8 Realities Of Being A Female Athlete Trapped In A Male Dominated Sport
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8 Realities Of Being A Female Athlete Trapped In A Male Dominated Sport

8 Realities Of Being A Female Athlete Trapped In A Male Dominated Sport
USA Lacrosse

There is nothing worse than being overshadowed by men, especially when it comes to athletics. Here are the harsh realities of being trapped in a male dominated sport.

1. The bleachers are never filled during games. As much as it sucks to admit, your cheering section is not always the best. Outside of close friends and family, many people don’t put coming to your games at the top of their to-do list.

2. Women’s equipment is impossible to find. Whether it is clothes, cleats, or clubs, your local sport shop has no problem shoving them into a corner right behind the seven rows specifically for men’s gear.

3. When you do finally find what you are looking for, you can bet your bottom dollar that it is pink. Don’t get me wrong; I love pink just as much as other girls, but something about your outfit looking like you borrowed it from Barbie doesn’t necessarily scream “intense.”

4. You will never have prime time games. Every year when that schedule comes out you can’t help but feel the slightest bit of disappointment when most of your games are at 1 o’clock on a Sunday afternoon.

5. “Oh, your school has a women’s team? I didn’t know that.” Of course you didn’t. Most people don’t.

6. The social media attention is at a bare minimum. Sure, we aren’t the most cared about sport on campus, but at least humor us every once in a while with a tweet or Facebook post when we win.

7. “Guys games are just more intense.” Yes, we understand that this may be the case, but please save us the heartbreak and just keep that one to yourself.

8. You love your sport more than anything. While it isn’t easy staying with a sport that constantly lives in the men’s shadow, you wouldn’t change it for the world.

Thanks Title IX; you’re the real MVP.

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