Biology is the key to inequality
One reason mens sports are more viewed on television may very well be due to a man’s strength, appearance, and the hyper that has surrounded men’s sports for decades. Yet, another reason that media portrays this inequality is due to our DNA. For biological reasons, the best women can never run as fast as the best men. In any sport, running, swimming, cycling, women are slower than men, at the olympic level. It does not matter if it is a 30 meter dash or a 10 mile marathon.
Doctors say this is due to the presence of testosterone in men. You can see this “gender gap” close when women professional body builders take steroids that add testosterone to their system.The hormone affects everything in your body: from muscle size and strength, the size of your heart, how able you are to hold oxygen, and how much fat you have on your body. All of these give men the biological advantage over women. To even further this point, a study took place that showed even when men and women gained the same amount of mass by taking steroids, men’s hearts grew larger and stronger, and women’s hearts did not keep up. Stronger hearts allow for more physical activity. Also, unless a woman is taking steroids to change their biological presence, women typically have body fat percentages that are twice as much as a mans. Women have to carry extra weight.
Thus, this inequality that is represented around the world in sports is due to biology. People enjoy watching a sport that is more exciting, and it will always stay this way. Women cannot do anything to change this. That is why mens sports are more profitable than women’s, hence greater viewership.
Here is a link to ESPN’s Top 50 Athletes of All Time. 4 of the 50 are women.