Emily even wrote to Mr. Seiler, the man who is “not fond of women’s rugby” and he wrote her back. You can see his response at Katy’s blog. Here’s a piece of it:
Do I think women should play rugby? No.
Do I think women have a right to play rugby? Yes.
Having said this, perhaps now you may be willing to understand where I’m coming from.
Rugby Magazine’s adoption of women’s rugby is a relatively recent occurrence. It was only in the mid or late 80’s that the periodical took on women’s coverage, and there was an immediate percentage of readers like myself who did not care for this. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but there are certain things that men like to do in the company of men alone. Sports have always been a venue for this primal need to ‘rough-house’ it away from the women folk. For me, in my life, being a rugby player has always been a sacred testament to things masculine…and so…women’s rugby is a affront to what I hold most dear about the game. Does this mean women have no right to play it? Of course not. But does your right to play it mean I don’t have a right ignore it? Again, of course not.
I would be very pleased if I could completely ignore the entire phenomenon of women’s rugby. This however is hard to do when your once favorite periodical is devoting ever increasing coverage.
So Mr. Seiler feels that women’s rugby defiles an important aspect of his masculinity. You know, because women only play rugby to be more masculine. Or we play because we only want to make sure that men aren’t doing something without us and we want to steal your thunder (It totally worked for the right to vote and now rugby, so the glass ceiling and a female president gotta be just around the corner!)
Seriously, Seiler, I just want to play. I just want to be outside on a grassy field with 14 of my closest friends playing a sport I love.
So, Seiler’s right. He has a right to ignore and dislike it. And we all have the right and opportunity to play our sport.
This will be my last post concerning Mr. Seiler’s letter. Because I also have the right to ignore him and his thoughts on women’s rugby.
And since I’m such a big fan of men’s rugby, as well as all of my wonderful male friends, coaches, sometime teammates, and my very wonderful boyfriend, I am completely sure of the fact that Mr. Seiler and other people (because women think this way too sometimes) are in the minority.
And the best way to voice your opinion in response to Mr. Seiler and his ilk is to keep playing, keep promoting your team and our sport.
So … Thanks Mr. Seiler. Because of you, I’m a little more excited for my spring season.