Monday, July 31, 2006

Why Women Shouldn't Play Sports...Seriously?

Update: I don't know why, but there really are a lot of people who search for this topic through Google, so this is possibly one of the most viewed entries I've ever written. So all that said, it should be very apparent that I disagree with the stance of female subservience and crushing the dreams of female athletes for allegedly "Biblical" reasons. So if you're looking for something that supports that kind of crap, go someplace else.

I can't help myself here. LutheranChik linked to the article, I started reading it, and now you have the option of reading it. It is amazing to me that people think that this is a reasonable position. For those completely uninterested in giving this article extra hits, here are some low points:
I propose that sports greatly hinders the development of godly, Biblical, feminine character. Parents today expend extraordinary amounts of time and energy taking their daughters from one sports event to another, week after week, even to the point where it exhausts the family and family resources. The fruits we see are that today’s Christian women are often ill-prepared to be Biblically obedient wives and mothers.
Because 1) parents running boys around to sports practice is a good kind of exhausting and 2) volleyball inhibits childbirth. Or something.
Actually, I don’t have a problem with women playing recreational sports on an occasional basis, just with them playing competitive sports on a regular day-to-day basis. This rigorous physical and mental training tends to make women more masculine. I think it is prudent to often ask ourselves “Can a woman do this activity and retain a Biblically feminine character?” With sports I think it will be difficult in most cases. Even some of the traditionally more feminine sports like gymnastics and ice skating are now influencing women to be more masculine.
What is 'Biblically feminine character?' How might my own wife achieve such a Godly form and manner? As we've already seen, 'Biblically feminine' apparently includes obedience/subservience and 'not being masculine.' But we need more information so Mrs. Jeff will properly conform. Ah, here we go:
Most men I know admire a woman who is reasonably healthy and fit; they are also attracted to a woman who is somewhat “soft” and cuddly. This does not mean she should be delicate like tissue paper; no, a woman should be reasonably strong, and the normal duties of life will make her that way. This is what we learn from the Proverbs 31 woman. However, if you look at pictures of female athletes who play sports or observe them on the playing fields, you will notice that many develop strong, muscular bodies. Female athletes also sneer, wince, push, and fight just like the men. I notice these things all the time in pictures in our hometown newspaper. The sneers are most obvious; they make young women very unfeminine. The masculine uniforms and sweaty bodies aren’t very attractive, either.
To be 'Biblically feminine,' our women need to be healthy and fit or perhaps a little soft and cuddly (please, no fatties). And certainly not strong and muscular. That's excessively healthy and fit. If the wife can beat you at arm wrestling, you are obviously feminized and unworthy of the parts God created you with. No, hold on, it's not your fault, it's theirs. Whew, dodged a bullet. Oh, and wives just need to be hot. Not a sweaty kind of hot, but a wispy-but-soft swimsuit issue kind of hot. No strained faces, please. No, I see you. Knock it off.

Okay, that's enough of that. What we have here, quite plainly, is sexism and fear of stronger women posing as Biblical mandate. No, it's just what the Bible says, right? Sure, the Bible is chock full of verses detailing how women need to be the best arm candy they can be (dependent on their husband's tastes in body type), should never pursue their own interests (which may include joining the lacrosse team), need to be physically weaker than men so men don't get shown up (yeah, that's in the article too), and without exception should never sneer (even when their husbands write asinine articles like this one).

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