News Day Tuesdays Once Banned, Women Now Center Stage at Games

In the spirit of the Beijing Olympics check out this amazing article from The New York Times, written by JERÉ LONGMAN, and suggested to GBD by Kathy Chang. THANKS KATHY!

“Not until 1984 were women permitted to run the Olympic marathon, in reefer-madness fear that they might grow old too soon with such exertion; or worse, they might grow a mustache. Or their uterus would fall out, as if it were a transmission.”

Follow the link to check out the article and let us know you thoughts. ☺

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/10/sports/olympics/10longman.html

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10 Responses to “News Day Tuesdays Once Banned, Women Now Center Stage at Games”

  1. Denise Says:

    Thats a good article.

  2. G Says:

    Hmm, I didn’t know about some of the things that article said female athletes have to/have gone through to compete. I mean, I figured there was just as much oppression from men as just about everything else, but that bit about not being able to run marathons for those silly reasons is just ridiculous. I don’t know why men used to be so threatened by the potential of women.

    Now, I’ll agree that the women are definitely a must-see at the Olympics, but I have to ask, is it based solely on their athletic ability, or their attire, or lack there of? I’ve noticed over the past couple of years, whether it be the Olympics, Worlds, whatever, the only female sports that get the most air-time are the ones that showcase their bodies the most. *shakes head*

  3. Ver0nik21 Says:

    Great article!

    SO many changes for us!

  4. Emma Says:

    Yay Kendra, I’m enjoying all this Olympics, so fun to watch!
    As regards the article, I can only emphasize the enormity of how far we’ve come as women. Nothing is out of bounds for us; except ofcourse for women who live in those nations that still strictly monitor their plight or the nations where those intense acts of cruelty still exist (eg genital mutilation – HORRIFIC!!!). What’s quite funny though is the specific phrase you highlighted – about that absolutely archaic notion of the fear for women in sport; particularly, the aging and mustache comment …. Ridiculous! As if women were supposed to be fainting in the heat, in their corsets, while men were the only ones who could ‘cope’ with doing sport!

    @G,
    I tend to agree, but at the same time, it can be said that the better-looking male bodies in sport are also given plenty of media attention and they are behind the endorsements etc, but you’re right, women’s fashion in sports as being skimpy is more aggressively promoted.

  5. Vintage Guitar Says:

    The last thing I’d add – is always trust your gut! I have left some ‘good deals’ on the table that didn’t feel right. And after some time, and some more investigation, and building my own knowledge base – I am glad I did!

  6. Hammad Says:

    I don’t get it. I understand that women have been oppressed throughout history, but I don’t understand why there seems to be this need in modern day society by certain elements of it that want to, or even in someways, psychologically coerce a competition between the sexes in certain aspects of the material, when God never intended such a competition, or even a comparison, to be made? In other words, why do these elements want women to realize their importance, advancement, or their equality to men by linking their self-worth to their participation in certain physical activities created by men for their entertainment, as if this is the proper reaction against the oppression of women by men in history? The vast majority of men will always be better than vast majority of women in athletic activities because of the differences in the nature of their bodies. Similarly, women are better in certain things than men in other aspects of life. This is not to say that women are inferior to men as human beings in any sense of the word, and that women can’t or shouldn’t participate in physical activities. However, instead of seemingly making things a competition between the sexes, why not celebrate the differences?

  7. G Says:

    Very true Emma, the men with more visually appealing bodies do get more attention. However, now no one shoot me, but if the girls weren’t wearing such skimpy clothing, do you all think as many people would watch the female divisions as they do? Whereas male divisions are watched no matter what they wear.

  8. Gina Says:

    Women are definitely making a comeback, that’s for sure!

    But I wonder why it took so long for them to enter the Olympics?

  9. *dacara* Says:

    I wasn’t aware that women weren’t allowed to compete in certain events at the Olympics for some time. I’m glad to see that things have changed and I think it’s great that women from many other countries are having the oppotunity to compete in these events. Interesting article!

  10. Ashley Says:

    I think it’s really stupid. Women should be able to do whatever they please whether its playing basketball or running a 10k without being criticizing us and saying things like, ‘oh what are they gonna replace their womenhood(fancy name for all our parts) with the mens manhood. How is that possible first off? I think that if we put our heads together and come together as fierce strong women that we all are we can overcome men and definitely show them we’re not scared of a challenge let along a stupid rumor that wants to put women down and make us feel like they can’t do anything with our life.

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