More importantly, should they?
Contact sports are dominated by men: American football, ice hockey, wrestling, basketball, boxing, Muay Thai, and the likes.
Why do so many girls shy away from sports, especially those that involve some form of contact? As an avid football player, I marvel at how few women are interested in playing the sport, and how few have an understanding or appreciation of the game. Is it because we believe that the realm of sports belongs primarily to men? Are we afraid of the physical sacrifices and the pain that we may have to endure? Are we worried that we may look silly or un-pretty running around, dripping in sweat?
If you think about it, the closest thing to contact sport that is dominated by women is Roller Derby. From experience, I can say that most of the girls that are brave enough to try it out are the ‘alternative’ type, with their skin covered in tattoos and piercings, and each one with a point to prove or some insecurity to cover up with a sport that’s considered ‘hard core’.
Whatever the reasons for ‘the fear’, some time should be dedicated to changing the discourse around women’s place in sports, and particularly, which sports they ‘should’ play. Parents need to encourage their daughters to play sports of the more ‘male-centric’ variety, like the ones I mentioned in the first paragraph of this blog. Girls should also take it upon themselves to step outside the bounds of what is considered an ‘appropriate’ sport for women, and embrace the challenges (and adventures) that those sports offer.
There are myriad benefits in taking up a contact sport, like a sense of empowerment, mad fitness, and the chance to make some really cool friends. Because, believe it or not, that team of girls ends up being the same girls that have your back no matter what. You sweat together, you die together.
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