My cmnt: This is an unpublished letter I wrote to a LJS sports writer in 2015 in response to his column which is included below.
Much of the women’s sports world is an attempt to get females to act and think more and more like males. MMA champion Ronda Rousey only trains and spars with males. Many women’s college basketball teams only practice against males. For women to beat up on other women they must become more like men.
When nationally renowned Nebraska volleyball coach John Cook wants to insult his players he calls them ‘girls’. In many female team sports (basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer) the women refer to each other as ‘guys’. This whole enterprise of college women athletics and beyond is becoming a war on women being women.
Neither men nor women seriously watch female team sports where the women look and act like men.
Ronda Rousey is making millions in endorsements, movies, TV and from her fights because she is an attractive, young woman with a pretty smile. Sand volleyball is the most watched female sport in the Olympics. And attractive female tennis players and pro golfers do fashion shoots.
Sure, everyone cheers a winner. Rousey wins by putting most of her opponents into painful arm bars. That is not what makes us cringe. What makes us cringe are her female opponents who are so programmed to show manly toughness that they won’t submit until their arms break. Even men won’t do that.
Female gymnasts actually make themselves delay puberty and the best in the world are always literally girls. A female gymnast’s career is mostly over once she develops into a mature woman. Only the people who run the Olympics would call the tiny, prepubescent girls who dominate world gymnastics – women. The young girls are really good in gymnastics because they still have the body types of young boys.
The girl who won the gold for China in the 2008 Olympics wasn’t even the legal entry age of 16. And why should that matter except that it is completely absurd to call a 13 year old girl a woman. And why shouldn’t the best compete regardless of their age, if not because the younger they are the better they are. So-called women’s gymnastics is the only sport in the world where the participants actually get worse as they move into maturity.
Girls and women enjoy competition as much as men do. The women who came to Nebraska in the 19th century to farm and ranch with their husbands were tough as nails. They endured and triumphed over things that would make anyone today cringe. Competitive sports were initially designed to bring out these qualities of strength and endurance and skill and cooperation. The purpose was not to turn women into men and ‘break fingers’ to intimidate your opponent and insult your players by calling grown women girls.
In general women have a certain empathy for other women. They do not want to destroy their rivals in the same way men often do. They are made (or evolved if you will) to bear and nurture children. Our pioneer women could do this without having a mindset hammered into them by a sports world that they need to crush their rivals and break their will to compete.
There is a war on women and it is being waged by a culture that tells girls to stop being girls and to think and act like boys so that they can compete on Wall Street or in the boardroom or in the gym. Our species has somehow survived for tens of thousands of years without inculcating male dominance attitudes into the minds and spirits of young women.
Nebraska volleyball players go ‘mano a mano’ to try and beat opponent with serving
There’s a lot of pressure on the player serving, with a fine line between success and failure. A serving error is bad. But serving over an easy ball isn’t great either, because the opponent has a chance to quickly smash it right back at you.
“I would say (serving) it’s a love-hate kind of, because you want to have a great serve, but at the same time you don’t want to make an error,” Hames said. “And I think we’re trying to get to the love-love part of it where you’re just going to go back there and you’re going to trust it. Coach (Cook) has been saying, ‘Mano a mano, so it’s you verses the passer.'”
Nebraska volleyball notebook: Huskers didn’t handle expectations
October 26, 2015 7:00 pm • By BRENT WAGNER | LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR
During a lengthy meeting after Saturday’s match, Cook let the players know what they’ll need to do to improve as a team.
“We’ll see if they can be a mature team and deal with it in a positive way and get better from it,” Cook said. “I don’t know. Who the hell knows? It’s 16 girls. I have no idea. I’d like them to be 16 mature student-athletes who want to get better from this and find a way to improve. We can handle getting beat if somebody outplays us, but we didn’t get outplayed and we let teams come in here and dictate on our court, and that’s what was tough.”
Cook said Nebraska’s hitters need to be more effective, even when the Huskers are out-of-system, or the set isn’t perfect.
“Anybody can hit a good set,” Cook said. “What can you do on a bad set? Can you find a way to get a kill, or are you just giving them a free ball? That’s what we did this weekend. We just gave a lot of free balls and easy balls and we got it rammed down our throat. You’ve got to be aggressive. The great hitters, they don’t need a great set. They find a way.”
In a four-set loss to Wisconsin, Nebraska committed 35 hitting errors on 173 attempts and was outblocked 15-8.
“They weren’t doing anything special,” Husker co-captain Alicia Ostrander said of the Badgers. “We have 6-foot-5 guys in practice that we’re swinging up against, that we’re able to tool or kill a ball over them. I feel like a lot of it is just on us. We were just making stupid, silly errors.”
Freshman Mikaela Foecke hasn’t been able to consistently have the big matches she had right after her switch from right-side hitter to outside hitter as teams prepare for her more, but Cook likes the way Foecke competes.
“She was battling this weekend, even though she wasn’t getting the kills she normally gets, or was struggling and making some errors,” Cook said. “But I’d rather have that than just start tipping and (hitting roll shots) or snapping it in the net. At least Foecke is trying to break fingers.”
Cook says too many Huskers are settling for a tip or roll shot, instead of an aggressive attack.
“It just drives me crazy. I don’t know why we’re doing (that). They’re not going to do it this week in practice, or there is going to be some major consequences,” Cook said.
Controversy Over Chinese Gymnasts’ Ages Clouds Gold-Medal Win
Published August 14, 2008 FoxNews.com
As the Chinese Olympic women’s — “girls'” may be a more appropriate term — gymnastics team celebrates winning its first-ever gold medal on Wednesday, questions surrounding the athletes’ ages continue to plague them, the International Herald Tribune reported.
In what has been referred to by many as sour grapes after the Americans finished in second place, the U.S. national team coordinator, Martha Karolyi, voiced her concern over the Chinese team’s eligibility to compete because some of the girls on the six-member team may not be over 16.
“One of the girls has a missing tooth,” Karolyi told the Tribune, suggesting she had lost a baby tooth and did not yet have an adult replacement. “I have no proof, so I can’t make an affirmation.”
A photo of gymnast Deng Linlin, who is on record as being 16 years old, shows a wide gap in her teeth. To be eligible for the Games, the gymnasts must turn 16 this year, the Tribune reported.
China’s coach, Lu Shanzhen, defended his team after they upset the Americans, and reigning world champions.
“It’s unfair that people keep saying the Chinese are too young to compete,” Lu told reporters in Mandarin on his way out of the National Indoor Stadium. “If they think they can tell someone’s age just by looking at them, well, if you look at the foreign athletes, they have so much more muscles than the Chinese. They are so strong. Do you then say that they are doping?”
Another gymnast, Yang Yilin, whose passport says she will turn 16 at the end of the month, said, “It’s unreasonable for people to think I’m too young.” She will compete in the all-around final on Friday.
According to some official records, gymnast He Kexin was listed as 13 in November, but now is listed as 16. At a news conference, a reporter asked her how she had celebrated her 15th birthday.