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Is Badminton Considered a Girly and Gay Sport?

There are people think that badminton is a girly or gay sport because they think that most people who are playing in the game tend to be soft and relax. The shuttlecocks that used to play badminton is also full of feathers that is light and soft.

feminine badminton

Besides, the game that they play is not like other sports such as soccer and basketball that need a lot of strength to play on the ground.

Because of that, they think that badminton belongs to girls.

Why it is “Feminine Sport”?

As we know, badminton was originated in India during the British colonization.

What followed was that the original badminton sport was brought back to the UK by British officers and soon became popular in the UK. The sport got standardized and then widely spread to the Commonwealth countries and coastal countries of Western Europe, as well as South East Asia.

Although the sport was mainly attended by men at the beginning, it was then favored by more and more women. So, the sport has gradually formed the impression to be “feminine sport”.

Some Data and Statistics on Badminton

Do you agree with that? For me, I would love to share something with you no matter if you agree or disagree with it.

We can see from the picture below which show badminton is one of the few sports where there are more females than males are playing. Because of this, most people will have the impression that badminton is actually a girly sport.

ratio female vs male in various sport

Let’s take a look at the different sports that being played by different age group. From the chart below, we have the categories of 6 different age groups range from below 15-year-old to above 55-year-old.

sports played by various age groups

From the chart, we can see that badminton is the sport that loved to play by people of all ages. Ping pong is the game choice for elderly, basketball is relished by young kids, soccer is preferred by the middle-age group, and tennis is having a lot of players who are of the age group for 36-45 year.

There are other calculations and measurements on badminton compare to the sports of basketball and soccer as shown below:

A 45-minutes badminton match– Average movement for every rally is 159m.
– Average stroke for every rally is 19 times.
– 80% of the time need for acute turning and stopping.
– Arm swing for more than 100 times.
– Body move for 300+ times.
– Every time body turn is 90 degree and above.
– Running on the court is 6,000m.
– Stride for 210+ times.
– Hitting shuttles 1000+ times (Doubles).
– Average shuttle speed 289km/h(Doubles).
– Jumping 160+ times.
An NBA match that having a score of 100Running for 3,500m
A soccer matchRunning for 7,000m

Remark:

  • For an average badminton match is taking 40 to 70 minutes.
  • The match in history that took the longest time to finish is women double which took 159 minutes.

If someone tells you badminton is a sport that is suited for girls, the elderly, and children, then you can tell them the statistics shown above. The truth is, for a lot of matches, badminton is required more stamina and energy than ping pong, soccer, basketball, and tennis.

The data shown in the table is only a calculation for a 45-minute match. In fact, most of the world tournaments basically required 80+ minutes to finish a match. So, you can actually double the calculation and you can see how exhausted the sport of badminton is.

People Feel Girly Because They Are Not Watching on the Spot

Most people are watching badminton matches on television. The game plays are not very intuitive through the television screen.  This is because, in order for the screen to express all the players’ movements, the sound capturing system is placed very far away, and the lens is placed very high. This resulting in a lack of power and speed when people watching badminton matches on television.

But if you are watching live on the spot for badminton matches,  the sound of hitting the shuttles can be scary and thrilling.

Body Confrontation

Other than looking at the perspective of badminton on the body, playing venue, equipment, and etc, we should also take a look of other aspects before concluded that badminton is a very “masculine” sport.

One aspect that we also need to pay attention to is men love for a certain sport not only because the sport has extremely high requirements for the body, playing venue, equipment and so on.

Men’s favorite sports like soccer, basketball, and American football are all directly confronted by a large amount and intense body competing.

Therefore, the public’s impression of the feminization of badminton is mainly because there is no physical confrontation, other than the sport’s requirements for the body, playing venue, and the equipment.

Maximum Heart Rate For Your Age

Since playing badminton required a lot of stamina, it is vital for you to know if you can cope with the sport by not getting exhausted when playing the game which may do great harm to your body. One thing that you need to ensure would be your heart rate.

You may have no idea on what heart rate is all about, I will give you a formula on how to calculate the rate of your heartbeat:

[208-(0.7 x Age)] x 0.8=Maximum exercise heartbeat

Exceeding this heart rate will cause physical discomfort.

For example:
John is 30-year-old.

The calculation will be:
[208-(0.7 x 30)] x 0.8 = 149.60

The maximum exercise heart rate for John is 149.60.

Therefore, if you are having a sore leg or sore ass after playing badminton, it is a trivial matter. If you are having nausea or difficulty breathing, then it is most probably you have exceeded the maximum exercise heart rate. You need to slow down by not playing too aggressively.

It is not a good thing for anyone to bring sexism to sports. You shouldn’t do that and you shouldn’t encourage people to think in that way as well. It is disgrace and not respect to all badminton players by categorized the sport as “girly”, “gay”, or “feminine” sport.

All badminton players are training very hard to make them a better player every day. They are putting their sweat, blood, and tears into the game. It is really unfair to make such classification which may ruin the passion and zeal of the players toward playing badminton.

Many Good Characteristics on Female Who Playing Badminton

Not only that playing badminton is not girly at all, even for female players, playing badminton can show various good aspects of female characteristics as well.

They are full of fun

Girls who love playing badminton are always having fun themselves. They are self-cultivating and not monotonous.

They are having a lot of pleasures by playing badminton. They walked into the badminton hall to cleanse their body and mind.

They are feeling joyful when they walked out of the hall. They know how to adjust their mood and how to stay happy always. With this, they can bring a lot of happiness to the people around them.

They look young always

Girls who like to play badminton tend to look young. When you look into those girls who play badminton,  they are separated from their peers who seldom exercise.

Playing badminton makes their bodies more sturdy and firmer. The badminton court is their beauty salon.

Every drop of sweat is detoxification of the body. Every insistence makes their age to be just a number!

Thus, a sporty woman is always energetic and always look young.

They have connotation

The girl who loves playing badminton has connotation. They tame their temperament through exercise and cultivate their qualities. They don’t need heavy makeup yet they look very simple and elegant.

They know how to live their life

Girls who love playing badminton know how to live their life. They know how to live a healthy life and seldom get themselves into illness.

They are not practicing any dieting in order to lose weight. They enjoy vegetables, fruits, and whole grains.

They can take good care of their family

They are active and having good control of the rhythm of their life.  They also take care of their family’s life.

They love to share

Badminton is not a sport that can be accomplished alone. It required coordination and cooperation from many parties. Such coordination and cooperation can bring happiness to them.

Girls who often play badminton know the importance of sharing. This spirit of sharing is also manifested in life. They are happy to share good things with the people around them. They know willing to share will bring more happiness and enjoyment to them and others.

They are healthy

A healthy body determines the quality of life. The health index of women playing badminton is much higher than those ordinary people.

When go to travel, they can see more scenery than others.

When go to work, they are always the ones who can stay focus on their work.

When go to the party, they are always the ones with the most active and energetic one.

Playing badminton has broadened the length and the depth of their life.

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