Vinluan: In the company of men

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By Bobby Vinluan

Sports Psychology

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

REVISIT a legendary rule that states, "women are not allowed to play men’s sport", is perhaps a rule now challenged by most women. Sports has basically transformed from an era of conservatism, a known man’s turf, now has become a unisex activity and a universal obsession.

There was a time when sports loving women have limited career options.

Sure there where office and other jobs, but when they want to be professional athletes, the closest they can get in realizing their dreams is to squeeze themselves in training with males which they usually claim to be the stronger species of the human race.


At the turn of the century, women have joined the ranks of male athletes in almost all kind of sports; athleticism was not even a question but was used to describe the ability of individuals in both genders and the stereotype belief that women are the weaker sex, is on the wane.

We are now at the golden age in sports where the overwhelming dimensions of dominance cannot be explained by the nature of the sport and the uncomfortable reality of ‘gender profiling’ is now only based as an assumption. This is because men and women train together, at the same rate and level.

Although women are the targets of the most egregious generalizations, this is usually associated with physical characteristics and prowess. The so called inverse relationship between athletic ability and intelligence of men and women now became equal because both are “thinking” and what precisely constitutes thinking or intelligence in sports is always a knotty question.

In a not particular self-critical sport mediums like combative sports, it is likely more difficult to decipher why women engage themselves in these field of sports. However, women athlete profiles show them as potential competitors in almost every imaginable field of sport and however painstaking, it becomes just a tool.

Although in the company of men, the trainability of women in sports is not meant to rank them as the weaker sex, rather, it is a valid analogy of equality and learning potentials in men and women athletes.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 10, 2014.


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