So, here's what I want to talk about today:|
There's the age old argument about men getting bigger prize pots and earnings generally in sport than women, usually citing Wimbledon and usually tied into the 'but women's tennis is only three sets'. This I think misses the point in several ways. Here are my thoughts on the matter:
- Earnings are linked only partially to how good you are, they are also linked to how many people want to watch you. Wimbledon is actually a pretty bad example here, look at the earnings gulf between men's and women's football, and then look at the audience figures for the answer.
- The slightly chauvinist example is to say, well fine let's have equality of prizes, by making every sport unisex and then allowing the best person win. (I've heard it cited that our England football team got further in the women's world cup than the men's, which makes them better. Fine I said, so let's let the women play in the men's cup and vice versa, since they're clearly our A squad now.) This always gets an extremely bad reaction, because men would win almost everything (which is an uncomfortable truth) but also because it creates a nasty atmosphere where male dominance is emphasised (which is entirely inappropriate).
- It's been pointed out to me that the paralympics is a good analogue, disabled people can't run as fast, jump as high etc, so should they be penalised. Aside from equating being a woman with being disabled, which is a whole different metal barrel of mongolian death worms, this also misses the point. I can't run as fast as Usain Bolt, should there be a sport for overweight lazy bankers with (crucially) the same prize money, so I can feel included?
- Are there any male-dominated sports where women could participate on an equal level, but don't. There are plenty of female jockeys and a fair few racing drivers. Why are there no top level female snooker players?
So, cat + pigeons, and mods: sorry about the inevitable mess.
Edited by LeoliansBro at 09:47:14 09-04-2013
LB, you really are a massive geek.