When a female athlete does not meet the standards set by society for what it means to be a “real” female athlete, they can experience a great deal of backlash. In this article, we’ll explore how athletes who do not fit into the traditional mold can still be successful in their chosen sport, and why society’s perception of females in sports is so important.
Female athletes have always been a part of sport
Female athletes have always been a part of sport, from ancient times to the present day. Female athletes have competed at every level of sport and excelled in disciplines ranging from track and field to swimming and cycling.
However, there are some sports where women’s participation is not as widespread as it could be. In this blog, we will take a look at why female athletes in some sports are not considered female athletes, and what can be done to improve the situation.
In order to fully understand why female athletes in some sports are not considered female athletes, it is important to first understand the definition of a female athlete. According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), “A female athlete is a person who participates in a sport under the auspices of an international sporting organisation”. This means that by definition, a female athlete must compete as part of a team event or at an official international event sanctioned by an organisation such as the IOC. Female athletes who compete individually at local, regional or national events do not meet this criterion and are not considered female athletes by the IOC.
There are many reasons why female athletes in certain sports may not be considered female athletes by
Female athletes are now taking up more athletic disciplines
There was a time when female athletes were only allowed to participate in one type of sport: athletics. However, times have changed, and now there are a greater variety of athletic disciplines open to women.
This change has largely been due to the efforts of female athletes themselves. As they have become more established in their chosen sports, they have fought for their right to compete in other disciplines, and for the recognition that these sports are just as worthy as athletics.
Nowadays, women can be found competing in everything from swimming to cycling to weightlifting. And while this diversity is great for the sport industry, it can be difficult for female athletes who are still considered ‘female athletes’ rather than ‘athletic disciplines’.
It can be hard to break into a field that is seen as traditionally male-dominated, and many female athletes find it hard to gain the respect they deserve. However, with persistence and dedication, any athlete can achieve their goals.
Female athletes are now receiving equal pay for equal work.
When is a female athlete not a female athlete?
This question has been plaguing the minds of many people for quite some time now. In recent years, the debate around this topic has only become more prominent as the number of women in sports has continued to grow.
While it is still important to have discussions about why there are so few women in certain sports, at the heart of the matter is money. Female athletes are now receiving equal pay for equal work. This means that they are being given the same amount of money regardless of their sex or gender identity.
This shift is monumental and it’s great to see that progress is being made. However, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done in order to achieve true equality in the sports world. We need to see more women receive top-level coaching and sponsorship opportunities. We also need to see more girls take up sport as a form of exercise and recreation. Only then will we be able to say that female athletes are truly equal.
Affirmative action is no longer necessary in order to be considered an athlete
This article was written to dispel the myth that female athletes must receive affirmative action in order to be considered an athlete. It is now widely accepted that female athletes, just like male athletes, are capable of achieving excellence at any level. There are no inherent disadvantages that prevent women from competing at the highest levels of sport. Therefore, affirmative action is no longer necessary in order to be considered an athlete.
We all have our own definitions of what it means to be a female athlete. Some of us believe that anything that requires strength, speed, and endurance qualifies as female athleticism. Some believe that being born with male genitals but feeling more identified as being a woman is enough to be considered a woman. But is this fair in the sporting area? With feminization hypnosis and gender hormones and surgeries available, can men now compete as women in sport? Others feel that only women who compete in traditionally “female” sports are truly athletes. This article is not about debating the definition of “athleticism” – rather, it is aimed at providing clarity on the topic of when a female athlete is not considered one by some people. I hope this article has helped you understand why certain people might view a woman engaging in activities like weightlifting and running as non traditional sports women.