Essay on Sexism

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Savana Bishop
October 11, 2012
Sexism in American Sports Sexism is a highly controversial topic, no matter the application. Throw it into American sports? We might just have a scandal worthy enough to make it to the back page in a crummy tabloid. I’m not saying it’s an unimportant issue, any amount of sexism anywhere is a major problem, I’m just saying it won’t be making the front page anytime soon. Why isn’t sexism in sports making front page news? In the newspaper article -written in 2004 during the Athens Olympics- Sex Sells, and Many Athletes Are Cashing In by Thomas Huang, Huang discusses female athletes’ use of their sex appeal. Huang writes, “Advocates for women’s sports don’t blame the athletes for taking advantage of the
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. . . (162) Turns out in the war torn United States, baseball had to take a back seat. When 1944 rolled around, many were sure that Major League Baseball was about to drop off the map, with major players going out to war, team owners grew increasingly concerned that the player quality would diminish causing fans to lose interest in the game. In late 1942 Philip K. Wrigley, owner of the Chicago Cubs, made a plan in cahoots with Ken Sells, the assistant to the general manager of the club to begin a committee to save baseball. They founded the AAGBL in 1943; but it should be noted that they began their league in history known as the All-American Girls’ Softball League (AAGSL). As soon as the male-dominated world of sports caught wind of this, the commentary speculated on a feminine takeover of the All-American sport. They came up with “girlish” names such as the “Glamour Gals” and the Rockettes”. The women were expected to fit their gender role, being forced to attend “Charm School” and each player was expected to have proper etiquette in dealing with sportsmanship, the public and most importantly male baseball fans. Vignola states, “The players were always ‘ladies first’ and ballplayers second.” The uniforms were also quite feminine, designed by Otis Shepard with the assistance of Ann Harnett the uniforms were

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