The father of a female wrestler is planning on suing, if necessary, to force male opponents to wrestle the female members of his daughters middle-school team. Jerry Connors’ daughter, Meaghan, is a seventh-grader at McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island, outside Seattle Washington. Conners alleges that allowing boys from two private schools in their league to forfeit matches rather than have a boy wrestle one of the handful of girls on the public-school teams is a clear case of sex discrimination.
How many times has Meaghan Connors won a match by forfeit? As The Seattle Times reports, none.
Meaghan Connors and Sylvie Shiosaki find the sport challenging, fun and not at all sexual.
“When you walk on the mat, you’re not a girl, you’re not a guy anymore. You’re just there to wrestle,” Shiosaki said.
…Meaghan Connors didn’t have to endure any forfeits herself this year. As a seventh-grader, she wasn’t McMurray’s best wrestler in her weight class, so she wasn’t on the varsity squad, the only one that officially competes at the middle-school level. Still, she came home upset when [teammate Sylvie] Shiosaki got forfeits. She told her father she felt degraded, like an “object of lust.”
Shiosaki said three of her 11 matches this year were forfeits from boys at the two schools, significantly shortening her season. That’s what concerns her mother, Lonnie, who’s supporting Jerry Connors’ efforts. The lack of experience handicaps the girls when they go to state tournaments or even the state’s all-girls exhibition tournament, she said.So when you win or lose on the mat, that’s not sexual; but when you win by forfeit you’re an “object of lust?”