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.
Tony,Porter. (2010). (A call to Men).Retrieved from (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