Wednesday January 9, 2013
Wussy, so what?
US blogs were abuzz last week after US-based Fox News reported on the “wussification of America”, thanks to more kids doing yoga.
ABC News reported last Thursday that yoga may be the “fastest-growing sport in America”. In answer to that, Fox News trotted out parenting expert Larry Winget, author of Your Kids Are Your Own Fault, to explain that “if it doesn’t have a ball, it’s not a sport”.
“Something tells me he’s never tried arm balances, or a class so hard you have to curl up into a child’s pose out of exhaustion and embarrassment at your inferior form,” writes blog Blisstree. “(And for that matter, I’d argue that ‘singular’ sports like running, swimming, and track can all teach valuable lessons about winning and losing, despite the fact that there’s no score, and no ball.)”
“No ... Fox News talked with a ‘motivational speaker’ Larry Wingnut/Winget, who made reference to his upcoming book Grow A Pair. (No, I am not making that up),” writes Daily Kos. “He feels yoga can’t be a sport if there is no ball or nobody is keeping score.”
“Oh, wait. Never mind other popular ball-less sports like track and field, gymnastics, swimming, diving, wrestling, equestrian and any kind of racing,” writes YogaDork . “Again, moot.”
“In any case, not being a wuss might be overrated,” adds Yoga In The Dragon’s Den. “What’s so bad about being a wuss, anyway?” – AFP Relaxnews