Gender and Sports
Female Athletes and Coaches Portrayed in Media
The decline in sports participation for females is already low, however it is because females face gender segregation and sexism in the sports field. Since sports are associated with masculinity the increase in males are greater than females especially in coaching positions. There is a notion that women must maintain femininity throughout their athletic careers and the way a woman looks is more important than her physical performance. Men believe they are superior to females because they are perceived as being strong, heroic, and more powerful. While women sports are seen as less exciting, boring, slow, and they are not as knowledgeable.