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  • Surekha

    November 1, 2021 at 11:46 PM

    In current times, a greater share of the sporting spotlight is shone on men’s sports than on the sporting activities of females. The primary reasons are long-standing notions of male physical superiority in all dimensions of life, including sports and the higher investment in infrastructure and playing opportunities for men from a nascent stage. The essay believes that the present situation deprives women of their share of recognition. It elaborates upon the reasons and the outcomes of the situation, followed by a logical conclusion.

    The belief in the greater physical prowess and athleticism of men is widespread in current times. Numerous persons feel that men are biologically tougher than women, which makes their sporting action more exhilarating. The limited physicality of women does not make for an equally eventful experience as their sporting events are considered to be comparatively dour and timid. Additionally, social and cultural beliefs regarding channeling the independent and playful nature of men into constructive activities leads parents to encourage boys to join sports from an early age. For the girl child, the domain of participation is the household. Infrastructure is accordingly developed. The various cricket clubs for boys and young men dotting the expanse of India serve as an example.

    The limited focus on male sporting excellence prevents women from following their passion. Women have to overcome adverse social beliefs to even register their participation in sports. Once they enter the sporting arena, facilities are limited for them. The absence of female toilets and women coaches, as well as instances of sexual and psychological harassment by male peers and trainers, deters many young girls and their family members from pursuing their passion into a full-fledged career. Even when they reach the pinnacle of their sport, the tendency to decry their achievements on account of poor competitiveness leads to a devaluation of their performance. Tennis, long considered to be a bastion of gender equality, continues to dole out lower pay-cheques to female players.

    In conclusion, it must be said that participation of women in sports should be given as much prominence as men. Socio-cultural barriers to participation should be confronted and their performance should not merely be seen from the prism of mere physicality but the nuances in their game should be equally appreciated.

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