Is there a gender bias in SI Sports?
Katana Collado '14
There is no doubt that SI prides itself on the spiritual formation and academic excellence of all its students. In line with this, athletics is a key component in helping to produce a more well-rounded student body. So why is it that, in this effort to produce the ideal well-rounded students, boys’ sports at SI seem to receive more recognition and attention than girls’ sports?
The epitome of our athletic endeavors at SI focuses on the Bruce Mahoney Games and the trophy that goes to the winner. While the school may be claiming to promote equality, these games are only for the boys, not the girls. Another example of the gender inequality that I witnessed came during my freshman year. I clearly remember the CYO bus leaving much later than scheduled because we had to wait for the baseball team to arrive be- fore we could finally take off. All the kids in the bus would plead with the driver to wait "just a few more minutes" because the baseball team was on their way. How- ever, when it came to girl's crew team, the bus could not spare an extra minute nor would the bus riders break a sweat trying to convince the bus driver to wait. Senior Nicole Barbieri voiced her own experience with the priority of baseball over softball, stating, "Softball has only been mentioned once on the SI website and I took a picture of it because I was so happy." Baseball has been mentioned on the website and the announcements far more than softball.
Some students feel differently about the issue, claiming not all sports favor men; in some cases sports are actually more supportive towards women. Providing his own example, Parker Glaessner '14 said, "I actually think it's the opposite for tennis. Men's tennis barely gets any people besides parents and few teachers coming out to games. The girl's tennis team gets many more students coming out to support them."
Most of the students I spoke to said they didn't wish to "make anyone angry" after stating their opinions on the is- sue. That may be an even bigger root of the problem: the lack of communication among those who feel under appreciated and unrecognized compared to the opposite sex of their sport. The gender bias will not change until the students. At St. Ignatius, "get off the fence" and do something about it.
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