SPORTS AND STEREOTYPES

by andree-anne talbot on Novembre 20, 2013 - 11:26am

 

 

SPORTS AND STEREOTYPES

 

Box, hockey, karate, rugby, football… These are quite violent sports and at the same time they are boys sports and gymnastic, artistic skating and synchronized swimming are girls sports. But these are just stereotypes and it can lead to several problems for athletes of both genders.  What about bullying, discrimination and broken dreams?

 

Bullying:

 

There is bullying to boys and girls who like playing a sport that is labeled as the opposite gender. So, for example a boy who like to dance ballet, could be seen as gay or a weak boy because ballet is more of a girl sport rather than a boys sports.  The same thing could happen to a gir lwho likes to play football.

 

Discrimination:

 

Athletes who are enrolled in sport of the opposite gender from their’s are often discriminated. Discrimination and bullying looks kind of the same but there is still a small difference. In that case, the boy enjoying dancing ballet would be discriminated because of what people think of him. For example he could do an audition for an important dance group but p3eople can think “… Oh! He’s a guy he won’t get in for sure!”. Discrimination is making a distinction between things or people. So, if that guy hear all the time that he won’t succeed because he is a guy, maybe he will actually won’t succeed just because of that.

 

Broken dreams:

I read in an article that young girls are enjoying watching their older brothers playing football and that they would like to give this a try. But because of all the stereotypes, they never tried it because people think it is too violent for girls and too dangerous.  I also learned about a girl who played for the football team of her middle school but after one year, the principles told her she couldn’t play for the team anymore just because she was a girl. Unfortunately for, her dream was to be one of the first women to play football in a professional league.

 

It would be so sad if that girl couldn’t reach her dream just because of discrimination or even bullying. The thing is, she is not the only one and this is just stereotypes and maybe we should let them aside…

 

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