03 July 2012

An Interesting Occurrence

How can we explain this?
With the Olympics fast approaching, we're hearing a lot of exciting and encouraging news about female athletes like weightlifter Holley Mangold, diver Brittany Viola and runner Lolo Jones — but, sadly, even with these athletic powerhouses set to compete for the gold in London, women's sports are still at a major disadvantage. In fact, according to the Women's Sports Foundation, girls, by age 14, are dropping out of sports at twice the rate that boys do despite that from age 6-9, both genders demonstrate the same level of interest in athletics. [Emphasis added.]

I wonder if there is anything that happens to children around the age of 14 that might possibly explain the aforementioned disparity. Puberty, perhaps? Could it possibly be that major physical changes in one’s life, particularly of the neurological/endocrinal variety, lead to major changes in one’s life? Could it be that starting to produce significant amounts of testosterone or estrogen has an impact on how one views athletics? It’s all so mysterious.


  1. Also, younger children aare interested in whatever their parents tell them to be interested in and sign them up for. 14 year olds start exerting their independence from parental choices. Normally, it is parents who are infatuated with this idea of gender neutral activities for children.

  2. @Prof. Hale- good point as well. It seems like it would be obvious that girls would begin to opt out of sports around the beginning of their teen years since girls tend to be less interested in sports than boys, but apparently there yet remain some who have trouble grasping this obvious point.

  3. Scientists discover that, when viewed on the surface of a mirror, the sky appears blue. How can we, as a society, move past this, so that our mirrors reflect the sky in red colors, green colors, yellows and purples? Are there sinister forces at work in the mirror industry?

  4. @Anon.- Probably. The mirror industry has a long history of colorism.