Saturday, August 11, 2012

Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Today's New York Times has an article about the lack of men's participation in rhythmic gymnastics due its gendered associations:

The stigma of the term rhythmic gymnastics poses “a huge marketing challenge,” said Mario Lam, a martial arts and gymnastics instructor in Canada. Lam uses the term “martialgym” to help avoid the connotation that it is a female-only sport, he said.

Anyway, here's a clip from another sport that men have historically not participated in at the Olympic level (or any level? I haven't looked into it)--men's synchronized swimming. 

Unfortunately it's impossible to find the whole SNL skit online (another NBC crime against the Olympics). Here's a snippet from it. It's amazing.


Yam Erez said...

Didn't know how to get in touch w/u offline. Have Wish Listed *Heresy on the High Bar*. Your blog intrigues me because I've always said the reason I made aliya was so my kids wouldn't have to choose between Judaism and gymnamstics, like I did.

When I was 13, the JCC coach invited me to join the team, but I had Hebrew School and my mom didn't want to schelp me to meets, where (Midwest) it was all *goyim*. I gave in w/o a struggle.

Fast forward 30 years, and Sabra Daughter no. 3 did do gymnastics, but gave it up after a few years. Oh well.

Dvora Meyers said...

Hi Yam,

I prefer to communicate here if that works. I'm glad you found the right place and way to live your life in Israel. Though I don't have any children, I would like to imagine when/if I do, I'd make her do gymnastics until she hated me and rebelled.

I hope you get around to purchasing the book--it's quite cheap. Price of a cup of coffee :)

Media Mentions said...

an interesting sidenote: Rhythmic Gymnastics is officially the only women-only sport in the Olympic Games. It’s clearly not the most pressing or hot-debated topic, but there definitely are two distinct sides to this. On the offhand chance that this interests you as much as it interests me, here’s a pretty cool page that takes a look at the subject: