Game face on: gender battles

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By Alexandra Tanner / Staff Wrtier

Boys & Girls (VH1 Press)

By Alexandra Tanner / Staff Wrtier

Sexism today emphasizes the competitiveness of women.

Sometimes competition between women is just a personality difference that can easily escalate to all aspects ones lifestyle.

Even if the competitiveness doesn’t last long term, women will do almost anything to be better than one another even if it’s not a noticeable difference to others.

Men stereotypically compete most in sports and the corporate world.

They also like to prove who’s the most intelligent if they’re in a social gathering, whether it’s a party or the classroom setting so long as there are women observers.

Women contrast this type of behavior by concerning themselves with who’s wearing the best clothes and who’s better looking.

We’ve all noticed the times have changed.   

In media such as film or television, women are sometimes portrayed as deceitful, argumentative, and selfish.

Women seem to always want things to work out in their best interest or will do anything to feel as though they’ve accomplished a goal.

 It seems as though men have created these roles for women. It’s a gender stereotype.
A woman’s competitive nature is seen as passive aggressiveness.

An example of all this of competition can be found in TV shows like “Gossip Girl,” with character Blair Waldorf.

Waldorf is a competitive, selfish and jealous character on the show who is always looking for a way to be the Queen of all that sparkles and speaks in Manhattan.

I played flag football all four years of high school at the private academy I attended.

Freshman year I thought “It’s just a bunch of girls running around on a field, how bad could it be?” I didn’t give them enough credit.

During the four seasons of being on a flag football team I started out timid because of what I thought I already knew about myself and girls in general, I was wrong.

By the end of the seasons, my senior year, we had had so many casualties Loma Linda hospital nurses probably went running when they heard our games were in the upcoming weeks.

During those four years I became a team captain. Girls from my team, and others from the surrounding cities, made frequent trips to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

These visits were a product of broken collarbones, torn ACLs, broken arms, broken fingers, fractured wrists, and mild concussions.

To observers like parents on the sidelines, the injuries were just a result of participating in a contact sport. But for the girls on the field they knew what they were doing.

Because of their drive to win, taking an opponent out of the game even if it meant physical damage, was the way to do it.

On the first game I played, I learned how to take a blow to my body by another girl three times my size and remain standing.

Most importantly, I learned the dangerous competitiveness of high school girls.

The broken collarbones and concussions were results of girls finding a hate for each other while engaged in the sport.

The desire to win at something for girls is always higher than it is for guys.

The only time I’ve really known guys to get too competitively involved is when they’re challenged by a female.

Fighting and bickering that goes on between girls, even if it isn’t verbally, isn’t right.

We’ve began to make spectacles of ourselves and now sexism is taking a new angle on our overall image.

Women should not be seen as conniving or vengeful just because of this stereotype.
This is what woman have fought for so hard in the past.

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