- Why don't women compete alongside men in 'sports' such as Snooker and Darts?
Just watched some of the Burlegh horse trials where women were competing well against men. Admittedly the horse is the one doing the main work, but I’d say that horse riding, especially eventing is far more physical than darts or snooker….both of which are big commercial sports that have separate not very popular women’s competition’s.
Why is it then?
Do women just have better things to do than playing darts/snooker enough to be good at it?Posted 6 years agoGarry_LagerSubscriber
If there was a female snookerist or dartist in the top 1000 players in the world then maybe they could. As there isn’t, they can’t.
Why that is – so few women play these sports with any seriousness so obv you’d expect the talent pool to be really shallow. But that just punts the why question back a level – why don’t they play? Don’t know – many factors at work. One of which being testosterone – the hormone of communication, diplomacy, clear thinking, and ability to hit triple 19.Posted 6 years agotomhowardSubscriber
Isn’t there a Russian (possibly Scandinavian) lady dartist who regularly gives the blokes a schooling?Posted 6 years agoteenratMember
I know that in the grand slam of darts, held every november, the womens world champion gets an automatic entry into the event and competes against the men.
I agree though, in events where strength isn’t the major factor but skill is, then women and men should compete together.Posted 6 years agoCaptainFlashheartMember
If we’re talking Burghley, let’s not forget the ladies don’t just “compete well against the men”, they often beat them hands down.
I remember Pippa Funnell’s Grand Slam year. What a performance.
In eventing, the ladies compete on a totally even playing field. It’s one of the great things about the sport.Posted 6 years agojambalayaMember
If you think the horse does all the work in eventing you’ve obviously never ridden a horse.
Women compete equally in single handed offshore sailing. I say equally as in reality the men have an edge due to being stronger.
In sports like darts and snooker women could compete against men but in most cases they are not at the same level technically as fewer women play and thus the standard is lower.Posted 6 years agobrakesMember
aside from obvious differences in average physical and mental capacity relating to sporting ability, I expect it’s due to a reduced exposure to those sports, or sports that require similar skills, from an early age. women as a set of people have had less practice at snooker and darts than men, because boys play football and conkers and xbox whereas girls plait their hair, read Bunty and watch X-Factor.Posted 6 years ago
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