Tall or short, male or female, do they matter?

The stereotypes of basketball always exist in our society. Basketball players should be as “tall” as Kobe Bryant or at least six feet height. Indeed, it is true that most of the NBA basketball players are tall. According to the data that provided by NBA, the average height of NBA’s players is around six feet and six inches. Thus, it brought out the assumption of people who play basketball must be tall; however, there are still some exceptions. Take Tyrone Muggsy Bogues for instance. He is a former NBA player played for Washington Bullets, has only five feet three inches height. Bogues is not the only example of exceptions to this typical stereotype. Earl Boykins, whose height is only five feet five inches, plays basketball for Houston Rockets. Therefore, being a basketball player is nothing about how tall you are. It is about how great your skill is.

Tyrone Muggsy Bogues

Moreover, a female who plays basketball is categorized as “masculine”. Even though there are a lot of female basketball players are tall and strong, it doesn’t mean that they are homosexual and act manly all the time. Basketball players cannot be distinguished by their gender but their skills. For example, Swin Cash is a WNBA player and fashion model at the same time. She is not masculine but feminine. Society should not prejudice from what those female basketball players look like but respect them. As a resualt, respect would be my way to conform the bias of genders from basketball because there is no way for me to change others mind.

Swin Cash



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3 Responses to Tall or short, male or female, do they matter?

  1. drummer1221 says:

    Gender roles are far too important in our society. Anybody should be able to be anything they want without having to worry about stereotypes.

  2. drummer1221 says:

    Reblogged this on My life as James Arthur.

  3. Sarah McCullough says:

    Your analysis of height is interesting, and points toward the diversity of skills that make up a good player. You conclude that what matters is skill. So what makes up the key skills of the sport? Your blog seems to imply that female players can still be feminine. This is true, but do they have to? Is there a problem if they do not? Perhaps part of the problem is the gender expectations as a whole. How could you do a more nuanced analysis of stereotypes to account for this? Also, what other subject positions/identities remain important when considering stereotypes of basketball?

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