The Roles Of Gender Inequality In Youth Sports

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As generations pass over time, men and women have had distinct roles in American society based on their biological characteristics and typically common personality traits. Girls and women have always been perceived to be the subordinate sex, while a man’s masculinity places him in a superior position. In United States contemporary society, these gender ideologies limit the extent of “appropriate responsibilities” for each sex. Society has assigned roles to each gender and the adults are responsible for passing those views on to the youth of the next generation.
Over the past decades women vigorously fought for their rights to be equal to men; the creation of feminism allowed women to mold their own paths to gender equality. Those who now
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The boys and girls are separated on the basis that the playing field wouldn’t be fair to the girls as boys have an advantage based on their biological genetics. The separation of men and women was installed and still done to this day by the adults of contemporary society. In Michael Messner’s, “Gender Ideologies, Youth Sports, and the Production of Soft Essentialism,” he conducted interviews with both female and male coaches who willingly admitted that they treat each gender differently on the playing field. A male coach will be rougher with the boys as they are supposed to be toughened up and go with a more gentle approach with girls who are more intact with their emotions and are prone to sensitivity. Adults are programming young boys to show emotions of aggression and insensitivity, this “hardening of boys” shows contemporary society only foresees one role for boys that does not include them to be vulnerable or intimate like girls (Messner 163). That perspective of society is known as hard essentialism; the other ideology of contemporary United States society in which boys are trained to be competitive and always have in mind the outcome of …show more content…
According to Yasmin, “Girls Run the World”, she sees it as her responsibility to reach out for extra support instead of her teacher doing their job and distributing help equally among everyone in the classroom (Pomerantz 197). That type of neoliberal individualism is programmed in young girls into adulthood because they want to be successful on their own and when they see the opposite gender receiving more attention or support they are not angered; they feel the boys need extra help because in areas such as school, which the girls are expected to excel. Throughout these past decades the prevailing gender ideologies have reshaped and changed the structural roles of both women and men. The importance of these differing ideologies is that as time passes they will keep on changing and not necessarily describe roles that provide equality. Whether its society still not grasping that men should have more than a linear path towards competition and success or women not seeing themselves as victims of sexism, there will be a constant criticism of gender roles; in the distant future society perhaps will be able to reach gender equality that is befitting for

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