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1.Consider the following quote: “Sport as an arena for the perpetuation of the ideology ofmale superiority and dominance” -From Feminism Lecture.a.Please discuss in detail your knowledge regarding Feminism in Sport.What isFeminism definedandwhat role if any does this play in the sporting world?Finally, 6 themes of Feminism were discussed in lecture.Please pick twoof theseand highlight examples you have seen in sport or (taking the other side) wouldcompletely negate if you find to not be true/overanalyzed? Please aim for qualityof opinion mixed with quality material application here.Sport has historically been seen as a masculine activity where masculinity is rewarded, andfemininity is outcasted. Much of this comes from tradition views of gender ideology. Genderideology refers to attitudes regarding the appropriate roles, rights and responsibilities of menand women in society. Traditional gender ideologies emphasize the value of distinctive rolesfor women and men where men fulfill their family roles through breadwinning activities andwomen fulfill their roles through homemaker and parenting activities.Gender ideology playsa big role in how sport has been carried out throughout the ages. The idea that men areshould be strong, aggressive, fast and competitive is reproduced in many sports.Despiteincreased sport participation opportunities for girls and women, they are under representedin all facets of leadership at all levels of sport especially at the top where the real power isheld. This leads into the theme of thepatriarchy. The patriarchy refers toa system of societyor government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.Whenwomen are selected for leadership positions, the women selected for leadership positionswere not openly feminist, and they had experience with, knowledge about, and, commitmentto their sport. These findings demonstrated how male leaders used their power to maintainboundaries that allowed for male leadership to dominate and women’s participation to belimited to those who fit the model of leader as defined by the men on those boards. Oneexample of this is The University f Connecticut’s former Women’s basketball coach RenePortland. Although having a female coach would be good for females across the board,Portland was not a positive role model for all women and upheld many of the standardpatriarchal beliefs specifically the negative feelings towards homosexuals.Oftentimes, massmedia perpetuates stereotypes and generalizations used to define andjudge individuals classified in a particular gender. These stereotypes are extremely harmful toeveryone because stereotypes fail to tell the whole story and are generally exaggerated orinaccurate. We saw this happen with Sarena Williams as she was mocked in an Australiannewspaper called the sun in response to Sarena protesting a call made by the umpire during amatch. In the Newspaper, Sarena was depicted as a grotesque, monstrous figure throwing atemper tantrum while her opponent, Naomi Osaka who is of Japanese and Haitian decentwas depicted as a slender, white feminine figure with blonde hair
From our “Culture of Celebrity” lesson- Author Joseph Epstein argues thatFAMEis somethingthat is “earned”while simply (especially in today’s day and age) thatcelebrityis simply“promoted.”Do you agree with this statement? Please cite examples from the lecture. Finally,the German term SCHADENFREUDE was brought up in the reading as well as in lecture. Whatdoes this term mean and have you personally seen this regarding celebrity culture in sport?I agree with Epstein’s take that fame is earned and celebrity is simply promoted. Theentertainment business is the business of trying to capture the attention of the masses bypretty much any means necessary. The most entertaining or eye catching entertainer is rarelyactually the best at their craft, they are just the person who has everyone’s attention. This isthe idea of the celebrity. A good example of this is Jake Paul doing his boxing exhibitions. Jakeis a figure that has no real credible talent however he has the ability to be eye catching adpolarizing which makes people want to watch his fights over actual skilled boxers. True fameis something that will stand the test of time and see the entertainer remembered forever.These are the entertainers who had to work hard to perfect their craft and grabbed theattention of the masses through their skill aloneSchadenfreude refers to the maliciousenjoyment that isderived from observing someoneelse'smisfortune. Schadenfreude is seen all the time in this day in age due to social mediaallowing people to say virtually anything they want without facing any real repercussionson most occasions. Essentially, people love to hate especially when it is someone that svery successful because people who lack the courage to put themself out there will oftentimes be rubbed the wrong way by people who do. One example of this is FloydMayweather. Floyd is 50-0 and was not the most entertaining boxer to watch stylistically,however his meteoric rise to stardom was the hope that one day he may finally lose so allhis haters could finally have a reason to celebrate. Many athletes adopt this promotionalstyle of being the villain that everyone wants to see lose, but few have done it assuccessfully as Floyd.
1.Please define and explain the definition of a sports“hero”from lecture. Would you addanything/subtract from this definition? Finally, the scholar Van Berg highlighted that,“hero’s seem to be admired forathletic competence and social values.”Please identifyyour personal sporting hero and elaborate on why you find them heroic utilizing 2-3 ofthe attributes proposed by Van Berg in class that fit your individual presented.
honesty was being true to himself and dedicating his life to his craft because it was what he

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