When reading these chapters and passages I took most interest in Lorber’s “Believing is Seeing”. The reason I was most intrigued by this reading is because Lorber spoke a lot about athletes and the differences between men’s and women’s athletics. Since I am a female athlete it is very interesting to see what Lorber speaks about just on the college level. Men’s athletics, on the professional level, are marketed and viewed very differently than women’s athletics. As Lorber also explains, men’s athletics are viewed as macho men showing off their physical ability. Men’s athletics are also hugely economically based and ran. Based on current societal norms women’s athletics are viewed as lesser and not at impressive, which in term makes sense why there are far fewer opportunities for female athletes in the professional realm. All the major sporting events are men’s athletics. On the college level this is expressed in the way the athletics teams are viewed and also how they handle themselves, on this campus. With, despite common belief, some men’s teams receiving more field time and also feeling entitled to receive more field times than some women’s teams.
Something that I took away most from SOC 103 and reading Martin’s “Becoming a Gendered Body” is the idea of doing or performing gender (495). The line: “[Girls] are generally tentative when using their bodies”, stood out to me the most in this reading (Martin, 494). This line, for me, correlates to women’s sexuality. Often times some women are tentative and almost tabooed when it comes to their bodies and sex, something they are socialized to do at a young age before sex is even introduced.
Martin states on 495, “Connell (1995) suggests that masculine gender is partly a feel to one’s body and that bodies are often a source of power for men. Young (1990), however, argues that bodies serve the opposite purpose for women-women’s bodies are often sources of anxiety and tentativeness.” This relates back to men and women’s athletics in Lorber’s. Athletics, for men, are a chance to show off their strength and power, while women’s athletics can be seen and scrutinized in a different way depending the sport. Some sports sway to women’s version being daintier and more artistic (like gymnastics) while others can sway to the ideas that the women participating are “too butch” or “man like”.
In Morris’ “Tuck in that Shirt!” something I found very interesting was the way the teachers were socialized to view their students. While the teachers did want better for the students and wanted to teach them, there was a theme of having strong gender and racial stereotypes for many students and groups. For example multiple teachers spoke about the correlation between gangs and the Hispanic students, well their assumed correlation at least (36). I found this very weird that these teachers who are supposed to help students almost wrote some of them off because of their preconceived notions. Morris’ also explains how many of the girls had their bodies directed (40). While the teachers were doing this in hopes of helping the girls and teach them how to be more proper this is just another way young girls are socialized and taught to be made uncomfortable by their own bodies, a theme seen in Martin’s work.