Today the International Olympic Committee added women’s boxing which will debut at the 2012 games. It was the only sport that excluded women in the summer games (as you may recall, women are also excluded from ski jumping in the winter games). So woohoo, right?
Some aren’t as excited about the thought that two women will be punching each other to a gold medal in London:
“Introducing women’s boxing at the Olympics will simply serve to glamorise a dangerous and irresponsible sport to a new audience and lead to more young women putting their health at risk.”
I listened to a debate on the BBC about this decision and the audio and transcript aren’t up yet. I so wish they were because it was good. At one point a woman defending women’s boxing called a man aghast at the thought of women boxing a bigot. Yeah, it was that good.
Sue Tibballs, chief executive of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, welcomed the shift towards equality at the Olympics.
“In Beijing, 165 medals were available to men versus 127 to women,” she said. “Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympic stadium in 1922 – 90 years on, we hope London 2012 will show real progress for sportswomen.”
What do you think readers? Is women’s boxing something that feminists should support? Is it too violent?
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