iSteve commenter Paleo Retiree says:
I think that 1) girls tend to be happier when they’re raised into roles and activities that have traditionally given women a lot of pleasure and satisfaction (food! style! social activities! dance!); and that 2) sports are a metaphor for combat, which has traditionally been a male domain. Why we’re pushing our girls into combat-derived activities I have no idea. (Actually I do, but I’ll keep it to myself.)
Pushing our girls into sports has played a role in the creation of a couple of generations of young American women who are completely graceless and out of tune with their feminine natures. No matter how fit they are, or what good team players they’ve become, or how sweet or amusing individuals may be, today’s American girls and young women are generally amazingly clumpy, grace-free and charm-free creatures. They judge themselves and each other by how aggressive and will-driven they are, they have zero clue what it is to be creatures of mystery, style and allure, and they’ve got no idea how to run social circles or maintain kitchens and households. On the other hand, high-fiving each other, being pushy corporate drones, drinking themselves shitfaced and running marathons … They’re really good at all that.
And we wonder why so many of them get fat, take anti-depressants, and fail to reproduce. We’re actively discouraging our girls from realizing themselves as women. Awesome cultural achievement, America.
Allowances made for the handful of girls who genuinely do have athletic natures, of course.
Interesting. I don’t actually know much about young women these days, so I personally don’t have an opinion.
Paleo’s pro-femininity is related to his Francophilia. One of the great advances of Western Civilization was France’s discovery about a millennium ago of vive la différence. From an earlier incarnation of Paleo:
“The key to understanding the French, IMHO, is understanding how rewarding the French find “Being French” to be. Hard though it is for an American to believe, the French wake up in the morning and look forward to a full day’s-worth of Being French. They go through the day Being French with great relish. They re-charge at night so that they can spend the following day Being French.”