Womens and Mens Sports
As it was previously mentioned, our section participated in a lengthy discussion about sports. More specifically, because of the professor’s time spent on sports, and Mill’s feminist views, it had to do with the gender separation that exist in sports today.
I have never considered myself a feminist, partially because I’m male, and partially because of the negative connotation that being a feminist has in society today (but that is a whole different issue to discuss) but during this discussion I quickly had a pretty feminist idea: the integration of men and women’s sports. I know, at first glance you, and everyone else, probably thinks I’m crazy.
If anyone else had the unfortunate experience of watching the entire NCAA men’s basketball national championship, you know why I might support this idea. The game was awful. There is no way to sugarcoat it. It was one of the ugliest, most unentertaining basketball game that any of us could have ever seen in our lifetime. On the other hand, if you got to watch the NCAA women’s basketball national championship game, which many people did not, then you got to see a great fundamentally sound basketball game that was close until the end – what a national championship game should be like.
Here are some highlights of the women’s tournament for those of you who didn’t get to see any of it.
If you ever get the chance, go watch a women’s basketball game, especially if you are a fan of basketball. You will appreciate the game so much more. As a former basketball player I will be the first one to admit that women do not possess the physical skills that men do, and that is exactly why you will appreciate the game of basketball so much more after watching a women’s game. Because women lack in physical skill, they work extra hard to be the most fundamental basketball players there are. They actually play defense, box out, and everything else we were taught when we were young that us guys abandoned once we physically matured (I.E relying on blocking shots and outjumping everyone to get rebounds).
American’s value merit. That’s what our society is based on. The best workers get paid more. The harder working student gets the higher grade. The best sports players get paid the most. So why not let sports be a completely free market for talent, just like the rest of the work place.
My plan to integrate sports would be as follows.
- Get rid of all women’s’ sports
- Make each school have an A, B, and C team. The A team would be the varsity team just like we have today
- Have one tryout open to women and men. The best players, regardless of sex, make the A team, next players make the B team, etc.
By doing this, we truly make sure that the best players are getting a chance to participate at the highest level, and everyone will benefit.