The Reality of Baseball

Whenever I watch baseball games, I usually just enjoy watching the players’ performances and do not pay attention with the stereotypes that are represented in their appearances. One of the typical stereotypes is that baseball is perceived as a sport for men; we see many male baseball players but not female players. Instead of baseball, many women play softball. There is a discourse at the point where people think that baseball is only for men, and they arbitrarily imagine men wearing baseball uniforms with bats and globes. When they imagine the word “baseball” in their heads, they hardly imagine a woman taking the mound, pitching the ball and swinging the bat.

The typical image of baseball player would be a man who is tall, muscular, and fit, and these factors can be determined in various types of media such as TV commercials, magazines, posters, and so on. Along with the masculine figures, the players in the sport-related advertisements are often the popular ones who have outstanding accomplishments and reputations. Advertisers always utilize players who are great-looking, but they also spotlight on their popularities. The typical performing scene advertisers often use is where the players make hits or mark homeruns and suddenly the cheer aroses from the audience. This scene is an ideal image of baseball performance people expect to see from the game. In baseball, the word “success” defines the players’ perfect pitching, swinging, and catching, and these factors are arbitrarily built up as stereotypical and ideal figures of baseball players.

Since I am female, the idea of baseball perceived as men’s sport is a challenging stereotype to go through. Like other sports, it is possible for women to play baseball as long as they know the rules. Women can literally play baseball and there is no restriction for it, but the male dominance eliminates the possibility. The stereotypical image of male baseball player can be destroyed if there are more courageous women who prefer playing baseball rather than softball.

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1 Response to The Reality of Baseball

  1. Sarah McCullough says:

    Good attention to the making of baseball as masculine. Would women playing make it less masculine, though? This is worth pondering, since being male-dominated and being masculine are often complementary, though not necessarily. How would you expand on what you have to consider other categories of identity other than gender, such as race, ability, nationhood, sexuality, etc.? These are often very salient and implied as we discuss something such as gender, though they remain hidden. This is called intersectionality–the concept that various subject positions are overlapping and help define one another.

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