Gender Identity And Its Effect On Society

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Although gender identity is an ascribed status one given at birth , society shapes that identity through socialization. In the process of learning traits and activities that are desirable and correct individuals internalize approved sex role behavior as a real part of themselves. (pg.500, Parrillo).The female, in the world of sport earns the achieved status but then through society and Social Conditioning falls into the role of being in the ascribed status.
SocioHistorical Perspective In 1896, Baron Pierre de Coubertin founder of modern Olympics stated : No matter how toughened a sportswoman may be her organism is not cut out to sustain certain shocks Those words placed over the gender of the female were motivating factors that generated the athlete.
Though degrading, I believe encouraging. Coubertin’s words were also influential to the world of sport, impacting the lives of many women, and possibly causing a setback to women’s rights.
A rights based understanding of sport and physical activity has been present since the founding of the United Nations. In 1948, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights set out a framework of rights and duties recognized that “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality”(article 26). “Everyone has the right to freely participate in the cultural life of the community”(article 27). In 1967-1968 a group of young women started the Women’s Liberation Movement, a radical feminist movement,…
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