Sports 03

TOPIC

Should men and women compete together in sports?

Essay

◆ Pros
 I strongly believe that men and women should compete together in sports for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that it is sexual discrimination not to allow men and women to compete together in sports. Some people say that men are stronger than women so that women cannot compete with men in sports. However, there are many women who are bigger and stronger than men, and there are many men who are smaller and weaker than women. Moreover, sports require not just physical strength but also intelligence, and there are many women who are smarter than men. Women’s sports tactics may be much greater than those of men. Women have what men don't have.
 The second reason is that the number of people who are interested in sports will increase if men and women have the equal opportunity, and this has many benefits especially on economy. More women buy sports products, go to see sports events, join sports teams, and so on, and consequently, it has a great impact on economy.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned two reasons, I strongly believe that men and women should compete together in sports.
(195 Words)

◆ Cons
 I strongly believe that men and women should not compete together in sports for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that men and women are biologically different. It is a medical fact that in general men have more muscles than women. It is a statistical fact that in general men are bigger than women. It is a physical fact that players who are bigger and have more muscles have higher performance in sports. Therefore, it is a fact that in general many women cannot compete with men equally in sports.
 The second reason is that it lowers the quality of sports. It is not hard to imagine that the increase in the number of weaker players makes sports more boring. As I said, since it is a fact that in general many women are weaker sports players than men, the increase in the number of women players means the increase in the number of weaker players, and this means sports will become more boring and the quality will decrease.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned two reasons, I strongly believe that men and women should not compete together in sports.
(194 Words)

Date:October 28, 2012

メモ

◆ トピック:男女混合でスポーツを競技するべきか?

例によって、賛成派と反対派を書きました。

賛成派では、
「男性と女性を分けるのは、性差別」
「スポーツに興味を持つ人が増えれば、経済にプラスになる」
をキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「男性と女性の体が違うのは、生物学的区別で、差別ではないのでは?」
「質の低い選手が増えればスポーツはつまらなくなり、興味を失ってしまう人が増えるのでは?」
などが考えられます。

反対派では、
「男性と女性は生物学的に違う」
「スポーツの質が下がる」
をキーアイディアに、書いてみました。

反論としては、
「例外もあるし、スポーツにも、適材適所があり、女性の選手のほうが向いているポジションもあるのでは?」
「女性の頭脳がスポーツの質を高める可能性もあるのでは?」
などが考えられます。

今回、書いていて、気になったのが、形容詞の「sports」です。
ジーニアス英和大辞典で「sport」を引くと、名詞の2つ目の語義に、「通例複数形で、形容詞的に、スポーツの」という意味で用いると書いてあります。
あとは、「sporting」という形容詞もありますね。
「sport」と単数形で、形容詞的に使おうか、「sports」と複数形で、使おうか迷いました。
どうも、複数形のほうが一般的なようです。