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Womens and Mens Sports

April 11, 2011

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).

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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.

  1. Get rid of all women’s’ sports
  2. Make each school have an A, B, and C team. The A team would be the varsity team just like we have today
  3. 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.

  1. Stephan Sakhai permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:25 PM

    Though your theory sounds like a great idea, it is nearly impossible to actually work. Obviously if working hard and fundamentals were the only aspect of basketball, then integrating men and women’s basketball would work. However, like you mentioned earlier in your post, that is simply not it. Physicality and athleticism plays a huge roll, if not one of the biggest, in college or professional basketball. If Division 1 colleges had open tryouts for men and women and 3 different teams, it would simply be three teams of all men. Not to say that women are not as good as men at basketball skillfully, but genetically men are bigger, stronger, and faster. In a sport, such as basketball, that relies so heavily on these genetic advantages, its simply impossible to combine men and women.

    I.e. What would have if middle school boys tried playing in the NBA? There are some kids at that age that dont miss a shot. However, they are not big, strong, or quick enough to play at such a high level, and no matter how skilled they are, they will not be able to compete with NBA players.

    Therefore, though i dont agree with your proposition, i do think that having some sort of integrated intercollegiate division would be more reasonable and also a lot of fun for both men and women.

  2. April 11, 2011 10:31 PM

    This is an interesting article, and while your idea might create the most fair competition, I do not think it would work. First of all you do not address the issue of scholarships. Are a certain number of scholarships reserved for a certain gender? Also, in sports that require physicality, I think women participation would suffer extremely. As you said, men are genetically more physical. I think in sports like basketball, very few women, if any, would make the A, B, or C team. Also, you do not address how there are different styles in different sports. For example, soft ball versus baseball. Baseball players are extremely talented in the game of baseball, but I am not sure how they would fair in a game of softball and vice versa. While you bring forth an interesting idea, to be quite honest, I do not think it would work at all.

  3. Austin Spaulding permalink
    April 11, 2011 10:45 PM

    I feel that your theory would never work. It is obvious that men at their highest level of fitness are stonger, faster and more athletic then women. This gives women an unfair advantage when they are paied up together. I feel that the sports need to be seprated into opposite sexes because men and women are different. It would possibly be better to make a team with 3 males and 3 females. This way men cannot dominate the athletic world and girls can still match up with girls while men match up with men. To get rid of womens sports in all seems quite extreme to me.

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