Women In Sports

Women In Sports

In the nearly sixty years since World War II, sports have become arguably the single most important institution in our nation. They have overcome issues of race, color, and class; however, one area that faces continual struggling is that of gender equality. More specifically, areas of concern include male/female athlete marketing, perceptions, and pay. Whether we are talking about sexism, sexuality, or just plain ol? sex, sports has played (no pun intended) a role in our distinct interpretation of each. Sports create an alternate fantasy world occupied by less than 1% of the nation?s population where society?s rules are not only bent or broken, but many times cease to exist entirely. The emphasis of this paper is the disparity regarding gender, and the reasons why female sports and athletes continue to be marginalized in comparison to their male counterparts.
One status granted to most male professional athletes is that of a ?playboy?. Whether it is the money, the fame, the houses, the cars, or whatever, male athletes appear to have very few problems attracting members of the opposite sex. Wilt Chamberlain went of record saying that he had sex with over 10,000 women, yet

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