The Camelita Jeter Story

Carmelita Jeter  is an three time Olympic gold medalist, who holds records in sprinting. She was born in 1979 a resident of California. Her talent was revealed early in her life. Prior to excelling in sprinting events, she was a skilled basketball player. During high school she began to be a track athlete. From there, her skills and talents only grew. Jeter is a graduate of California State University earning her degree in physical education. She remains the school’s most decorated track and field athlete to date. Her professional debut was in 2007 in the World Championships. This competition brought her a great victory in which she won her first medal in the 100m. That same year she won a silver medal in the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships. The year 2008 was a turning point in which she changed her coach and running technique. Jeter stands at 5-4 and a weight of 135 lbs. Her athletic credentials are immense and impressive. Her runs times include 10.64 (100m), 22.20 ( 200m), 10.92 ( 2008 London Grand Pix), and 10.83  (2009 World Championships). Faster than the Flash or Sonic the Hedgehog, she has become the ultimate sprinter. Besides her athletic endeavors she also is involved in philanthropy. She continues to be involved in fund raising for breast cancer research. She was in 2014 the official ambassador for Susan G. koleman ‘s California Circle of Promise Initiative. This program was designed to raise awareness about breast cancer in the African American community. Track and field fans however are more familiar with athletic feats.

      The 2012 Olympics was an event in which Jeter amused audiences. She was the pillar of the 4X100 relay. Carmelita Jeter became the first athlete to win medals in both the 200m and 100m race  at the Olympic Games. These spectacular feats come as no surprise. During the mid-2000s she had been gradually improving. Jeter has successes in the World Championships of 2009 with a record time 10.67. That made her the third fastest woman in history. The 2010 saw Jeter win two gold medals and silver in the World Championships. At this point was clear that her performance could only increase.

That was what made her performance so special. Jamaica produces great runners, but their dominance has been threatened by US talent. Her performance earned her a Jesse Owens Award one of the most prestigious track and field accolades. Jeter has revealed many thoughts and feelings about her career, sports, and live through various interviews. Her views on the student athlete are different from the common perspective. She once said “enjoy college and high school because you don’t get those years back.” Jeter delineates further ” you have plenty of time to become professional.” Too often the student athlete is regimented so they miss out on the simple joys of youth. Carmelita Jeter felt she made a sacrifice at the expense of the care free times of being a young adult. She also emphasized that education is the main goal of being at a university, even if  you are an athlete. If an athletic career does not work out she explained, you need to have a back up plan. Jeter believes that it is best to balance your life, athletic activity, and school work. Jeter revealed that getting to the 2012 Olympics was not a simple task. She admitted “that nobody thought I could make it at my age.” This was around the time she lost her beloved aunt Brenda Washington to breast cancer. This caused her much distress. She was able in her own words turn negative events into positives.

Normally, athletes have a person that inspired them in their career. Jeter said it was her aunt who was her inspiration. Her aunt was not an athlete, but a person that was close and encouraging in her life. The women in her family were her role models. Jeter described her aunt as ” whitley of the family ” ( from the TV show A Different World ). Carmelita Jeter revealed that “the women I look up to are every day women.” However, she does have favorite athletes she likes to see compete. She is a fan of Serena Williams, and Candace Parker. Being a former basketball player she love watching the WNBA. Jeter has much respect for Becky Hammon assistant coach of the Spurs. She is not just an athlete, but also a sports fan. This should be no shock. Carmelita Jeter recalling her childhood stated ” I grew up in a sports household.” She would play basketball with her dad and brother on the weekends. Her beginnings were humble as she revealed ” I didn’t come from a family with a whole lot of money so if we knew we weren’t going to be super smart in the class room we had to be athletic and get scholarships.” Track and field gave Jeter more of a competitive drive and a desire to push herself further. At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow she was able to compete with a torn quadricep. She won a bronze medal in that 100m race.

          Carmelita Jeter during her athletic career followed a particular training and diet regimen to enhance performance. When preparing for competition her diet consists of vegetables and some baked goods. Eating three meals a day with two snacks in between, rest was also important. Jeter claimed that her focus was intense starting her day early and being in bed by 9:00 pm.

London Olympics Athletics WomenJeter said staying hydrated is also critical to her training. Also Carmelita Jeter incorporates weight training into her fitness program. Her schedule goes as follows : in the weight room from 6:30 to 7:45, trains in UCLA, and has cryotherapy. Jeter does this to have her muscles relax from exercise and completes this six hour a day training by 12:30. Jeter also likes doing pilates saying ” that’s why my abs look the way they do.” This training regime produced an impressively powerful body. As she said “when I hopped on the scene I was very fast and very muscular.” She also believed in her own assessment “that it turned people off.” She did not let dated and old fashioned beliefs deter her. To Jeter there is nothing wrong with women being strong. The track and field athlete has embraced the movement of physically strong women saying “I love that women want to strong not just mentally, but physically.” Carmelita Jeter  also clarifies ” it is definitely  inspiring to see the movement to be strong is relating to women and is trickling down to young girls.” Her philosophy is “that is okay to be muscular and it is okay to be buff.” She has started from humble roots to Olympic champion. She certainly will inspire many young women athletes.

        Currently Jeter was set to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Unfortunately, injury pulled her out of the trials. It was clear that if she was not sustain the injury to her quadricep, she would have been excellent. Carmelita Jeter at age 37 is still in great shape. Normally athletes reach there physical fitness peak around this time frame. Jeter has made no indications about whether she will continue to compete or attempt to appear in the 2020 Olympics. The year 2017 she did not run at all instead focusing on mentoring young athletes. It seems that quadriceps issues continue to be a hindrance to her competitive streak. It is too soon to say that she is retiring or done with the sport. If 2016 was the last year fans see her actively compete, she went out with an impressive accomplishments.

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The Camelita Jeter Story

Girls Sports : On the Right Track (1975)

This is an excerpt from 1975 from Phoenix  Films and Videos. It discusses the positive impacts of Title IX passed as part of the Education Act of 1972. Sex discrimination was prohibited in school programs. Sports programs were the area in which women and girls faced the most sex discrimination. If it was not for this legislation many women athletes would not have gotten the opportunity to compete professionally or in an international setting. There still remains challenges in terms of enforcement and ethnic as well as class disparities. Far-right presidential  administrations continue to attempt to dismantle it. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos wants to dismantle Obama era additions, which has caused much controversy.

Girls Sports : On the Right Track (1975)

No love for women’s sports? RT Segment (2011)

This segment from Russia Today exposes the often sexist treatment women face in sports. While men’s teams normally get invited to the White House, while women’s teams on rare occasions do. There is also structural challenges. There are no professional leagues for women’s baseball or  American football. These are the team sports which get much attention and commercial investment. Then there are those on the extreme end of the spectrum that say women should not play sports, because they were designed for men. James Preacher a  religious fundamentalist believes that women should not be involved based on scripture. Such archaic ideas are still prevalent. There is a level of misogyny that has been a part of the sports world and women’s entry as professional athletes has not erased it. Only when women become owners of teams, develop their more organizations, and challenge the pay gap can women reach equality in sport.

No love for women’s sports? RT Segment (2011)

MGTOW Misogyny

There are numerous extremist movements emerging. While the racist and anti-government movements get more attention, their are others coming into existence by social media. Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW) is one of these movements that came into existence online. This movement claims that society has been damaged by feminism and that it is more gynocentric at the detriment of men. This movement is not a faction of men’s rights advocates, which also has issues with women. Third wave feminism like any other ideology should be criticized and debated, however this group merely tries to intellectualize their misogynistic convictions. Politically MGTOW can fall into libertarian, alt-right, and some ideas extracted from philosophical anarchism. There are double standards in family law, gender roles, and how gender equality should operate. MGTOW blames all women for the power structure that was created. This lack of logic attracts individuals who are frustrated or vexed at the larger society. This group has sworn to not only be anti-feminist, but to cut women out of their lives. They claim that women’s oppression is a myth, men are at a disadvantage in marriage, and that large portion of men are subject to false rape accusations. What MGTOW is a reaction to women gaining power and status in a changing society. Simultaneously, it attracts men who have difficulty figuring out what masculine identity is in the world of the 21st century. This would appeal more to angry white males upset that they are losing their privileges in a society that once gave them everything. This partially explains why Donald Trump became so popular among this demographic. Their votes were not only out of anger directed at other ethnic groups, but women as a whole. This misogyny spreads through all aspects and topics from the MGTOW movement. They condemn women in fields or activities they consider male only. Sports, science, or anything they think violates a natural gender order they direct their rage at. A series of  Youtube videos best summarizes this fringe movement’s perspectives produced by a user known as Sandman.  videos best  MGTOW states that they are not sexist, yet writings, videos, and posts on various websites reveals an underground online hate.

       Women and physical strength has been a controversial topic. This becomes a complication when discussing women in physically demanding occupations. Firefighting , law enforcement, construction, sports, and military combat have more men employed relative to women. This is part biological and sociological. Women have been traditionally banned or faced job discrimination from these occupations. There is also the challenge of meeting the physical fitness requirements, which means women would have to work harder due to physiological differences. The MGTOW explanation seems like dated rhetoric  of the 1950s.

They claim that when women work in jobs that require physical strength, women attempted to get the men to do the work for them. All women do not do this, but lack of work ethic does become a problem no matter what occupation. MGTOW never considers how gender socialization effects this. Men are taught to be chivalrous almost to their own detriment. Women are raised to believe even attempting something that requires physical competence they will automatically fail at. These ideas must be discarded when women and men are working in physically demanding occupations. MGTOW claims that women use their feminine charms to get men to do more work for them. While this may be the case in some instances, the fault should be with the employer. Physical fitness standards should be the same for both sexes to prevent negligence and an atmosphere of hostility. The sameness feminist argument is that the physical standards should be altered to increase the numbers of women. This is both reckless and an insult to capable women. There are women who can do such jobs and meet the standards. Yet, MGTOW believes even if the woman is qualified it makes no sense for her to be participating. This is the flawed argument justifying sex discrimination. There are many who believe even if women are qualified their are just some jobs they should never do. It would seem as if more people would be okay with an unqualified man, rather than a capable woman.

      Women have to work harder to gain acceptance and respect in male dominated fields. The thought of a capable woman must be threatening to some. Women who enter these occupation are often accused of “having something to prove.” Misogynists are convinced that women are trying to compete with them for power and control. Women are not seeking to dominate men or take over when entering such occupations. The Sand man video demonstrates this irrational idea. It states ” women want the power and the money, but none of the responsibility.” A good employee wants a job because they want to make a difference and do something they have passion for. The video then goes into a personal anecdote claiming ” whenever I go to the gym I see women lifting those blue tiny  girly weights , so that they can add tone and definition to their arms.” He pontificates further saying ” they are so desperately trying to prove they are equal to men, but god forbid one of them lifting their little dinky weights.”These women are probably not training to be an athlete, cop, or firefighter. They could be just average women wanting to maintain health. Their are a portion of women who are afraid of building muscle, because it does not fit into the commercialized  media produced image of beauty. If a woman is going into physically demanding work they will need to lift heavy to build the necessary upper body strength. Apparently, the video maker seems to think women of a particular size and body type do not have a “sexual value.”  He goes on to say ” if a woman’s arms get to big, then she is perceived as less feminine.”  Women can be strong and feminine, but MGTOW does not accept this. As more women become active in fitness, they are no longer afraid of appearing or being physically strong. There are women who workout with small weights or large ones. MGTOW associates physical strength with men only, when men do not have a monopoly on it.

There are plenty of women who do not workout with “dinky weights.” A women’s fitness culture has emerged in the sports world. This argument lacks cogency. It also subtly implies women who work in these occupations are either lazy or come apply merely for the income. There are plenty of safer jobs that have higher incomes. There are times when women have even volunteered in times of emergency. The anecdote examples of women not volunteering in firefighting seems to ignore several factors. Women who do may not feel welcomed or some men attempt to have them removed. if you can not ban women completely their are methods to undermine them. There are women who risked being disposable. They are forgotten in many cases and made a historical footnote. Thankfully, women’s history attempts to correct this mistake.

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Women firefighters at Pearl Harbor  this was not taken during the actual attack. These women had joined because of the outbreak of the World War II conflict.
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British women training as firefighters. Hitler bombed Great Britain mercilessly during World War II.

There was a history of women volunteer firefighters in the UK. The bucket brigades were women firefighters of the 19th century. The unfortunate aspect of this was that sexist prejudice prevented them from advancing any further. A woman seeking to do this would meet many obstacles. Today there has been progress, but women are still underrepresented. The reality is that women will face ostracism, sexual harassment, and particular health risks. While women can increase their physical fitness levels, The higher amount of physical exertion the greater possibility of physical strain. Stress fractures, hernias, and the risk of ACL injury could be more detrimental to women. Even the strongest women will be pushed to their physical limits. Besides these challenges, women have to deal with gender stereotypes. These can range from women being both emotionally unstable, physically weak, or incompetent. Women who are in these physically demanding occupations have to refute this on a daily basis.

Women have to train hard to meet the requirements of a physically demanding occupation.

These negative stereotypes still persist even when they are proven false. Sexists often point out that seeing as there are few women in these jobs they obviously must be unable to do them. This argument has flaws for a number of reasons. First men were preferred to fill these positions which already means their numbers would be higher. Second a system of job discrimination and limited legal pathways to challenge it maintained the status quo. Also economic decline can hurt women as well. Women working in construction when the recession hit were left out of work in the United States .This is an example of how social factors influence labor outcomes. When the barriers were lifted more women were involved in construction.  The US Department of Labor documented the increase from 1985 to 2010.

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Sometimes sexism is not always the answer to why there are less women in certain occupations. It also come down to personal choice. People choose jobs depending on their interests, talents, and the possibility of advancement. Income is a factor and if one has a family it is essential. One thing third wave feminists will never admit is that there are some jobs that women simply will not do, even if they are capable. Being a garbage collector  would be one job that women would not do. Only 1% of garbage carriers are women. There are probably more women janitors than their are garbage  carriers. This shows that society determines status by the jobs and income one has. There is constant class conflict, yet is at least controlled under the theory all citizens are equal under the law. Some third wave feminists confuse equal under the law with equal ability.

Not all women will be able to do physically demanding jobs. Similarly, not all men will be able to either. Women numbers may even remain lower in physically demanding occupations, even if institutional barriers are overcome. Women’s physiology in terms of muscle mass, bone structure, and aerobic capacity mean they would have work harder in terms of physical performance. This is just a static average in the differences in physical strength. Fitness levels can vary among men and women. There are strong women who can perform. Yet, strict notions about femininity, gender roles, and masculinity continue to be persistent challenges.

      Women who gain power ( either in the mental or physical sense) or enter male dominated spheres are often accused of “acting like men.” Traditionalist have strict view about what a woman should be. The association with power to them and MGTOW  is something men should only have. Women entering these spaces are not attempting to be men. They are enjoying themselves in activities that deliberately excluded them. There are some men who hate the idea of women entering certain fields such as sports, politics , science, technology,  or business.

If a woman in politics presents herself in a forceful fashion she is either considered “nasty” or “unpleasant .” If a woman wants to move up the corporate ladder she is considered ” a ruthless career woman.” This double standard applied to women reveals that society still wants to keep women passive. It also shows how some men either fear or hate powerful women. Objections have been expressed that women should not be in these areas, because it destroys the natural masculine character of the fields. These fields were not “masculine” fields. History has had many women scientists, athletes, leaders, and entrepreneurs. The world of science produced women such as Hypatia, Mary Grace Hopper, Jane C. Wright, and Emmy Noether. Their fields ranged from mathematics, biomedical science, and computer programming. Mary Grace Hopper was responsible for the compiler for COBAL programming language making computers more user friendly. Jane C. Wright developed safer cancer treatments, when chemotherapy was only experimental. Emmy Noether pioneered abstract algebra. Hypatia was the astronomer, philosopher,  and scientist who amassed mathematical works of classical Greece. Murdered by a Christian mob, this marked the end of a golden era of classical Greek science.

Women were a part of science during various periods of history. They were doing this even when popular prejudice believed that women were not mentally capable. Myths such as women are less intelligent or cannot master mathematics are still prevalent even when history demonstrates the opposite. The women entering scientific fields were not trying to emulate men. There love of discovery and natural phenomena drove them to success. Their goal was not drive men out or undermine them. They were looking for the opportunity to be useful contributors.

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Annie Easley was a computer scientist and mathematician   who  developed the software for the Centaur rocket stage.

 Women had to fight hard and deal with bullying when entering these fields. Business and politics are a greater challenge although in some areas of the world women are making progress. What MGTOW and its sympathizers want is a return to the 19th century cult of domesticity. This product of the industrial revolution and the rise of the middle class confined women to their homes and excluded them from the public sphere. Only men should work, because they have to support the family. Women ( mostly of the upper classes) were told they should not be financially or socially independent. The reason men objected to women working was that it would mean they would have to compete with them for jobs, while losing control of them. As the 20th century passed, more women got involved in the workforce. Nations that kept women out of the workforce suffered economically. This explains why some Global South nations struggle to develop. When a woman reaches a certain level of power some men react in certain ways. They either object to it, are fearful, or spiteful. These feelings may be based on insecurity in regards to their masculine identity. If for so long masculine identity was based on power, strength, and domination this would distort a man’s view relative to women. Femininity was culturally constructed to be weak and submissive. When a woman does not fit into this opinion schemata, then the larger society reacts negatively. This explains why when women do something like sports that radically change their bodies,  the reactions are more vituperative. MGTOW believes women entering mostly male dominated fields is an attempt of women to weaponize their bodies. This paranoid conspiracy constantly is repeated.

The common argument that MGTOW argument is that women only get involved in these occupations because men are doing them. Women have multiple reasons for selecting a career, but “acting like men” is not one of them. How one behaves is related to personality. According to psychology their are various personality types. There are the shy introverts and the extroverts who are more gregarious. Some people have more dominant personalities or a combination of various attributes. It is just in women assertiveness or a dominant personality is not accepted. The concept of “male spaces” were developed to keep women out of certain activities.  This is changing now. A woman  is still a woman no matter what she does. Concepts of masculinity and femininity vary from cultural  and change overtime. Gender is a social construction, while sex is a biological fact.

     MGTOW reacts not only to women entering male dominated areas, but has issues with women who are fans or followers. Sports is one of the areas in which women are not only active participants, but dedicated fans. American football has in the first time in its history has a growing number of women fans. Combined with a growing number of female athletes this has caused a backlash.

female sports fans are accused of merely attending events for looking for husbands, being disruptive, or just trying ruin a male bonding experience. There is no plan to take over this activity. Historically, there were periods in which women were banned from sporting events. The ancient Olympics did not only ban women from competition; it forbid them from being spectators. Doing so would result in execution. There were some instances in which women were only spectators, if not athletes themselves. Women were spectators of boxing matches in America during the 1800s. English women were also players and spectators of cricket in the 1700s. While it is difficult to estimate how many women spectators there were in the past, it is clear that it was something that interested them. Modern day sports fandom has become a family affair. Their are parents that put their children in sports and the whole family attends events. This is the product of modern marketing, demographic tastes, and society’s desire for escapism. Women do not become fans just to be with men; they actually enjoy watching the games. If there is a fan base that grows that shows that the subculture or field is thriving. Women’s entry into subcultures or male associated areas  such as video games or sports is not a negative development. It shows these areas have life and can still attract many people. A male sports fan disparaging a female fan is only harming sports. The image of sports is one of a misogynistic culture filled with women hating brutes. This image must be dismantled, due to certain setbacks in areas of publicity. The NFL has handled domestic abuse issues poorly causing public concern. Women do not go to sports events to become gold diggers , find a man, or just ruin the fun. The vexed feelings of men who want to keep sports male only is directed viciously at women athletes.

There is a huge wage gap in sports. Other occupations at least acknowledge the problem or make attempts to change it ( although unsuccessfully). There still remains a persistent resistance to pay female athletes  equal pay. Several arguments that are either sexist or pseudoscientific  in manner are used as justifications. One reason that is stated is that women do not perform on the same level as men and therefore should be paid less. The problem with this argument is that sports performance varies among male athletes. Not every man is going to run like Usain Bolt. An athlete can perform well, but they have to be at the same time an entertainer. Fans want to see a level of show boating and humor. If an athlete does not do this, they will not get notoriety. To say women are terrible athletes is false. There have been many women who shown this from all over the globe. Physiological differences are not an indication of inferiority and certainly is not a justification for lower pay. The problem comes down to economics. If attendance numbers are low and tickets sales are dismal this will effect income. The solution to this problem is to have more advertising and broadcast more women’s events on television. Then one must consider demographics. A good target audience would be either children or women themselves. This should not exclude the young male demographic. This may be the groups more accepting of women athletes and willing to pay to see events. The pathway is clear; the business model must change to help advance women’s sports.

The problem is that the corporate gatekeepers select what they think people would like. if they want to be innovative and longtime business success they have to try something new. If the sports world does not attempt to do this they could face economic ruin. Women’s sports could be a large revenue generator if you give it a chance. There are growing number of female sports fans who are a potential large consumer group. Sports organizations should be fast to tap into this market. The claims of this being “socialism” or “cultural Marxism” are deluded far right fringe thoughts. Equal pay for equal work does apply in this case. Women athletes play just as hard and rough as their male counterparts. They hit the same balls, lift weights, swim, and run. As for tennis, women in Grand Slams should play up to five sets, rather than three. When this happens there will be no excuse for the pay disparity in that sport. Women could create their own sports organizations as another solution. Doing so would show independence and could break the strangle hold of longtime sports organizations that dominate the market.

        The fitness world also is one place women are becoming a force. MGTOW and the traditionalists also  reject this also. One space that continues to be perceived as a male only space is the gym. Even within the fitness culture there suspicions of women in that space and subculture. The gym traditionally was a place to display male strength and athleticism. Women who were of great strength and had athletic ability were largely excluded until the late 20th century. Women entered certain gyms they were many times denied access to the weight room or other facilities. These women faced ostracism, harassment, and harsh treatment from their colleagues.When women entered weightlifting and bodybuilding they had to confront gender stereotypes and sexist prejudice. Physical strength or large muscles on women still are not completely accepted, even when there are more women in sports and fitness. They present a new image that is either impressive or shocking to some.

The gym can many times be an unfriendly place to women. There can be times of unwanted attention, feeling uncomfortable, or general harassment. This lead to the creation of women’s only gyms . There women who champion this as progressive. It is understandable that women would want a comfortable place to exercise, yet this creates segregated spheres. No good has ever come from segregated societies as the Jim Crow South demonstrated. At the same time there is a double standard, because if there was a man who created a man’s only gym there would be objections based on sexist discrimination. Both women and men should share the fitness space. These women only gyms may not help dispel particular stereotypes or myths. The idea that all men in the gym are just predators looking to pick up women needs to be discarded.

Women go to the gym just to work out. They are not going there to find a boyfriend or a husband. Men should understand this is not a venue to get dates. Men complain that women are there, but are not serious and hog machines. This stereotype of fitness culture developed from people who thought a gym was not a place for women to be. There is a combination of intimidation and a hostile atmosphere in some gyms. other times it is women’s discomfort may come from ideas surrounding the frailty myth. they may feel that they are physically inferior and not attempt various forms of exercise even when physiology disproves this. Women’s muscles do respond to training stimuli and at the cellular level there is little difference. The differences in strength are related to endocrinology,  physical size, body composition, and the rate of muscular contraction. There are obviously many strong women that exist and continue to develop their athletic skills. The female athlete during the past was largely excluded from training facilities and gyms. Only with Title IX did this change with women getting access to training facilities and equipment.The women’s only gyms may be a separatist answer to continued discrimination with in the fitness world. Separatism was once advocated by radical feminists in the 1970s  as solution to women’s issues. This answer will not produce gender equality. This also comes down to another subject of co-ed sports.

MGTOW says its women invading a man only space, but co-ed sports developed during Title IX. If a school does not have a girls sports team, then a girl is allowed to try out and play on a boy’s team. Many girls particularly in America have been on wrestling teams with mostly boys. There are even some girls on both high school and middle school football teams. Title IX compliance has been hard to promote especially with smaller schools. Eliminating  boys teams is not a solution, but allowing girls to try out for boys teams. Recreational co-ed sports has become popular in some areas in which men and women may play soccer, softball, kick ball, or hockey just for pure fun. It takes adults back to a time of carefree childhood. This is not some form of battle of the sexes as MGTOW proclaims. Yet MGTOW has a problem with men in women cooperating in the same activity. There is another end of this spectrum in which some third wave feminists claim having separate teams is naturally unequal. This is not entirely true. These separate teams for professional athletes are due to anatomical and physiological differences. There is a differences in women’s athletic performance, which means if there was to be co-ed competition many women would be shut out. The few women that are above average would remain in the competition roster. Women respond differently to training stimuli and it is not completely environment based. While women can reach high physical fitness levels, men’s gains in strength and speed are higher when both are on the same training regimen. It would seem that the third wave feminist desire of women’s performances matching men’s may be out of reach. This is not to say it will not change or in the future it will. New training techniques, supplements, or even biological evolution could improve performance. It is too early to tell. The suggestion to do co-ed professional sports could harm the progress of women’s sports forming its own unique culture.

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Up until a certain age boys and girls can plays sports together. When the effects of puberty occur this changes physical fitness potentials.

The their are physiological advantages men gain during puberty, which women do not get. This is why it is important that there are separate leagues that women can compete in. The biggest concern should not be whether there are co-ed professional sports, rather equal media coverage of women’s sporting events. Rarely do women get equal air time on television, which can harm their sports financially. However, if a woman is strong and skilled enough she should not be banned from playing on a men’s teams. It makes no sense if she is qualified, whatever that sport may be. There is a common misconception that women do not take sports seriously or are not as competitive. This is a falsehood because now women are competing harder and at even higher levels in various sports across the globe. Women also are making impacts in areas, people still think as male domains. Space exploration women are certainly going to more involved in. The idea that they are too timid to explore or try something different has been eroded.

There does exist a competitiveness gap. This is due to the current status of women’s sports. Why do all this work for limited financial reward? That could hold women back from going further in a professional athletic career.  When a woman performs extremely well her femininity is put into question. The sexism can even be seen in color commentary, when male sportscasters talk about the athlete’s appearance, rather than their physical feats. Co-ed sports leagues are not meant to be places were women can beat up on men or just be a disruption. They are leisure activities. It is a wonder forum to meet new people and find others who share a common interest. MGTOW exaggerates the purpose of its existence to advance a particular agenda.

         MGTOW claims it wants to challenge the unfair or unequal biases against men, yet it really wants to revert to the past in terms of gender relations. Their arguments either distort or fabricate history. They claim women’s oppression is mostly an illusion and men have an unreasonably hard time in society. Women throughout history have faced various forms of discrimination. Unequal access to education, wealth, property, or healthcare has been a constant theme. Marriage was historically a property arrangement in which women had little say. Women many times were not allowed to control their own finances and when they were married it would transfer to their husbands. Prior to the rise of permanent settlements that would later grow into civilizations, humanity lived in hunter gather societies. At this point in history men and women were of equal status. The rise of agriculture brought the concept of land ownership and this became the root of most inequality seen in the contemporary world. Women were denied access to property. Society became more hierarchical and pyramid structured with women regulated to a lower status. They went from being people to property themselves. There were cases in which women did have freedom. Ancient Egyptian civilization allowed women to own property and Sparta encouraged women’s physical fitness development. This does not mean these societies were feminist or valued women’s rights.

This video has certain fallacies. Sparta was not a Marxist society; it was a strict militarist one. Women did not cause the fall of Sparta, constant warfare did. At some point militarist societies will collapse from constant warfare. 

Sparta’s interest in women’s  physical fitness was eugenic in purpose. They believed that strong women would give birth to strong babies and therefore produce more capable warriors. Although there was obviously more freedom, women were not of equal status in the Spartan society. Obviously, they did not value equality in a legal sense because the state was more important to than the individual. The rise of monotheistic religion also encoded the belief that women should be subordinate. There were times in which goddesses were worshiped, but were replaced by one god. When the Enlightenment thinkers of the Age of Reason challenged religious dogma and fought for rights of citizens women were not included. They only spoke of the rights of man, not women. Many were contradictory in this regard as well as their views on the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Africans were enslaved in the millions, while some Enlightenment thinkers like John Locke had financial ties to it. African women were subject to mass sexual violence in the New World. Mary Wollstonecraft wrote in 1792 Vindication of the Rights of Women probably one of the earliest articulations of  feminist thought. Her thesis was that women are not inferior to men by nature, but were kept in a poor condition due to lack of opportunity, bias, and limited access to education. As the 19th and 20th century progressed women were able to gain some rights. Voting, employment, and reproductive rights continue to be concerns for women across the world. The idea that women’s oppression has some how been defeated is a myth. Normally, when an oppressor wants to hide their hate they frame themselves as the victim. Doing so is an attempt to mask their true intentions.

         The current state of  sex politics movements fall under several groups. There are the fringe movements such as men’s rights and MGTOW. They blame women for all of their problems and desire to go back to a time when women had no legal rights at all. This takes an extremist conservative bent and has been energized by a Donald Trump presidency. MGTOW claims they just disagree with feminism, but what they really have an issue with is women in general. There is third wave feminism which has taken such a radical bent it excludes men who do not agree with sex discrimination or misogyny. The existence of these fringe factions  demonstrates the need for a sex equality movement. This would not be third wave feminism or men’s rights, but a unified effort to challenge double standards and injustices in society based sex. The reason such extreme perspectives exist is because a system of oppression has operated so long. Only when this is fully dismantled and destroyed can a healthy society. MGTOW is the product of  white males who are vexed that once oppressed groups are gaining power. While the internet and social media are excellent platforms to spread messages, it can also be a birthplace for abhorrent views and disinformation. Although small in number so far, the best way to counter such perspectives is with facts and awareness.

MGTOW Misogyny

Happy Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day is a celebration of the 19th Amendment. It was established to commemorate the year in 1920 women got to vote in the United States. All women did not get to vote however. African American, Latino, and Asian women were largely excluded from the political process. The civil rights movement allowed women of all races to vote. Remembering history is important especially in the present political climate. There is an obvious attack on women in the US in regards to reproductive rights, employment,  and equal justice. Awareness, activism, and full scale mass resistance must be unrelenting in combating a presidency that does not value the rule of law or its citizens. There is growing reactionary backlash with the men’s rights movement and  MGTOW that was emboldened by the election of Donald Trump. The following weeks femuscleblog will examine this rise in misogyny in the context of sports and the wider society. Although there has been backlash, women do continue to excel in what were once considered male only jobs. There determination and perseverance should be an inspiration to all.  Femuscleblog commemorates this day with images of  female physical power.

 

Happy Women’s Equality Day