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Ten Sentences: The Feminism Debate

Ten sentences explaining how women's wrestling was conceived originally and how it should be perceived today.

Take me seriously.
Take me seriously.

Various promoters historically used women as wrestlers on their shows, but did so as a gimmick in the same way they would treat "midget" wrestling.

These promoters and bookers used women and little people to sell a few extra tickets or freshen things up during dead periods.

My first question is whether or not the original thought process was right and how many promoters were simply prejudiced in some way against the idea of women in the ring.

I'm certainly not oblivious and it's clear I have my own preferences when I see how few female artists I have in my personal music collection.

In many ways, women's wrestling feels just like other women's sports in that male fans dominate the audience and generally see the performances as inferior in some way.

Without question, we've seen a lot of garbage in women's wrestling throughout the years and there are plenty of girls who should never have been booked in the first place except as window dressing.

But when you watch NXT and you see Charlotte and Natalya legitimately tear the house down or you see Gail Kim and Taryn Terrell's feud, don't you hope that original paradigm can change?

Today, there's simply too much talent on the women's rosters to ignore them or book them poorly.

That's why it bothers me to see Paige portrayed as a lucky weakling, Alicia Fox jobbing to Emma six days before a PPV, or just the company's careless attitude when we can see they have girls that can "go."

Dave Meltzer said two weeks ago that wins and losses and titles mean nothing in women's wrestling, but if that's true, why use them at all?

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