Gender Inequality in Sport
All women deserve the opportunity to have a voice and participate in all aspects of public life (including sport). Yet in our society, women and girls live within the confines of rigid gender norms, which frequently result in inequality.
Should women be allowed to participate in men's sport categories?
“Sport, it is argued, is not unbiased, but is structured along gendered lines, and is characterised by male-orientated values such as aggression, strength, power and the ability to dominate others physically". - (Collins & Jackson, 2007, pg 41)
In our society, sport is seen to support and reinforce the patriarchal ideologies and structures of our society. The participation of women in sport in its current form is seen to involve continued subjugation of women to male dominance.
Women are not expected to exhibit traits of masculinity. When this occurs in sport, female athletes are often subjected to criticism.
Feminists believe women have been systematically devalued and oppressed by society and feel the need to abolish oppression and empower woman to transform the cultures in which they are devalued. - Adapted from Collins and Jackson (2007)