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Guest Response to: Women v. Men in sports

06/03/2013

If you think about it, this is a better idea in the long run for women. Say, for instance, women wanted to compete in the NFL, or Major League Baseball. If they could out-run, out-pitch, or out tackle the guys, they should absolutely get a spot on professional teams.

You say the trade-off would mean men would be allowed to compete in women’s teams. I counter with this point: why would they want to?

With the exception, in the United States, of Women’s Soccer, male-only leagues and franchises are far more lucrative than their female counterparts. This is due to many factors, some of which are sexist, but regardless, on the whole, it makes women more competitive.

The chance for women to be in the NFL helps female athletes so much, it’s worth giving up a few spots–or even half of them–in the WPFL. It gives female athletes opportunities to play in the “big leagues,” and make millions, rather than settle for the poor pay and zero recognition that comes from being relegated to the WPFL.

If men want the opportunity to make middling wage playing football rarely even televised in the WPFL, I’m all for it, so long as women are given the same opportunity in the NFL.

Lucy Merriman (http://fangirldiaries121.tumblr.com/)

PS – Keep up these posts, btw! I like hearing guy-nerdfighter takes on feminist issues.

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