Schools should give boys lessons in zumba and ballet to promote the idea that PE is gender neutral, the head of a leading sports organisation has said as she reveals that girls as young as six are losing interest in exercise.
Offering a full range of activities will help to combat the stereotypes and “cultural norms” that are putting girls off sport before they reach junior school, according to Ruth Holdaway, who is chief executive of Women in Sport.
In addition to giving female pupils the option to play cricket and football, “boys should also be asked what they want, and given the opportunity to do a zumba class or whatever,” she said.
But this rather fails Chesterton’s Fence. Why do we have organised sports for the little testosterone factories? Because the little testosterone factories are hugely physically competitive.
So, we organise it rather than having them doing a Piggy on one of their number.
Complaining about sport being physically competitive is to miss the point entirely.