Women athletes deserve a full stadium too

Editor’s Note: This post was written by Leah Taylor, a student in the Spring 2009 Feminist Theory class in The University of Akron’s Women’s Studies Program. To read more student posts, click here.

ua-womens-bballIn today’s society, men rule the world of sports and always have. Have you ever seen a full stadium at a WNBA basketball game? Probably not. But go to an NBA game and there is usually not a seat open.

Why is this? Some might say women just aren’t as exciting or aren’t as good athletes as men are. Others might argue that it is because women’s sports aren’t being advertised enough. Then there are those “brave” souls who might say that women belong in the house, cooking, cleaning, and popping out babies, rather than hitting or dribbling a ball.

I could agree with those who say that women’s sports aren’t being advertised enough or at all for that matter. You see advertisements all over TV and hear them on the radio for men’s sports and sporting events. You rarely see or hear anything about women’s though.

Even back in the early 1900s, women were being discriminated against. There were good years though. But of course they would eventually go bad again. It’s like a never-ending cycle.

Here is an example of women playing baseball in the 1900s. It is pretty lengthy, but you get the point. Discrimination has been going on practically forever. Women have always been looked upon as the “weaker sex” and “the second sex.”

I believe this has a lot to do with the way that they are treated in sports. In general, women are not taken as seriously as men are. This is another reason why women continue to be discriminated against, especially in today’s world.

Men have always been applauded and recognized for their role in sports. Women, not so much.

Don’t get me wrong there are many people who love women’s sport just as much, if not more than men’s, but it is not as visable.

An example that stands out right away to me, is when I was flipping through TV channels one day recently and passed a men’s college basketball game. I noticed the stands were pretty much full of people. I then passed a women’s college basketball game and noticed there were hardly any faces in the stands.

I watched it for a little while, and just thought to myself,  “How sad is that.” Even my boyfriend said to me, “That is sad.”

They put just as much, if not more effort into their game as the men do, and this is the kind of respect that they get? It’s just heartbreaking.

Women’s sports is something that I feel very passionately about. Not just because I played in high school, but because women athletes deserve the same respect and equal treatment that men athletes have been getting their entire careers.

Hopefully, one day women can experience the joy of seeing a full stadium of fans cheering them on.


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