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Posted: Saturday, March 22, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 9:06 pm, Sat Mar 22, 2014.

Girls sports teams don't need an 'ette'

I was thrilled to read and encouraged by the editorial (“A championship season for Santa Fe,” March 18). As a varsity soccer player in upstate New York in the early days after Title IX (a “Cougar”), and the mother of a female high school basketball player in Santa Fe (a “Griffin”) and a male sprinter and soccer player (also a “Griffin”), I have been puzzled by the feminization of sports teams’ names, particularly here in New Mexico. The Demons are athletes first, then young women.

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5 comments:

  • Kathleen O'Keefe posted at 9:00 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    sophie Posts: 3

    I agree with you about using a diminutive form of team names to indicate a team of girls. Adding 'ette' connotes 'lesser than.' Pojoaque Elks becomes Elkettes, for example. Of course, there is no such thing as an elkette. Adults need to teach both girls and boys that girls are not lesser versions of boys. How affirming it would be if schools would drop the 'ette' for girls' teams!

     
  • Pat Shackleford posted at 3:11 pm on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 906

    Re; "I have been puzzled by the feminization of sports teams’ names, particularly here in New Mexico."

    You think it's it bad here? In California there's the San Francisco Ferries, who compete in the hybrid sport of BaseketBall.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 9:34 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1445

    I think the Demonettes picked their own name.

    Now I agree that the Portales and West Las Vegas girls teams might want to consider changes, since there are no lady rams or lady Dons, but that is their choice to make, not ours.

     
  • Ron Romero posted at 7:24 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    RonRomero Posts: 138

    I meant "taught" in the first sentence. No editing function here. [wink]

     
  • Ron Romero posted at 7:22 am on Sun, Mar 23, 2014.

    RonRomero Posts: 138

    Mr. and Ms. Gray: You know, I have thought my students to be aware of people speaking and authors writing who use the term "they". I have shown them that those who over use that word tend to make generalizations and conclusions about people as groups and fail to see them as individuals which leads to statements based on ignorance, bias, hate or even racism. You can NOT prejudge a person because of the social or demographic category they may be part of.

    Your excessive use in your letter is a perfect example of this. Your categorical statements about all teachers shows a lack of knowledge and deeper thought. I don't know any teachers that don't want to be evaluated, that don't want improved curriculums or aren't concerned with the drop out rate. Maybe you should speak to a few teachers before you generalize and spew ignorance. Teachers are for students, those that are not should and will leave. And the union is for teachers because those who stay on the outside are too quick to blame teachers as a whole, thus the necessity to stand up for those willing to sacrifice wealth to educate our children.

    Let me make this generalization: The vast majority of teachers are dedicated, hard working civil servants, who have chosen this profession to make a difference in children's lives. Perhaps you should shake the hand and thank the next teacher you meet.

     

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