Love and Basketball

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Whitney Britt/Amanda Rodriguez
Professor Bruner
English 110 A 17
November 9, 2011
All for the Love of the Game
“All is fair in love and basketball”. In the movie “Love and Basketball”, two main social issues occurred which caused a plethora of problems for the two main characters. Discrimination and relationship issues are two highly ranked social issues in the world today. They were incorporated in the movie “Love and Basketball” to help advertise their importance. Interviews, research and personal experiences have really broadened our thoughts and feelings towards the inequality between gender and how relationships can affect an athlete’s performance.

Discrimination between male and female has really spiraled out of control throughout the years. Males receive the benefit that discrimination offers by having more job opportunities, higher salary, and more respect from their surroundings. “In 2005, the median earnings for female physicians in the United States were $145,000 while for males it rose to $165,000” (Schaefer 188). While women perform the same task on the job as men, they still are lessened in pay and also discriminated against during job interviews. Society gives males the upper hand over women to were they dominate in most things such as jobs, sports and households. Discrimination was eventually noticed throughout things such as athletics and the government then enforced Title XI. “No person in the United States, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance” ( Title XI). The outcome of this law was that it gave equal funding for every sport, women or men. It also helped produce many 1st class female athletes in the late 20th century. By making things fair for men and women, it gives them both the same opportunities to succeed.

Another social issue that occurs in everyday life is how our personal relationships seem to affect our emotional state to where we cannot perform at our best during certain activities. Simple daily activities such as going to work, picking up the kids or just studying for a test could be slightly interfered by relationships. Relationship issues such as a fight with your best friend, a break up with your significant other or a dramatic occurrence in your family could cause a change in your emotional state. Problems within a relationship tend to cause people to make mistakes that they wouldn’t normally make, have poor judgment and also lose focus in their overall goals.

In the movie “Love and Basketball”, there are two main characters named Quincy and Monica who grew up in the same neighborhood loving the same game which was basketball. They both originated from two different backgrounds. Quincy’s dad was a professional basketball player which caused his family to be very wealthy and well known. Monica’s family wasn’t financially stable or very supportive of her love for the game. Throughout high school, Quincy and Monica were best friends and this caused tension for both of them. As it was easy for Quincy to get recruited since his dad was a retired professional, Monica was on a thin block of ice because she let out all her frustrations about Quincy on the court. As they grew up, Monica and Quincy end up falling in love with each other and attending the same college USC on a basketball scholarship. At the beginning, Quincy had it easy, a starting position, popularity, and an amazing girlfriend. For Monica, everything was opposite. Monica had to work extremely hard for her starting position, she was known as “Quincy’s girlfriend” and overtime Quincy started to treat her different. As Monica’s career started to go uphill, Quincy’s career began to decrease. A family issue such as finding out that his dad was lying to him about cheating on his mother with another woman caused Quincy to lose sight in his dreams of obtaining his education....
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