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Carlie Minichino, Colby College

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Honors Thesis (Open Access)


Colby College. Philosophy Dept.




This work is meant to point out the disservice done to female athletes when they play the same sports as their male counterparts but are made to play with different rules. The differences are based on an outdated idea of femininity, as female docility and no longer apply today (if it ever did). This attitude, along with rules of sport, needs to be changed. This paper analyzes this social ideology from three different angles. First, it examines how the female is viewed in society and how this gaze can be changed as presented in the academic writings. Then there is an analysis focusing on ice hockey where the only rule difference between the men’s and women’s game is the ability to check. Finally, it looks at sport in general, explaining why this is an important arena to be fighting for equality and how changing the rules of the women’s game to equal the men’s will accomplish this.


female athlete, ice hockey, gender distinction, sex distinction, femininity

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