"Today, women have access to almost
all sports disciplines, even
those formerly "reserved" for
men, like rugby or boxing.
This opening is the result of
several decades of fighting and it's a victory
for our society as a whole.
Yet this success masks a situation
today, there are still single-sex sports!
This is the case of rhythmic gymnastics, closed to
men, where they are not allowed to practice at a high level and professionally.They do not have access to the same rights as their female teammates.
Because most competent sports institutions do not give them these rights.
Some use the excuse of insufficient numbers of practitioners. But clearly, there can be no offer if there is no demand.
The argument does not hold. Simply because it is not possible to project yourself into an activity that is not officially recognized? To develop the Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics, there must be an offer beforehand.
Others hide behind the International Gymnastics Federation, claiming " "to wait for its decision on the subject" to justify their lack of initiative on this flagrant problem of gender equality.
In our countries where gender equality has become a major issue, finding solutions should be easy and natural.
Cela n'est pas le cas. This is not the case. In Spain, Men are now allowed to compete thanks to the Ministry of Equality and not the Spanish Federation of Gymnastics (RFEG). Since then, the number of male gymnasts has steadily increased, thus denying all opponents of equality.
In 2005 took place the first Spanish Championship of Masculine Rhythmic Gymnastics (MRG) organized by the Spanish Federation of Gymnastics (RFEG)
thanks to the Spanish Ministry of Equality.
There were only three participants.
In June 2018, they were more than fifty (after qualifications). Meaning that the number of participants has been multiplied by 16 (with almost no media coverage)
Unfortunately, gymnastic institutions have not yet officially explained why they refuse to allow the creation of a men's rhythmic gymnastics is still not allowed.
Although many try to hide behind politically correct excuses, the problem may be deeper and might come from the image of men's rhythmic gymnastics itself.
Many old clichés (#outdated and #useless) regarding gender norms refuse the aestheticization of the male body, considering that this sport is "too feminine", or at least not manly enough to be practiced by men.