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With the NCAA tournament in full swing, there has been no bigger view of the sports gender bias in America as there is right now. When a person is asked who they have winning their bracket or who will be the cinderella story this year and make a surprise run in the tournament, only one bracket comes to mind, the Men’s NCAA tournament bracket. As an avid sports fan and a religious SportsCenter viewer, I know an awful lot about sports, however, I could only name a couple teams in the women’s NCAA tournament, maybe three at most. It is not due to my lack of interest in women’s basketball that I am naive to their tournament, but the sports gender bias in society as a whole favoring men that is to blame. I get my sports information three ways, from gossip with friends, from television, primarily SportsCenter, or from internet sources, such as ESPN.com, facebook, or twitter. The fact of the matter is that with these three sources, women’s basketball, or women’s sports in general, are barely ever talked mentioned, if at all. When gossiping with my friends, primarily males, they will talk about the Men’s NCAA tournament, the recent happenings in the NHL or NBA, the off season trades or story lines in the NFL and MLB, or how sexy Skylar Diggins or Hope Solo is. The only time females are mentioned is if they are good looking, never a thing about the performance in their respective sport. Furthermore, the MLB and NFL are currently not even in season and these topics still take precedence over the ongoing WNBA season or the Women’s NCAA tournament. One might infer that these are the only sports we talk about because we are a group of all males gossiping. However, the crazy fact of the matter is, that if I talk to a female about sports, all of the same topics come up. There is never talk of anything to do with women relating to sports. Furthermore, in groups of all girls talking, there is still rarely ever talk of anything to do with women’s sports. The fact that women’s sports are inferior to male sports seems to be the consensus not only in Dearborn, or Michigan, but in America as a whole and quite possibly the entire globe. Sports are a huge part of American culture, therefore, if feminists are seeking equality of the sexes, this issue would be a great place to start.


3 Comments

  1. rwhensle says:

    I couldn’t agree more. Sports conversations between my family and friends are probably 99% of the time about male sports and/or male athletes. Sadly, I don’t know if I could even name a female athlete that isn’t at least somewhat attractive. Even though my family consists of mostly women (5 sisters, 3 brothers) all being huge sports fans, I can honestly say I don’t remember the last time we had a conversation about a female athlete. I feel the problem stems from what the sporting media outlets present to the general public.

  2. dsielski says:

    I would like to think that Brittney Griner is an exception to your rule. Sadly though, she still isn’t talked about in terms of her performance on the basketball court, which has been one of legendary proportion, but only how “manly” she looks or how she reminds people of “Juwanna Mann”, a basketball movie about a man dressing up as a woman and playing in the WNBA. Sad, but most definitely true.

    • jtfick says:

      I’m glad that you mentioned Brittney Griner as a comment. She is one of the best women’s basketball players to ever play in NCAA Division I. Not only is she extremely dominant in the sport, but she can also dunk, which is basically never heard of by girls. Barely ever does she get any type of recognition on Sports Center or even in an article on, say, Yahoo Sports. We, as a society, make it seem that women’s sports don’t matter at all. On top of that, she is a student-athlete, so not only is she one of the best to ever play her sport, but she continues to excel in the classroom. There is a slim margin of people that have the talent to play a college sport, but there is an even slimmer margin of people being able to do well in the classroom while traveling out of the state 2-3 times a week to play a basketball game. These women go through the same struggles on the men do, and they should be recognized equally as much.

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