Are Feminists Arguing that the Time has Come to Eliminate Single-Gender Athletics?

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John McEnroe, the former bad boy of tennis, stepped in it the other day by telling the truth. He was being interviewed by NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro about his new book, “But Seriously,” and was irritated with how he qualified Serena Williams as “the best female player in the world.”

Here’s how it went:

Garcia-Navarro: “Why say female player?”

McEnroe: “Well because if she was in, if she played the men’s circuit, she’d be like 700 in the world.”

Garcia-Navarro: “You think so?”

McEnroe: “Yeah. That doesn’t mean I don’t think Serena is an incredible player. I do, but the reality of what would happen would be, I think something that perhaps it’d be a little higher, perhaps it’d be a little lower. And on a given day, Serena could beat some players. I believe because she’s so incredibly strong mentally that she could overcome some situations where players would choke ’cause she’s been in it so many times, so many situations at Wimbledon, The U.S. Open, etc. But if she had to just play the circuit — the men’s circuit — that would be an entirely different story.”

In the real world, most people would say, “This sounds reasonable. Men are stronger and faster.” In fact, Serena said as much to David Letterman in 2013:

“If I were to play Andy Murray, I would lose, 6-0, 6-0, in 5 to 6 minutes, maybe 10 minutes. No, it’s true. It’s a completely different sport. The men are a lot faster and they serve harder, they hit harder, it’s just a different game. I love to play women’s tennis. I only want to play girls, because I don’t want to be embarrassed…

Letterman went on to say, “I’m with you. When it comes to tennis, I only want to play girls.” What a sexist thing to say! But because Letterman is a liberal, no one cared.

After being attacked, McEnroe said, “We have a solution. Why don’t we just have them play together?”

Exactly…

 

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Gary DeMar

Gary DeMar was raised in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and Reformed Theological Seminary (1979). He has served as researcher and writer at the Christian Worldview ministry American Vision since 1980 and President since 1984. Today he serves as Senior Fellow at American Vision where he lectures, researches, and writes on various worldview issues.
Gary is the author of 30 books on a variety of topics – from “America’s Christian History” and “God and Government” to “Thinking Straight in a Crooked World” to “Last Days Madness.”
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