Originally Posted by twichyfingerIII
Does anyone else find this sexist? We don't have an males tournament. Handouts everywhere obamaleague
I think it was a typo and he meant to type "Sexy", not "Sexist".
But seriously, this is a spotlight type of an event, featuring women in paintball, but most importantly, giving the ladies in the sport a chance to get together and learn from one another, share stories, have pillow fights, gossip, you know, things that the estrogen-filled female-kind of human specie likes to do. This was a weekend full of fun activities for us, where we can learn from the pros like Nicky Cuba and Rocky Cagnoni. Some women also like to have a place to go to and be in a "safe" environment where men won't eyeball them the whole time and they can concentrate on the task at hand amidst other women, where they won't be judged too harshly. It's just the nature of the woman.
Then you have women that are like men, who are super competitive, bitter towards their own gender, who make assumptions that women in paintball get things for free because they are "pretty" or have nice legs, or have big boobs, whatever. Those are the girls that are tainted by the boys they play with at their local fields and hear their male friends say things like, "Oh well, you get things for free" or "you get attention because you're a girl" and then all of a sudden, that poor girl player gets brainwashed into thinking they have no value and should get no respect because they're "a girl", that any female player that's in the spotlight currently doesn't deserve it until they've won a PSP in D1 as an all-female team. (That's a whole other article, and I wish I was a billionaire, because I would MOVE all those girls into the same city, pay them a salary to be awesome at playing paintball, and go win a D1 event because now we can practice every weekend together towards that goal. Playing PRO as, at least, a mostly-female team, is a whole new can of worms that again can be written into another article, LOL).
Honestly, there's a place for sexy women in any industry, because apparently it coincides with the whole idea that "sex sells" and sponsors sometimes get super happy about putting their product on these beautiful women - and that's OK.
We all serve a purpose and seeing women, a rarity in our industry, play paintball is eye-catching. People are naturally drawn to those things that "stand out" or are "different" and "not typical". So, why are you stressing out about the fact that this may be deemed "sexist" when in actuality, it's bringing in more "customers" to the industry, contributing to the economy of paintball, and an event such as this gives these women an opportunity to learn and even have a level of measurement of where they stand against some of the more experienced female players and how they've succeeded and continue to have longevity in the sport?
Don't miss the point, please. We are NOT trying to segregate ourselves and leave out the men. We are simply featuring women (who are a rarity and a small percentage in the grand paintball scheme of things) in a fun-filled weekend, with some competition to keep us on our lady toes. We are always asked the question, "Well, who's the best female player?" or "Who's the best female team in the world?" We kinda need events like this to truly help us figure that answer out, right? But trust me when I say this, we all still want to be able to play in any event that is male-dominated because we are drawn to it, attracted to it, and enjoy it. We love watching guys play and love learning from them.
I honestly love seeing more women enter this industry and keep at it. It's so hard to find loyal female players that continue to play, even after giving birth to children, and then fighting the stereotypes that after us women have kids that we're supposed to be the ones to stay home and manage the household. I also don't want DESTINY to be the only all-female team in the country. I want to see new female teams form their teams, like the FREEDOM ANGELS are doing in Maryland. Competition breeds excellence.
We don't get anything for "free". We still have to work for everything we are given, even if it's given at a discount or a free shirt at an event. Sponsors give women a "free shirt" hoping that they'll wear it around the event and maybe get their picture taken because of how pretty their smile is - it's done in every part of any kind of sporting event. Don't get mad at the girls - get mad at the sponsors for using it as a marketing opportunity.
So let me ask YOU this - what are you doing to promote the sport of paintball? Are you working hard to stand out in the crowd, stop and be nice to a curious walk-on player who's playing paintball for the first time, constantly talking about paintball or looking for creative ways to promote the sport? I commend every single girl player and girl team that came out and participated because they helped contribute to the sport and promoted it to the utmost degree. KUDOS LADY BALLERS. YOU PROMOTE PAINTBALL WELL BECAUSE OF HOW RARE YOU ARE IN THIS SPORT and because of how approachable and willing you are to share paintball with others without bitterness. RESPECT.