A few days ago, this hit the news.
” 17-year-olds Amy and Jesse Pasternak won their case in front of the Manitoba Human Right's Commission last week, allowing them to try out for the boys' team. They argued a rule preventing them from playing was discriminatory.”
The story is that the two girls mentioned went to the human rights commission because although a women’s team was available they wanted to play with the boys on the men’s team. The human rights commission awarded them $7000 in damages to go toward coaching. After all was said and done, they didn’t make the team
Yesterday, I heard on the news that boys are signing up to play on the girls team. As the high school ridicule of “Steve’s playing on the GIRLS team” could be a major blow to the male ego; there’s only 3 reasons why I could see boys wanting to play on the girls hockey team. Here they are from what I perceive to be most likely to least likely.
- They want to drive the point why Men’s and Women’s hockey has been separated, by playing very physical.
- Plain and simple. Many rinks only have 1 locker area per team. Co-ed showering anyone?
- A boy doesn’t make the cut on the boys team so decides to go to the girls team as the physical requirements are less.
Knowing how my friends reacted in high school, I should have reversed option 1 and 2. Nonetheless, doesn’t anybody else seem something wrong here? Is it that bad that we reserve the right to separate certain things by gender? Any woman that works out in a Women’s only club would most likely agree with me. I could take the stand point that it’s against my human right to not be allowed to work out there, but realistically. I know women have different needs then men.
How can two people that are physically different, be considered equal? Scientific experiments have shown time and time again that there are cases where men excel and cases where women excel. Why must we try to equalize something that Nature has made unequal. Men and women complement each other, a woman makes up for a man’s short comings and a man makes up for a woman’s short comings. By no means are we equal. Not physically, mentally or in any other aspect.
Let me make one thing clear. Now that I have completely shot down equality here; how do I feel about women in a workplace? This is the simplest one to answer. I haven’t shot down equal opportunity, I’ve only shot down the way governments, and social groups have defined equal opportunity. Personally I can’t believe how this ever became an issue. It’s quite simple. A job opening exists as there is a need to fulfill a service. A person with proper qualifications should fill this position regardless of age, religion, gender, size, color, etc. Saying that Women are encouraged to apply, or minorities are encouraged to apply, is not equality, it is socially accepted discrimination. But my explanation of that is another rant.