Physical Education: Sexism
Quinton N. Hankins
Itawamba Community College
More than 20 years ago. Congress enacted Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which provides in part that "No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance". Since this document was mandated into Federal policy, there are still many universities that have failed to comply with what was written within the document. Therefore, actions will soon take place. Sexism should be stopped in men’s and women’s sports. Women should have the same fairness in the media as men do.
Why is it that the media shows more men sports than women’s? Men have normally held power. Therefore, they have more control over the sports media. There are many examples of differences in perceived roles between men and women that have led to women being discriminated against. In 1972 a policy known as Title IX was written and mandated into Federal policy. Title IX states “no person.....shall, on the basis of sex….be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance” (Walters, p. 2). Title IX bans gender discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funds, including elementary and secondary schools, laboratories, museums, and colleges and universities. After more than 30 years since the beginning of Title IX, there is still no gender equality among men and women in sports. Sexism dwells on the surface of sports media. Sports have been said to be rather sexist when it comes down to women and men. Men usually get more publicity than women do. Women are usually sexually suggestive when they are publicized. Men’s sports take up a space in the media. With more men’s sports being shown on TV and such, there isn’t a lot of available media left for...
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