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of Porter’s arguments

Accordingto Tony Porter, women should be treated equal to their malecounterparts. In his talk Porter argues that the notion that womenare inferior to men is an idea that is irrelevant in this time andage. He also points out that the perception that men are strong whilewomen are seen to be weak is a wrong view. Additionally, he explainsthat the view that women are sexual objects is a painful illusion. Asthe founder of “call to men” he advocates that men to respect thefemale gender.

Givingillustrations from his own life experiences, he articulates that thementality of egoism and acting like a man may lead to disrespect,abuse and mistreatment of women. He provides a solution that themale should break from the “man box” (Tony, 2010). He furtheralludesthat the consequences of sexism are horrific and the onlyway to curtail the problem is avoiding the ego of manhood. Throughthe use of “man box” he explains how men are non-emotional andthat the masculine mentality leads them in devaluing and abusingwomen.

Howthe video is relevant for the class

Thevideo is relevant to the class because Porter’s talk touches on theaspects of women and how their male counterparts discriminate them.Men are often said to be tougher than women. However, theparticipation of Katherine Switzer in the Boston Marathon is one ofthe events that sparked the perception that women are not inferior asillustrated in the film, thewoman as a hero.As she talks of her experience, it is salient to point out that shewas determined to attain her goals. From the beginning, Katherine wasdetermined to engage women in sports even if she was opposed. Menwere surprised and could often ask her why she had to run and engagewomen. Impliedly, this illustrates that women are strong as opposedto the notion held by men that women are weak.

Howthe video clarifies the themes from class

TonyPorter vividly brings out the issues of gender, violence, inequalityand masculinity. He explores that the preconceived notion of men ofwhat to be a man means is the major cause of the violence againstwomen in the current society. The issues of religion, sports andsexism are becoming controversial issues. With culture differencesemerging, it is advocated that the idea of Tony Porter in advisingmen to move from the box as the only option. Women should be givenvoice in religion and therefore they should participate equally asthe men. Nothing should derail them from engaging in variousactivities. Both genders should be strong and feel free to considerthe needs of the others.

HowTony Porter’s ideas can improve religious dimensions of sports

Throughthe ideas of Tony Porter, it is clear that the religious dimensionsof sports can be improved. Principally, he advocates that both menand women should cooperate in ensuring equality. Arguably, throughsports cooperation among individuals can be enhanced as friendship isfostered. Through public events, it is pointed out, that sports andreligion bring about togetherness and celebration of fundamentalvalues of the group. His perceptions explain that sports have asignificant impact on religion and it is through them that thereligious experiences are felt.

References

Tony,Porter. (2010). (A call to Men).Retrieved from&nbsp(http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_porter_a_call_to_men)

Katherine,Switzer. (2016). (Women Who Make America). Retrieved from(http://on.aol.com/video/kathrine-switzer–first-woman-to-enter-the-boston-marathon-517280189

Sports and Religion

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Inreligion, it is believed that talents and abilities are given by God.This implies that the creator bestows different gifts to people. Oneof the gifts that our creator can accord to a person is a gift insports (Downey, 2012). According to the Haudenosaunee, the game ofLacrosse isa significant aspect in their religious matters. They believe thatthe game should be played in order to please God. Markedly, theyattribute the game to healing mysteries. As postulated, when the gameis played for a sick person, the individual gets well. According tothem, there is a substantial relationship between religion, the gameand the people of Haudenosaunee.The correlation that exists in thiscase is that, through religion, the game is given to people as agift, in turn the individuals have to display their responsibilitythrough playing the game so that they can get the benefits associatedwith it and make their Almighty Creator happy.

TheHaudenosaunee have a belief that God is the creator of all livingthings (Agyemang, 2014) .Therefore, every creature whether small orbig has a role to play in the society. Through the story of howLacrosse originated, various conclusions can be drawn. The actions ofthe big animals in helping the little devalued creatures’ showsthat Lacrosse is a game which provides relief to the creatures. Nomatter how devalued one may feel, they may possess traits that wouldbe of much importance to the society. When the game is played,members are given a reminder that they should play the game withexquisite humility while holding the Lacrose stick (Waterman, 2015).Today, the Haudenosaunee are pleased when they watch the young menplay the game. They have a belief that through playing, the youngpeople will generate the gift of healing and people will livepeacefully. Before playing the game, the members utter a word ofprayer to thank God for the gift and ask God to protect them as theyplay. (Waterman, 2015).As illustrated, it is clear that religion, thegame and the Haudenosaunee are intertwined. It is through creationthat the game originated. The community encourages members toparticipate actively in the play since it appeases God. Praying whenthe game starts and when it ends signifies core aspects of religion.

References

Downey,A. (2012). Engendering Nationality: Haudenosaunee Tradition, Sport,and the Lines of Gender&nbspJournal Of The Canadian HistoricalAssociation,&nbsp23(1), 319. http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1015736ar

Agyemang,J. A K. (2014). Toward a framework of “athlete citizenship” inprofessional sport through authentic community stakeholderengagement&nbspSport, Business And Management: An InternationalJournal,&nbsp4(1), 26-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/sbm-12-2011-0088

Waterman,P. (2015),&nbspThe Story of Lacrose&nbspretrieved from&gthttp://iroquoisnationals.org/the-iroquois/the-story-of-lacrosse/&gt

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