Hegemonic Masculinity And Its Impact On Equity And Access Essay

1017 Words Jun 14th, 2016 null Page
In sport it is generally expected that participants be competitive, courageous, determined, muscular, powerful and strong. These qualities describe a stereotypical male as men are expected to be have these characteristics to be considered manly. On the contrary women are expected to be quiet, passive and nurturing, which are qualities not ideal to the competitive nature of sport. These stereotypical ideologies support the description of hegemonic masculinity and generate inequalities in sports participation as men are portrayed to have dominance over women, majorly in western societies. Throughout this essay, gender inequality and its major contribution to the issue of equity and access to participation in sport will be discussed, as well as its causes and impact and furthermore how it informs teaching practices.

Hegemonic masculinity has a significant impact on equity and access to participation in sport. The association of gender roles within society, which are the expectation of certain behaviours is greatly reflected within hegemonic masculinity. Hegemony is about the winning and holding of power and therefore hegemonic masculinity emphasises the dominant social position of men (Donaldson, 1993, pp. 643-657). Women are often portrayed as being less in comparison to men especially in the context of sport as it mainly focuses on male traits of masculinity giving men a sense of superiority over women. “The light in which women are portrayed is vastly dimmer than the one…

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