Do you wish your girlfriend or wife could enjoy an NFL game the same way you do? How come no matter how hard you try to teach her the basics or get her engaged she simply doesn’t care for it?
Below are some of the top reasons why many women don’t enjoy or appreciate sports the way a lot of men often do.
5. It’s Way Too Violent
Women and men differ on this topic with men being naturally and biologically more prone to violent encounters and visions/influences of violence. Men are often far more aggressive than women, and it reflects in the sporting event. There are plenty of women who enjoy violent combat sports just as much as men do, but the majority definitely favors the male over the female gender in connection to sports like boxing, wrestling (fake or not), MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), American football, and other more violent sports.
4. They Lack Knowledge
When you don’t know a lot about a topic then it’s unlikely you’ll find too much interest in it. One of the reasons why women aren’t as interested in sports as men are is simply due to a lack of knowledge about the sport. If you’re watching a sport and don’t even know the basics of it or the names of star players, then you’re not likely to be as involved or interested. This same rule can apply to men who favor certain sports over others due in part to a lack of knowledge about the other sport and its players. The more you know and the more you understand the better you are to gain an interest in something.
3. Lack of Female Superstars
Young men and boys get interested in watching sports because they get to watch their favorite stars perform at the highest level. Superstars like Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Derek Jeter, and various others capture the attention of young male viewers, and they see them as role models. Unfortunately for young women and girls, there simply aren’t enough of these star players for women to truly feel the same connection. Sure there are plenty of great female athletes like the Williams sisters, but many are mostly unknown outside their immediate sport thus not having the visibility to these young women and girls. There’s also the problem of highly publicized female sports stars that are often only praised for their overt sexuality instead of their talent or lack thereof (We’re looking at you Danica Patrick).
2. Other Interests
Probably one of the most obvious reasons why women and men differ on sports is because many women are just interested in other things whether they be cliche topics like shopping and makeup or more outside the box activities like the arts or theater. Women also have a lot of responsibilities when it comes to taking care of their families or children, their jobs, and other tasks that take up a majority of their time. Granted men should also have these same responsibilities I would hope. This is perhaps a sexist viewpoint regarding women, but there’s no denying that men and women simply differ in various interests whether due to our culture or our biological makeup.
1. Boys Club Only
Perhaps one of the most underscored reasons why women view sports differently is because of the men in their lives and men in general. That’s right the reason your girlfriend is not interested in watching a big sporting event is because of you! Every single article or YouTube video I read/see that involve female sports is filled with negative commentary by mostly men about these women. I see comments like “women should be in the kitchen, or they should be making me a sandwich” and these statements reflect the still very sexist views and cultural perceptions regarding women in sports. There are also many shows and comedians that make fun of female sports like the WNBA, female boxing, and MMA fighting. Even the past Olympics saw more coverage for the men over the women competing though to be fair it was well above what we normally see regarding male v.s. female sports coverage.
The lack of respect regarding females in sports or even females talking about sports by men is inherently sexist and is strongly tied to why women don’t view sports the same way as men. Why would they if they are constantly disrespected and viewed negatively? There’s also a lack of opportunity regarding women in sports roles outside of their own gender whether it be managing, coaching, owning, refereeing, or even talking about it. We have come a long way with accepting women into what was predominately the “Boy’s Club” regarding the sports world but there’s still a very long way to go.