ADVERTISEMENT
MORE ARTICLES
SHARE
Author
Karen Knapstein
Date
April 13, 2014

Play Like a Girl

feature-image-your-turn-girls-and-sports

On today’s show, Keith Kocinski told you about Audriana Beattie, a young, female athlete who took her case to court when her school told her she couldn’t compete against male athletes when she went from sixth to seventh grade.

Beattie’s father argued that there were referees to help protect the safety of all the athletes on the mat, and Beattie herself felt that in wrestling, skill is often more important than strength. A judge decided in her favor, and now she’s on her schools wrestling team. But not everyone agrees with the decision. Her school initially blocked her from being on the team in the first place because they said the “physical size, speed and power of male athletes could create a competitive disadvantage and a hazard to the health and safety of female athletes.”

But the fact is, Beattie, and other female athletes, are increasingly asking to be put on an equal playing field, even in extremely physical sports like football. So we want to know what you think. Vote in the poll to weigh in — then leave us a comment explaining why. 

43 comments on “Play Like a Girl

    1. Jenna Taha

      Everyone should be able to have the same rights as each other. Not being judged by physical appearance, gender, or race. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes. These days you have girls doing the same amount of physical activity as a boy. Everyone should have equal rights in everything. No matter what.n

      Reply
    2. Jenna Taha

      Everyone should have equal rights, not be judged on physical appearance, gender, or race. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes and EVERYONE should be able to play just as many and same sports as everyone else.

      Reply
  1. Emily White

    I feel it right for girls to be able to play sports with boys. We all need to be able to have the same rights. Girls need to be able to play football I think. Even if they had to make a girls football team they need to let girls play football.

    Reply
  2. ladarra

    i think girls should be able to play the same as the boys because it is equal I THINK THAT IT IS NOT FAIR TO COUNT OUT TH

    Reply
  3. Kiara-Walls-Sobieck

    GIRLS can DO ALL things Guys can do . Im a football player and i’m one of the best on my team, so tell me I can’t play, and you’ll never here the end of it.

    Reply
  4. sierra kirsch

    yes, i do think that girls should get to play. they are as just as good as boys some are better than boys!

    Reply
  5. Sydney Propst

    Yes, girls should definitely be able to participate in boy sports. Some girls are tomboys, and they might have goals of playing a male sport. Letting girls play male sports will also gain respect for them.

    Reply
  6. Hannah M

    I agree. If girls want to play sports with boys, they should be able to. It is their decision what they do, and if we limit their choices, then what freedom do we have?

    Reply
  7. Karson Swafford

    They should not be allowed to play with boys because the boys could hurt them but they should have there own leage

    Reply
  8. Ike

    no way!!I think that the girls would get crushed. I just think sports like football, wrestling are not safe for them.

    -Ike

    Reply
  9. Bella

    I think girls should be able to play with boys if they want to! Girls are just as good as Boys! There should be a girl baseball team!!

    Reply
  10. bre.a

    they should be able to play sports with guys ! just because we aren’t tall and muscular doesnt mean we cant play sports . IF YOU CANT BEAT EM JOIN EM

    Reply
  11. Isabella

    Girls should be able to play baseball or football and guys should be able to play volleyball or softball! They don’t have to be on the same team as long as they can play!!! :D

    Reply
  12. Isabella

    Girls should be able to play football or baseball and guys should be able to play volleyball or softball!! They don’t have to be on the same team as long as we get to play! :D

    Reply
  13. Erika

    I believe girls should be able to play in all sports with boys. I play basketball, and I enjoy that sometimes I get to play with boys. Girls should be treated like boys in sports. I remember one time when boys made fun of me and other girls on my team. I just played harder and didn’t let them get to me. I believe that girls deserve to play equal.

    Reply
  14. Arisa

    Girls Should be allowed to play any sport they want to and it is not really considered boys sports and girls sports.

    Reply
  15. Melissa

    Everyone is equal! Girls and boys. According to the 19th amendment woman have all the same rights as men!

    Reply
  16. NONY

    What are these people commenting like 12 y/o?
    Girls and boys are not the same, on average guys are more athletic than girls once they hit puberty. Yes, some girls are faster or can shoot a basketball better than some boys, that doesn’t mean the whole gender is better. I think if a girl wants to play a sport that is not available to her then she should be allowed to try out for the boy’s team, but be graded on the same standards. It does get tricky because the girl wouldn’t be able to change in the male’s locker room. But also, what if a guy wanted to play volleyball and there was not a guys team at the school? It likely wouldn’t be allowed. That doesn’t seem particularly “equal” to me.

    Reply
  17. Konrad

    I say yes because they have equal rights just like boys do.that’s means that boy’s can play girl sports to. But it is all up to the parents to decide whether they play or not to but still take safety precautions because boys are huge

    Reply
  18. liz smit

    I think that girls should be allowed to play sports with boys because girls and boys should have equal rights and girls can do anything boys can do they should be able to play any sport even if usually only boys or girls play it

    Reply
  19. Kylie

    I don’t think that girls should do sports with guys. But I didn’t say they couldn’t do that sport, they should just make a girls team and a boys team.

    Reply
  20. Mado-Patato

    I don’t think girls should play sports with the boys. They can still play sports like that or different sports. the boys need some space sometimes….that’s why they have different teams for boys and girls.

    Reply
  21. Kaitlyn L.

    Honestly, girls can and could be the same or better as boys. In my indoor soccer league, many girl teams went up against boy teams, and won. Many girls excede in sports against guys. Plus, going against guys can help improve a girls skill level. As mentioned in the story, girls should have equal right in all things, sports, academics, and job opportunities.
    -Kaitlyn L.

    Reply
  22. Hannah

    Yes, girls should be allowed to play any sport. Sports have coed teams. All genders are equal. Girls have every right to play a boy sport such as football, baseball, and wrestling!

    Reply
  23. Hannah

    Yes, girls should be allowed to play any sport. Sports have coed teams. All genders are equal. Girls have every right to play a boy sport such as football, baseball, and wrestling!

    Reply
  24. Keilah Anderson

    Girls should be able to compete with boys because we are just as good as anybody else. Just because we may seem weak and innocent doesn’t mean we can’t get our game on. We have equal rights.

    Reply
  25. Kim Hurst 8th grade homeroom

    If girls are allowed to play football and wrestle then boys should be able to go out for sports like volleyball. If we are wanting men’s and women’s roles to be equal in all places then that should also include sports as well.

    Reply
  26. Jack Murphy

    In my opinion girls should be aloud to compete with boys in all sports, except track and feield events. Boys have bigger lungs allowing them to breathe better. I think girls should play with guys in every other sport.

    Reply
  27. liz smit

    i think that girls should have the right to play sports with boys and that girls can do anything boys can do and that just because the sport is meant for boys does not mean that girls can play it same goes for girls sports

    Reply
  28. Jake the snake

    Females should be able to play with boys in all sports
    Although males are a lot rougher females should be protected

    Reply
  29. Erika

    Boys play in the sports that is mainly for girls like cheerleading and gymnastics so why cant we be in boys’ sports?

    Reply
  30. Bobby Baker

    I think they should let girls play in sports in my 4th grade there 6th grade year they had a female football player but now she cant play football

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>