The Myth of the Sexual Athlete Response

February 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

The Myth of the Sexual Athlete essay is an extremely accurate analysis of how many boys think about women while growing up. I recall the days back in middle school, when all the conversations at the lunch table and the boy’s locker room were about sex. Talking about women in a degrading manner was the norm. At that age, it was cool to talk about sex. We felt as if we were mature men and that women were just here to entertain our needs.

From my experiences growing up, I would disagree that this type of attitude primarily stems from being an athlete. At least in my middle school, it seemed as if all boys were guilty of this kind of talk. Even those who were not athletic and were just your typical student thought of sex as a sport. Personally, I believe this problem stems from the impact media has on our developing minds. Between the ages of 13 to 16, boys start to go through puberty and become very interested in women. When boys reach this age group, they begin to interpret the images of sexuality they see in magazines, the internet, and the television, as their perspective of what sex is about. These advertisements usually depict sex as being fun, crazy, and stimulating. While it can be all those things, the sensual side of sex is not depicted.

In conclusion, I believe that this problem has only gotten worse over the years. Women are continuously pressured into uncomfortable sexual encounters. I personally worry about the future generation. I’ll never forget when I was a senior in high school, and I saw a bunch of elementary kids looking at pornographic magazines. The depiction of women as sexual objects is extremely harmful for our society, especially from such a young age. Personally, I believe that stereotyping athletes as people who degrade women more than your average guy does not seem to be true. I’ve met many people who were the farthest thing from athletes who think and act the same way. Until our culture makes a drastic change in the way we depict ourselves, this problem will always exist.




§ One Response to The Myth of the Sexual Athlete Response

  • rachaelma0607 says:

    I agree with your post, children are growing up in a world where it is growingly becoming more sexualized in its advertisements, media and dialogue. Personally I fear not only for the next generation but also this generation of young men and women. Parents today can’t just ship them to boarding school or close their eyes when a promiscuous scene comes up, it’s everywhere. It’s in the magazines young girls read, its in the movies they watch and its in the conversations that their friends have. I was a teacher assistant over the last summer for lower elementary kids and I am really surprised to see that kids these days grow up in a completely different landscape that when I was their age. When I was their age, all I was into were Barbies and Disney cartoons and boys were into Thomas the Train Engine and Pokemon but from the dialogue I’ve had with these kids, I was shocked by how quickly they pick up these sexualized images way before they even have the hormones to support it. I had this one lower elementary boy who asked me if I saw Transformers and I said yes while being surprised that his parents even let him watch this kind of movie at that age. and he said “I think Megan Fox is so hot.” This little boy who I thought all he watched was Barney and Thomas the Engine- could say something like that at that age.

    Sex sells, there’s no doubt about it. Us as a culture encourages it as much as we may fear its side effects. The government needs to place laws against overly sexualized images being placed on billboards and young girl’s magazines or else we will risk having children who grow up too quickly and believe the images that are spoon fed to them every single day.

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