Women’s Sports Can Be Interesting

A complaint that is usually uttered is that women’s sports are boring. Detractors state that women’s sports  lack the excitement  and energy of their male counterparts. This is not true. There is a fan base that enjoys watching particular women’s events. However, there are sports (both men and women’s events) that are more interesting than others. There is room for improvement to expand support and viewership. There women’s sports that are interesting, if one decides to expose themselves to them. Certain sports that women participate in have the same level of action and amusement as their male counter parts.

Women’s mixed martial arts although not as publicized, contains much entertainment. Competitors test their martial arts skills in a cage to become the ultimate victor. The hits and blows look painful, but the women continue to fight on. These matches are not for the weak willed. Many events are quite fierce and brutal. Just like any other sport injuries are high. Besides pure brute strength skill is essential. The women who compete in these events have an extensive background in kickboxing, karate, judo, and other forms of martial arts. It is clear they show mastery of fighting skills. The UFC does not give adequate attention to these fighters. Male fighters are given more coverage and attention. Sexism could be one answer, but upon further examination there could be other factors. Mma is not as popular as football or soccer. This would put the sport at a disadvantage in terms of publicity. Then there is the issue of violence. Critics say that mma  is too violent for people to be participating in. Yet, football, hockey, and other contact sports do involve some level of violence. Having a good referee and enforcing game rules can prevent injury to athletes. To say this sport is dull, because women participate in it does reveal a level of prejudice.

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Women’s mma matches can get intense. 

It would seem impossible to fall asleep watching a women’s mma match. The level of aggressiveness and fast paced movement is the same as the men’s division.  The complaint from detractors is that these women are “acting like men.” Clearly they believe women fighting is a male only activity. This is not so and women continue to be involved in mma. Seeing as this is relatively new for women, it has much potential to evolve and flourish.

      Women’s track and field has produced many talented athletes over the decades.  This sport does not create ennui, but instead makes the Olympics worth watching. It could be one of the most popular women’s events. Women can achieve high speeds. Even though men hold the highest speeds, women can sometimes be as fast as men. The impressive aspect of this is that women’s pelvic shape does not hinder their performance. A wider pelvis does create a challenge for the woman runner. This is overcome by certain training techniques. Many great track and field athletes have competed and become public favorites.

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Carmelita Jeter ‘s performance has been very entertaining to fans and spectators .

During the 1980’s and early 1990’s Florence Griffith Joyner amazed many with her athletic feats. She became a household name being featured on magazines, advertisements, and  television commercials. People at that time did not view her performance as boring. No one has been able to beat her record. Carmelita Jeter has gotten close and she remains the fastest woman in the world. Her performance in the 2012 Olympics just like Joyner, impressed fans. The London Olympics saw more female participation than in previous games. Millions of viewers watch the Olympics and that includes watching the women’s events.

     One sport that is not mainstream, but just as fascinating is female bodybuilding. Here is an unapologetic display of physical power. The aesthetic is unique and it certainly draws attention. It pushes female forms to their ultimate limit, once thought impossible. The sport generates interests in other fields such as gender studies, sociology, and sports history. While there is a level of acceptance of other female athletes, female bodybuilders generate controversy. To traditionalists they violate gender norms and believe it to be unnatural. The fans see it as a new paradigm of beauty. Besides the image fans enjoy see these athlete mold their bodies into living statues. This to them becomes almost like an art form.

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Female Bodybuilding is not a mainstream sport, but it does have a following. 

Doubtless about the reaction these women’s bodies do generate interest. During the golden era, ESPN broadcasted  Ms.Olympia and Ms. International contests. Eventually, the general public lost interest and regular programming of these events were removed. Female bodybuilding although in a period of decline is finding immense amount of popularity over the internet. Athletes create websites in which they produce exclusive content for members. NPC News Online provides coverage of women’s events and interviews. These athletes attract huge amounts of traffic to their sites. This sport does produce interest. It has been the subject of numerous documentaries on various television networks. The contrast between imposing physique and feminine stature makes the sport even more amazing. Posing routines excite the audience with a demonstration of dancing skill and endurance. It may look simple, but it is a challenge. If an athletes muscles are not sore after hours of poses, then they really did not pose.

       Weightlifting is another exhilarating sport for women. At first one would believe that women would be at a disadvantage due to lack of upper body strength. This is not the case seeing as women demonstrate immense strength. This becomes impressive because women have very little physical strength to begin with. It shows the power of diligence and focus to achieving a goal. Women have to work harder at this and they are just as competent as their male counterparts.

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Zoe Smith amazed crowds when she set new records at the London 2012 Olympics.

Besides weightlifting, there is powerlifting with is also a strength sport. The difference with this sport is that it tests to see how much maximal weight can be lifted. Just like Olympic weightlifting it can be entertaining. The amusing part is the contemplation as to whether the lifter can move such enormous weight. While it is true men do have the higher weight lifting records, women have developed their bodies beyond what thought possible. There is no doubt that these women could open jars without help. Strong woman competitions take this to another level. Competitors pulls cars, squat tractor tires, and perform other strength feats. They are some of the strongest women in the world.

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Women moving cars is something you do not see every day.

This may not be as fast paced as football, but it as the same thrill. It is rare you find a person who has the ability to move such massive objects. There has been a long tradition of strong woman acts dating back to the 19th century. There were no outlets for their athletic talents except in vaudeville, the circus, and other entertainment venues. Toward the end of the century women were allowed to engage in serious competition. Weightlifting for women opened up to women and The World’s Strongest Woman competition started in 1998.

        Women’s tennis does have a huge following. Women tennis players are some of the highest paid professional women athletes. At one time tennis was viewed as an upper class elite and pretentious activity, but that has been reversed. The Williams sisters contributed to this in a way and made tennis more popular in the mainstream public. Their talent and skill has not only advanced their careers, but has provided positive public relations for tennis. There is a type of grace in the dexterous movements women’s tennis players perform.

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The Williams Sisters are very popular in the sports world. 

Compared to other athletes, women tennis players receive much media attention. This is something positive, because it allows for certain barriers to be broken. If women get more media exposure in regards to sports it can help make their participation more socially acceptable. Tennis requires rapid movement, focus, and quick reaction time. Women’s matches are watched by millions and have no shortage of fans. This does not indicate that the public finds it boring.

      Women’s gymnastics are very popular sporting events at the Olympics. This is one event which seems to be possibly a little more popular than the men’s event. It may have more acceptability, because it is culturally viewed as being “feminine.” As ludicrous as that sounds the stunts they perform are physically challenging. The sport combines dexterity, body kinetic memory, strength, and precise skill. There is an energy that is projected in this competition. It also combines a level artistic presentation. Graceful movements with an elegant power. Elements of dance are incorporated in rhythmic gymnastics. This takes much talent and diligence. Gymnastics for women have become so popular that parents let their daughters get involved at a young age. This is true in particular in the United States. Women’s gymnastics has become a major part of the current Olympic  tradition. This sport does draw an audience, but few want to capitalize on it.

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     This requires skill and talent. 

    These are just a few examples of  fascinating women’s sports. There are many more sports in which women participate Saying that women’s sports are boring just because women are playing them demonstrates a prejudice. For a long time sports have been a male domain. Women were not allowed to be competitive professional athletes. This has changed , but there will always be reaction to change. People with sexist convictions cannot ban women completely from sports, but they can still act as a hindrance.  Women have proven they can perform well and draw an audience and that vexes people who want sports to be male only.  There is a new generation of talented women emerging and they shall continue into the future. The sports world needs to be more welcoming and supportive of their goals. Women’s sports can be interesting, if  people are willing to give it a chance.

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Women’s Sports Can Be Interesting

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