Who Cares About the Girls?
Deedee Anderson ’15
Each year that SI continues without a lady Bruce, I sense the same message towards women's sports: Who cares? Who cares if we have a women's Bruce? Like many of the world's problems, the issue of a solely male Bruce will not be solved until people stop being indifferent.
The only way to ensure that women's sports aren't pushed aside year after year is to integrate women's sports into our current Bruce-Mahoney competition. Even having a separate Lady-Bruce trophy will not work, because the majority of the attendees of male Bruce competitions will still say "Who cares?" when asked to cheer on their female classmates.
The way to make sure everyone cares is by adding women's sports to the current Bruce-Mahoney competition. SI and SH need to add two women's sports to the current three male sports and make the Bruce competition a best-out-of five. That way, women's sports will "actually count" towards the current long-standing Bruce tradition, instead of struggling to establish a new tradition of female Bruce Mahoneys that will garner less attention than the current Bruces.
This way, male and female sports will be united into one new tradition, and SI and SH can become more unified in cheering on both their male and female classmates. Having two separate Bruce-Mahoney competitions is a sure-fire way to divide the spirit of solidarity at SI.
However, some athletes disagree. Many female athletes like Michelle Espiritu '15 don't want the added pressure of a female Bruce. "It would put way too much pressure on that sport. Personally if it were me I would be freaking out because everyone would probably blame the girls for losing the Bruce trophy if we lost our Bruce games."
But this begs the question, do male athletes like the pressure of the Bruce, or would they rather play their sport in a less-competitive environment? Kristen Teupel '15 rebuts "The pressure is the same for the guys, so why shouldn't the girls face it?"
So as our mission statement calls us to do, let us respond courageously to this challenge of our time, and bring our female athletes into our most beloved tradition, a tradition that should have become co-ed as soon as our school did. "An all-boy's Bruce made sense when this was an all-boy's school" Megan Gamino '16 asserts, "but it's not anymore. So let the girls join the Bruce."
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