A colleague recently put a post on Facebook while watching the Olympics, asking why the female gymnasts are required to be “graceful” in addition to executing the various feats of strength needed for their sport. That got me thinking.
- Why are women’s hurdles smaller than the men’s? Are women not as supple as men? Can’t they jump as high, or bend as much?
- Why are women’s tennis matches over 3 sets, rather than 5? Are we really saying the Serena Williams couldn’t cope with a 5-setter? Seriously?
- Why isn’t there a Synchronised Swimming event for men? Can’t we swim?
- Why Heptathlon, rather than Decathlon?
I don’t get that…