- Jun 20, 2005
Erm... the mens division in chess is open to both genders. If there was only one competition without a womans division, women wouldn't get past the preliminary stages to even enter the competitive rounds. The application is a practical one, i.e provide woman with opportunities to excell and the only way that this can be done is to provide them with their own division.And this is exactly the kind of activity where there is no logic in such a separation. We just do it because it’s normalised as such.
Years of evidence that women are not as good as men in sports is what's stopping them. Take marathons as an example. Men and woman run the same race but prizes are based on the winners gender. If women started winning the main competions you may have a shout at removing the two divisions.Everything is stopping them. The entire system of societal norms says they are not allowed to even try and fail, they simply can’t be there in the first place.
Racing requires strength and a good reflexes both of which men are better than women. Even in gymnastics you will find that men and women will be better at certain events due to the physical requirements and attributes of the sexes.What about racing? What about figure skating or gymnastics?
By and large it’s got very little to do with practicality.
That doesn't matter, as long as there is a space for women to compete. Open competitions that don't provide for a womans division will effectively kill womens partitcipation in sports.And even amongst only women the competition is hardly equal as we’ve seen in recent years with athletics etc, because the fairness isn’t as simple a thing to define.
It’s a construct effectively.