A big problem in the Quidditch community is since it is not an official sport, like basketball, football, soccer, etc, there is nothing stopping people from doing things like using the n-word, making creepy tumblrs/competitions like Butts & Brooms and making rape jokes. There is no higher committee to enforce laws that I am sure other sports have and there is no leverage to use against people to keep them from playing. The worst that could happen is they’re not allowed to play Quidditch anymore and I don’t even know if the IQA can enforce a rule like that. They won’t lose scholarships/esteem like they would if they played an official sport. I also question how much power officers hold in school clubs and if they’d really take actions against players who do things off the field, off season like these players have been doing lately.
I’ve been very disappointed with the Quidditch community lately and I think I’m finally done. I didn’t join this sport for the ignorant high school football playing jock mentality that has come about and I don’t see a real end to it in the near future.
I disagree with the idea that official sports are… particularly good at stopping such behaviour. A lot of official sports, or at least the players, have a trend to a lot of racist and misogynistic behaviour, more than I see in Quidditch, so I don’t see anywhere else to go, which is why I think we need to stay in the sport and make sure it stays as open and respectful as possible. I actually now want to look at some studies I remember reading about regarding these types of attitudes in official sports, perhaps I can make it a summer project for myself.
That said, that does raise the issue about penalties we could enforce as a community on racist and sexist behaviour, and as to how much the IQA should be involved if they want to continue to be true to their mission and to keep up the spirit of things like title 9 3/4. So it’s worth brainstorming.
Regardless of your decision to stay or leave, I respect your decision and I hope either one brings satisfaction to you. I’ll be staying in what capacity I can and hopefully derail that type of behaviour and mentality. I will not welcome any sexist or racist or similar prejudiced behaviour into this community, and do not intend to back down without a fight.