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What is wrong with teams and/or players simply wanting to play their best players, without even factoring gender into the equation? Because honestly, that’s the issue many people have with the gender rule. That many teams are forced to make better players sit while players who aren’t as good are out there on the pitch, based on something other than skill. And no, “Because then female players who are legitimately better will get ignored” is not a valid answer, because it’s not true. Team captains don’t care what your gender is, they care what you can do for the team. If you are the best option, you will play. That’s how sports work generally. They’re not gonna hurt their own team’s chances at winning because of someone’s gender. So, I would genuinely like an honest, civil answer as to what is wrong with teams wanting to be able to play their best players regardless of gender? I would love to have an actual constructive discussion about this. If you don’t want your response to be seen publicly, feel free to message it to me.
Before I jump into this, I just want you to know I’m approaching both you and the topic with respect and an equal interest to discuss the topic -
I’m sorry, but have you seen some of the comments on that thread? I do believe that while there are men who are going to see past gender to the heart of what makes a player great, there are also people like those responsible for the rape joke incursion that happened a few weeks ago…men who believe women simply aren’t as good (PERIOD) and inherently don’t have a place on the pitch with the boys.
While you may believe that “Team captains don’t care what your gender is….If you are the best option, you will play,” it might be good to contemplate how it feels to be a female player in an overwhelmingly male sport. I love quidditch more than anything, but it’s tough to be a girl here. I know from personal experience that my male captain was recurringly - though perhaps unintentionally - extremely sexist about both the way he treated and played our female players. In fact, all of my male teammates have been that way. While ensuring we kept girls on the field was always a priority, it was discussed dismissively and with great reluctance and annoyance:
"Why don’t we put Joseph out there for Jacqui-"
"NOOO, we CAN’T, then we’ll be down a GIRL-"
One of our best chasers was a girl and was always where she needed to be to score during tough spots, but no one ever thought of her during game play; she was always forgotten or completely ignored because the male teammates took priority. She is why we need Title 9 3/4.
At Regionals, several of my male teammates decided it might be fun to openly gauge the attractiveness level of their female teammates - right in front of us. While we were practicing. Five minutes before an important game. When myself and one of my female friends expressed outrage and anger over this, our male captain told us we were overreacting and making “a big fuss over nothing.” This is why we need Title 9 3/4.
Until men stop addressing the proximity and presence of women (and other differently gendered persons) with such disdain and disrespect, rules like Title 9 3/4 are absolutely essential to the advancement of this sport.
Look, the gender rule isn’t just about ensuring gender equality in the world of quidditch; it’s about playing a part in helping diminish the sort of sexism that we saw on Elli’s All the Regions post - the sort that laughs at women, talks down to them, calls them “feminazis,” and tells them that women’s rights should be over.
This year marked the Harry Potter Alliance’s fourth Accio Books campaign. Quidditch teams and HPA chapters collected books and shiped them to this year’s recipient, Read Indeed. In addition, this past April, the quidditch players, HPA chapters, the Office of Letters and Light, and community members collected books at World Cup VI. Books from this collection were donated locally to Just1Book. Just1Book travels around in their “book mobile” and distributes used books to communities, free of charge. A total of 580 books were collected at World Cup VI.
Accio Books has been successful amongst HPA chapters across the US and Canada. Edmonton PotterWatch, an HPA chapter from Edmonton, Alberta Canada, collected over 5,000 books for the HPA’s Accio Books. This year campaign, HPA members donated a total of 30,217 books. A huge thank you goes to all those IQA qudditch teams who participated in Accio Books.
“The problem with sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, classist, ableist, etc., remarks and ‘jokes’ is not that they’re offensive, but that by relying for their meaning on harmful cultural narratives about privileged and marginalized groups they reinforce those narratives, and the stronger those narratives are, the stronger the implicit biases with which people are indoctrinated are. That’s real harm, not just ‘offense.’”—
In this next blog post, we would like to concentrate on the IQA’s goal to be inclusive to the LGBTQ* community, including a more detailed look at gender identity and gender expression. The IQA seeks to be a community that respects players of all backgrounds, and particularly hopes to be a safe space for our fellow athletes and other participants who are trans* and/or do not self-identify within the gender binary.
While the IQA understands that the current “two minimum rule” is far from perfect, we feel that it is a step in the right direction towards recognizing the diversity of our community as well as avoiding cissexism. We also feel that education on this issue is vital as it is often an issue in which people are uneducated. The following are some terms as well as gender identities for those who do not recognize within the gender binary, as well as some helpful tips to be an ally and help make the quidditch community, both online and in person, a safe space for trans* individuals.
Also note that we’ve used the acronym LGBT* or LGBTQ*, but there are many other ways this acronym can be presented, such as LGBTQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual). Generally saying “LGBT*” is a good option because the asterisk sort of acts as an umbrella for everything within the spectrum. You’ll also see “trans*” with the asterisk because it also acts as an umbrella for all trans* identities without being cumbersome. It’s sort of like you’re referring to a footnote and that footnote can be any identity on the gender identity spectrum.
I thought I’d take the time to do some actual research and back my observational views up. If you play Quidditch, take a moment to complete this brief 8 question survey on sexism, discrimination, and harassment in the Quidditch community and help me build some info.
OK seriously we all know there’s sexism in Quidditch and there’s not much we can do about that. Men are statistically bigger and taller than women, THIS IS A SCIENTIFIC FACT. In a physical contact sport of course men have the advantage. Not to mention this is a sport. If you want to win then you put in your best players. Which would be your biggest, fastest, and the one’s who could throw and catch. Sorry but scientifically proven men have the advantage again. If you don’t believe me then some how a gay man knows more about sports than you O_o
However BECAUSE of the gender rule and the excessive force rule it’s makes the game more fair for ALL genders! Most people say this just helps the sexism comments but without these rules, no offense, most people who aren’t male wouldn’t get in the game. My team always had problems with NEVER subsisting during games and you can bet it was usually the men.
I do, however, ALWAYS recommend girls as chasers because when they go running up with the quaffle 9 times out of 10 a guy is not going to slam her into the ground or he WILL be carded for excessive force. However if I do that with the quaffle I get picked up into the air and thrown over a guys shoulder, this pretty much happens every game for me. Only once has that been carded as excessive force, every other time I just had to get up and keep going.
So go cry more about how there is sexism in Quidditch but at least we get to combine the genders at all!!!!!!!! MOST SPORTS WON’T DO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Alright I’m actually prepared for sexist backlash because this kind of thing really cuts me deep and personal and makes me so angry. Fuck that guy, and if he was joking (which I doubt), whatever because this is for all the people who actually do have this attitude.
I’m real sick of being told how men are ~stronger~ than women. And now this, that we should be grateful that we have been allowed to play Quidditch. Yes Quidditch is great because it’s all gender inclusive, it’s so much more enriching that way, and sexism SHOULDN’T. HAPPEN.
Here’s the thing: Male-bodied people are indeed usually bigger than female-bodied people. So they have an advantage in tackling and running through defense. But this sport isn’t about pitting individuals one on one with each other. It’s a team sport, which means the team has to work together. So it doesn’t matter that I can’t tackle a 6 foot guy, because I can still run, I can still catch and pass, I can still guard, and I can tackle the people who are my size! I’ll be the first to admit that I need more practice in all those areas, but I’ve seen female teammates run circles around male chasers and scored, caught the snitch after being thrown to the ground, wrestle countless bludgers out of the hands of male beaters, and make spectacular passing plays that result in some beautiful scores.
The biggest difficulty that hinders a player’s ability that I’ve seen is simply a lack of sports-playing experience (which I suffer from), because the people who have played sports usually know how to read the field and what to do in a given situation, while people who lack that experience are more likely to hesitate or make the wrong move. Which is 100000x more important than tackling and being able to chuck the ball further. And all genders have the equal capacity to excel at this (and fail at it; I am personally not very good at reading the feild, but I have a female teammate who is always examining the plays and I expect her to really improve in the coming years). I think this plays into people assuming that female-bodied people cannot play Quidditch as well because they usually have less experience playing a sport (at least this is how it is on my team), because society pressures boys into playing sports to be manly, and give girls the impression that playing sports is either unimportant or undesirable. But that’s another topic. I think it’s wonderful that so many people wanted to join Quidditch despite never playing sports, and then getting so into it and going to World Cup! Quidditch is wonderful that way, that’s what I love about it.
Now of course nothing can be done about lack of sports experience except for actually playing a sport. The ACTUAL way to make the playing field more equal for all genders is not to make rules based on the idea that certain genders are weaker, or base a players skills on their gender, but for coaches and captains to figure out each players’ individual strengths and weaknesses. Then they can train in what they know will help their team out the most, and practices can be about how to use their skills in tandem with their teammates. Playing this game is not about how much ~bigger~ and ~stronger~ a player is. When guys on my team decide to take matters into their own hands, we usually end up loosing. The moment we work together we become so amazing that it makes me proud.
I’ll end addressing the idea that female-bodied players have an advantage because we don’t get tackled as much/male players get carded for tackling us. I’m sure it happens, and I think it’s not fair. There is a better way to base how much force is in a tackle, and that is to base it on the size of the people involved. Not gender. SIZE. Because that is the only aspect that is relevant. Female-bodied players are not more frail than male-bodied ones, and the fact that some people think that we should be treated this way is a fucking insult. Either I’m expected to be happy that I’m being patronized, or I feel like I’m being blamed for something that other people choose to do because I’m a certain gender. I don’t give a fuck about being tackled, and let me tell you I’ve been tackled. I am quite often mobbed by enemy chasers when I don’t pass the Quaffle fast enough, and one time I was back-tackled to the ground by an enemy keeper. I didn’t snap in half, so looks like I’m not so frail after all.
TL;DR The attitude that I should be thankful that I’m being allowed to play Quidditch instead of addressing a serious problem that ignores/trivializes my ability and the work that I put into this sport is a really fucking sexist attitude.
All of frenchshrimp’s response is well-written, honest, and wonderful, but I bolded my favorite part.
remember that having breasts and/or vaginas doesn’t necessarily equate to being a woman
having a penis doesn’t necessarily equate to being a man
also, if you can, try not to say “females”. say “women” or “female athletes” or something along those lines. (it places emphasis on the humanity and personhood of the player/woman in question rather than on just being the female of the species)
gender expression =/= gender identity, so discussion the manliness and girliness of people can be problematic
Mostly, just be careful with word choice and try to think about how people of different gender identities from you could interpret your words. (No one will be 100% non-offensive 100% of the time, but taking the effort to try to be as inclusive as possible is always appreciated)
(also if there is anything else you would like to see added to this list, please let me know!)
“Stewart nodded as the woman spoke and said his mother had also struggled with people believing she was to blame for the abuse she suffered. “As a child, I heard in my home doctors and ambulance men say, ‘Mrs Stewart, you must have done something to provoke him’, ‘Mrs Stewart, it…
With the Rules Team’s recent poll on the future of quidditch, a lot of very interesting game play changes have been discussed. My favorite ideas tend to be those that are immediately followed by a string of comments about how that change will cause them to quit. “If that happens, I’ll quit.”: No…
Well, I think what *most* people are talking about when they claim that quidditch isn’t like other sports or that quidditch is the only sport they like has more to do with the quidditch community, rather than the rules of quidditch.
I did play a lot of sports growing up: baseball, basketball, soccer, track, football, golf, tennis, and played quite a few more for fun. Basketball, golf, and tennis I played in high school and in independent leagues all around the great lakes area, and thus, I got plugged in to the basketball, golf, and (mainly) tennis communities in my area.
The quidditch community is very different than those ever were. Those communities were very much ran by the “jock” stereotype of athlete- those who put winning at the bottom line as the only thing that matters/the thing that matters most. The pros of these communities being run/occupied mainly by these sort of people is that they were extremely competitive communities, where you had to work very hard to stay with or ahead of the curve. The cons were that these people were no fun to be with at all, as they saw you ultimately as a competitor and someone who would stop them from winning. Even if they were on your own team, the stereotypical “jock” would be your best friend when you helped your team win, and would ignore or unconstructively criticize you if you lost. Not the sort of person that I would want to hang out with, and I feel like I’m far from alone there.
Quidditch, in my opinion, has a different makeup of its community. For the most part, I have felt that the quidditch community is run by what I like to call the “smart jock” theory: Yes, winning is still very important, but it’s #2 on the list of importance behind making sure our sport is taken seriously, grows, and lasts. Even the most competitive of teams, from what I’ve seen, are much more likely to help out newer/smaller teams in their area in terms of becoming more competitive, organizing and running tournaments (sending referees and snitches), and just plain becoming friends.
I think the difference can be seen clearly looking at the relationship between Ohio State and BGSU. These two teams are very close in proximity, have pretty clearly taken the throne as #1 and #2 in the state, and did not play a match this season that was ever out of snitch range. In a “jock” community, these two teams are immediately rivals. OSU would be licking its chops at another chance to play them, drive them in the dust, and assert itself as the best team in Ohio while making a claim to the rest of the IQA that we can play- we took down a Final Four team.
And I think, for the most part, that’s true. I would very much like to take BG down the next time we play them, for all the reasons above.
But I have a lot more than that. Our team has seen BG grow from dead last at MWC 2011 to WC VI semis, and we’re incredibly proud of our Midwest and Ohio brothers and sisters. We wish we could have had the success BG did this past season, but we’re going to use that as a healthy motivator to improve ourselves next season, rather than a personal vendetta for revenge.
I’m not saying we’re not motivated to become the next Texas, or that we don’t want to beat every team we play. Our goal, which I’m sure a lot of other teams share, is to become the best team in the IQA. I’m just saying that our team does not let that desire completely overtake our personalities to where we’re acting cold to other teams. Teams being able to work together is an integral part to the growth of the IQA, and I’m very proud to be a part of that as quidditch continues to shoot up in popularity, athleticism, and cultural relevance.
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.
This is blowing up—not because that darn Tumblr SJ community—but because these jokes threaten the safety of athletes in the quidditch community. We don’t feel comfortable when you dehumanize us and use slurs and treat our pain as a joke.
All these people that are objecting and making a big deal? Yeah, they’re your fellow athletes. They’re part of the quidditch community. They joined this sport to have fun, compete, and make friends with a group of people with shared interest in a story about a boy wizard and they thought it would be a safe environment. And now you treat our existence like a joke? I’m glad this is blowing up. I don’t want people to feel comfortable using racial slurs and making rape jokes. Because I don’t want to be part of a community that caters to racists and misogynists.
Being “sporting” means competing in a way that is fair. Think Inigo Montoya allowing the Dread Pirate Roberts to rest after climbing the Cliffs of Insanity, sure he was going to kill him later, but he was more than fair. In quidditch, playing fair is done by consistently adhering to the rules of play.
Penalties will be committed by even the best teams, accidents happen, someone ducks and you wrap their neck instead of their torso, etc.
One thing I see players with strong athletic backgrounds being guilty of is repeatedly committing the penalties and later blaming it on “habit” left from their football days or whatever. “He tackles high because he played football.” or ” “She slide tackles because she played soccer.” Guess what, they’re not the only athlete playing quidditch. As a fellow athlete I find this insulting. Athletes spend years training their bodies to do exactly what they want them to do, why doesn’t this apply to quidditch? Muscle memory is a real thing, but stop being lazy, make a conscious effort to change it.
Similarly, I hear a lot of excuses like, “They’re new, they don’t know the rules.” Whether referring to a player or a team this is not acceptable. Playing by the rules should be stressed from Day 1. If you’re so new that you can’t follow the rules, then you have no business being on the pitch. Just because I watched Invictus doesn’t mean I’m ready to go out for the rugby team, even if I am a 230 lb. Polynesian.
There’s really no excuse for not playing by the rules. If you don’t know the rules, keep yourself out of the game. If you have a player that doesn’t know the rules, don’t put them in. Going forward, I’m in full support of a red card meaning a 1-game suspension, maybe that will be the motivation that some teams and players need to start learning to play by the rules.
My friend and I are making a muggle quidditch for our math project. Right Its called broomball And when were finished with it I will update picture and all the rulles THEN WE ARE GOING TO PLAY IT. OMG YOU GUYS
For the record, muggle quidditch is already a sport with a yearly World Cup, regionals, and an International Association :)
You should give it a look, there’s videos and the like to give you an idea of our game!
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