Why Women’s Sports Get Less Primetime Coverage

The sports in which women compete that aren’t silly and that are actually fun to watch suffer from the problem of going head-to-head with a much better viewing alternative: namely, the men’s versions of those sports. Because, let’s just cut to the chase, at the elite level of sports (and, really, at all levels of sport except pee-wee), men are, on average, simply faster and stronger than women. Why the hell would anyone of sound mind want to watch a gimped version of his favorite sport when a more electrifying version already exists? This elementary logic escapes the feminist hivemind.

Furthermore, many of the sports in which women compete and men don’t, and which are tailored to women’s particular strengths, are unwatchable by dint of being retarded. See: synchronized swimming. There are only a handful of female-oriented “””sports””” that women compete in at a pro or semi-pro level which garner fairly large, if transient, audiences on par with the audiences that men’s sports regularly achieve. Figure skating is one example (and that mostly because women like the fact it is set to music and colorful, bedazzled costumes are worn).

Really, the only reason men choose to watch women’s sports at all is for prurient reasons, such as the exciting but rare glimpse of a wardrobe malfunction, or the slo-mo replay of pertly bottomed volleyball players diving into the sand. Otherwise, men will pass up women’s sports as long as a men’s sport is on another channel. The dirty little secret is that, among the subset of women who legitimately like watching sports, most of them will also prefer to watch the male versions of their favorite events.

I’m not anti-female athletics. Women should compete in sports, especially femininity-sharpening individual sports rather than competition-emphasizing team sports, primarily to sculpt their figures into beautiful, sexy visages that will help attract the attention of alpha males. Stay focused, ladies.





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  1. I liked the gimped, wooden raquet version of tennis much better than the current version.

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    • I was just going to bring tennis up. Due to equipment improvements, the men’s game (particularly Wimbledon) has gotten too serve heavy to be all that exciting. The women’s game, as played, is much closer to that which men played in tennis’ heyday of Borg and McEnroe.

      There has to be other examples, as well.

      And for utterly spectator unfriendly sports like swimming, who cares if the unidentifiable blob moving through the water in lane five, does so a second or so faster or slower than the ones in the opposite sex heat earlier in the day.

      Extreme distance endurance running are interesting, in that men’s advantage in muscle mass seem to diminish over really long distances. Whether that is simply due to the most competitive men having better things to do than run triple Marathons, or because (emaciated) women are more efficient at lower power outputs, we’ll probably never know.

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      • Men have more than an advantage in muscle mass. I think % wise the sex difference between marathons and ultras is very similar

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      • Eh, I would have agreed with you 10 years ago and you do have a point. Serves are still heavily favored, but this is a great time in Men’s Tennis. Djokovic, Nadal, and Federer are all primarily baseline players and each have their own style. There have been some truly epic matches, such as the final in this year’s Australian open.

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      • i agree that men’s matches are better for competition, but what i like about watching women’s tennis, aside from religiously following sharapove and ivanovic, is that i learn more that translates into my own game since the speed and shot ability is more similar to my advanced club playing level. you dont learn anything watching nadal vs djokovic because you cant do anything close to what they do, nor do you learn anything from a big server like roddick or isner. serena is the exception, she hits like a man and i hate to watch her play

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    • on August 7, 2012 at 9:12 pm Great Books For Men GreatBooksForMen GBFM (TM) GB4M (TM) GR8BOOKS4MEN (TM) lzozozozozlzo (TM)

      I liked the gimped, wooden dildo version of buttcocking much better than the current version. lzzoozozo

      i would wtach synchonized muff divingzlzozlzlzo

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  2. Beach volleyball, enough said

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  3. But the WNBA is so successful, you lie!!!

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  4. You missed the real reason female sports are uninteresting – being good at a sport offers little reproductive advantage to the woman or to the man considering boning her.

    A very “fit” woman is usually infertile – it takes body fat for the female to be ready to breed – an internal store of food.

    No, give me a zaftig woman eating bon-bons and reading a romance novel – that’s a satisfying lay.

    Men’s sports are all about relative reproductive fitness (except maybe curling.) Men want to know the competition and act that them; women want to see the winners.

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  5. Funny story: Having played soccer in Canada at the AAA level during my youth, I’ve had the opportunity to play in a number of scrimmages against some relatively high profile teams.

    On our U16 team, we played in a scrimmage vs the U18 Women’s National team, which was probably of comparable ability to the team currently at the Olympics.

    Well anyway, long story short, we went up 7-0. At halftime.

    After the break, and were all played out of position, asked to play two-touch football only and to generally “take it easy”.

    The game still ended 11-0.

    Women’s sports = Fucking LOL

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    • And it’s not even purely a matter of size/strength. Everything they do is at a lower level, much lower. They’re slower, their control is dodgy, they’re not as coordinated, they’re not as smart, their vision is poor, their ability overall is lacking.

      Even if we assumed that men has the same size/strength, the men would still annihilate them by virtue of sheer talent alone.

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      • Heck, men usually slaughter women at billiards too, even though we have no strength advantage to take advantage of in this case.

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    • Besides athleticism, the rarely mentioned male visual/spatial advantage is a fundamental different between males and females that affects many aspects of our lives.

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    • There was story going around back when the US Women’s National team was in prep for the world cup here in the USA (the Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy Brandy Chastain team). At the Nike Cup in Florida, which occurs in December, Tony Dicicco arranged for them to play the male U18 Boston Breakers team in a closed door scrimmage. The scuttlebutt was that not only were the girls beaten by double digit goals, but that for long stretches of the game they never touched the ball. In other words, a club team of men (18 year olds are virtually men) some of whom were probably only good enough to play Division II or lower level Division 1 soccer, waxed one of the greatest female teams ever to play.

      Women’s soccer is a joke, and everyone who follows the game seriously knows it.

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  6. I happen to like tennis on occasion.

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    • She’s too tall to be sexy.

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    • In person she is not that hot. Sames goes for uma thurman. Gangly with bad skin and broad shoulders.

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    • Well if none of you will have her, pass her my way. She’s attractive and in shape. She’ll look good for a long time, if not beautiful.

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      • Yeah I don’t know what’s with all the pointy elbow shit either.

        Bad complexions on PMS days? Show me a girl who never had a pimple on her ass.

        I’d toss out my entire butterfly collection and switch hobbies nailing her young, Russian, athletic ass to the mattress.

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      • Envy or shoring up their own relative position. All I have to do is mention that xx is attractive in passing and I will get about 45 minutes of photos that “show her in her true light” just to prove that all these celebrity women are not that beautiful. Most of the time she is right, but she sees it from a purely technical point of view in terms of analyzing the competition.

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      • Interesting retro meme. Viewed objectively in hindsight, the Soviets actually made a few stylish cars. People will rent them for weddings and so forth. I’m sure the average joe never saw one, but they have some interesting older designs.

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  7. Added bonus: Girls who play sports are much less hassle. High-T women are just easier to be with.

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  8. I LOLed at this picture. WHAT are they DOING? hahahhaha

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    • Call me a homo, but I like ballet. modern dance, figure skating, and synchronized swimming. I think all of these combine art and athletics in an often beautiful way and the level of skill reached is often amazing. But I also tend to think of these as theater rather than sports.

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      • I like those things too (haven’t seen much of synchronized swimming though-the moving water fountain thing is neat, I don’t get why they have their hand on each other’s faces?) and agree its more art than sport. I saw some old footage of a gold medal gymnast during the Nixon administration. She did not look like a mini-hulk and there was much more of the element of dance in her floor routine. I have noticed the same thing with ice-skating. Its become so athletic that there’s no art/interpretation of the music its just rushing around the rink jump here, spin there, jump again, etc.

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      • I’ve only seen limited synchronized swimming. Not a lot of people do it. My guess here is bad choreography.

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  9. This post nails it. Why watch the “fastest woman in the world”, when you can watch the fastest/strongest/whatever person bar none? And that person will always be a dude.

    It’s worth pointed to gymnastics as a possible exception to this. Gymnastics has been a unisex sport going all the way back to ancient Sparta. Women & men gymnasts are all superb physical specimens. It’s a fact that elite women gymnasts are pound-for-pound stronger than most men.

    The thing I don’t like about women gymnasts is that the intense regimen can stunt their growth and more than a few of them have really boxy, boyish bodies.

    Can’t knock the drive and talent, though. It’s one of the few sports where the caliber of male/female performance is roughly equally.

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    • All of the sprinters on my high school track team were faster than the 2008 female Olympians with the exception of that lone Jamaican.

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    • Gymnastics training doesn’t stunt growth any more than playing basketball makes you tall. Shorter people have a mechanical advantage in the sport.

      but yeah, who gives a shit about the fastest or strongest woman in the world when they’re slower and weaker than high school boys.

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      • on August 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm ricosuaveguapo

        True, though that level of physical activity does tend to delay secondary sexual characteristics.

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    • unfortunately gymnast girls that have wide hips get filtered out when they are in their teens. Gets in the way of doing alot of the maneuvers on a highly competitive level.

      Source: Chicks I know that were competitive gymnasts then puberty hit.

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  10. on August 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm Dr. Zoidberg

    “Why the hell would anyone of sound mind want to watch a gimped version of his favorite sport when a more electrifying version already exists?”

    Marketing. Explains why NASCAR is more popular than F1. Just wait, the more feminized and beta-ized the USA becomes, the more popular female sports will be. Droves of tight-jeaned hipsters will soon be heading to Wrigley Field to watch softball.

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  11. on August 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm The Chrome Microphone

    Good stuff

    I was hearing femcunts on the radio whining about how there’s a lot of focus on who the hottest female athletes are and how that shows inequality

    Wah wah wah, make me a sammich

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  12. I think you’ve gotta be careful on the ‘sports makes women hot’ thing. Some of the sports, the girls remain hot (e.g. gymnastics, diving, etc), others they just end up with broad shoulders, no breasts and more masculine features, and invariably the sort that are drawn to sports are masculine enough that it wouldn’t be worth caring about it having that effect on them.

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    • on August 7, 2012 at 6:58 pm ricosuaveguapo

      Eh, not so sure on gymnastics. I’ve spent a lot of time around high-level gymnasts, and they are all broad-shouldered, no-hipped, no-breasted. The breasts tend to come in once they’ve given up the training, but the broad shoulders and narrow hips remain. Usually.

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      • The Russian gymnasts appear more feminine to me for some reason. But yeah, most gymnasts have fantastic asses but few have decent breasts and the ones with hips rarely win anything.

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      • Back in the days of Olga Korbut, there was one of her rivals named Ludmilla Turischuva or something like that… a tall girl that actually looked like a woman… she’s about the last one I remember. I think she won a few medals in the ’68 and/or ’72 games.

        Since they, they all pretty much look like little boyish waifs.

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    • It doesn’t make you hot, but at least it stops you from getting fat, and 50% of hotness is about not being fat.

      If you’ve got an ugly face, an athletic body isn’t gonna do much for you — though thin and ugly is certainly way ahead of being fat and ugly.

      On the other hand if you’re already hot then http://celebrity-photos.elliottback.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/allison-stokke-02.jpg giggity

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    • on August 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm The Chrome Microphone

      This

      The swimmers especially have the powerfully wide shoulders of a buffalo

      I’ve actually been surprised how girly some of the weightlifters look compared to swimmers and sprinters and such

      Wouldn’t hit but still

      Also a six pack on a woman is not hot
      Work that shit til it’s flat then fucking stop

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  13. I got two good laughs at the gym recently with regards to something like this. A ten year old boy one day and a twelve year old boy a few days later were benching the same as I do during my workouts. They were struggling a bit, but without question in two weeks they will be smooth and will be surpassing me in less than a month. It was awesome.

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  14. Reminds me of this:

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  15. on August 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm The Specimen

    Does not fem-pute. Death by snu snu.

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  16. No need for quotes around the word sports. Have you ever tried figure skating or gymnastics? At an Olympic level, they are WAY harder than any athletic pursuit the losers on this site have pursued.

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    • Yeah, my father-in-law is a brilliant but aging competitive athlete, and he says that the horse (in gymnastics) was the hardest thing he’s ever attempted.

      Personally, I think the rings are the worst. Hats off to dem boys.

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    • I like both and the skill level required is incredible. Male gymnastics is a sport that needs more emphasis as the skills have excellent carry over into other areas.

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  17. women’s tennis.

    i think she came 7 times.

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    • Overheard at that club’s Pro Shop:
      “I’ll have whatever racket she’s using.”

      Didn’t Monica Seles get penalized at one of the big tournaments for her vociferous grunting?

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  18. That photo looks like a Japanese porn shoot. Water instead of vomit.

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  19. My dad (a retired professor in his early 70s, an interesting study in how a relatively well-mannered gentleman in a tweed jacket or cardigan could be really alpha a generation or two before mine) is fond of saying that women’s sports should be moved to the paralympics. That’s a pretty good tingle inducer.

    In fact, I’ve been thinking about “gentleman game” of late. I believe the trick is to go through the motions in a way that is (slightly) patronising, allowing you to use olf-fashioned manners to channel old-fashioned societal roles. Of course, some chicks are just too stupid to catch on to this. Has served as a decent filter, if you’re not into those.

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  20. “Women should compete in sports, especially femininity-sharpening individual sports rather than competition-emphasizing team sports, primarily to sculpt their figures into beautiful, sexy visages that will help attract the attention of alpha males. Stay focused, ladies.”

    I had just drank some water when I read this, and choked and spat it out laughing. Hilarious as always Heartiste.

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  21. >” Figure skating is one example (and that mostly because women like the fact it is set to music and colorful, bedazzled costumes are worn).”

    Oh, I laughed harder than I should have.

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  22. There also is the issue of equal pay for equal work. Here’s one example.

    There are four Grand Slam tennis tournaments: Australian Open, U.S. Open, French Open and Wimbledon.

    Women play best of three sets. Men play best of five sets.

    For many years women were paid less and complained about it. They wanted the same prize money as men. Did they want to play five sets like the men? No. Three sets.

    All the tournaments caved.

    In 2007, Wimbledon became the last Grand Slam tournament to give equal prize money to the men’s and women’s singles champions. The French Open introduced it a year earlier, copying the U.S. Open and Australian Open who have had it for years.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2165239/Wimbledon-2012-Women-dont-deserve-equal-prize-money–Gilles-Simon.html

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20120628/grand-slams-equal-prize-money/#ixzz22xW1TrTf

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    • You are playing by feminist rules using a time theory of value. Even if women played twice as long, do they bring in the same amount of revenue?

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  23. More status confusion over what makes a woman valuable in the sports world. Kournikova made this famous because she demonstrates this perfectly being good enough tennis player to be in the elite company, but only good enough to lose to them. That is no big deal because it happens all the time. Lessor women lose. But when she is hot this always happens. My god do they hate this and I just love it.

    http://blisstree.com/live/lolo-jones-new-york-times-jere-longman-sexist-sports-coverage-282/

    Looks like Lolo has hit the the same rut. She did not meddle and she is hot (enough). She runs with the sport elites, but cannot catch them.

    They also mention Ryan Lochte who does not have this problem. No man does because a 10th place finisher among men can never be a sex symbol. Some girl here an there may take notice, but he will never become a sex symbol. Only the dominant man in his craft can be that kind of sex symbol and thus can never be a 10th place “hottie”.

    Do these people still think posters of the next Billie Jean King are going to be on the inside of a boy’s locker?

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    • Anna Kournikova is a very good doubles player.

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    • The fact that Anna never won any major tournaments probably added to her appeal. Lolo Jones would be smart to shrug off the criticism the same way Anna did.

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  24. I’m not keen on those synchronized swimmers in the photo. I prefer women who swallow rather than spit.

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  25. Female sports, for the most part, truly is all about the slo-mo replay for the dude. There’s been some great wedgies/cameltoes in beach volleyball, gymnastics, synchro swimming, water polo (all though they are fairly beastly on average), track, and the greatest of all female sports for viewing: tennis. Tennis is the best because there’s actually dramatic tension and shotmaking combined with booty shorts and sweaty crotch shots.

    That said, all sports are only as exciting as the drama they can produce. Great shots or misses at critical times combined with athleticism, skill, and determination. They’re are plenty of sports, male or female, which inherently suck balls or make good viewing.

    I’ll admit it. I’ve had a few olympic beat offs while watching pvr. Is it wrong to have watched woman’s gymnastics at 1/4 speed? I know they’re mostly around 16. Those asses though.

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    • It’s not wrong. Women are fully physically mature at the age of 16. That’s why historically they were married off in most world cultures by this age.

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    • If you’re a man and you don’t find attractive 16 year old females desirable to some degree, you are either abnormal or lying. End of. It doesn’t matter if you’re a father of five daughters, spare me the lies.

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  26. most of the top sportfuckers i know are women.

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  27. “This elementary logic escapes the feminist hivemind.”

    or asking themselves how exactly it is end of men when it’s women who are copying men without shame? (hey you won a gold!!)

    The top-rated comment in that dailymail article Gouverneur Morris posted which is about criticism of a Turkish columnist who wrote about how olympics is destroying womanhood:

    “The Olympic women athletes have the right bodies and the right clothing for their sport – there’s nothing masculine about them.”

    *facepalm*

    The final account by a woman competing in Olympics is also interesting:

    “Team GB’s Zoe Smith, 18, faced abuse about her appearance before the Games began.

    She was the subject of vile internet abuse after appearing on a documentary earlier this year, with anonymous Twitter trolls telling her she looks like a ‘lesbian’ and a ‘bloke’.

    The 18-year-old Londoner smashed a British record by lifting twice her body weight during the 58kg Weightlifting event at London 2012.

    And she took the opportunity to slam the online bullies that have tried to sour her Olympic campaign.

    She wrote: ‘Most of the people that do think like this seem to be chauvinistic, pig-headed blokes who feel emasculated by the fact that we are stronger than them. Simple as that.’ [and it helps me sleep at night]

    She added that it was particularly ‘sad’ to see abuse from girls who labelled her ‘weird’ for her muscular physique.

    ‘You’d think that young women around the same age as us would commend us,’ she added.

    for what exactly?

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  28. on August 9, 2012 at 7:39 pm Louanne Poisson

    Hello,

    How about Nadia Comaneci in the Montreal 1976 games getting a perfect 10. Actually she got seven of them. One on the balance beam which is insane.

    “Ladies and gentleman, for the first time in Olympic history, Nadia Comaneci has received the score of a perfect ten,”

    “Times magazine posted huge photo of Nadia in front cover page, “She’s Perfect!” with a very small photo of the the first photo of Mars… 14 years old Nadia Comaneci became the only person shown in the cover page of Time, Newsweek and Sports Illustrated magainzes at the same time.”

    I believe women play sports for the same reasons men play sports that is personal satisfaction and the thrill of competing and winning with a team. I think there is room for all. Women’s sports viewing is picking up as women have been more encouraged to play.

    Personally, I am huge NFL fan, but am getting my head around women playing contact football. They knock each other’s blocks off just like the men.

    http://www.worldrecordsacademy.org/sports/most_10_scores_at_olympics_world_record_set_by_nadia_comaneci_70558.htm

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