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    Coming out of This Thread, decided to post up and see what people think. People might say it depends on the individual sports, but to be honest it's more of a cultural choice than specific to each sport.


    Personally I think it would be interesting at least to see some mixed tournaments, such as in Tennis or even in Football.


    So what do people think? Should women be paid less and in some cases, play less? Should there be mixed teams?
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    Coming out of This Thread, decided to post up and see what people think. People might say it depends on the individual sports, but to be honest it's more of a cultural choice than specific to each sport.


    Personally I think it would be interesting at least to see some mixed tournaments, such as in Tennis or even in Football.


    So what do people think? Should women be paid less and in some cases, play less? Should there be mixed teams?
    No. Men find it hard to play competitive contact sport with women
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    (Original post by TheAnusFiles)
    No. Men find it hard to play competitive contact sport with women

    Mainly because they're not used to it :sly:
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    Mainly because they're not used to it :sly:
    No I think there is always going to be an element of it. Women simply have not evolved to be able to physically engage men in such a way. Men also by and large don't like hurting women, while they enjoy seeing boxing matches between men
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    (Original post by TheAnusFiles)
    No I think there is always going to be an element of it. Women simply have not evolved to be able to physically engage men in such a way. Men also by and large don't like hurting women, while they enjoy seeing boxing matches between men


    I'd say that was more of a cultural thing than a physiological one. But even with all of that there, what about non contact sports? Tennis being a fairly obvious example.
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    I'd say that was more of a cultural thing than a physiological one. But even with all of that there, what about non contact sports? Tennis being a fairly obvious example.
    Tennis is a contact sport. Contact sports are any where the actions of the other could cause the opponent to be struck by them or the ball. Non contact sports are golf, darts, running, swimming etc
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    (Original post by TheAnusFiles)
    Tennis is a contact sport. Contact sports are any where the actions of the other could cause the opponent to be struck by them or the ball. Non contact sports are golf, darts, running, swimming etc

    Cool, didn't know that. So you're arguing it's more difficult for men to play against female tennis players? And that's unfair?
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    Cool, didn't know that. So you're arguing it's more difficult for men to play against female tennis players? And that's unfair?
    Tennis although a contact sport, doesn't thow up the same problems that inter gender boxing would, especially as unlike football basketball etc there isn't any bodily contact at all, so I don't think with tennis there would be a problem of men feeling uncomfortable. However you would never see a woman in a GS tournament if the sport was mixed
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    I think there should. It's just like saying why don't you allow athletes to take performance enhancing drugs.. Depending on the sport, one gender will definitely be at an advantage and so it'll either be an unfair match or just boring to watch. We need a standard of regulation and I think gender should be one of the controlled factors
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    Yeah I'm completely for it; merge the leagues so people can see the difference in quality for themselves. That will put an end to the 'Serena would teach Nadal a thing or two' nonsense.
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    Then women sports would be even more dead than they are now, the disparity in skill level would become more even more apparent.
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    I personally would love to see a mixed basketball game, between players from the WNBA (where there has been six dunks ever, according to their website) and the NBA (where there is often over six dunks a game). That would be interesting, to say the least.
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    (Original post by Hal.E.Lujah)
    So what do people think? Should women be paid less and in some cases, play less? Should there be mixed teams?
    Pay should depend on the work put in, not the person's gender. I feel like teams should stay split BUT a mixed team could be added in sports where men and women are able to achieve the same standards and compete on an equal level. Which sports? I don't know.
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    (Original post by MJ1012)
    Then women sports would be even more dead than they are now, the disparity in skill level would become more even more apparent.
    I'm aware of only one sport where this has been done at the top level: sailing, where every competition that I can think of (with the exception of some Olympic events, which is a silly idea anyway) is fully mixed. The result: the females are entirely and completely capable of competing on the same level as the males. Can you name a sport that is mixed where there is a mass-level disparity. Hypothesis: females generally perform worse at segregated sports because historically, those that had the most training and practice (and hence became the best) were male, and since then, the best males have been training and competing with and against better competitors than the females, and hence have achieved better skill levels (since training and competing against better people raises your skill level significantly). The females, meanwhile, are having to build up their skills without the benefit of such a baseline, and hence are still lagging behind the males.
 
 
 
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