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November 4 2014 Introduction to Femininity and Sport Unlike masculinity hegemonic femininity is not centered in and around sports Sports do not define femininity the way they define masculinity Even though a lot of women play sports the relationship between femininity and sport is complicated childlike and pure but still seductive social sweet mysterious sexy and smart nurturing motherly submissivesexually available be someone a man would want to marry skinny and curvy Powerful politically and in other ways bossy aggressive opinionative androgynous athletic tallstrong Many sports have a tradition of having feminine traits ie figure skating synchronized swimming arrhythmic gymnastics based off the idea that you might speak differently or behave differently in some situations as opposed to other situations generally found in African American culture regular code switching is when you speak two languages fluently and go back and forth between them ie Spanglish or Franglais female athletes do not have to be involved in feminine sports to be feminine most obviously when you re in a very masculine sport if you want people to view you as feminine you need to look very feminine when you re off the field Female athletes are already on the wrong side of femininity This has a lot to do with the socially constructed idea of what it means to be a woman Sports define masculinity but they preempt femininity Article The Golden Ratio The One Number That Describes How Men s World Records Compare With Women s ibv Robinson Meyer In two sports swimming and track women s performance seems to be catching up to men s performance Supposedly based on past trends in the relationship between women s records and men s records they will eventually be the same The Golden Ratio Women s world record times in an array of running and swimming events hover around 90 of men s world record times women are swimmingrunning 90 as fast as men Trends over time In swimming the women s world record times are matching men s world record times from the late 1960 s FoJo still holds the current women s 100m dash world record time 1988 That time is 95 as fast as men s world record Most importantly women s record times have improved at a much faster rate than men s times have In swimming the gap is closing faster in backstroke and freestyle Also very long races seem to benefit women marathon open water swimming What does it mean If trends continue this way women will catch up to men Either men will reach a point where they can t go any faster and women will catch up OR men will keep going faster but women will get faster at a quicker rate and will catch up that way However Meyer makes four good points that complicate the issue These are Olympians not regular folks Women may have already peaked We may be approaching a point where humans are the fastest they can go unaided It may become increasingly difficult to know what unaided means and who is or is not unaided Vocabulary an unexpected and unpredictable changes in the same time period happening at the same time a predetermined set of rules Article The Olympic Struaale Over Sex by Alex Dreqer Sex Testing at the Olympics Used to be for everyone Began in 1950 and was introduced to the Olympics in 1968 Was done as recently as the Atlanta Olympics in 1996 Resolution passed at 1996 IOC World Conference on Women and Health to discontinue the current process of gender verification during the Olympic Games Because it disproportionately affects women IOC voted to discontinue sex testing for everyone in June 1999 BUT in individual cases the IOC still holds onto the right to test if suspicion arises this brings up a lot of issues There s no formal way to submit someone for testing concern can be brought up by anyone People seeming too masculine subjective opinions If women do too well then something must be wrong Vocabulary 2 to be known as something by reputation assumed or generally accepted to be something having to do with the study of hormones and the system of hormones and glands Homework Read article Against the Ropes