Sports are a vital aspect of modern culture that draws the attention of many people
Sports are a vital aspect of modern culture that draws the attention of many people. For instance the most popular sports in the country right now include NFL, MLB, college sports, and much more. There is one significant aspect of sports that need to be taken into consideration: the fact that most of the country cares only about male sports and don’t bother to follow female athletics. Why do we only watch men’s college basketball? Why are there no women in the NHL? Why do women golfers play from tees closer to the hole than men?
The reason that this country only follows male sports is because it has become a tradition to watch sports with the most physical and athletic players to watch. This argument is based not on the belief that women do not have the ability to play sports on par with men but that men are born to be physically stronger. There are no women in sports like the NFL or NHL because the physical domination of men would cause serious injuries to women playing. Furthermore, many people believe that women are worse at certain sports and do not have the ability to play certain sports. Mill would argue against this stating that we don’t know what women are capable of and can’t deem if they are worse at something than men.
Let’s take the sport of baseball for men and softball for women. Compared to women, men play with smaller sized balls and larger field size. Honestly, I don’t know how many innings softball players play or what league softball players play in after college. I can guarantee I am not the only person who has no clue about certain women sports because society seems to have no interest in them. But what is the reason behind this concept that causes society to have never gained an interest in female athletics? This answer comes back to the idea of tradition. Society has grown accustomed to want to see the most physically dominant athletes out there who are the most athletics in their respective sports.
Mill states that women are considered by society to be weak and incapable of performing at the standards of men. He argues that society creates this conclusion without any evidence or without testing women’s abilities. Moreover, he believes that men don’t want to compete with women because they mentally know they are capable of it. Not that I am an antifeminist, I disagree completely with Mill’s statements. Sure there can be some women stronger than men or a team like University of Connecticut’s women basketball team that can beat a weak male college basketball team. But in reality, men in nature are born to be physically more dominant than women. There is a reason why women play on different sized fields, various sized balls, etc. They do this because they play at the standard and level that they are capable of. In other words, women might have the ability to compete with men; for the most part, they can’t because of physical standards of male athletics versus female sports.