Winnipeg girls win right to play on boys' hockey team
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09-26-2006, 11:33 AM
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OK, let me explain it this way. What is the point of splitting the genders into different leagues/teams? Is it because they simply must be separated purely for non-specified gender reasons? If so, that is sexist, but I don't think that's it. They are separated because there is a clear difference in athletic ability and potential between the two genders. Generally speaking men who aren't that good can dominate women who are. The purpose of splitting them up is so that women still have an arena to compete in which remains on their level. If you start letting men in, you risk ruining that level and then driving women out of high school sports.
However, sometimes women are good enough that they can compete with the men. If they can, it's easy to measure, they're simply good enough. However, there is no accurate fair way to judge the opposite, if a man is bad enough to play on an even level with the girls. It's easy to play below your true abilities at a tryout. Moreover, competition is about rewarding those who are the best and who earn it through hard work and ability. Rewarding a guy for lacking those traits with more playing time defeats that notion.
All that said, it would be nice to see if the schools could set up proper co-ed rules for the sports they only have women's teams for, so that both genders can play without turning it into another men's team. Or perhaps even co-ed rules so that people of all genders could compete and enjoy in all sports.
So in other words, you are not in favor of male only league/teams, only merit based leagues/teams, but you are in favor of female only league's/teams?
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