Should There Be a Division Between Boys’ and Girls’ Sports?

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It would be hard to underestimate the role of sports and exercise in our life and health, especially in relation to the youth. Sport is far more than just an engaging and healthy hobby. As research shows, active participation in sports has a positive influence on a teenager’s social life, self-esteem and even academic performance (Sitkowski, 2008). There is no doubt that sports are beneficial for boys and girls, women and men. However, it is hard to believe that some 40 years ago, women and girls were pretty much deprived of the opportunity to play sports in colleges, high schools and junior high schools. It wasn’t until 1972, when Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendment Act was passed, that women received equal rights to participate in sports at all educational institutions in receipt of federal funds. What does this mean for us today? Does it mean that every woman has the right to play any type of sport? Well, not quite. But it certainly means that every person, notwithstanding their gender, has equal opportunity to try out for any team, or play a sport that the institution offers. Should there be a distinction between sports for women and sports for men? We have strong reasons to object this idea, and here is why. First of all, from the physiological perspective, both male and female players are equally able to play all sports.  There are fewer and fewer Olympic Games sports that are still strictly men-only or women-only. Women can box or take part in car racing, just like men can do synchronized swimming or rhythmic gymnastics. If some kind of sport is more popular among female or male players, it does not mean that the other gender cannot do the sport. Furthermore, according to law, if there isn’t a female baseball team in a high school, a girl can try out for the boys’ team, even though a boy cannot do the same for a girls’ team since boys are the over-represented sex in sports. The main point here is that trends and public opinion on different sports tend...
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