B and I have been watching the Olympics in the evenings lately. We watch it online (Singaporean coverage is mostly focused on ping-pong or "paddling", one of the few sports they are good at), which is very convenient as then there are no commercials. My favorite sports are gymnastics and track & field (which apparently goes by the name Athletics, weird), but I enjoy watching most of the events, even the more obscure ones like fencing and BMX biking.
We've been having a debate though. I think that they should have fewer women's events, because women are inferior at most sports. I don't enjoy watching watered-down versions of men's events like weightlifting (or even cycling, to be honest). It seems like just another example of how femininity is devalued, with the women we are encouraged to admire being just somewhat inferior versions of men: I wrote a while ago about how much I hate this. If there is really interest in watching female athletes, then they ought to participate in events which play to women's natural physical advantages, like endurance and flexibility (one of the reasons I like gymnastics is because in this sport the men's and women's events are completely different, for this very reason).
B doesn't agree: he likes the women's events equally, because to him the interesting aspect of the Olympics is the hard work and passion of the athletes. The women's inferiority in results is undeniable, but they do work just as hard (and desire to win just as much) as the men. He also thinks that since there are many women who enjoy male-oriented sports (even if they are a small percentage of the entire female population), the Olympics provide them with an important outlet, especially given the frequent societal discouragement these women face.
Maybe I am just sexist. What do you think?