Does Burke’s Theory Apply to the WNBA?
In Burke’s “Reflections on the Revolution in France,” he makes the bold claim about the power of kings and queens. Burke says that “On this scheme of things, a king is but a man, a queen is but a woman; a woman is but an animal, and an animal is not of the highest order” (Burke 516). I disagree with Burke with because women are not inferior to men. However, I am posing the question: do more people watch the NBA than the WNBA because they do not believe women to be of the “highest order” athletically.
While women are making many strives in the field of athletics, I do believe that the NBA is more popular than the WNBA because the athletes are less athletic. If you compare the two leagues, they are very similar. Both leagues have players that are very capable of shooting, dribbling, rebounding, and playing hard defense. However, there is one major difference: the athleticism. In the NBA, every single player is capable of dunking a basketball while there are very few women that are capable of completing a dunk. As a result, the NBA generates a lot more revenue and is much more popular than the WNBA. Despite the fact that WNBA players are absolutely incredible basketball players, they do not get the respect they deserve because they are less athletic than men. In a way I am agreeing and disagreeing with Burke. I do believe men and women are equal in every way which goes against Burke, but I do agree with him in that women are not in the highest order as far athletics.
While I did not use this resource, here is a link to yahoo answers in which someone asked the question: Why isn’t the WNBA as popular as the NBA?
Wooten, David. Modern Political Thought: Readings from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Indianapolis: Hacket Pub., 2008. Print.