Essay about Gender, Gender And Gender Roles

793 Words Apr 28th, 2016 4 Pages
Until recently gender and sex have both been viewed in binary terms, and considered interchangeable. Now as more people are publicly identifying as trans, agender, or nonbinary, and different sexual orientations are coming to light, feminism and human rights have expanded these concepts in order to encompass people who are more marginalized than their cisgender and heterosexual counterparts. However, the idea of the gender binary is still strictly enforced through popular culture, and especially through sports, where women and men are completely divided. This has some practical grounding because of the physiological differences between the sexes, but the idea of “separate but equal” has not transferred to the public image and stereotypes women in sports receive. Sports have become an enclave for hypermasculinity where strict Victorian American gender roles prevail, deeming aggression, competitiveness, and athletic skill strictly male traits. Women in sports have faced an uphill battle combatting these stereotypes because of the strict gender binary norms imposed on sports that inherently keep women inferior to men. As women began to impose on the historically men’s world of sports, their femininity immediately came into question, and their physical strength and power were deemed unattractive and wrong. In the public’s eye, women were not allowed to nor should be able to be as good as men at sports because the characteristics needed to succeed were powerful and therefore…

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