Why aren't women allowed to play professional football?
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Women already play professional football. You have the Women's Football Alliance, Independent Women's Football League, & Women's Spring Football League, or if you're really daring (and please no one judge me for knowing what this is), the Lingerie Football League.
However, if you're talking about playing alongside men, it's great in theory, but not so great in practice. It's a body type issue. Even if you put Laila Ali (pre-pregnancy) or Cyborg Santos, the two absolute toughest & strongest women I could think of off the top of my head, on an NFL field, they'll still get run over by the 250-300 lb. men on the field. Women are just not strong enough to make it in the NFL.
To prove I'm not being sexist, an example. In my hometown there was a girl who managed to get on one of the high school teams as an offensive lineman. Now she was a star in Middle School & was the biggest person on that line. However, she got beat easily and generally run over. She ended the year with several injuries and her parents suing the school district because the other kids didn't go easy enough on her. The district had to remind them that kids wouldn't go easy on her because she was a girl because HS football is completely competitive and these kids are looking for scholarships.
Remember that that story was in high school. It would be much, much worse at the higher levels.
Joined: 18 Jun 2010
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women are aloud to play professional football, both american football and european football/soccer. it's just that womens sports don't get much media coverage. what i find even more unfair is that female athletes don't get paid as much as male athletes. look at soccer for example: a male soccer player can make several millions in a month, while female players rarely make enough money to live of their sports and often have to work beside playing their sport.
but they are places where females are not aloud to play sports, like certain african countries where it is considered an "abomination" and a threat to traditional values.
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Joined: 15 Sep 2010
Unfortunately, due to generations of preference for females that were smaller and weaker, males have a noticeable gain in body structure and height.
Women do play football but I am going to agree that it is just safer for them to play with other females when it comes to football. Not because I am sexist but because the differences are there. I am just going by physics. A 300lb male slamming full force into 180lb female will result in injuries.
In less physical sports (like soccer and baseball), I think teams should be co-sex because the differences in body mass do not matter as much.
Joined: 3 Aug 2009
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A 300 lb male slamming into a 180 lb male might result in injuries. That's how I broke my neck. But i have no regrets. That's just the way it goes.
Joined: 26 Feb 2014
Just out of curiosity: is there an actual rule that bars women from competing in professional football, or is it just that they don't try out or something?
I guess from one of the previous posts that women are allowed to play on female teams, like for basketball?
Sorry, not a sports fan.
I had a friend, really a friend of a friend, in high school who was on the wrestling team and the football team. She was big. Not fat, but just big. There weren't any female teams for those sports. She competed with boys. Apparently she was quite good.
A 300 lb male slamming into a 180 lb male might result in injuries.
A 300 lbs sandbag slamming into a 180 lbs stage tech will result in injuries too.
And other 300 lbs things into 180 lbs things.
I think that if a woman can meet the same standards as the men and wants to play on a professional male team, they should let her. I really think it's just a matter of time before that happens anyway though. Could be fun to form a betting pool on who cracks first. Oh! I'll add same sex couplings for the Olympic skating competitions and ballroom dancing to the list too, just to keep it extra fun.
Who'll crack first? No idea, but I'm taking my multivitamin and going for a daily jog in the hope of living to become a very old lady, and thus, seeing it myself.
Joined: 6 Jan 2010
I know women are allowed to play pro hockey, so I don't see why they wouldn't be allowed to play pro football. I'm not into hockey, I haven't even gone ice skating since I was 12, but my parents like watching women's hockey. My mother once said they're actually less brutal and aggressive than male hockey.
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