MMA and Martial Arts has been taking a rise in the world recently. There is no doubt that sports related to fighting are male dominated. Why is it that you will find sports that are almost completely dominated by one gender? The answer to this question has to do with the social norms passed down among males and females. Part of the reason I believe this is because I had competed in Kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, Wrestling, and other forms of fighting for 8 years and have seen women who were just as good as men at fighting in sports such as these. I personally believe that women have a place in contact sports simply because I have seen no evidence in support of “men are just better at contact sports than women.” I have seen men get their asses kicked by females and I would be lying if I said I hadn’t been caught by some big hits from them also. All that being said however, it does appear that women are starting to make headlines and get a foothold in the sport which can be promising for the future.
Here is a video of Ronda Rousey supporting my case. 8 years of experience and I don’t believe I would want to step in the cage with her to fight.
So, back to the question, “why do women not come to mind when most people think of fighting”? It seems a bit circular in logic, but we don’t think of women when we hear “fighting” because we were brought up to think of other things when it comes up. When most people think of fighting, in a physical sense, it has to do with one person beating down another by whatever means. Traditionally, women are not as encouraged to join certain contact sports due to what other people may think about them. Some may argue that most women in sports like MMA generally are
ugly, look like men, lesbian, and hold certain male values. I can’t put too much on the male values or lesbian part, other than, I have known many straight, girly girls who were also good fighters (I have also seen some women that I had a hard time telling they were in fact female, so it does happen). But generalizing women as ugly in MMA?… I don’t think so. With that, I say, please watch the following…
Now that that nonsense has been dismissed, and, a blog has arguably more to do with the readers than the writer, ask yourself and comment on the following.
- Should women have more involvement in contact sports such as MMA?
- What are some other reasons women may not be as involved as men in contact sports (in a sociological sense)?
- Do you think that women can be just as good as men in any given sport?