Oh, you play sports? Why aren’t you more manly looking?

February 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

Everyone is guilty of doing it. When we hear about women athletes, we conjure an image in our head before we even realize that we have. What do you think of when I say “cheerleader”? I bet many of you are picturing thin blond women of below average intelligence in short skirts. What about softball players? Or swimmers? What are some stereotypes about female athletes that you have heard? It is unfortunate that stereotypes exist when it comes to women in sports, but the reality is that they do exist, and we must learn to be cognizant of them and not let them dictate our perceptions.

Did you imagine this? This is an example of female rugby players:

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