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The concept of gender refers to the socially constructed differences between men and women For the past generation the issue of gender bias has been grounds for discrimination within Australian society In Australia sport can be a major element of a persons lifestyle It is a key part of the Australian society and to be accepted in many cases an individual is compelled to excel at their chosen field within their gender The reality however is that within sports we have encouraged a very distinct separation between males and females Historically many sports have been considered a male domain and have been used by society to define masculine qualities in terms of physical attributes as well as behaviour such as competitiveness and aggression Historically the male athlete has been glorified in sport and viewed by society with greater recognition as athletes Viewing female athletes primarily in terms of their sexual attributes rather than their athletic endeavours has the potential to discourage the individual both as an athlete and as a woman For women this is a major impediment to their sporting identity and is even harsher when a woman is attempting to compete against the males Unfortunately this is a particularly common view of todays society Not only are women under-represented in their sport but when they are recognised it is not often something to do with the quality of their performance When it comes to females playing in male sports there is no recognition and little acceptance If sport is such a huge part of Australias identity and lifestyle why are we viewing females as non-participants or spectators rather than elite athletes This issue is not only confined to Australia it extends to all over the world It is a global issue and one that has been around for generations but in my opinion will not cease anytime soon The idea of sports has
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