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Leyla-Denisa Obreja

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It is established as a fact that women’s advancement depends on masculine attitudes towards gender equality. Maybe someday there will be no gender disjointed teams and sports will be played unitedly. Until then, parents, journalists and every individual must support the integration of women in all sports by celebrating their victories, demanding their input, informing them and not judging their sexuality in relation to the physical demands of sporting activities.

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  • Leyla-Denisa Obreja

    Thank you Alessandra for engaging in this conversation. Your Goldieblox @Superbowl idea is brilliant. Moreover, I believe education is key here: in primary school girls and boys should be equally encouraged to pursue the same kind of physical activities and sports. I remember that when I was a kid, my PE classes were split between boys and girls, we would do the "easier'' tasks. I'm not sure if in the US it works that way, but it is problematic. Regarding the ''influence" factor, I don't know how it could be corrected as young people tend to develop at these ages and they are more vulnerable and can be influenced easier. I tend to assume that a gender neutral parenting style combined with the same type of education might combat these problems.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      I agree- it's all in the parenting and schooling. (In the US I definitely did the easier sports in physical education-- and that needs to change).

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is a great point you make, Leyla: "Another factor that contributes to the gender divide is behavioral consumerism: data shows that women are less likely to be spectators of sports of all kind. The motives for spectating differ from one gender to the other, men being more likely to have their self-esteem, aesthetics and escape affected by following certain competitions. Those women who do choose to follow sports appear to be mainly influenced by the men in their lives."

    My niece is really into soccer because my brother is very passionate about it. Otherwise, she loves dolls....and Transformers (bec her male cousin who loves Transformers influenced her). It's really about the support males give to women. Do you think campaigns like Goldieblox at the Superbowl are ways to cut this gender issue with sports and engage more women?: http://www.good.is/posts/vote-for-goldielocks-to-win-the-super-bowl-spot