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Boys Will Be Boys and Girls Will Not Mariah Burton Nelson I Women are able to compete with men A UCLA scientists say that womens speeds in running are increasing at a faster average rate then mens and are projected to catch up and surpass men at various distances B Men and women compete evenly matched bowling skiing tennis golf racquetball etc CMen come back with Yeah but youre never going to see a women play pro football aMost men cant play pro football They take vicarious comfort in the display of male physical competence and aggression bFootball baseball basketball hockey and boxing are important to men because they are all male pursuits Men trivialize any sport that women compete in and have success cPsychiatrist Arnold R Beisser says that men use sports as way of assuring their differences from women because sexual differences and roles are becoming obsolete DMen keep pointing to upper body strength to maintain their allusion of athletic supremacy What men fail to take into account is womens superior flexibility more efficient sweating and more efficient use of fuel over long distances These help women to be competitive with men in long distance running and swimming gymnastics and equestrian events II Our context of comparing male and female athletes is wrong A We wouldnt compare Sugar Ray Leonard to Muhammad Ali because they boxed in different weight classes Likewise we shouldnt compare the top male tennis player to the top female tennis player because the male usually outweighs the female by sixty pounds BOur perspective of comparing male and female athletes is wrong We always compare the top male athletes to top female athletes On a day-to-day basis many women can beat men in a sport III Men discriminate to keep women out of sports ACultural values keep women from fully developing their athletic bodies BMany coed sports
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