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Nicholas WongMr. HaugenKIN 2494/24/22Lesson 7 DiscussionSince equality is everything when it comes to sports from what I have learned in thecourse over the past few weeks, without the use of “equality”, I think Guttmann revising hisdefinition of modern sport as “an autotelic, physical contest” (Haugen, Lecture 1.2) to take outthe term “equality” is not necessary. Background, gender, physical traits, race, and religionshould not be factors in treating people differently since everyone should be viewed as equal.Sports have tended to rank one gender or race as superior to another gender or race, which hascaused a lot of problems with gender and race. As athletes should not be viewed for the color oftheir skin or gender but instead for their abilities and skills to play the sport, it does not make anyrational sense. The quote “there has been a wide spread of acceptance and movements for femaleathletes.” (Alper, 2002) has been mentioned in the film Playing Unfair: The Media Image of theFemale Athlete. A stereotype that should be broken is women being perceived as the “weaker”gender, which is not reasonable to view women like that. As seen in the film Murderball fromlast week’s lesson, disabled people should also be viewed the same as able-bodied people,showing how the term “equality” has a lot to do with modern-day sport. Disabled people arecapable of becoming successful athletes like able-bodied people even though they must playmodified versions of sports to accommodate their disabilities.What has led to inequality is how society has progressed to adapt to horriblemisconceptions of people who are different. Equality should be incorporated within thedefinition and inequality has a part in modern problems within sports. Disabled people, females,and people of other races would not be treated the same and society would perceive specificsports as played by particular genders or races if Guttmann changed the use of equality toinequality. People should not be criticized for playing sports and everyone should have equalopportunities to play the sports they want to. I believe it would be helpful for other people tocomprehend differences more and Guttmann should include another term better describing thecomplexity of difference (Disability, gender, race) in modern sport culture. Rather than beingscared to bring the topic of differences up, it should be properly addressed as a modern-daysports topic. For example, since people usually do not want disabled people to get injured, theyare afraid of disabled people playing sports with violence. Even though this is not really ahorrible thing to be afraid of, I believe more people should recognize that sports is a way thatsome disabled people find happiness and joy through, similar to able-bodied people.Reference ListAlper, L., & King, K. (2002). Playing Unfair: The Media Image of the Female Athlete. MediaEducation Foundation.Haugen, M. (2022) What is Sport? Lecture

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