Originally Posted by Mariana Trench
This seems to have ventured pretty far off the original topic--or at least, content-wise started to focus on minutiae
Really? What do you think is more important to discuss; I'm willing to discuss whatever. I think the feminist movement has led to some great advances and also unforseen situations that we now have to grapple with, or will in the future; as the justification for gender segregation will be challenged where it still exists. I think it's interesting and very relevant.
BTW I was talking about highschool in my scenario with the boys and girls basketball team. I don't think it's farfetched. In fact it was on the news recently that a boy was suing his school (not sure if private or public) because he wanted to play volleyball. There was only a girls volleyball team at this school. They wound up dissolving the team because, legally, they couldn't discriminate against him, but the rules for competition with other schools in the girls league prohibited boys on the team and they would have to forfeit all their games. I suppose he will sue the league next.
It's also an issue in wrestling. Boys don't want to wrestle girls. If they win, it's seen as no accomplishment by their male peers and coaches, if they lose; it's utter humiliation they got beaten a by a girl. The other issue is, some boys don't believe it's right to physically tangle with a girl for religious reasons, and I think the huge unspoken issue could be involuntary erections in those tight clinches. I know these are what you might call minutia, but I think we'll be seeing a lot more of these kind of things.
Furthermore, this isn't a legislative issue.
Well sometimes it is and sometimes it becomes one. When people file discrimination lawsuits and win, laws get changed. For example, two of the public highschools where I used to live were all-boy and all-girl. A girl went to court because she wanted to go to the boys school. She won and now there are a good percentage of girls there. The all-girls school has so far remained the same, but I'm pretty certain it's now law that they can't deny a boy from going there. I'm not saying this is necessarily a bad thing, but I think there is something to be said for a single-sex school if you so choose. Public school kids there no longer have that option.