.” Said founder of the modern Olympics Baron Pierre de Coubertin in 1896.Now that it is 2013 I wish I could say there isn’t any type of discrimination when it comes to sports, but I notice it all the time. From reading the news, watching ESPN, listening to people talk about sports, knowing girls who played the “boys” sports and playing on ODU Co-Rec teams I have come to realize this really does still exist. Women still do not get paid equally, they do not receive the same praise for their success, they do not receive the same amount of airtime on TV or in the news, and the way the media negatively portrays women compared to men.
Why is it that we have discrimination in sports? Statistics show that female sports do not carry the same weight as male sports. A study was done on four major newspapers (USA Today, the Boston Glove, the Orange County Register and the Dallas Morning news) and it was found that women only sport stories totaled just 3.5 percent of all the sport stories. So not only are women not paid equally as men but also they do not receive the same amount of coverage, this supports the idea that women’s sports are not as valued as men.
Our society portrays women athletes as weak, young, thin and sex objects. When you Google male athletes you get pictures of men actually playing sports, but when you Google women you find demeaning, suggestive and hottest female athlete pictures. Why is it that our society portrays women athletes as sex objects? These pictures are not only degrading to women, but create more harmful effects, because athletes are role models. Do we want the children of today’s society to see these degrading photos? I don’t think so. It seems that women athletes are not respected or famous for their talent like the men, but for how their bodies look.
If she is a tennis player why is she in a swim suite on the cover of a magazine? Shouldn’t she be holding a tennis racquet?
We couldn’t have a women’s football league, because of course women aren’t as strong or fast as men so instead our great society comes up with lingerie football. So men get to wear pads, and be completely covered from head to toe, but women need to run around in their underwear just to catch some ratings or to play football? The way we portray women is why we have so many young girls who feel in adequate and have low self esteems, because they do not look like the thin sex role models we portray. This fall I played on an ODU Co-rec flag football team and instead of treating women like equals even the rules of the game are setup so that you have to make a play to a girl after a play to a guy and girls touchdowns were more points. Isn’t it sad to think that we have to have rules that say you have to treat a girl equal and to let them play equally on your team? I was personally offended as a girl who grew up playing football with my older brothers to be told that just, because I was a girl my touchdowns would be more points. These rules are put in place so that girls don’t just sit on the bench on these Co-rec teams, but they also allow gender discrimination to be okay. They are saying that well just because you are a girl you can’t play like the boys, so we are going to have to put in place rules, so that your teammates will use you.
The video I have added shows numerous female athletes, but instead of posing in degrading pictures they are proudly in their uniforms saying “I am an athlete.”These women know that men are bigger, faster and stronger, but they want to be recognized as equals and be allowed to play the sports they love. They show that it’s not about gender and that it is about the skill you have.