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.