Should Women Play Sports?
have read many great articles by Christian men and women regarding the
participation of women in the workforce, politics, and in the military.
These are activities that most women didn’t participate in until fifty
years ago. However, I feel there is one other major activity these writers
have not addressed. For some reason, they've overlooked women’s
participation in sports.
Today we have just this problem. We have a nation filled with weak men and
disorderly women. Much of the disorderliness among women comes from
feminist influences and activities like competitive sports. Weakened
marriages and divorce are often the result.
I also notice when driving by our public school grounds and sports fields
another phenomenon taking place: the young girls are trained in sports
right along with the boys. To me, this can only be degrading to the boys.
In some cases, girls regularly participate on boys' sports teams, and
therefore compete against the boys themselves. During the past decade,
more and more girls participated in wrestling; since there were no girls'
wrestling teams, they joined the boys' teams and competed against the
boys. I read about one school where the boys refused to wrestle the girls
and forfeited their matches; there could be no greater embarrassment to
them than to lose to a girl, not to mention it likely violated their sense
of masculine chivalry. So not only is female sports participation
degrading the feminine nature of women, in many cases it degrades the
developing masculinity in boys.
At the recent summer Olympics in Greece, women’s wrestling was a new
sport. There were several female wrestlers on the U.S. Olympic team; most
of them received their training by wrestling with men in college, since
there were no women’s teams. If you saw their pictures, they looked just
like men smashing each other into the mats. Women’s handball was another
sport that I’d never seen before, and the pictures I saw of the women
fighting each other were sometimes grotesque. Similarly aggressive sports
are women’s hockey, boxing, football, rugby, and others where oftentimes
the women pretty much look and act like men. But even the less aggressive
but more common sports like soccer, basketball, and softball tend to make
women masculine and manly.
Christians might say that women should not compete in professional sports,
but any other level is okay. However, professional athletes get their
start somewhere. They begin in local school and community sports leagues
like everyone else, and sometimes move on to college and adult leagues.
Eventually, they may end up as semi-professionals or amateurs competing
around the world in a variety of sports; but nonetheless, the
masculinization process begins when they are young girls. The longer they
play, the more likely it is that their femininity will be degraded.
Dr. Podles doesn’t mention female athletes; everything he writes about
concerns men, and, most particularly, the development of masculinity and
manly character in men. It is my belief that participation in sports will
tend to likewise build manly character in women. If one believes like Dr.
Podles that sports help to prepare men for war, then I think we can
conclude that the same is true for women. One of the reasons so many women
today enter the armed forces (and workplace) is due to their participation
in sports, which have helped prepare them for that endeavor.
Mr. Eldridge makes the case that we don’t need sports to help train our children. Another issue he raises is nudity:
be a secret that women’s sports promote immodest attire. The pressure to
be immodest is just one more reason women should avoid sports, and in many
cases we shouldn’t even watch women’s (and sometimes men’s) sport
competitions. The Apostle Paul often referred to how athletes ran races
“unencumbered” (i.e. nude), because of the Greek influence in sports
during his day. Based on what Mr. Eldridge writes, the question of whether
or not women should participate in sports should be easy to answer.
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