Women aren’t involved because they don’t want to be involved. Do you know how hard it is to recruit a woman who isn’t interested? It’s not fair to recruit based on sex over ability. Sometimes women choosethe less prestigious positions because they’re easier. And we have to accept the fact that there are things that men are just naturally better suited to do–that’s just biology.
Science? Tech? Business? Quidditch.
Muggle Quidditch leagues are, apparently, dealing with a new ruling that states that every team must have a 4:3 ratio of male players to female and vice versa, and some are not dealing with it well. This is a bit surprising for two reasons: 1. Quidditch was always co-ed in the Harry Potter books and movies, placing absolutely no preference on males over females and regularly featuring female team captains and players in all the same positions, making a very clear statement that boys and girls are equally skilled and respected in Quidditch. 2. This game came from a book about a boy wizard.
The current IQA (International Quidditch Association, of course) standard dictates a ratio of 5:2, so a team with five players of one sex would be required to have two players of the opposite sex. The IQA found that in many cases, teams would bring in those minimum two women and then relegate them to less prominent roles–because let’s face it, being a beater isn’t quite as exciting when you aren’t fighting off actual, enchanted medicine balls out for blood–and changed that ratio to 4:3. Thus the aforementioned complaints about women and recruiting and physical limitations and blah blah you’re playing a full-contact co-ed sport on brooms. There aren’t a lot of similar athletic programs out there to base your rule structure on.
The rule will go into effect for the fall 2012 season, delayed because of the impending Quidditch World Cup. This leaves teams plenty of time to start recruiting new players as necessary to meet the required ratio, cross-train their players to be stronger at multiple positions, and get all their whingeing out of the way so they can settle down and play some Quidditch.