Women in Men’s Sports – Should it be Allowed?
Posted by admin on June 25, 2007
Over the past century, women have come along way in terms of equality. Ever since Women’s Suffrage (which, by the way, may be the worst name ever for women’s equality), in most apsectsÂ women have been put on a level playing field with their male counterparts. During the brunt of the 20thÂ Century, women largely spent their time tending to the home. However,Â as a society we have since left those archaic times, and women currently comprise nearly 50% of the work force.
So, the next question that comes to mind is whether or not this equality issue should be taken to the next level, allowing women to participate in sportsÂ that are predominantly played by men. Here are my thoughtsÂ on the issue.
I generally feel as ifÂ I am a progressive thinker. In no way, shape or form do I believe that women areÂ of a lesser life form than men.Â Women are just as intelligent,Â talented and capable as men, far surpassing men in some areas. However, when it comes toÂ sports, it is aÂ virtual certainty thatÂ men are bigger, faster and stronger than women. As a result, it is no secret that women find it rather difficult to compete with men. But, does that mean that women should be excluded fromÂ the male side of sports? Not necessarily. I feel that in sports like swimming, golf, track, andÂ tennis, women should be allowed to compete with men if they feelÂ upÂ to the task. You may be wondering why womenÂ should be allowed to compete in some sports and not others. Here is why. The aforementioned sports are individual, non-contact sports. If there is no physical contact between the contestants, the outcome of the gameÂ depends less on physical prowessÂ than on skill.Â PhysicalityÂ still is a factor, but notÂ nearly as much as inÂ team or contact sports. When skill is the main deteminant, I don’t see any reason why women should not be able to play with men.
However, when it comes to contact sports like football,Â bsketball, soccer and hockey, I personally don’tÂ think that women should beÂ allowed to compete. My reasoning is two fold. First,Â when women and men play together,Â men find themselves at a distinct disadvantage.Â Men have been raised to treat women with respect and kindness. This notion definitely shows up on the playing field. For example, when in college I participated in co-ed intramuralÂ sports.Â AsÂ I found myselfÂ playing against a female opponent,Â I felt bad taking the ball away from her. Furthermore, even if IÂ did decide to take the ball, I did it inÂ a very unnatural way, trying not to be too rough.Â I simply did not want to be that “jerk” who was too physical with a girl. BecauseÂ of experiences similar to my own, IÂ feel that women should not be allowed to playÂ contact sports with men.
The second reasonÂ I am against women in maleÂ team or contact sports is as follows.Â I have heard countless horror stories of sexist treatment of women who play male sports. The one that comes to mindÂ occurred in 1999.Â At the University of Colorado, a young women by the name of Katie Hinda playedÂ on the football team asÂ a replacement placekicker.Â During her tenure at Colorado, she was subjected toÂ sexual harassment on a daily basis, eventually claiming that she had been raped by a fellow teammate.Â Regarding whether or not women should be allowed to play sports with men, IÂ thing thisÂ instance speaks for itself.
In summation,Â I want to reiterate my belief that women areÂ equal toÂ men. However, whenÂ it comes to contact sports, thereÂ are just too many issuesÂ and obstacles in the way.Â Not only are men at a psychological disadvantage because ofÂ our society’s consensus towards gentle treatment of women, but also,Â women can often times find themselves in very compromising, even dangerous situations. Therefore, women in men’s sportsÂ is not a good idea.