Why so little women?

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    • #12845
      Low Tide
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      Every year, dozens of male alumni pack their thickening bodies into speedos for the annual alumni meet at Kalamazoo College. This past year, I believe 2 or 3 female alumni showed up to swim, and they were only the ones who had graduated in the past year or two. The male team had members in their 50s.

      99% of the posts here are male. 90% of the alumni who return to swim meets and go to league meets are male.

      Why is that?

      Are women more mature, and can just put the “glory days” of sport and competition behind them when they move on?

      Are men simply more into sports, as they certainly watch more sporting events than women, so stay interested longer?

      I personally believe women are just, if not more so, as competitive as men, so I don’t think a lack of competitiveness has anything to do with it. Maybe they are competitive in different things?

      I don’t know, but I am suprised at the general lack of interest of female alumni swimmers after they graduate. Especially since their teams are always larger and there are simply more of them.

    • #41140
      Derek
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      I think that our enthusiasm turns some of the women away from alumni activities… so they are more mature. But, I also think that given the space that women are just as interested in staying involved.

      Women, I’d like to be proven right here.

    • #41141
      iamdonovan
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      Low Tide, there were enough alumnae at the meet this year to field a relay for the first time, well… ever.

    • #41142
      ag
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      My feeling is that women tend to move on in the “after” life faster than the men. Many are getting married soon after college, and that comes with other priorities than spending time on forums or in alumni activities.
      And maybe there’s a lack of interest from the male counterparts to promote and attract alumni female swimmers in these type of activities?

    • #41143
      maverick1
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      i believe that there were actually more women at the 2006 alumni meet, enough for a relay and a half if i remember correctly

      i believe that an issue with the kalamazoo college alumni meet is that only the men swam at it until coach kathy took the helm as coach.

    • #41144
      Low Tide
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      i believe that an issue with the kalamazoo college alumni meet is that only the men swam at it until coach kathy took the helm as coach.

      That’s not true. Though it is a fact for a number of years no women bothered to show up.

      There were a number of years where a handful came back and might be able to throw together a full relay, but again, they were only comprised of women who had graduated within a year or two.

      While I swam, there were plenty of female swimmers on the team who were very much into the team and swimming… but I have only seen one or two of them ever come back for anything, outside of a significant reunion year (4 came back this year for the ten year reunion, but not a single one of them swam at the alumni meet and I am definitely sure they had no interest in being a part of initiations for the current womens’ team… as a comparison, there were probably over twenty male alumni at initiations (dry initiations, by the way… hazing is definitely a thing of the past *sniff*)).

    • #41145
      Anonymous
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      I can’t speak for every woman alum, but I am just as interested in staying involved with the team, as are many of my former teammates. So Derek you are right in that sense.
      The reasons for why in reality we are not as involved as the men are numerous and some of you already touched on them. But Derek you are wrong to say that it is your “enthusiasm” that deters us.
      It is the historic distasteful attitude of the men’s team toward the women’s team (and even the lack of acknowledgment of our existence! -Shame on you Monkey Boy!) that deters so many women alum. I think the recent shift in this attitude over the past 4 years is one of the reasons you are seeing more women alumni getting involved.

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      I can’t believe I am posting on DIII Swimming…

    • #41146
      DonCheadle
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      If you add a comma the title of this thread: “Why so, little women?” it is pretty funny.

      Men get more emotionally involved in sports than women. It is that simple.

    • #41147
      maverick1
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      @Kristin wrote:

      It is the historic distasteful attitude of the men’s team toward the women’s team

      what are you talking about???

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