I am shocked and appalled by a trend in the world of competitive
sports. Why are the names of so many sports teams gender-specific
to males? Why are women always pushed to the sidelines?
The basketball players at the University of Massachusetts (which
is where I’m from) call themselves Minutemen. I traveled 2,000
miles to escape the sexism and racism of Amherst, Mass., only to
find that sports institutions here are just as oppressive.
Why is our football team called the Rams? Would there ever be a
team called the Ewes? No. The Minutewomen? No.
What about the Chicago Bulls? Why not the Chicago Cows?
Because it is ingrained in America’s subconscious that women are
weaker and less competent than men.
I would like to take a moment to praise Denver for having that
courage and strength to promote a vision of a sports world where
the sexes are equal. A nugget is neither male nor female, but a
nugget is still powerful. The Nuggets are heroes — they have shown
us that, with fierce dedication and some darn good playing, a team
can change the definition of a word like “nugget” from “a small,
solid lump” (Dictionary.com) to mean a fearsome powerhouse of
undiluted athleticism that strikes awe and terror in all of our
And they didn’t need to stoop to the level of using a phallic or
otherwise masculine symbol to convey their toughness at the expense
It is so disheartening to see that society sends demeaning
messages to girls and women through every possible medium. It
disgusts me when I see this happening in the world of sports — a
world I have proudly been a part of ever since I was a boy. It
literally makes me sick to my stomach.
Another reason that this horrible practice of gender-specific
team naming is so destructive is that it discourages women from
participating in the sports themselves. Why are there no female
Rams in football? Yes, there are some of you who would express
concern about them getting their little bones broken, but all the
same, isn’t it striking that there isn’t a single female football
If there were a football team called the Bikini Babes, would we
see any male players? I don’t think so. And that may be what it
comes down to. I say, if you can’t join ’em, beat ’em.
I say the girls should start a Bikini Babes team. They could
play in tournaments against other colleges’ women’s Bikini Football
I see these girls rising to glory. And of course, these women
would be respected as much on the courts and field as they are when
they’re not playing.
Instead of going to see the highlights or the score, I would
join all those males who flock to women sporting events to see
these girls running with ferocity in their eyes, and bouncing and
jiggling in all the right places.
And I would be there to back them up. You bet I would. You’d see
me on the sidelines of every game. You’d even see me at the
Because I will never stop fighting for the equality of the
sexes. Ever. I urge you all to join me. Help in any way that you
Let’s ball our hands into fists and put an end to the slavery of
women in this sometimes barbaric – sometimes fair – but always
proud country that we call America.
Max is a freshman studying journalism. His column will appear
sporadically throughout the semester.