Gender Stereotypes And Gender Roles

1956 Words Apr 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Within society today both males and females are expected to fit in, fulfil and adopt, specific stereotypes and gender roles. In the western world, women are traditionally characterised and expected to be maternal housewife’s, who are obedient and attractive; whereas males are seen to be the breadwinners, who are muscular independent and strong. These characteristics have become ‘normal’ in society, and enforce the gender stereotype roles. However, when these gender ‘norms’ are disturbed, this leads to the creation of new labels and stereotypes, people to be ridiculed and questions to be asked. Although, these traditional gender stereotypes have been around for many years with little change; they are now being confronted and challenged by people within society. One particular area in which these controversial gender stereotypes are being examined is in physical activity and sport. In comparing traditional female gender stereotypes in sports, to that of those in the 21st century, it can be seen that stereotypes in female athletics have improved but there is still a long way to go. Through their increased involvement in sports and physical activity; they are challenging the restrictive views and sexist barriers about their athletic ability, physical appearance and participation. However, it is also evident that the traditional gender stereotypes still prevail. In this essay I examine how gender stereotypes have impacted on females who participate in physical activity,…

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