Boys are to ballet, girls are to rugby

by andree-anne talbot on November 6, 2013 - 11:25pm

It is inked in our minds that most of sports are for men and those who are being tagged “women sport” cannot be practiced by men without being judged. On the other side, it is the same thing for women who enjoy playing a “men sport”. In these articles I learned a lot about gender stereotypes in the world of sports. What is interesting is that many examples and lived experiences are given.



In the first article it is describing a study that have been made and its results. The study have been done on sportive teenagers. They were asked some questions about the feminity and masculinity of three different sport. Ballet was representing “women sport”, Karate was the “men sport” and Tennis was the “neutral sport”. It ended up that people really respected the stereotypes in their thoughts because karate was still more of men sport, ballet more of a women sport and tennis was still on both sides. Also it was shown that karate is more likely to be a feminine sport than ballet would be likely to be a masculine sport. Basically it is that girls practicing karate seemed more common to these teenagers than boys dancing the ballet.


The second article is about encouraging  young girls to play sports and telling them this is not only for boys. “Girls get Sporty” is an organization for getting girls to try new sport. Their goal is to motivate them and explain them sport isn’t only for boys and that even sports like rugby and football aren’t just a men’s thing. Little girls who are playing in a football club are saying that they would have enjoy to start even sooner, but they admit that if they wouldn’t have had older brothers they wouldn’t have been as much interested in that sport. Also, older women playing such sports and encouraging these girls are agreeing with them and adding the idea of proving to people that girls can play these games, there are no reason they aren’t strong enough for that.


These two article are related because they are both about sport and stereotypes and men/women. Also I think they are completing each other because one is a study and the other is the applied situation in real life. If I would have just read the article about the study I wouldn’t have been sure about how can this be applied in a real situation, but the second article comes in proving what the first one was describing. What I mean is that the second article agrees with the first one and is showing that actually, there are stereotypes in sports because these girls and women are trying to fight against them.














This academic article has been peer reviewed so it is a really trustable source. The study was really interesting and well detailed. There is also a chart with the results of the study so it is easier to understand.




Grant, Katie. “ Professionals help girls kick against sport stereotypes”, The Independent,


I like the way people are giving their opinion in this article. Those who are giving their opinions are professionals in the sport industry and they know what they are talking about. 

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