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2 SEX AND GENDER Sex and Gender Gender Discrimination against Women in Sports Introduction Gender discrimination has been a controversial issue in many areas of the society including the community, workplace, government, and sports. Discrimination of women in sports has remained an issue that has not been dealt with appropriately by major sporting organizations including Olympics and World Cup. Over decades, more focus has been on other forms of discrimination such as racism, but the little discussion has been done regarding gender inequality in sports, issues of transgender, sexual orientation of athletes and fairness in salaries and respect. Discrimination of women in sports presents itself in various forms such as how women are depicted in media, the amount of money they get as funding in sports, their gender identity and other gender issues such as domestic violence, pregnancy and leave of absence ( Brown and Stone, 2016). In regards to payment and remuneration, women are earning a fraction of what their male counterparts in the same discipline earn especially in Football, Basketball, Soccer and other major sports. The paper will analyze the discrimination of women in sports due to issues of gender inequality, sexuality, and fairness. Gender Inequality in Sports First, gender inequality is the notion that males and females are not equal and the general population regards women as the inferior gender in many aspects of life. Many sports are generally regarded as male events due to the level of aggression, power and masculinity involved that easily disqualifies women to participate since they are generally weak and less strong than men are. Gender inequality is synonymous to unfairness to women and the society have come to accept the idea that certain things that women cannot do or participate in which hinders women
3 SEX AND GENDER empowerment and limit their voice in the society ( Sherwood et al., 2017). In professional sports, 40% of women are discriminated against in terms of their gender, race, sexuality, financially and position in society. Historically, women are considered second-class citizens in sports, receive fewer media coverage, receive little payment, and they are judged a lot about their looks, physical strength and nature of sports to play. According to Campbell (2017), Olympics founder argued that women are too weak for sports and not until recently that, many women are participating in Olympics in different sports outside of women sports. In today’s sports world, women’s sports are neglected because they are not considered to carry the same value as men’s sports. For example, in the United States of America, the Women National Basketball Association (WNBA) is less popular than the dominant National Basketball Association (NBA) for men that is considered elite and more interesting due to the athleticism involved and popularity of players. In

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