Are sports gender sensitive?

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Are sports gender sensitive?
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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 5:13am
What i want to ask is: are there any field, place, carrier or situation where we say males only or females only. Is there any place where there is so clean cut segregation? And why in sports male and female play separately when not in education, art, movies or any other field? Just why cant they compete irrespective of gender? Why even in mind game chess, girls play separately? Why cant unisex sports be started in non contact sports like Tennis, badminton, TT etc? When we dont consider difference on the basis of age or race, why then on the basis of gender? Serena Williams must be better than 99 percent male tennis players. What keeps status quo: male ego(losing to a girl hurting male ego) or female fear( they may fear they may not win)? What do you think?
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Registered: 08-30-2002
Wed, 09-26-2012 - 1:01pm

 may be unhappy with the pace but neverthless allowing girls to play in NFL(if it is true) is itself one of the biggest step in women's emancipation."

Well....actually....no. The biggest step in women's emancipation would be pay parity, getting to keep our medical privacy and access to legal medical services without interference from fundamentalists who drive politicians, and insurance that covers preventative care. Seriously, equality in sports, is pretty far down the ladder of "big steps in emancipation" when you consider the other areas we are constantly under attack.



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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sat, 09-22-2012 - 2:39pm

I disagree that is is an issue of freedom.  Talent is not enough.  There are many talented people.  Once one arrives in the top tier of sport esp like American football there are a lot of variables.  Size,speed,quickness,strength and the desire.  Physicality matters.  If a woman wants to play in the contact sports then she would need to have the size,speed,knowledge,durability,ability to compete.  It is a choice to play a sport.  That choice comes with the knowledge that one would be competing for a spot on the team with many others.  Being chosen for a team requires that the candidate is the best at their position. 

  I am most familiar with American sports like football and basketball.  I can tell that there are few women who want to play college level (FBS).*  There are / have been special team players (kickers)   Some sports do not lend themselves to most of the population period.  

Below I have some references to show college level and pro football rosters.  Now I realize that not all sports have the requirements of American football.  This was for example.

 

* there are several classes of football teams according to scholarship levels, and facilities.

http://www.seminoles.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/fsu-m-footbl-mtt.html

http://www.gatorzone.com/football/bios.php

http://www.ncaa.com/championships/football/fcs

Professional:

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/teams

dragowoman

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 11:19am

I disagree.  Women are allowed to play in most sports.  Several women are in Male NCAA football teams.  Usually is specialist positions.  First is the few women(as well as few men) are at that level of athlete.  Most women do not have the training.  In professional ranks NFL etc it is very rough!  Injuries are common.  The is a societal prejudice against injuring women even in sport. 

  Women who want to achieve sports greatness must prove themselves.  So far there are no such women.  Perhaps in the future when little girls play football and have the same strength building that men do then they might achieve the ability to be on teams but not until that time. 

Society as a whole must change too.  Many women who could play do not want to for many different reasons.  One reason is self image.  Some women are gender conditioned.  They do not see certain sports as feminine.  Society in the US is not ready to see a woman carted off the field with a broken leg or missing teeth.  Common injuries in several male sports. 

Women have not been shunted out of major leagues but have not the development that males athletes had. 

Personal freedom to choose is one item but the ability to preform at professional levels is another.

dragowoman

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Thu, 09-20-2012 - 1:12am

I was never interested in playing certain sports. Personally, I was into competing on horses, a sport in which girls outnumbered boys. I also ran cross country, did rock climbing and skiied. I competed against MYSELF more than anything else. Not because anyone held me back because of my gender, etc. My mother and older sisters always told me I could do anything I wanted. I simply wasn't inerested in slamming my body into other people and chasing a ball around in the mud. I was more interested in "solitary" sports than team sports. Many women I know feel the same way. It's not that there isn't equality. There isn't a sport in my community my daughter couldn't join if she wanted. But she chooses swimming, and competes to improve her own times, more than to win.



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Registered: 01-25-2010
Tue, 09-18-2012 - 1:50pm

Actually the female viewers of NFL football has been a growing percentage!

http://blog.nielsen.com/nielsenwire/media_entertainment/football-tv-ratings-soar-the-nfls-playbook-for

http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2011/09/30/the-sports-women-watch/

You can google these and other sports viewership.  Women are more interested in sports as spectators.  Women play football in highschool and college(as specialists)  But not in the Pros.  It will take time before Women totally embrace participation in Highschool.  Remember that most women are ignorant of female rulers,warriors,admirals,business owners,explorers etc.  Yes there is and was/is censorship of women's achievements.

dragowoman

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Mon, 09-17-2012 - 1:12pm

Gender neutral is possible is some sports but in others it is not at this time possible.  There is a great deal of training for any athlete.  I agree that some of the differences seem to be mental barriers.  Or social conditional.  For instance there seems to be a downplay in women's basketball of dunking during a game yet women have the same lower body strength as men.  It is possible that the women are harmed by the idea that women are supposed to be the weaker sex.  Many of these social ideas are based on sexual roles.  Some which have value.  Women warriors are found through out the world many are famous.  There have been women admirals,generals,warrior heroes.  Homer's Iliad Had Amazon warriors defending Troy.  They did not have the advantage of the physical training that we have today. 

  When we get to the elite athlete there the males rule supreme.  Possibly because of social or physical superiority.  There are many women who do well but overall sport by sport where there are interest by both sexes at the top there are few women in sports of strength that are competitive. 

dragowoman

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sun, 09-16-2012 - 9:06pm

Don't be silly!  Males start at 40% superior in upper body strenght.  While there are a few woman who can play on the field with males they are very few once you get to college and professional ranks.  It is not ego but reality.

dragowoman

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 3:40pm

Individual sports, like tennis or luge, may be fine examples ... personally, I do not wish to compete with men, and do not play sports with other women, either.  Television and the X-Games are my perfect combination.  No competetition needed or wanted! Foreverhugs,  --GT

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Mon, 09-10-2012 - 10:49am

I would like to see a match between Serena Williams and any top-ranked male player. So far, women haven't fared too well in a battle of the sexes in tennis. Serena already played and lost against 203rd ranked male player Karsten Braasch in 1998. Granted, she was only 16 at the time. I'm sure she'd do far better today!